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Osaka Kine Turbo Molecular Pump

Posted by Paul Vella on December 29, 2015

Osaka Kine Turbo Molecular Pump Leasing

One of our Latest Deals: Osaka Kine Turbo Molecular Pump‬ $61,000 @ 36 months

Equilease provides financing for Osaka Pumps and other Industrial Equipment. Call us to see how easy it is to have your equipment financed.

LED Lighting Retrofit

Posted by Paul Vella on December 17, 2015

LED Lighting Retrofit Financing

One of our Latest Deals: LED Lighting Retrofit‬ $145,000 @ 48 months

Opening a New Store? This Candy Retailer Used Locale as Inspiration

Posted by Paul Vella on December 16, 2015

Dylan's Candy Store founder Dylan Lauren

Dylan's Candy Bar's uptown and upscale flagship has been a fixture in Manhattan for more than a decade. But Dylan Lauren, the candy chain’s founder, says she also had her sights set on the downtown market. Just this year, the lifestyle entrepreneur opened her Union Square location -- one of twelve sweet spots she’s launched across the country.

In this short video, learn why Lauren decided against replicating the iconic flagship’s look when she built the new Dylan's Candy Bar store and why it’s important to understand your business’ locale. Read more...

Osler's Insights on Key Developments in 2015 and their Implications for Canadian Business

Posted by Paul Vella on December 15, 2015

Osler Canadian Business Legal Review 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, ‪Osler‬, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP share their observations about what they believe to be some of the most significant legal developments affecting Canadian ‪‎business over the past year and their implications for 2016 and beyond. Read more...

5 Easy Ways to Use Body Language To Win Sales

Posted by Paul Vella on December 11, 2015

how to use body language to sell

As small business owners, we all know that customers like to buy from people they know they can trust. And we trust what we see more than anything else.

Understanding how your company’s sales-focused staff can communicate trust visually to their customers and prospects—with body language—is a major factor in getting potential buyers on side. Using the right nonverbal signals increases a sales professional’s likeability and subsequently the likeability of the product or service that they are representing. This, in turn, can help elevate your business to “friend” status in the mind of the buyer. Read more...

Master the Art of Landing Big Clients

Posted by Paul Vella on December 10, 2015

how to land big clients

How-To Guide: Proven ways to convince a giant prospect your firm has what it takes to handle their business.

For many small and mid-sized companies, landing a giant, marquee customer is a rite of passage. But it’s not always easy to convince these huge corporations that your company has the chops—or the experience—to handle the demands of their business. A panel of experts give their best tips and tactics for successfully winning over big clients. Read more...

Small Business Takes Centre Ice

Posted by Paul Vella on December 8, 2015

Factory Hockey Training

Success Story: How a pair of B.C. business owners built the go-to training centre for the NHL's elite.

Over the first 10 years, Groundwork Athletics not only built up its clientele but also its reputation as a place where serious athletes could train. Among these were a number of professional hockey players. Six years ago, in fact, there were so many hockey players training at Groundwork that Dalton and Bula decided to split off the hockey program, and Factory Hockey Training Inc. was born. Read more...

Doctors, Lawyers Concerned About Trudeau's Small-Business Tax Changes

Posted by Paul Vella on December 2, 2015

Doctors, lawyers concerned about Trudeau's small-business tax changes

Doctors and lawyers who run their own practices are anxiously waiting for more details on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to change tax rules for small businesses. At the moment, few details on the forthcoming changes are available, leaving these professionals wondering just how they will be affected.

The issue of tax avoidance arose during the fall federal election when the Liberals, Conservatives and NDP endorsed the proposal in the 2015 federal budget (passed into law in June) to reduce the small-business tax rate to 9 per cent from 11 per cent. The three parties said it was important to support small businesses because they are a major driver of jobs and economic growth. Read more...

