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Jacqueline Dinsmore's Toronto-based company, Luvali Convertibles makes convertible bags that can be transformed into different styles by changing or reversing a slip cover or removing a strap. She is seen at her Oakville home on May 9, 2011. (JENNIFER ROBERTS FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)
Jacqueline Dinsmore's Toronto-based company, Luvali Convertibles makes convertible bags that can be transformed into different styles by changing or reversing a slip cover or removing a strap. She is seen at her Oakville home on May 9, 2011. (JENNIFER ROBERTS FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

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Luvali's coup, and conundrum. The Challenge: The convertible bag maker needs to be ready to fill sudden large orders from big retailers without short-changing the smaller clients that have helped the company grow.

He's 19, runs two companies and pulls in six figures. U of T student Donny Ouyang runs a web-based peer mentoring company, Rayku, that helps students get the help they need, even in the wee hours of the night.

Success stories: BlueCat Networks' founder and CEO Michael Hyatt reveals his formula for entrepreneurial success.



'Think my wife is hot?' Job interviewer gaffes. Four job interview questions you don't want to ask candidates (and three you do).

Protect your intellectual property. Many smaller enterprises fail to take the proper steps to guard the very things - from company names to product formulas to logos - that give their business an identity and an edge over their competitors. Plus, intellectual property protection at a glance.

Small businesses that face lousy challenges. The Lice Squad is among companies that must jump an extra hurdle: battling stigmas associated with what they have to offer.

Tech entrepreneurs flock to 'Kite Camp.' Kite surfing, like running a business, requires a love of adrenalin, the ability to make quick decisions, and the confidence to face challenges.



Ten PR tips for small businesses on a budget. Want to create a buzz about your small business without spending a fortune?

Windmill startup tilts with the wind. Horizontal-axis electrical windmills kill birds and don't always work, so Winnipeg's Global Wind tilted the entire concept

Tenants balk when landlord spikes rent. Case study: The owners of Falafel Place in Winnipeg had a decision to make when the new price was substantially higher than expected.

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