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By: Garnet Brooks, Halifax Business Lawyer Simon Sinek, one of my favorite thought leaders, said, “There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.” (book reference, “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action”). Mission statements are to a business, what a flag

By: Garnet Brooks, Halifax Business Lawyer Marketing Fails – We’ve all seen them on TV, blogs and in the news and we’ve chuckled at how ridiculous it seems for some for some of the world’s largest corporations to make such errors. Though we know fumble-ups such as these, “worst marketing fails of 2015” shown here, aren’t exclusive to large

Whether you are a successful business owner and you wish to expand using a franchise model, or if you are keen to invest in someone else’s successful money making franchise recipe, it is crucial that you understand the components of what makes a franchise successful.  A clear understanding and realistic expectations of what a franchise

Utilizing Mobile Electronic Payment Services: A Double-Edged Sword With high merchant fees associated with accepting credit card payments, many entrepreneurs and small businesses are looking for lower-cost, mobile alternatives to avoid the expense and red tape. Despite offering a convenient and inexpensive way to make payments and transfer funds, mobile payments present new challenges, particularly

FUTURE ENTREPRENEURS… Check the link below.  You’ll find an interesting article by Drew Hendricks on Inc Magazine online.  Drew describes some of the characteristics he feels tell whether your kids are ‘entrepreneurial minded’ and potentially headed down the path of the life of an entrepreneur.  My kids both had “Doljabi” [sic][should be “Dol Jan-chi” Drew] celebrations

  On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its ruling on Tsilhqot’in Nation v British Columbia, delivering a surprise ending to a twenty year standoff between the federal government, the British Columbia government, and the Tsilhqot’in First Nation over land rights in the interior of B.C.    The case began in the late

Below is a link to the proposed Crowdfunding Exemption and the Startup exemption. These exemptions address both the securities issuer and portals. What is Crowdfunding:  The short answer; the act of raising a little bit of money from a lot of people. Previously, Crowdfunding did not involve the issuing of securities. However, it is evolving

How to Purchase a Business? Assets or Shares The Difference between purchasing Assets and Shares: When referring to ‘buying a business’ (buying an existing business that is, i.e., an ongoing or operating business from someone), entrepreneurs are typically referring to one of two scenarios (whether they realize it or not). The first is to purchase the

Do you or your business you send email to Canadians? If so, you will want to learn more about Canada’s new Anti-Spam Law which comes into effect on July 1, 2014. On July 1, 2014, Canada’s new anti-spam law, known as CASL, will come into effect.  This article will provide a brief overview CASL insofar

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