Mark Zuckerberg to Give 99% of Facebook Stock to Charity

Posted by Paul Vella on December 1, 2015

Zuckerberg Chan Initiative

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announced to the world in a Facebook post the birth of their first child, a daughter named Max Chan Zuckerberg. They also announced another gift to the world: pledged to donate 99 per cent of their Facebook shares — currently valued at $45 billion (U.S.) — to charity, starting the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to make the world a better place. Read more...


Posted by Paul Vella on November 20, 2015

sale leaseback

Turn Your Equipment Into Cash -- FAST!
Have you bought equipment in the previous 6 months which is now interfering with your cash flow? Do you need working capital for your next project? We can turn your equipment into cash -- fast!

Our Sale-Leaseback program can turn your equipment into liquid assets, quickly releasing capital for other investments or upgrades. This is an attractive option for those who enjoy credit card reward points, but still want the advantages of leasing for their business. This program is available for any asset purchased from any dealer/retailer. Call us today 1-800-463-2081

Holiday Shopping Trends 2015: Three Predictions for Retailers

Posted by Paul Vella on November 18, 2015

holiday shopping trends 2015

Micro-moments are changing how we shop. As people increasingly turn to mobile devices, search, and YouTube to inform purchases, Matt Lawson, Google’s director of performance ads marketing, makes three predictions for retailers to take note of this coming holiday season.

Shopping will happen in moments, not marathons, this holiday season. Rather than relying on daylong trips to the mall or camping out overnight during Black Friday, shoppers will be turning to their mobile phones in hundreds of micro-moments, every day, all season long. Read more...

Beauty & Spa Equipment Leasing

Posted by Paul Vella on November 16, 2015

Spa Equipment Leasing

The estimated global market size of the beauty and anti-aging industry is $1.025 trillion; The revenue of the U.S. spa industry is $14 billion; U.S. spas had 160 million visits in 2014. Canada's beauty and spa industry is growing at an equally impressive rate and Equilease is proud to be a small part in that success! We have helped businesses small and large obtain equipment, keeping beauty salons and spas current with the latest trends in the industry. Call us today to see how our expert leasing advisors can help your business 1-800-463-2081

Why Jim Balsillie Thinks the TPP is Bad for Canadian Businesses

Posted by Paul Vella on November 11, 2015

Jim Balsillie

The former RIM co-CEO believes the free trade deal will stifle innovation and limit growth. Balsillie warned that the Liberals' plan to run budgetary deficits of up to $10 billion in each of the next three years could pale in comparison to what could be lost in the country's ideas economy because of the TPP. "These provisions are more important by far- times 10-than anything else in the agreement," he said. "But we're having no discussion on it."  Read more...

5 Tips on Managing Cash Flow for a Seasonal Business

Posted by Paul Vella on November 10, 2015

managing cash flow for seasonal businesses

Nathan Devey, CPA, writes "The concepts of contracting employees and leasing equipment are similar; both are intended to retain resources for definite terms. While it may seem foreign to lease office and computer equipment, you might be surprised by the options. Even specialized equipment can be leased. If golf courses and tanning salons can lease equipment, then your business most likely can too – and without the traditional upfront cash outlay."  Read more...

The Fundamentals of Leasing Business Equipment

Posted by Paul Vella on November 9, 2015

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Entrepreneur Magazine provides a general summary of Equipment Leasing, including potential cost savings and other tips. The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association estimates that four-fifths of businesses lease at least some of their equipment -- a testament to the usefulness of the practice.  Read more...

Facebook May Be The Strongest Marketing Tool You Have

Posted by Paul Vella on November 4, 2015

marketing on facebook

Facebook has become the largest and most effective market research organization in the world. And hardly anybody realizes the volume of data that marketers with a free Facebook ads account (using its "Audience Insights" tool) can pull from it.  Read more...

8 Tested Sales Tactics That Never Fail

Posted by Paul Vella on November 2, 2015

best sales tactics

Sales is the lifeblood of a business. But keeping a steady flow of transactions going takes hard work and no small amount of skill. Successful salespeople and teams need to know exactly what to do and say at every step of the process, from lining up prospects to closing deals.  Read more...

