It’s January. The busy holiday season is over but your costs are much the same and you have a business to grow. The good news is that you don’t have to dig deep into your pockets to give your business an uplift. Find out how with our five business-boosting tips: Listen It’s never been easier […]
With less than two months until voters in Merchant Advance’s home province of British Columbia head to the polls for a provincial election, small business owners are a major audience for the platforms of parties across the political spectrum. And yet, in a new survey of members of the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB), […]
In a mere three days, the United States of America will inaugurate their next president. You may have heard some mention of him in the news lately… though, this being a business blog rather than a political one, we will steer clear of offering our explicit opinion on the governance of our southern neighbours. However, it’s a […]
It New information has just been released by Statistics Canada showing some interesting trends about Canadian employment. In the 12 months to December, employment gains totalled 214,000 or 1.2%, compared with a growth rate of 0.9% observed over the same period one year earlier. Gains in employment were highlighted by growth in the private sector and especially among women between the […]
Could your small business go day to day without accepting cash? That’s the question a new group of payments experts are asking, and it’s being borne out in a few trailblazing businesses in North America. Cash represents a significant majority of the transaction volume for businesses worldwide. However, business planning and payments processing firms are […]
It’s only the first official day of winter, but for many Canadians it feels like the deep freeze has been turned on for a while now… especially small business owners looking to keep their business cozy without burning their operating budget on utilities costs. Even in Merchant’s hometown of Vancouver, the chilly weather has taken many […]
Those of you who’ve always had an eye on the latest, snazziest tech to hit the market are probably aware of Pebble, one of the first names to make waves on the smart watch and wearable world. The Pebble team was notable for blazing the wearables trail, but also for how they did it: with some […]
Well, it happened: Donald Trump was announced as the President-Elect of the United States yesterday. This is not a politically aligned blog, so we won’t go into an analysis or appraisal of Mr. Trump or his candidacy, but one thing that did stand out during last night’s election coverage was a report that the Canadian […]
Canada shone on the world stage this past month, working with a fleet of European Union nations to craft the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA. Under this agreement, if enacted pending the requisite legislation, one of the biggest impacts would be the elimination of 98% of trade tariffs between European Union nations and […]
As a small business owner, you’ve got a lot on your mind at once. Inventory, human resources, cash flow, advertising, supplier relationships, bill payments, social media… the list goes on! With all these day-to-day, shorter term responsibilities on your management dashboard, where does the long view rank on the list of important things to consider? […]
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