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Taking the Next Step – Starting Your Own Business

Taking the Next Step – Starting Your Own Business

I often meet people who are intrigued by the idea of starting their own business, but are intimidated by the fact that they have no experience or simply don’t know where to begin.
Northern voices can indeed be heard

Northern voices can indeed be heard

The Mowat Centre, a research institute associated with the University of Toronto, released a “Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario”.
Do you “know the North?”

Do you “know the North?”

I give a lot of talks about what is going on in Northern Ontario. Those sessions require me to cite data, lots of data: demographic data, health data, education data, economic data, and more.
Building a small business sector in the North

Building a small business sector in the North

The importance of small business to Northern Ontario cannot be overstated. Northern Ontario is heavily dependent on resource-based industry, from mining and forestry to steel. Our economies ebb and flow with the cycles of big business and industry.
The North is growing, in places

The North is growing, in places

The response to my April column about recent successes for young people here in our region was met with a mix of relief and skepticism.
Building a thriving small business sector in Northern Ontario

Building a thriving small business sector in Northern Ontario

The importance of small business to Northern Ontario cannot be overstated. Northern Ontario is a region heavily dependent on resource-based industry, from mining and forestry to steel.
The grass isn’t always greener

The grass isn’t always greener

In both northeastern and northwestern Ontario 17- to 34-year-olds are leaving in droves.
A bright future in advanced manufacturing

A bright future in advanced manufacturing

So let’s start with a little good news. The advanced manufacturing sector is starved for skilled people. By investing in people we can ensure that Ontario has the skilled labour force it requires for economic growth.
Creative financing can lead to a better deal for both buyers and sellers

Creative financing can lead to a better deal for both buyers and sellers

Financing a business purchase can be challenging, but by working with your advisors to implement creative alternatives satisfactory to all parties will help increase everybody’s goal of a successful transaction.
“The clock is ticking” on ACR

“The clock is ticking” on ACR

A takeover of the Algoma Central Railway (ACR) passenger service from CN by a third-party operator is in the works and, at first blush, this seems to hold the promise of reviving the Agawa Canyon Tour Train and the full Sault Ste.