Canada's Fastest Growing Retailers 2015

Posted by Paul Vella on October 30, 2015

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Equilease is proud to support Canada's fastest-growing retail companies! The 25 retailers on this year’s ranking grew their revenues an average of 388% between 2009 and 2014, creating an additional 2,019 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs over that period. Collectively they employed 2,806 full-time and 1,011 part-time employees in 2014. Read more...

Canadian Business Leaders Mull Impact of Massive Liberal Victory

Posted by Paul Vella on October 20, 2015

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

TORONTO – Ready or not for another Canadian prime minister named Trudeau, the business community seems unphased by the overwhelming Liberal parliamentary majority that will be taking over from Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.

The Canadian dollar was up overnight, but not by much, and even one of groups that has been most supportive of the Conservative pro-business agenda expressed eagerness to work with prime minister elect Justin Trudeau.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business was quick to congratulate Trudeau early Tuesday but emphasized that its top priority is to reduce the corporate tax rate for small businesses as well as to control the overall burden of payroll taxes.

“We are eager to sit down with Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party and get to work on the issues that matter most to Canada’s small businesses,” CFIB president Dan Kelly said in a statement. Read more...

Canada's Best Brands 2016

Posted by Paul Vella on October 20, 2015

Canada's Best Brands 2016

We consider ourselves very fortunate to have some of Canada's top 25 brands as clients. The list is the result of a survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,868 Canadians. In order to be considered for the list, a brand must have originated in Canada, have a broad consumer profile and have a significant presence in two or more regions across the country. Read more...

One of our Latest Deals

Posted by Paul Vella on September 28, 2015

Adobe Software Financing

One of our Latest Deals: Adobe Creative Cloud Design Software‬ $226,000 @ 36 months

3D Printing System Lease Financing

Posted by Paul Vella on September 25, 2015

3D printer equipment leasing

3D Printing Systems provide a fast and accurate means of production. Engineers can easily evaluate the performance of a printed tool and make quick, cost-efficient adjustments to the design as needed before going into full production. Printing a low-volume production run can maximize sales opportunities while minimizing cost and lead time because there's no minimum quantity requirement. Plus, part complexity doesn't add time or cost so production can begin as soon as the CAD files are sent to the 3D production system. Whether the 3D printer will be used for production, design or to see your ideas come to life by using an individual desktop unit, Equilease can provide the lease financing you need for the entire system--including software. Call us today 1-800-463-2081

Point of Sale (POS) Equipment Lease Financing

Posted by Paul Vella on September 18, 2015

pos system leasing

A full-featured Point of Sale (POS) system is essential to the smooth operation of any restaurant, cafe or bar. A complete POS system includes a touchscreen monitor, a micro-computer, a receipt printer, cash drawer, kitchen printer and kitchen monitors. The right POS will give a 360-degree view of the customer, increase cashier productivity and reduce fraud. Equilease can even include the cost of software, delivery, installation and training in addition to hardware into the lease of your new POS system. Our expert leasing advisors are here to help your business grow & succeed with the right tools. Call us today 1-800-463-2081

Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies 2015

Posted by Paul Vella on September 17, 2015

2015 Profit 500 List

Equilease is proud to be the leasing partner of some of these incredible companies! The 500 firms created 71,882 new full-time jobs between them—that’s 144 new jobs for each company on the ranking. As analysts fret about the state of the Canadian economy, these businesspeople quietly move forward, signing new deals, expanding into new markets and launching new products. That’s good news for their bottom lines, but also for their communities and the country as a whole. Read more...

Personal Branding for Photographers

Posted by Paul Vella on September 15, 2015

leasing photography equipment

Since photographers usually work as solo artists, they often don't think of themselves, or market themselves, in terms of corporate branding. However, building a strong brand in the mind of your audience/potential clients is probably the most important thing you can do to take your career as a photographer to the next level. And your lack of a strong personal brand could be the only thing standing between you and that next big client. Here are some basics on personal branding for photographers. Read more...

Why Your Sales Team Isn’t Closing Deals

Posted by Paul Vella on September 10, 2015


Can't get prospective clients to sign on the dotted line? What might be causing your closing problems and how to seal the deal.

