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  • Google+ basics

    Google's social place has received a lot of attention, not always positive. But if you are sure that Google+ may be a useful addition to your online marketing strategy, the second part of Vivian Luo's Google+ series will show you how to get this new tool working for you.

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  • Perfectionists – why do you want them in your team

    Struggling to achieve perfection in every single task is bound to make it difficult for perfectionists to meet deadlines and is sure to make colleagues a little frustrated. And yet, a perfectionist can be a great asset to your team. Find out why.

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  • Tradespeople key to Canada’s economic growth

    Australia’s academic Philip Toner explains that Canada’s present shortage of skilled labour and its reliance on resource exports can be counterbalanced by government investment in skilled tradespeople as it was successfully done in Australia. Jacqueline Nelson reports.

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  • Resilient in face of adversity - Canadian private businesses

    Canadian small businesses are proving to be resilient and adaptable even in the toughest of times. Canada One reports on their concerns and priorities for their next 12 months.

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  • Why you should nourish your business relationships particularly in the toughest of times

    You might think that tough times call for desperate measures, like cutting down on customer service or on your employee training schemes. But, as Richard Branson explains, nourishing relationships is essential for every single company, particularly when the going gets tough.

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  • The simplicity of i-Phone payment - now at all Canadian Starbucks

    Firstly introduced in the United States, coffee giant Starbucks has launched its i-Phone payment system in Canada. Load up with credit, retrieve the bar code and get your money deducted. Simple - as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee itself.

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  • The pension divide – what side are you on?

    Pension consultants Tower Watson recently reported an extended working life of two years for those Canadians with Defined Contribution pensions versus those who enjoyed Defined Benefit pensions. Which group do you belong to? Perhaps it’s time you gave your pension some serious thought? Start by reading up Jonathan Chevreau’s discussion on the Canadian pension apartheid.

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  • Innovate the Pixar Way

    Looking for some useful tips to help your small business develop and succeed? “Innovate the Pixar Way – Business lessons from the world’s most creative corporate playground” discusses some of the common themes that have made of this company a unique example of a successful working environment as well as a lucrative venture.

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  • Be on top of your importing game – Learn the rules

    Canadian businesses importing goods into the country are faced by a set of confusing and often changing regulations. Find out from Sandra Light what the latest amendments are in order to avoid much unwelcome fiscal penalties.

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  • Comprehensive travel management program for budget conscious MMEs

    American Express Canada releases a global travel management program designed to address the needs of MMEs. aXcentis delivers tailored travelling services for small and medium sized businesses needing to travel in this cash-constrained economic environment.

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  • Join in the celebrations: October 2011, BC' small business month

    A celebration of the groups dedicated to help small business owners, the fifth BC Small business month promises a great choice of cultural and promotional events.

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  • Stressed by stock market volatility?

    If the roller coaster ride that is the stock market today is causing you to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown, Bryan Borzykowski’s volatility survival guide could be the antidote you need.

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