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May 31, 2019

What to do When Competitors Undercut Your Prices

When competitors undercut your prices, it’s tempting to engage in a price war. Here are some reasons why that strategy might backfire, and a look at some alternate battle methods.
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May 16, 2019

Google reviews: Why you should request reviews from your customers (and how to make the ask)

Google is by far the largest search engine on Earth so you want to be prominent in their listings. Showing up on Google’s results pages is important but there’s another Google tool being used to attract customers: Google reviews. Read on to discover why Google reviews are the new marketing must-do for small businesses.
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April 30, 2019

10 Ways to Survive Slow Times

Seasonal slowdowns are a common occurrence for many small-business owners. Here are some tips on how to survive the slow months and make the most of your time until sales spike again.
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March 31, 2019

5 Ways the Canadian Tariffs on U.S. Goods Will Impact Small Business

It could be several years before the Canadian economy feels the fallout from the Canadian tariffs, but it’s imperative that companies stay one step ahead and address the potential impacts of the Canadian tariffs to small business now.
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February 28, 2019

Increase your average receipt with POP sales

Point-of-purchase sales, coupled with compelling displays and meaningful marketing, have the power to increase revenues. Here’s how to make POP offers work for your business.
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January 31, 2019

Get more sales from your shelves: 5 visual merchandising tips for retailers

There is more to merchandising than placing inventory onto the nearest shelf. Some experts espouse that there’s a science behind your product displays. One thing we can all agree on though is retailers who amplify their in-store displays see an increase in sales and profits.
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December 31, 2018

Six reasons cash advances work well for small businesses

Most businesses reach a point in their life cycle where they need funds. It’s true – even the most successful companies borrow money at some point. Merchant cash advances, also known as MCAs, have been making headlines recently as a quicker and more accessible way to secure funds, when compared to a traditional loan. But, what are they and will they work for your business? Read on for the reasons why a cash advance could be your answer to quick, easy small-business financing.
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November 30, 2018

Do’s and don’ts for managing cash flow

You may have heard the saying, “Cash is king.” It’s often used in reference to personal finance, but cash is essential for small businesses, too.. Without adequate cash on hand, you may find yourself in a crunch when it comes to paying suppliers, restocking on inventory, fulfilling a large order or even taking on new customers. Align yourself with these best practices to ensure your small business stays on top of cash flow.
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October 31, 2018

Avoid financial penalties: What you need to know about AODA

Small businesses in Ontario have more face-to-face interactions with customers than any other type of business. Whether you refer to these individuals as clients, guests, patients or members, 15 percent of them have a disability.
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September 30, 2018

Three big benefits of creating a Google My Business profile

Google it! Consumers rely heavily on Google to answer their most pressing questions. When users search for local goods and services, Google My Business can revolutionize the way your small business appears in results.
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Am I eligible?

We only have four criteria:

  1. You must have annual gross sales of over $100,000 
  2. Your business has to be in operation for at least 6 months.
  3. No start-ups, construction, home businesses, online businesses, funeral homes, furniture or jewellery stores and cheque cashing businesses. You must have a storefront or professional office space.
  4. No open bankruptcies
    Bad credit isn’t a problem—many of our customers have less than perfect credit scores, but we cannot accept applicants with open bankruptcies.

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