“My company’s prospect pipeline is full, and my small sales team seems to spend all their time on the phones talking to potential clients. But when it comes time to do the deal, not many prospects sign on the dotted line. How can we get better at closing?” Here’s what the experts have to say: Read more...

15 Smart Things to Say That Will Reassure People You're a True Professional

Posted by Paul Vella on September 9, 2015


What's the difference between knowing what you're doing and the separate (but also quite useful) attribute of looking as if you know what you're doing?

We've explored this recently, when I wrote about the time I was on an airplane with a pilot whose cavalier attitude scared all of the passengers. (I don't know if he's good at flying planes, but I know we didn't trust him.) And about the guy who walked up to a group of us and swore several times in his first few phrases. (Is he good at his job? I don't know, because nobody was willing to give him a chance after that inauspicious start.)

Whether we like it or not, people make snap judgments about us all the time. So while it's crucial that you develop expertise, it's also crucial that you send the right signals that you deserve the confidence of others. Read more...

One of our Latest Deals

Posted by Paul Vella on September 1, 2015

Ricoh Printer Lease

One of our Latest Deals: Ricoh Pro C7110X Commercial Production Printer $104,000 @ 36 months

The 15 Most Influential Business Books of 2015

Posted by equilease_admin on August 25, 2015

best business books of 2015

The Financial Times and McKinsey & Co. have collaborated for their eleventh annual Business Book Awards, announcing a long-list of 15 semifinalists in August.

This year's top business books come from journalists, economists, and academics and explore the opportunities and dangers presented by rapidly changing technology — from the first full-length biography of tech mogul Elon Musk to the ways robots could replace workers in industries around the world.

The Financial Times will announce the finalists in September and this year's No. 1 pick in November, but in the meantime, here's some reading to catch up on. Read more...

How Small Firms Can Win Big from Mega Events

Posted by Paul Vella on August 17, 2015

Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games silver, gold and bronze medals are displayed as the organizing committee unveils the medals

It’s common for major brands to sponsor mega sporting events like the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, but thanks to new tools and technology it’s now possible for small businesses to compete on the world stage too.

As a proud supporter of the Games, my company, SpiderTech, is set to provide approximately 131,000 feet of elastic therapeutic tape—that’s almost 40 kilometres, or roughly 72 CN Towers worth of tape. It’s quite the investment for a small, Toronto-based operation with only seven full-time employees.

With thousands of potential new customers about to try our products for the first time, we’re anticipating more questions than ever before. Ten years ago, a small company would’ve had to double its staff in order to prepare for an event of this magnitude, but today entrepreneurs can get their employees ready to deliver a gold-medal level of customer service relatively easily. Read more...

One of our Latest Deals

Posted by Paul Vella on August 8, 2015

computer leasing

One of our Latest Deals: Lenovo Desktops & Laptops $106,000 @ 36 months

Hotel Equipment Lease Financing

Posted by Paul Vella on August 7, 2015

financing hotel equipment

Equilease knows that Canada's successful hotels need to constantly maintain their 8,090 properties and upgrade their 440,123 rooms to stay competitive and to give customers the experience they demand.

We provide hotel  equipment leasing  for audio visual equipment, telephone and point-of-sale systems, furniture, artwork, lighting, catering supplies and much more. Speak with one of our leasing specialists today 1-800-463-2081

Click here for Canada's 2015 Hotel Industry Fact Sheet (PDF)

10 Brilliant Audiobooks That Can Teach You a New Skill in Less Than a Day

Posted by Paul Vella on August 7, 2015


Whether you're looking to bolster your public speaking, decision-making, or time-management skills, the best business books are great resources for getting ahead.

But sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day to devote to reading. Luckily, audiobooks are a great way to learn when you can't spare your hands or eyes.

To find the most worthwhile business audiobooks for your time, Sanjay Singhal, CEO of, sifted through the audiobook service's extensive library for books that focus on concepts and ideas rather than step-by-step instructions and are engaging and easy to digest in audio form.

