Tim Hortons owner strips disgruntled franchisee of his licence

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Description: Great White North Franchisee Association president is no longer a franchisee, company says Source: CBC.ca Date: Sep 04, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/tim-hortons-franchisee-1.4809590 Questions for discussion: What are the issues in this dispute? Do you think either side is handling the conflict effectively? What might be the consequences of this dispute with respect to potential and… Read more »

Apple Is Losing Its Cool Factor And That’s A Problem If They Want To Break Into TV.

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Description: Apple spent much of the 00s riding high on a wave of cool. Whether it was MP3 players, smartphones, tablets or laptops, Apple was the brand that everyone wanted and anything else seemed like the “sensible” (read: uncool) pair of sneakers your parents forced you wear in sixth grade. (Growing up in New York… Read more »

Jumping on the bot bandwagon, Chatty McChatface developers aim to (Kik-)start real conversations

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Description: Sam:) began as a project to randomly connect strangers for text-based conversation. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 19, 2016 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/executive/smart-shift/jumping-on-the-bot-bandwagon-chatty-mcchatface-developers-aim-to-kik-start-real-conversations Questions for Discussions: What are the challenges for tech start-ups like Sam:)? How is the software different from other social media? Strategically, how would you try to grow the user base?

Shopify’s initial public offering smashes expectations

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  Description: Shopify, an Ottawa based company, sold 7.7 million shares at $17 apiece to raise $131 million in its initial public offering, smashing expectations. Shopify provides software for small businesses that helps them sell their products online. Today, more than 160,000 stores across 150 countries use Shopify. Source: CBC Date: May 26, 2015 Video… Read more »

Children’s recreation market booming

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Description: Typically thought to be populated by small businesses, non-profits and community run programs, Children’s recreation sector is now a booming market with large and more professionalized businesses stepping in. With Canada lagging behind other English-speaking and European countries in terms of its investments in early childhood education as a percentage of its GDP, there… Read more »

Hiring Family Members Not Good For Family Businesses

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Description: A new research, by Elnar Madesen at Nordland Research Institute in Norway, finds that to keep family business entrepreneurial, they should focus on recruiting non-family members. The study finds that family businesses that recruited more external people in the firm and board showed more positive results. Source: Canadian Business Date: June 18, 2014 Video… Read more »

Encouraging Young Entrepreneurs

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Description: Micro-Tyco, an organization founded by Mick Jackson, encourages entrepneurial thinking among students in high schools and universities. One of its innovative programs includes giving high school and university students a $1 loan and gets them to turn it into real money. Source: CBC Date: June 6, 2014 Link:http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2462797708/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: Why is it… Read more »

Canada’s new anti-spam legislation

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Description: Canada’s new anti-spam legislation will come in effect from July 1. This means that any spams in emails will be illegal. Small businesses, which rely on sending email spams to promote their business, will have to scramble for other options. Source: CBC Date: June 04, 2014 Video Link:http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2462065485/ Questions for Discussion: What all does… Read more »

Shaking up the business of shaving

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Description: Shaving is a big business worldwide with two giant players, Gillette and Schick. A new startup Harry’s is planning to shake-up the shaving business by selling razors directly to consumers. Jeff Raider, Harry’s co-founder, explains the company’s innovative strategy. Source: CBC Date: Feb 19, 2014 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2438374737/ Questions for Discussion: What sets Harry’s apart… Read more »

Twitter stock take a big beating

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Description: Twitter stock fell 24% on poor fourth quarter results. Twitter has seen a deceleration on several of its important metrics such as growth in the number of users from quarter 3. Source: CBC Date: Feb 06, 2014 Link:  http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2435335871/ Questions for Discussion: Explain the key metrics that Twitter is evaluated on? What conclusions can you… Read more »