How to Prevent Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace

The numbers are stark. Nearly half of all Canadian workers have experienced bullying in the workplace according to a 2014 national survey. As a small business owner, you are responsible for providing a safe and secure workplace environment for your staff. If workplace bullying and harassment is allowed to […]

Improving Your Small Business Project Management in 2018

It’s that time of year.  Sleigh bells receding in the distance, darkness shrouding your morning and evening commutes, and we can’t help but reflect and take stock of what has transpired and dream of what will become. As a small business owner, new goals and objectives begin to take shape.  […]

How a Virtual Assistant Can Help your Small Business

Entrepreneurs start their ventures with bold visions and big plans. However, it’s all too easy to get bogged down by the mundane tasks involved in building a business empire. No matter the industry, every company has these critical tasks that can’t be ignored, and ultimately keep entrepreneurs from the work […]

How To Keep Your Employees Road Safe This Winter

British Columbia’s winter driving season is upon us, and for those who drive to work, it represents the most dangerous time of the year on the roads. No matter where you’re based in the province, winter brings with it challenging road conditions, ranging from snow and ice, to rain and […]

Make Your Small Business More Eco-Friendly

Here on the West Coast, we’re known for being one of Canada’s most environmentally conscious provinces, but there’s still plenty of scope for improvement. BC businesses accumulated almost three million tonnes of waste in 2014, an increase of over seven per cent since 2012. Despite access to recycling, composting, […]

‘Tis The Season to Avoid Holiday Party Issues

Temperatures are dropping, decorations are going up, and lists for Santa are excitedly being prepared. It can mean only one thing – the Holiday Season is almost upon us. This annual celebration brings a chance to catch up with family, enjoy some classic festive songs, and exchange gifts with […]

Tara Bosch’s 6 tips for Young Entrepreneurs

She may be only 23 years of age, but SmartSweets Founder and CEO Tara Bosch is on the fast track to success. The Surrey BC native set up her company just two years ago, with the aim to kick sugar, keep candy and create a food movement based on […]

10 Questions With U. Gary Charlwood

As a leading business figure in British Columbia, U. Gary Charlwood has seen it all. U. Gary first arrived on Canadian shores, from Germany, in 1966 as a young man with dreams of making it in the airline business. In the early 1970s, he decided to pursue a career […]

Is Your Business Equipped to Handle Disaster?

As we approach the end of a summer that’s seen much of British Columbia affected by wildfires, small business owners have been forced to confront whether they’re prepared to survive an emergency. It’s only natural to shy away from confronting the worst-case scenario, but as a small business owner you’ve […]

Avoiding the Pitfalls of a Family Business

Approximately 80% of all businesses in Canada are family owned. Ranging in size from behemoths like Bombardier and McCain Foods Limited, to small mom and pop corner stores, these companies form the backbone of the Canadian economy and face the same challenges as any other. However, more personal relationships exist within a family business and create many different considerations, especially when things go awry.