Vancouver business owners, residents concerned over closure of East 1st Avenue

FortisBC is asking for the patience of people living, working and travelling along Vancouver's East 1st Avenue as it closes a busy stretch of the thoroughfare for gas line construction. The road is now closed in both directions from Nanaimo Street to Clark Drive until Aug. 31.Stretch of East 1st Avenue in Vancouver closed until Aug. 31Partial lane closures from Rupe [...]

05 July 2018

A new study says Toronto trails only New York as the likeliest spot for Amazon’s new HQ — but that doesn’t count tax breaks

As 20 cities eagerly await signals from Amazon Inc., fresh analysis by a real estate and tourism consultant has both good and bad news for Toronto’s hopes of landing the tech giant’s second headquarters. Resonance, with offices in Vancouver and New York, used its data on cities and Amazon’s “request for proposal” to rank which of the 20 shortlisted cities best meet the [...]

22 May 2018

Find out where the real estate market is heading at “Toronto Tomorrow”

For a decade now, the property market in this city has been unstoppable. Prices soared, house supply tanked, and condo towers sprouted up across every corner of the GTA. But lately, change is in the air. In fact, this spring may be most pivotal season in Toronto real estate in recent memory. In April, home sales were down a staggering 32% over last year, with the average price down 12.4% [...]

22 May 2018

NDP pledge year-round GO rail service between Niagara and Toronto

Transit plan also includes Hamilton LRT project and rail service between Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto With seasonal GO rail service to Niagara set to begin this weekend, Andrea Horwath is promising to offer daily trains to and from Toronto year-round if she's elected as Ontario's premier. The NDP leader made the announcement during a visit to St. Catharines Thu [...]

22 May 2018

Why Toronto needs more townhouses

Matthieu St-Pierre met his wife in 2011, while studying at the University of Waterloo. After living in Montreal and Los Angeles, they eventually decided to settle down in Toronto. They found jobs in their chosen fields, St-Pierre as a senior software developer and his wife in communications at a university. When they had their first child, in 2014, their one-bedroom apartment in mid [...]

22 May 2018

Mayor warns Toronto may need emergency centre for refugees, demands more support

Mayor John Tory says Toronto will likely have to open an emergency reception centre within the next week for refugees arriving in the city.Tory is also calling Friday for federal and provincial help to deal with the pressure the increasing number of refugees are putting on the city's shelter system, marking the second time he's made the demand in recent weeks.Toronto could welcome a [...]

22 May 2018

Brick-and-Mortar Stores See Sales Slump in January

The New Year didn’t start out well for brick and mortar retail stores across the United States. Sales declined 7.0 percent year over year combined with a 4.4 percent drop in traffic. The numbers mark the fourth time in six months sales numbers dropped quicker than those for traffic. The latest Retail Performance Pulse Year over Year Report for January from RetailNext also saw a d [...]

26 February 2018

She Means Business – What All Female Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Business Financing

Are you a female entrepreneur facing the unique challenges many women-owned businesses share? Of course, plenty of small businesses are already headed by women — and the number is growing. The disparity comes when comparing the amount of funding women run businesses receive compared to their male run counterparts, according to our friends at Biz2Credit. To address this issue confronting [...]

24 February 2018

20% of All Searches are Made with Voice (INFOGRAPHIC)

A new and very interactive infographic by Adzooma takes a look at how online advertising will be trending in 2018. And one of the data points is the growth of voice search, which now makes up 20 percent of inquiries on Google’s mobile app and Android devices.Online Advertising Trends In addition to the upcoming trends in 2018, the infographic also provides tips to stay abreast of changi [...]

20 February 2018

Apply These 4 Secret Techniques to Turn Your Blog Visitors into Customers

To blog or not to blog? I get this question from our eCommerce clients all the time. Many of them have tried blogging, but are discouraged because “it hasn’t worked for them.” They publish several articles per week or per month and give up when they don’t see the sales coming in right way. One of the many reasons why they don’t see results is because of low website traffic. Un [...]

20 February 2018

What’s the Difference Between Celebrities and Influencers – and Which Does Your Brand Need?

For the past couple of years, influencers have played a major role in promoting brands — both locally and internationally. While some marketing campaigns solely relied on influencers, I noticed that many brands used influencers alongside traditional celebrities. At the same time, I also noticed that more and more businesses are taking a risk to invest in influencer marketing. This [...]

09 February 2018

Mobile App Development Trends to Continue in 2017

Smartphones and mobiles are an integral part of your everyday existence. Every aspect of your life is integrated with your smartphone or mobile and you simply cannot do without it. You wake up every morning thanks to the morning alarm set on your smartphone. You connect with friends, listen to music, read online news, visit social media platforms, watch videos, and read your emails or eve [...]

18 November 2017

The T-Mobile REVVL Plus Combines Features with Competitive Pricing for Business

The T-Mobile REVVL Plus has been released three months after the company launched the budget-friendly REVVL line. The addition of the plus is going to give T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) customers a bigger screen, battery, and a price increase of $75. At $200 the REVVL Plus is entering a segment with a lot of competition. However, T-Mobile is offering the phone with its JUMP! or Equipment Install [...]

16 November 2017

Xero HQ Apps Now Available to Small Business Accounting Companies in US

Xero (NZE:XRO) just announced the general availability of Xero HQ apps in the Americas. The release of the new apps corresponds with a growth of 43 percent in Xero’s business domestically. Ten apps have been launched in collaboration with the company’s partners to improve the Xero online accounting software for small businesses. The 10 apps have been selected to provide a comprehensive [...]

16 November 2017

Amazon Echo Spot Features Video Conferencing and Other Business Tools

Meet the new Echo Spot. An Alexa enabled device that is part personal assistant, alarm clock, video conferencing, calling and more solution.Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced the new Echo Spot at its 2017 hardware event, and by many accounts it was the device that got the most attention.Why all the attention? Because you can take Echo Spot anywhere, which makes it ideal for a small business trave [...]

02 October 2017

Constellation Energy’s “Dimes to Dollars” Webinar Provides Energy Conservation Tips for SMB’s

From changing the light bulbs you use to choosing tools to help you win the thermostat wars in the office and more, there’s a wide range of options when trying to keep energy costs low for your business.That’s why Constellation Energy and Small Business Trends have teamed up to bring you this webinar, “Dimes to Dollars: Use Apps, Conserve Energy and Recycle to Control Your Budget.”The webi [...]

27 September 2017

Small Businesses Drop Healthcare Coverage with Cost, ACA Given as Reasons

Fewer small businesses are offering healthcare coverage to their employees than have in recent years, according to recent research.Small Business Healthcare Coverage TrendsThe Kaiser Family Foundation found that only 50 percent of small businesses with between three and 49 employees offer healthcare coverage to employees. That’s down from 59 percent that offered coverage in 2012 and 66 [...]

23 September 2017

Warning: Cyber Security Breach, Could Negligence be Responsible?

What is the number one root cause behind data breaches across North America for small businesses? If you said negligent employees, you would be right. More than half, or 54 percent of respondents in the 2017 State of SMB Cybersecurity Report gave this very same reason.Top Causes of Data BreachesThird-party mistakes and errors in system or operating process rounded up the top three causes [...]

21 September 2017