Tag Archives: market research

Finding Your Business Idea

Do you want to be your own boss but have no idea what business to start? Believe it or not, this is a common question for aspiring entrepreneurs.  Ask yourself the questions below to get your creative juices flowing. What … Continue reading

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Small Business Resources for Newcomers

More and more new Canadians are seeking information on starting up a new business, whether it’s a micro-business, a small to medium enterprise or starting a business utilizing their foreign education credentials. We often meet with individuals who may have … Continue reading

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Online Tools for Business Owners

Running a business can be a stressful endeavor.  The good news is that there are a lot of online cost-effective tools and resources at your fingertips to help manage and enhance your business.  These tools not only can make your … Continue reading

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Website for Entrepreneurs

Halton Region Small Business Centre (SBC) is a unique resource in Halton, which provides support to “main street” small business owners, youth and new Canadian entrepreneurs.  The SBC is part of a collaborative Network of Entrepreneurs within Ontario assisting entrepreneurs … Continue reading

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Personal Business Objectives

What motivates someone to become an entrepreneur? Is money and personal wealth the only motivation? Evidence suggests that there are many more reasons why someone wants to start a business. Every business starts small; but by taking some calculated risks, doing … Continue reading

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Business planning: The importance of a SWOT analysis

A SWOT analysis is a structured planning method that can be used to help develop a strong business strategy by creating an organized list of both internal and external factors that can impact your business positively or negatively. SWOT stands for … Continue reading

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Get your business started: the value of market research

One of the first questions that we often get asked from aspiring entrepreneurs is how to take the first step in developing an interesting business idea into a fully functioning business. While there are a series of important steps that … Continue reading

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Key questions to consider when planning your business

Starting a small business always starts with an idea. The unfortunate truth is many people come up with excellent business ideas but never move forward with them because the thought of developing a business plan seems overwhelming. While developing a … Continue reading

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Starting a small business? First understand your competition

Can you imagine a world in which your business has no competition? Neither can I, yet I have reviewed more business plans than I care to admit in which entrepreneurs boldly declare those four words:  “I have no competition.” To … Continue reading

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Never Underestimate the Consumer

According to Industry Canada and the Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) on average, Canadian consumers are more highly educated than ever before. They went on to say that over the last two decades, the proportion of Canadians 25 years of … Continue reading

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