How to improve your website searchability in three steps

Know your target audience, do your keyword research, use all of this research on your website

How to improve your website searchability in three stepsI’ve talked a lot about the different forms of paid advertising for web and social media platforms. For the next few weeks, I’m going to switch gears and talk more about organic online traffic. This is website traffic that finds you through searches for something in Google organically, not through paid advertising. I use a…

Better outcomes require careful planning

If your staff don’t have clarity about what’s expected, they will imagine what you’re looking for. That may not turn out well

Better outcomes require careful planningA professional came from the big city to a small town to build a cabin so he could escape the hustle and bustle of life, and set down roots where he could revive his spirits. His plan was to build a tiny house from the ground up. He asked around for help building his dream…

Canadian health sector businesses struggling to survive

88 per cent are concerned PPE will become a significant expense for their business while almost half (49 per cent) are worried about accessing PPE

Canadian health sector businesses struggling to surviveMost Canadian small businesses in the health sector are worried about their financial wellbeing and are expressing concerns about accessing PPE (personal protective equipment), according to new research from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). “Small businesses in the health services sector are struggling with the costs to follow hospital grade operational guidelines without…

Alberta CEOs release plan for the future economy

"Alberta is the place where talented people should work together to create new opportunities and solve the toughest problems"

Alberta CEOs release plan for the future economyA report released Tuesday by the Business Council of Alberta (BCA) proposes solutions to make Alberta the place where the brightest minds come together and solve the world’s biggest challenges. "Alberta is the place where talented people should work together to create new opportunities and solve the toughest problems,” said Dawn Farrell, a member of…

58% of Canadian businesses are now fully open: CFIB

23 per cent are making normal sales for this time of year and 34 per cent are back to normal staffing levels, says the national organization

58% of Canadian businesses are now fully open: CFIBThe Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) said on Tuesday that its weekly small business recovery dashboard saw a slight improvement since its launch last week as part of the #SmallBusinessEveryDay campaign, which will run through the fall.  Fifty-eight per cent of businesses are fully open (compared to 53 per cent last week), 23 per…

Alberta launches relaunch grant for struggling businesses

Relief from the grant for businesses and non-profits can be used to offset the costs they are facing as they reopen their doors

Alberta launches relaunch grant for struggling businessesThe Alberta government is launching on Monday its Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant which offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that faced restrictions or closures from public health orders, and experienced a revenue loss of at least 50 per cent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible job creators can apply…

Battered small businesses need help with looming bills

Rent is due on Wednesday with many still not able to access any rent relief and the existing relief program not covering rent beyond June

Battered small businesses need help with looming billsGST/HST payments that had been deferred to June 30 are coming  and many small businesses are worried that costly penalties and interest will start accumulating on amounts they can't yet afford to pay, warns the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Adding to the high anxiety around cash flow, rent is due on Wednesday with many…

BDC CEO Michael Denham interview on small business

"We expect a provincial GDP contraction this year of around nine per cent and a recovery next year of around six per cent."

BDC CEO Michael Denham interview on small businessMichael Denham, President and CEO of BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada), talks about the Alberta economy, its recovery and offers words of advice for struggling small business owners during the current crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Calgary's Business: What does Alberta's current economic outlook and recovery look like? Denham: "We expect a provincial…

Want business success? Follow the path of others

If we fail to implement best practices, the results are going to be predictably unhappy

Want business success? Follow the path of othersThere’s a certain adrenaline rush you get when you go over the handlebars of your bike and are flying through the air, as I did recently. That thrill (and pain) is hard to replicate except maybe by riding bulls or broncos at a rodeo. The result, however, is certainty predictable: you’re going to hit the…

Hashtag research tips to get your best reach

Hashtags tie public conversations from different users into a single stream, which you can find by searching for a hashtag

Hashtag research tips to get your best reachHashtags are a way for people to discover certain topics that are posted on social media platforms. As an entrepreneur, you can use hashtags so people who are new to your audience discover your product or service. Instagram is well known for its use of hashtags, and although they seem random and off the cuff,…
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