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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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August 31, 2018

Six best practices for paying Canadian business taxes

Your small business’ year end has just wrapped up and you’ve finished your team’s T4s. Now what? It’s time to prepare your business’ income taxes. Regardless of your profits, Canadian small-business owners must declare their company’s income details on their tax returns. As a financial services company that works with many Canadian small businesses, we know that tax season can be a stressful time of year. To help, we’ve compiled some best practices that will help you seamlessly file your submission.
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July 31, 2018

Five key differences between a term loan and cash advance

If your small business has been operational for some time, you may be in a pinch for extra funds to finance upcoming expenditures. You might need the extra money for location expansion, renovation, equipment upgrades or for extra cash to pay off outstanding bills.
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July 23, 2018

eBook: The Power of Marketing your Small Business

As a busy small-business owner, you’re responsible for all aspects of operations. From inventory to cash flow and everything in-between, it can be difficult to give all aspects of your business the attention they deserve. Marketing is often one of the items that easily falls by the wayside. However, marketing is a key driver of your business. It’s what gets customers through the door, and what keeps them coming back for more.
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June 30, 2018

Five ways to keep your small business fresh

​Would you say your small business is currently thriving? If not, why? The marketplace is a fluid one, and businesses need to be flexible enough to change as different trends and speedbumps arise. While a complete overhaul isn’t always necessary to keep up, there are small tweaks you can make in your business to stay afloat.
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May 31, 2018

Measuring the value of your small-business’ customers

Owning and operating a small business involves keeping track of many figures. From your gross margin to equity and all the expenses on your balance sheet, it’s essential to keep these numbers top of mind to manage your business. Some numbers that are often overlooked include the lifetime value (LTV) of a customer and customer acquisition cost (CAC).
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April 30, 2018

A weak digital footprint can damage your small business

Business is booming online. Websites and social media accounts aren’t just for product-based companies anymore. Even without an online store, service-based industries need to promote their brand digitally by having an engaging website and active social media presence.
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March 31, 2018

Convert coupons to customers in three steps

A coupon campaign can be a highly effective way of encouraging higher spending by your existing customers. Couponing can also bring in new customers and boost sales during slow periods. With few costs and minimal effort, coupons are a great way for small businesses to achieve a high return on investment.
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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 twelve 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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