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The Product

Survival of the fittest

Before you decide that 30 bucks for a pair of underwear is too much, consider this: You spent $800 on that down-filled jacket you…

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Pizza perfection

Justin Lussier’s Neapolitan pie joint was a hit when it first opened, but no one could have anticipated just how

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Extreme makeover

Hipstreet has a history of taking wacky ideas and turning them into big hits. One of the consumer electronics maker’s prized products is a USB key…

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Ask a Pro

Everything you need to know about running a family business

It’s hard enough to run a company yourself, let alone with people who know every little detail about you. Running a

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Keep your company

Q: I don’t want to take financing from investors, but I still need money to grow my business. What can Read More

Success while sick

Q: I’ve been diagnosed with cancer and need to take a month off work for treatments. How can I keep Read More
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How I Did It

Masters of fun

Spin Master has been creating hit toys for 20 years, including Air Hogs, Bakugan, Shrinky-Dinks and AquaDoodle. Last year, it

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In the driver’s seat

It all started when 38-year-old Tim Kimber saw a strange-looking toy car. Wanting to bring this car to the masses,

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Yearning for yield

It’s not just social media sites and nifty gadgets that tech investors love. They also want a piece of Farmers

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Run a seasonal business

The Elmhirst Resort in Keene, Ont., is open 365 days a year, but nearly half the 340-acre site’s revenue comes

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Manage a corporate crisis

When packaged meat contaminated with listeria killed 22 Canadians in 2008, Maple Leaf Foods called in David Herle, a principal partner with…

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Keep staff for life

No company, big or small, likes it when the people they’ve invested in quit. An unexpected exit can bring down

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The Pitch

Viral capital

After raising nearly US$1.3-million online, stereo maker Mass Fidelity needs more money for marketing. Late last fall, Mass Fidelity –

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Lost in the woods

Antris Registry Corp. wants to help keep adventurers, boaters, work-alone professionals – even women on first dates – safe…

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We’re not making it up

Rave reviews seem like an unlikely problem for any business, but customers grateful for a good night’s sleep have created

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Ruffolo

Seeking series B

If we want to build long-lasting companies in Canada, we need more later-stage funding You are a Canadian entrepreneur, with

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Failure, success and entrepreneurship

It’s not failure, but the fear of failure, that holds back our entrepreneurial culture. There are two ideas that tend

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Where’s the big idea?

Our new columnist, venture capital veteran John Ruffolo, on the state of innovation in Canada “Worthwhile Canadian Initiative” was once called the most boring

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