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Jan 18, 2019
Opinion: 17 tips for successful business dining in our global business world
Sharon Schweitzer

Conducting business centred around a meal provides a level of shared experience that opens up a dialogue unlike ordinary meetings in the office. Dining in a restaurant or home allows an escape from the familiar work atmosphere and adds an element of social connectivity. Business meals can be an enjoyable...

Jan 17, 2019
Professional Advice Will Help Complete Your Business Sale

BCBusiness + Pacific M&A and Business Brokers Ltd. Ian Houghton, senior M&A advisor for Pacific M&A and Business Brokers Ltd., notes that, “all business deals are difficult to complete, which is why less than 25 percent of business transactions actually close.” But businesses that...

Jan 10, 2019
Opinion: 7 top tips for networking on airplanes
Gayle Hallgren-Rezac, Judy Thomson and Darcy Rezac

There are enough challenges being a road warrior, so adding networking to your flight plan may seem like one activity too many while getting from A to B. As you prepare for takeoff, you wonder, should you say something to the person sharing the armrest? The answer is yes, for a...

Jan 8, 2019
Opinion: How to ask for help
Gayle Hallgren-Rezac, Judy Thomson and Darcy Rezac

Why do we hesitate to ask for help? Are we too proud? Do we think it shows weakness or lack of knowledge? Do we worry that the other person will say no? Or does it feel like we are asking for a favour and that feels a little transactional? Yes, yes...

Dec 7, 2018
4 ways to refresh your personal brand for 2019
Joel Hansen

The new year is a just a couple of weeks away, and so is a new professional year. As the calendar flips to January, why not take a couple hours out of your holidays to do the same refresh to your personal brand?

Dec 3, 2018
Opinion: 7 tips for hosting a successful networking event
Gayle Hallgren-Rezac, Judy Thomson and Darcy Rezac

There are two kinds of networking events. There are silver platter occasions where someone serves up a networking opportunity; you just have to show up. Then there are ones that you are hosting—a customer appreciation evening, the launch of a new product or a celebration of a company milestone. After successfully...

Nov 29, 2018
Opinion: What four decades in food taught me about running a successful business
Caren McSherry

During a 40-year career spanning food education and retail, I’ve learned not to sweat the small stuff in the kitchen. I might have the longest-running avocational cooking school in Canada, but it had humble beginnings: I hosted my first cooking class in my East Vancouver kitchen on a rainy November night...

Nov 26, 2018
Opinion: How to make networking part of your business planning
Gayle Hallgren-Rezac

Are you one of the people who contribute to the 34 percent of GDP that comes from small businesses in this province? In a recent article, “Go Figure: The big impact of small business,” BCBusiness reinforced the importance of small business to our province’s economy. Having been a small business owner...

Nov 21, 2018
Planning this year's holiday office party? Prepare for the unexpected
David Hamilton

We’ve all had (or been) that coworker who has a little too much fun and does something they completely regret the day after the annual holiday office party. If you’re on the event planning team for this year’s holiday party...

Nov 5, 2018
Go Figure: Recycling by the numbers
Melissa Edwards

As the Zero Waste Conference comes to the Vancouver Convention Centre for its seventh annual national event (November 8 and 9), we examine how B.C. is leaning into the circular economy

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