Small Business Advice


Flexibility has its Benefits

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Jun 2020

Flexibility has its Benefits

Management didn’t want it. The job function wasn’t a match. Technology needed to support it, unavailable. And productivity would suffer, without a doubt. Put a big red X through flexible working arrangements and file it in the round bin. Yet less than two years after the Conference Board of Canada survey found the previously mentioned roadblocks to flexible working options, we’re all doing it, all...

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Is Your Data Remotely Safe?

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May 2020

Is Your Data Remotely Safe?

Simple tips to keeping your small business data digitally secure in remote environments Working from home started out as a short-term fix to comply with the Ontario government’s physical distancing laws. Unsure of how long the new rules would be in place, many employees packed up their personal belongings, their laptop computers if they had them, and headed home. As the weeks stretch into months,...

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There is Help and Hope for Small Business

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Mar 2020

There is Help and Hope for Small Business

The outlook for small business seems bleak right now. The implementation of self-isolation and social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19 started affecting businesses with fewer customers in our stores or clients in our chairs. With the resolution last week to close all businesses except for essential services, the tough situation got exponentially worse. Small businesses—in fact all businesses—are facing some of the toughest...

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Boosting Morale – Finding Benefits That Matter to Keep Staff Productive

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Mar 2020

Boosting Morale – Finding Benefits That Matter to Keep Staff Productive

The workplace is undergoing major changes right now. Staff, especially in smaller businesses, may be feeling insecure. When toilet paper becomes the hottest commodity in the marketplace, you know something’s just not right. Staying a metre away from colleagues and customers, working from home, self-isolation, and staycations pretty much sums up life in Ontario now, and for the foreseeable future. It’s easy to see how...

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Stability in Business: More Than Dollars, It’s Sense

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Feb 2020

Stability in Business: More Than Dollars, It’s Sense

When talking about stability as it relates to business finance, the Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “a situation in which prices or rates do not change much.” From raw materials to employee benefit rates, managing and controlling expenses is important to maintain financial stability and viability, especially to small business owners. But there is another meaningful stability owners may overlook, one that can affect the...

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Dec 2019

Crisis Averted – Insurance That Can Save Your Business

It’s nearing the end of December, and many small business owners are preparing for year end, and the year ahead. They will take stock of which strategies succeeded or failed and adjust accordingly to grow their companies and increase productivity. Although no one can anticipate what will happen in the next fiscal period, smart business owners prepare contingencies to ensure the viability of their companies...

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There’s An App For That: How Technology Could Be Failing Your HR Strategy

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Nov 2019

There’s An App For That: How Technology Could Be Failing Your HR Strategy

Depending on the size of your business, you may rely on data from your HR department to let you know how you’re doing in terms of employee costs, and those dreaded losses from absenteeism. In the smallest of businesses, employers are tracking HR analytics—even if it’s as simple as a conversation at the water cooler. “Where’s Pat?” “Out sick, again. Second time this week.” You...

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The Future of Employee Health is Virtual – Don’t Miss the Connection

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Oct 2019

The Future of Employee Health is Virtual – Don’t Miss the Connection

In the ongoing exploration of employee productivity and retention, we continue to investigate the connection that wellness and benefits play in providing the greatest ROI to employers. In the face of compelling statistics, many companies are learning that the choice of providing robust benefit packages really isn’t much of a choice at all. In 2016, the Sunlife Canada Health Index showed that 84 per cent...

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5 Reasons to Choose a Chamber Of Commerce Group Insurance Plan

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Oct 2018

5 Reasons to Choose a Chamber Of Commerce Group Insurance Plan

The Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan has been insuring many small Canadian businesses for many years and has covered businesses with as little as one employee. These are the five reasons to choose this insurance plan: Size Does Not Matter One of the biggest benefits of choosing a Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan in Canada is that your business does not have to...

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What Health Insurance Benefits Do Your Employees Actually Want?

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Oct 2018

What Health Insurance Benefits Do Your Employees Actually Want?

It is never easy to know exactly what insurance benefits your employees want and whether they are happy with their current benefits or not. Not listening to your employees can be risky, as they might be inclined to accept a job offer from one of your competitors who offers better benefits. In our latest blog post, we discuss what you can do to prevent that...

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