Off the Ground Blog

Business without borders: Import/Export »

Apr 22, 2011

Buying and selling on international markets allows small business to grow beyond regional or domestic limitations. The SBA Import/Export guide can help get your research and planning started if you're thinking about doing business in foreign markets. 

Tags: Exporting

Fair Financing for Female Entrepreneurs? »

Mar 4, 2011

Building on an Oct 2010 report by the SME Financing Data Initiative, Globe & Mail reporter Marjo Johne examines the issues of gender discrimination towards female entrepreneurs seeking business financing.

Tags: Financial Matters

The Value of a Business Logo »

Mar 2, 2011

Google, IBM, Apple, Microsoft & Coca-Cola - these are the 5 most valuable global brands for 2010. What do all of these brands have in common? Iconic imaging and powerful visual branding. If you're trying to build a brand for your small business - or just a consistent marketing image, it's worth investing in a logo.

Tags: Marketing

CCH - Answers to Business Legal/Regulatory Questions »

Feb 9, 2011

In the course of operating a business, every owner/manager comes across an issue or question that they're just not certain how to answer. Some questions can live without answers. Other questions, such as 'How should I handle privacy in the workplace?' or 'How much am I required to pay employees for overtime work?' require more definite answers. If you're looking for specific information on legal or regulatory issues - CCH print publications are an effective way to find answers. 

Tags: Compliance, Libraries

Hard to Find Info for Start-ups - Poll Results »

Feb 4, 2011

'What type of Information is Difficult to Find?' - was a 3-month long running poll question on the SBA homepage - and the results are in!

Tags: Doing Research

Joining a Business Association  »

Jan 25, 2011

There is strength in numbers - no question, and joining a business / industry association is a great way to tap into the skills, knowledge and economic advantages that larger groups may hold.

Tags: Networking

RRSP strategies for the Self-Employed »

Jan 21, 2011
With the 2010 RRSP deadline less than a month away (March 1 , 2011), self-employed Canadians must ask themselves: how much (if any) will I contribute for 2010? For the newly self-employed, moving away from 'regular employment' means that existing RRSP strategies should be adjusted to match a new financial situation.
Tags: Books, Financial Matters