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Planning your business's growth

There are many reasons why you may want to grow your business: to fulfill your professional goals, increase the value of your business, keep pace with the market or just reach a critical mass. By planning your business's growth, you'll have better control over it and meet your objectives.

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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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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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Putting together an effective communications strategy

Promotion and communication are closely related. Promotion encompasses everything you do and all the tools you use to communicate your offer and positioning in order to build a relationship that will turn potential customers into clients.

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Choosing a legal structure for your business

Whether you bought a franchise, have one or more partners or are self-employed, if you’re going into business with little money and few personal assets, you’ll need to decide upon a legal structure for your business: a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a corporation or a cooperative.

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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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Testing out your business plan and idea

Do you have a good business idea you want to act on? Great! But be careful—you may be so passionate about your idea that you only see the positives. Your enthusiasm may impair your objectivity. So draw up a business plan before you set off on this entrepreneurship adventure.

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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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