Here are Singhal's top ten picks and reasoning for why they're a great listen. Read more...

55 Businesses You Can Start for Less Than $5,000

Posted by Paul Vella on August 7, 2015

55 businesses you can start for less than 5000

Today, tens of thousands of people are considering starting a home based business, and for good reasons. On average, people can expect to have two and three careers during their work life. Those leaving one career often think about their second or third career move being to their own home. People who have been part of the traditional nine-to-five work force and are on the verge of retiring from that life are thinking of what to do next. The good news: Starting a homebased business is within the reach of almost anyone who wants to take a risk and work hard. Read more...

Lease Financing for Film Production Equipment

Posted by Paul Vella on July 21, 2015

filmmaking equipment leasing

Arts and culture are essential to Canada's economy. The film, television and new ‪‎media‬ industry is big business. Toronto is the third largest screen-based production centre in North America, behind Los Angeles & New York City. Toronto's film & television industry employs more than 25,000 people & contributed $1.29 billion to the provincial economy in 2014. The upcoming blockbuster Suicide Squad is currently filming in locations all across Toronto. Equilease has been a proud supporter of the industry for over 20 years, supplying filmmakers with all of their crucial equipment for big budget shoots, from custom cameras to lighting systems & field mixers. We offer Great Lease Rates plus special lease financing programs created specifically for the filmmaking industry. Call us today 1-800-463-2081 Read more...

3 Simple Steps to Gain More Business from Existing Customers

Posted by Paul Vella on July 13, 2015

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When developing a business, it’s common to think you have to look outside your current customer base for new opportunities. However, while diversifying your income stream is a good idea for many reasons, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also seek more business from your existing clients. Read more...

The 25 Richest Self-Made Billionaires

Posted by Paul Vella on July 13, 2015

richest self made billionaires

There are two types of billionaires: those who inherited their wealth, and those who built it from nothing. Wealth-X, a firm that does research and net worth valuations on ultra-high net worth individuals, focused on the latter to compile a list of the wealthiest self-made billionaires in the world.

From tech mogul Bill Gates to Alibaba founder Jack Ma, here's who made the list. Read more...

Four Companies Hoping to Cash In on the Pan Am Games

Posted by equilease_admin on July 13, 2015

Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games

The Pan Am Games are a mixed bag for the small business community in Ontario. While some have bemoaned the traffic delays, HOV lanes and general headaches brought on by the international sporting event, others are looking for opportunities to attract new customers, build buzz and create unique products. Here are a four small businesses hoping to cash in on the Games. Read more...

Material Handling Equipment Lease Financing

Posted by Paul Vella on July 13, 2015


Equilease is Canada's leading independent lessor of material handling and heavy equipment for the manufacturing, automotive, packaged goods and consumer products industries. Our leasing experts assist clients at every stage of the process, including the planning of equipment acquisitions. We will make specific recommendations about customized products and lease terms and know when to retire a lease versus renew one. Through our leadership, you get the best return on your equipment investment. Call us today 1-800-463-2081

Equipment Leasing for Canada's Retail Industry

Posted by Paul Vella on June 23, 2015

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Top 5 ‪Consumer Trends Shaping the Future of the Canadian Retail Industry: a national study finds (1) value-conscious Canadians want (2) local, (3) healthy, (4) customized goods they can (5) research online. Equilease provides lease financing to the entire retail industry--from electronics & appliance outlets to food & beverage chains to department stores--for almost any type of equipment required to operate a successful business; including, display cases, POS machines, inventory control systems, and signage‬. Call us today 1-800-463-2081 

Where to Focus Your Social Media Efforts

Posted by Paul Vella on June 16, 2015

social media for business

Canadians really, really like Facebook. New data from Media Technology Monitor shows Facebook is by far the most dominant social network among English Canadians, used by 92% of social networkers 18+. That is more than the next three social platforms – LinkedIn (33%), Google+ (31%) and Twitter (27%) – combined.

