Off the Ground Blog

Support for Social Enterprises »

May 1, 2017

What do British Columbians value? Making positive impacts—and the social ventures sector is certainly thriving in British Columbia.

Tags: Social Enterprise & Non-Profit

Making the Pitch: How Research Can Build Credibility »

Apr 19, 2017

You’ve got “THE” business idea that you’re convinced will be a success. But how can you convince your audience? With research!

Tags: Events, Financial Matters, Growing, Ideation, Networking

Industry Overview: Financial Industry »

Apr 5, 2017

Tax season is upon us! We doubt many of you look forward to this period, except of course the accountants among us.   It is a time when we reflect on our finances and whether someone can assist us in meeting our financial targets.  This overview is for the financial savvy among us who dream of helping others meet their financial goals and build a safety net.

Tags: Doing Research, Financial Matters, Industry Trends

Open Education Sources for Small Businesses »

Mar 22, 2017

We are in the middle of Open Education Week, which lasts from March 27th to 31st this year. The goal of the week is to raise awareness about sources, uses and benefits of open education. We conducted some research to find open resources that will be helpful for a small business owner.

Tags: Growing, Open Education, Work-Life Balance

Want to Improve your Chances of Business Success? Get a Mentor! »

Mar 8, 2017

March 8th marks International Women's Day 2017! International Women's Day is a time to celebrate women and #BeBoldForChange as we rise together toward a better working world. Women in British Columbia looking to rise to their own entrepreneurial potential can find support with the Women's Enterprise Centre (WEC). For International Women's Day 2017, we have invited the WEC to share their tips for success: 

Tags: BC Spotlights, Guest Posts, Networking

Gen X, Y or Z? British Columbia’s Demographic Breakdown  »

Feb 10, 2017

We often come across the terms such as Millennial, Gen X, Baby Boomers, Gen Y and Gen Z in the news, read about future trends or hear business leaders talk about their future customer base.  What do these age groups really mean?

Tags: Business Planning, Doing Research, Industry Trends

Family Business & Succession Planning »

Feb 8, 2017

With Family Day just around the corner, it’s time to talk “The Talk” with your kin. That’s right: we’re talking about family succession planning. Business owners want to see their businesses grow and succeed into the future.

Tags: Business Planning, Exiting, Work-Life Balance

Trends for Businesses for 2017 »

Jan 25, 2017

Bank of Canada predicts 2% GDP growth for Canada for 2017. As a new year begins experts often write about popular trends we are likely to see. We read through these predictions to see what might be useful for small businesses in British Columbia. The following is a list of eight different trends that is food for thought for entrepreneurs.

Tags: Business, E-Business, Industry Trends

Industry Overview: Wine »

Jan 4, 2017

A toast to 2017! As you sip your champagne, make it a new year’s resolution to fill your glass with your own wine by this time next year. With 1.5 million winery visitors each year, British Columbia is rich with opportunity for wine-based businesses and eager viticulture entrepreneurs.

Tags: Business, Doing Research, Industry Trends

Ten Holiday Markets of British Columbia  »

Nov 29, 2016

Holiday season is here. And that means one thing: holiday markets!

Tags: BC Spotlights, Business, Events