Skip to main content

Small Business Report on Small Business Newsletter: Soaring rents force food entrepreneurs to think small – really small

This is the weekly Report on Small Business newsletter. If you’re reading this on the web, or if someone forwarded this e-mail to you, you can sign up for it and all Globe newsletters on our signup page.

Soaring rents force food entrepreneurs to think small – really small

Go big or go home may be a catchy idiom, but for many budding food entrepreneurs, the reality is clear: Go small or go bankrupt. In response to soaring commercial lease rates in major Canadian cities, some food businesses are getting creative – inhabiting little nooks and crannies that make your cozy corner café seem palatial by comparison. Today, entrance vestibules, unused storage closets inside other businesses, and even tiny display windows are real options for tiny restaurants with outsized ambitions. Story

Story continues below advertisement

Brush with death inspires entrepreneur to launch online will startup Willful

It was the sudden loss of a close relative and his involvement in two near-death experiences that convinced former construction worker Kevin Oulds to become an estate planning entrepreneur and launch his online will-generation startup, Willful. Story

How two young entrepreneurs got it wrong, and then made it right

When Adam McIsaac started his company, Robin Media Inc., in 2016, he thought it was a sure bet. He planned to help music fans beat scalpers and ticket bots by working directly with musicians and concert promoters, reserving tickets before concerts went on sale and then selling them to fans for a modest additional fee. Story

Toronto’s SnapTravel closes $21-million financing, with assist from Stephen Curry

Toronto-based SnapTravel, which uses artificial intelligence to customize online hotel-booking, announced US$13.2-million in new financing Tuesday – including from two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry. Story

‘Not reinventing the wheel:’ Toronto’s Vena finds a niche souping up Excel

Story continues below advertisement

Don Mal was set to return to his first love – playing in a rock 'n’ roll band – when he retired from his thriving software firm Vena Solutions Inc. That was in May. Now he’s back for an unexpected encore as CEO of the Toronto company he co-founded in 2011. Story

WHAT WE’RE READING ELSEWHERE

Small businesses can’t find workers, says group calling for new immigrant plan

Businesses owners across the province are experiencing a labour shortage, forcing them to take on more work themselves and drop plans to expand, according to a survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Story

From at-home orthodontics to coconut-flavoured floss: Meet the startups disrupting the dental industry

For decades the experience of caring for your teeth looked something like this: Visit the dentist every six or nine months. Take home a new toothbrush from the hygienist. Use it to brush at least twice daily. Repeat. Story

Story continues below advertisement

B.C. launches clean growth plan

British Columbia can develop a liquefied natural gas industry while meeting ambitious greenhouse gas emission targets, Premier John Horgan suggested Wednesday, December 5, with the release of his government’s new clean growth plan. Story

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Comments

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • All comments will be reviewed by one or more moderators before being posted to the site. This should only take a few moments.
  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. Commenters who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be suspended, causing them to temporarily lose their ability to engage with comments.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.
Cannabis pro newsletter