Top 5 Small Business Do’s & Don’ts

As part of Small Business Week 2014 #SBW2014 across Canada, Tuesday I attended the Toronto Board of Trade luncheon with Jean-Rene Halde, President & CEO of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).  Mr. Halde spoke about the importance of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) to the Canadian economy, and outlined the results of a BDC study of over 1,100 companies… More

BDC President & CEO Jean-Rene Halde Speaks at Toronto Board of Trade Today

I will be attending several events over the next few days as part of Small Business Week 2014.  Today, the Toronto Board of Trade is hosting a luncheon with Jean-Rene Halde, President & CEO of the Business Development Bank of Canada. The promotional piece for the event says that: “To remain prosperous and competitive, Canada’s entrepreneurs must continue to… More

Small Business Week 2014 Is Here – Yesterday I Attended #Wektoberfest

Yesterday marked the beginning of Small Business Week across Canada.  Throughout the week there are many events scheduled that you should check out – see the list here. To kick off the week,  I attended #Wektoberfest in Waterloo, Ontario, held by the Waterloo Innovation Network (WIN).  The event was a combination of a mock Dragon’s Den with… More

Small Business Week October 19-25, 2014

Small Business Week 2014 is scheduled for October 19 through 25, 2014 across Canada. Many events are being held by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), and others by organizations such as the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) to celebrate entrepreneurship and the contribution of small businesses to our economy. According to the BDC… More

Small Business Forum 2014

The City of Toronto’s Small Business Forum 2014 is being held on October 23, 2014 starting at 9:00am. This is a must-attend event for entrepreneurs whether you’re running a new start-up or a long established business, the event will provide an opportunity to gain insights on the latest market trends and how you can apply… More

Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB)

The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses is a national organization, consisting of almost 110,000 members, that focuses on the needs of small business owners in Canada. The Federation provides advice on the latest issues affecting the success of entrepreneurs and they lobby governments, at all levels, to ensure the voice of small business is heard…. More

Canada Small Business Financing Program

If you own a business with $5 million or less in annual revenue, including start-ups, you may wish to familiarize yourself with Industry Canada’s Small Business Financing Program. Apply through your financial institution (chartered bank, credit union or caisse populaire) by providing your business plan, and you may be eligible to obtain up to $500,000… More

Small Business Sale Process

Deciding to sell your business can be a very tough decision to make. After all, you have most likely spent years building the business to match the vision you had for it, making many sacrifices along the way, and now you are thinking about letting someone else own and run it. Most owners only sell… More

Why do we do floor plans?

Episode 387 of the Toronto Real Estate Musing video blog. At O’Neill Real Estate, for every property we sell or lease, regardless of its price point, we prepare floorplans. Do they cost us time and money to prepare? Absolutely. So why do we do them? Short answer: Client service. We feel they help prospective buyers… More

On the road in the GTA for our clients

Episode 385 of the Toronto Real Estate Musing video blog. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1FmP8twSlw George O’Neill takes a trip out of The Beach to host an open house in north Brampton on behalf of some special clients. This townhome we have listed for sale is a few hundred metres from Highway 410, however the highway noise is quite… More

Introducing Doug Devitre at REALTOR Quest 2011

Episode 384 of the Toronto Real Estate Musing video blog. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4foAPtYi2A George O’Neill chatted with Doug Devitre, a real estate consultant that travels the world giving real estate professionals advice in marketing and client service. Doug was at REALTOR® Quest, the premier event for real estate agents in Toronto at the Toronto Congress Centre on… More

A rooftop view from Sherbrooke Street, Montreal

Episode 383 of the Toronto Real Estate Musing video blog. George O’Neill in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montreal on the rooftop patio of 400 Sherbrooke Street East, a low-rise building he owns and manages. Here’s what the view looks like. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQyQDKsU9zo On a clear day, you can see downtown Montreal, Saint-Jacques Church and Pavilion Judith-Jasmin on UQAM… More