While the rise of crowdfunding, the launch of the Startup Visa program and Canada Post’s price hikes weighed on small business owners in 2013, the most popular stories were more likely to involve cool gadgets, the CBC’s Dragon’s Den and workplace diction. Scroll through the following list to learn more about the year’s top reads:
1. Three travel gadgets you shouldn't leave home without
2. Retro gadgets to brighten your winter blues
Here are some tech toys to treat yourself to. From a Commodore 64 keyboard to a Casio calculator watch, there's a retro-but-modern gizmo for everyone in this list.
3. Ten words to cut from your writing
As Mark Twain famously wrote, "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." His point? Strong writing is lean writing. When you want to make your writing more powerful, cut out words you don't need--such as the 10 included in this post.
4. Ten phrases that should be banned from the workplace forever
5. Entrepreneur loses bid to sue CBC over Dragons’ Den appearance
Province’s top court said Marc Ribeiro, president of MHR Board Game Design Inc., had no grounds to sue the CBC for “gross and reckless negligence, intentional misconduct, malice and bad faith” over an unflattering portrayal on the program
6. Dragons’ Den success story has caught a summer cold
The lazy, hazy days of summer have slowed business for Steeped Tea, which sells tea through home-based parties. How can the owners motivate busy stay-at-home moms and fix a vexing cash-flow problem?
7. Money and talent drive East Coast business revival
The economic well-being of Atlantic Canada has depended on natural resources for decades. Forestry, fishing, mining and oil refining have created thousands of jobs, launched many businesses and built communities. A number of experts suggest an economic shift is now unfolding on Canada’s East Coast.
8. Toronto lingerie company re-imagines women’s underwear
Knix Wear’s goal is to make women’s everyday just that little bit easier, and the positive reinforcement that the company's founder received from women of all ages made it easy to stay motivated and to take the entrepreneurial leap of faith
9. Introducing Vancouver's most promising young entrepreneursReport on Small Business hosted a Young Entrepreneurs Night at The Hive, a collaborative workspace for the creativity, sustainability and community sectors in Vancouver. The networking event featured a group of early stage small-business owners and students who aspire to be entrepreneurs
10. Why great salespeople are more blue-collar than white-collar
The best practitioners understand that while finesse, diplomacy and sensitivity are important, they also know sales is a contact sport, writes columnist Tibor Shanto