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What is a cooperative and how do I create one?

A cooperative is a group of people who come together to meet a mutual need. Creating a cooperative is a long-term project that must be well planned. Here are 10 steps for creating a cooperative.

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How to avoid the pitfalls of commercial leasing

Do you plan on leasing, buying or building your place of business? Each option has its pros and cons. If you've decided to lease, here's what you should know before you sign your commercial lease.

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Why intellectual property is important for businesses

Intellectual property refers to the legal rights that result from intellectual activity in the industrial, scientific, literary and artistic fields. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office can help you establish and protect your intellectual property rights and boost your market competitiveness.

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6 tips for quick, efficient invoicing

Make sure to invoice your customers, collect payment and deposit payments immediately to maximize your cash inflows. Here are 6 tips for efficient invoicing.

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Do you know what types of financing are available?

Both new and expanding businesses need money to fund their projects. Your business must get funding for each item it requires to operate: working capital, ongoing expenses, tools, equipment, buildings, patents, etc. Once you’ve established your needs, you must determine what sources of funding are available to meet them.

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The cooperative option for ensuring your business continues

A business transfer is a painstaking process that can last 2 to 5 years or sometimes more. Entrepreneurs who are planning to hand over control of their businesses in the coming years have a number of options. Have you thought of the cooperative model as a way to ensure your business continues?

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Creating a cooperative to grow your business

A producers' cooperative operates a business whose primary goal is to provide the goods and services its members need to carry out their work. This formula may be an appealing legal framework for self-employed workers, professionals, merchants or producers seeking to establish a network where there is strength in numbers.

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Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur?

What personality traits do entrepreneurs have, and what skills does it take to become an entrepreneur? There are all kinds of entrepreneurs, but those who are successful have some things in common. They have personal, interpersonal and job skills that help them succeed in everything they do.

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