The StartCanada Blog provides insights about some of the work that we’re doing; including web design / development, design thinking, social media marketing, small business information, trends, tips, ideas and inspiration for start-ups, professionals, non-profits and small businesses.
Canada has been welcoming Americans for a long time, although the country loses more to its bigger, richer neighbour than it gains from it. Canada was popular during prohibition, and again during the Vietnam War, when thousands of Americans came along with writers, architects, educators and others who added so much to the richness and economic vitality of the country. No doubt the welcome mat will be put out again.
There is a buzz out there that some Americans are thinking that it might be a time to consider moving to Canada; Even starchitect Frank Gehry is thinking of returning after 70 years away. Many American news sources have taken note of a website“Cape Breton if Trump Wins,” which is full of useful information. But most Canadians would say Cape Breton? Really?
Right now the country is a mix of good and bad news; economically it's not so hot, with its addiction to oil and commodity revenues. That’s caused the loonie (what Canadians call their dollar) to drop like a rock; this is hard on Canadians but just wonderful for Americans who find their dollar goes way farther up here. If you have a telecommuting job that you can do in Canada while getting paid in U.S. dollars, you have scored.
It's an excellent read. Love the old postcards, too. Go for it. Read the complete article.
Source: Mother Nature Network
Photo: Angelo Narciso, Canadian Pacific Railway, Banff National Park, Alberta
The Top 10 Overall
Most Lucrative Markets
Most Affordable Cities
Most Business Friendly Cities
Source/s: Canadian Business Magazine, November 2015
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg, Manitoba
... Ranked by the only metric that matters - the respect of average Canadians.
MEC CEO David Labistour on the company's logo / company rebrand: "... the more complicated the logo was, the less power it had. The simpler and more utilitarian your logo is, the more it shows up on the screen of a mobile phone."
Source: Canadian Business Magazine, October 2015
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, Canoe on Lake Louise
Here's how some of the news spread...
"More than a hundred years ago a great prime minister, Wilfrid Laurier, talked about sunny ways, he knew that politics can be a positive force and that is the message Canadians sent today. Sunny ways, my friends, sunny ways, this is what positive politics can do.” - Justin Trudeau
Google, unlike most organizations, enjoys the creativity involved in constantly reinventing their logo to celebrate the days of our lives. Today, Google Canada celebrates the FIFA Women's World Cup kicking off tomorrow at 4pm at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, with a match between Canada and China.
Catch the games and support our women. The schedule of the games are as follows:
Enlarge the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Schedule
Here's a tribute to the Canadian Women's Soccer Team in the recent 2012 London Olympic Games.
Go girls! Go Canada!
Source: Google, Logo Life, BCRV Park, Jocelyn Ngo
Canada Post features Christine Sinclair, Canada's most accomplished women's soccer player and Kadeisha Buchanan, a rising star on Canada's Women's Soccer Team, to commemorate the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 to be played across the nation.
Source: Canada Post
Pierre Cleroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist of the Business Development Bank of Canada spoke to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce about What to Expect in 2015: An Economic Outlook for Small and Medium Businesses.
"So if you are an owner of a small business, you might think exporting is a good idea but mostly for large and mid-size firms. I want to give you a different perspective about this because more and more small businesses are able to export with new technology. Digital technology is changing the game for small business. You can access billions of consumers online with very low costs... something not possible 10 years ago."
Mr. Cleroux continues to explain the how websites enable small businesses to export their products to the world. His three examples were outfits in:
HIs presentation starts at 21:30 of the Calgary Chamber video.
Source: Calgary Chamber of Commerce
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, Delta Hotel, Calgary, AB
The top 20 brands in Canada, ranked by reputation are as follows...
2. Tim Hortons
3. Shoppers Drug Mart
5. Canadian Tire
11. Home Depot
14. Johnson & Johnson
17. Costco Wholesale
19. McCain Foods
20. Chapters Indigo
Wondering where some other familiar brands stand? Here's more...
38. Rona / Roots
43. Hudson's Bay Company
59. Molson Coors
72. Boston Pizza
88. London Drugs
Does last year's results interest you? Click this: Canada's Top Brands 2013.
Source: Marketing Magazine, May 2014
Google partnered with Ipsos OTX Media CT to understand smartphone usage in the Canada. We found that smartphones have become an indispensible part of daily life with a 56% household penetration and 79% of those users never leaving home without their device. These devices have also changed our buying behaviour with 77% of Canadian users having used their device to research a purchase and 1 in 2 users having done so after seeing a mobile ad.
Source: Matt Lundy, Canadian Business
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, Wieners, Waterton, AB
1. What is the definition of a small business in Canada?
2. How many small businesses are there in Canada?
3. How many Canadians work for small businesses?
4. How many Canadians are self-employed?
5. Success vs. failure
6. How active are small business owners online?
7. What do small businesses contribute to Canada’s total exports?
Source: CBC News
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, Calgary Chamber, Calgary, AB
StartCanada is a Canadian company that designs, develops and manages elegant and effective websites for start-ups, professionals, non-profits and small businesses. StartCanada also provides social media marketing services for its clients.
Angelo Narciso leads StartCanada and is involved with business development, the design thinking process of web design / development, website management and social media marketing.