But while Facebook adoption has plateaued, newer platforms are maintaining an upward trajectory. LinkedIn and Twitter, for example, have grown 26% and 21% respectively since 2011, while Pinterest usage has increased by 62% since 2013. Read more...

The World's 50 Greatest Leaders

Posted by Paul Vella on June 16, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Governments are failing, companies are under siege, and age-old institutions are losing their grip. How do you lead in a time when everyone is a free agent, following his own star?

These ­extraordinary men and women are transforming business, government, philanthropy, and so much more. Read more...

One of our Latest Deals

Posted by Paul Vella on June 15, 2015

microsoft license

One of our Latest Deals: Microsoft Software License Renewals $303,000 @ 36 months

Financing Agriculture Equipment

Posted by Paul Vella on June 5, 2015

financing agriculture equipment

Whether your agri-business needs new or used farming equipment and machinery, grain storage or grain handling equipment, greenhouse facilities or vehicles, consider the advantages of dealing with Equilease - the Equipment Leasing Experts. Want to arrange payments around your harvest? We can do that! Already bought your equipment? We offer Sale-Leasebacks to help free up your capital for day-to-day operating expenses. We will work with you to customize your farm lease to fit your individual needs. Call today 1-800-463-2081

Lease Financing for iPads

Posted by Paul Vella on May 29, 2015

financing ipads

iPads have become an indispensable tool for today's workforce, the device of choice among business people of all ages, equally appealing across all industries. ‪Salespeople‬ use them to demo products, ‪‎dentists‬ use them to display "before & afters" in their waiting room, ‎photographers‬ use them to share their portfolio and ‎executives‬ use them to present data--the applications are virtually endless. Equilease will outfit your entire team with up-to-the-minute iPads to keep your business competitive and relevant. ($1,500 minimum order) Call us today 1-800-463-2081

What Do People Check the Price of Most?

Posted by Paul Vella on May 28, 2015

Google Search Tricks

Here's a map of Canadian cost obsessions based on Google search data.

From tattoos to taxis, if there’s one thing Canadians have in common, it’s our love of a good deal.

By using Google’s autocomplete function, the Star analyzed what item people were most likely to price-check for in each city. In Saskatoon, people were most likely to search for the cost of a tattoo. In Toronto, it was a nanny.

People were overwhelmingly concerned with the cost of transportation; In 11 out of the 24 cities analyzed, the most popular search was for a taxi or cab.

The idea comes from this nifty map, created by cost-guide website the Fixr, which tracked “cost obsessions” across the globe. Raul Amoros, who created the map, said autocomplete is a good way of measuring Google users’ search intentions.


Conference Room Furniture and AV System Lease Financing

Posted by Paul Vella on May 22, 2015

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Conference room technology and presentation requirements have changed from relying solely upon furnished presentation sources to the need to support BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology). Modern conference rooms must have AV systems designed to provide support for legacy as well as current sources; tomorrow's technology while utilizing today's equipment in a cost effective way. Equilease will ensure that your conference room is equipped with all of the technology and furnishings necessary to support your existing needs as well as future requirements. Call us today 1-800-463-2081

PM Announces New Tax Rules for Equipment Write-offs

Posted by Paul Vella on May 20, 2015

Stephen Harper

Manufacturers will be able to write off equipment more quickly under proposed tax rule changes. The idea is to provide a faster capital cost allowance. The rate climbs to 50 per cent for machinery and equipment, up from 30 per cent. The plan is to have it in effect for 10 years -- starting for assets acquired this year. The government says manufacturers will be able to plan better. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who made the announcement in Windsor, Ont. on May 14, says the measure will help manufacturers create jobs. Read more...

Will Tesla Beat iPhone to First $1 Billion in Sales?

Posted by Paul Vella on May 19, 2015


Tesla’s new line of big, stackable batteries for homes and businesses started with a bang. The reservations reported in the first week are valued at roughly $800 million, according to numbers crunched by Bloomberg Business. 

If Tesla converts even a fraction of those reservations into actual sales, the battery roll-out could measure up as one of the biggest ever for a new product category. Read more...

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