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Reality bites: Envision Financial expert shares five signs your bank just isn’t that into you

Just like the dating world, where men and women have a seemingly endless pool of potential mates to choose from, so too do business owners when it comes to choosing their financial institution.

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Crisis communication for businesses

It’s not good; it’s all over the internet; and it’s about your business; what do you do? In today’s digitally connected world what many businesses used to consider minor customer complaints can quickly become public relations nightmares – with your livelihood at the center of the storm.

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“I want to build the biggest candy chain in Canada”

Candy Crush be warned, Envision Financial member Robin Burnette, owner of B.C. born “Sticky’s Candy,” has his eyes set on total candy domination. His goal: build the largest independent candy chain in Canada by the end of 2014.

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Growing your business by working the business beat

In business, referrals and word of mouth recommendations are huge. For many business owners, there’s no better way to create buzz than by going old school—getting out and telling people who you are and what you do. Hitting the local business beat can drive feet through your front door

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Business Insurance—Making sense of business insurance

Let’s be honest, insurance can be confusing. There are hundreds of providers, types and levels of insurance – often with specific requirements that can make or break the policy. For the business owner, knowing which insurance is a must-have and which they can do without can seem like a shot in the dark. Here are a few considerations that will help make purchasing business insurance easier – and potentially reduce the cost as well.

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Business Marketing—Making the most of the media

So you’ve just started a business with a great new product. The next question you and every business owner inevitably will face is: how do I get the word out? In an age of increasing digital communication, shortened attention spans and “must use” media platforms launching almost weekly, knowing how to engage your customers can be a difficult question to answer. The good news is that a few simple steps can get you a long way towards customers' feet walking through your front door.

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Protecting your business from fraud—Employee Management

A 2011 survey by the Certified General Accounts Association of Canada reported that employee fraud costs businesses $800 million annually, most of which is theft of inventory, assets, cash and company documents.

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Protecting your business from fraud—Don't be a target

We don’t have anything cyber criminals would want. Security is too expensive. These all tend to be reasons businesses use to justify ignoring information security. Unfortunately, this casual attitude doesn’t prevent a business becoming a fraud target.

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Protecting your business from fraud—Know Your Accounts

Fraud. It’s something that business owners rarely think about until they are faced with the aftermath of becoming a victim, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Out with the new and in with the old—what business owners need to know following the HST reversal

With the transition back to GST and PST now complete, the question for many new business owners is how to navigate the sometimes muddy waters of charging, or not charging, PST.

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Our expert shares tips for managing cash flow and accessing credit for business owners

Effectively managing cash flow and knowing when and how to approach lenders for credit are two key factors in every business' success. This is especially important given that over 30 per cent of all business start ups do not make it past the second year.

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Expert advice to new business owners

With continued uncertainty in global market, and unemployment rates only recently beginning to drop, more and more people are making the choice to start their own businesses and carve their own path towards financial security and success.

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