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The Secrets To Success for Spin Master, the Toronto Toy Company Behind Hatchimals

Posted by equilease_admin on December 29, 2016

Spin Master co-founder Ronnen Harary says nobody really expected the Hatchimals craze to take off globally

Spin Master believes it can sustain revenue growth in the high teens, as it expands into several new toy categories.

Dramatic growth has come at a price for Spin Master, the Toronto-based entertainment company behind this season’s hit toy, the Hatchimals line of plush creatures.

Although revenue jumped 22.3 per cent year over year to $475 million (U.S.) in the November quarter, product development, distribution, marketing and acquisition-related costs pushed general expenses ahead by 26.2 per cent.

That compares to a 23.8-per-cent increase a year ago for the 22-year-old company, with rising costs in turn driving a 1.3-per-cent year-over-year decline in adjusted operating profit margin. Read Mo‪re...

Lego CEO Shares Leadership Lessons After Rebuilding the Brand

Posted by equilease_admin on December 13, 2016

Lego CEO Jorden Vig Knudstorp Shares Leadership Lessons After Rebuilding the Brand

“President Business” he’s not. Lego’s chief executive, Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, bears little resemblance to the uptight Lego Movie CEO character whose alter ego is a tyrant. He was once a kindergarten teacher. He talks about the importance of executives bringing their “heart” into making tough decisions. Employees made him a Lego mini-figure in his likeness, stamped with this email address and phone number on the back, which he hands out as an amusing alternative to business cards.

But Knudstorp has been, in Lego-speak, a master builder of the company’s turnaround since 2004, when as a 35-year-old he became the family-controlled company’s first outside CEO. At the time, Lego was losing $1 million a day, had overextended itself into categories such as branded children’s clothing, loaded up on debt and rolled out pre-assembled toys that distanced children from the building experience. Read Mo‪re...

Social Media Marketing Statistics Important to Small Businesses

Posted by equilease_admin on December 12, 2016


  • 6 percent of small businesses report using social media to promote their businesses and among them, Facebook is far and away the top platform used
  • 44 percent of local businesses said they depend on social media to generate brand awareness, and 41 percent depend on it to drive revenue.
  • Almost 90 percent of marketers say their social marketing efforts have increased exposure for their business, and 75 percent say they’ve increased traffic.
  • More than 50 percent of marketers who have been implementing social media marketing tactics for two years have reported improved sales.
  • More than 1 in 3 Internet users say they go to social networks when looking for more information about a brand or product. The likelihood of doing this is linked very strongly to age

Read Mo‪re...

How to Slash Your U.S. Shipping Costs

Posted by equilease_admin on December 8, 2016

How Canadian Companies Can Slash U.S. Shipping Costs

Introducing a new shipping system helped Delviro Energy land a spot on the 2015 PROFIT 500

About 10% of Delviro Energy’s 2014 sales came from the United States—an increasingly lucrative revenue stream, given the state of the Canadian dollar—and the Toronto-based company has boosted them by hiring sales agents south of the border.

That contributed to the firm growing its revenues by 2,197% over the past five years, a performance that earned it the #33 spot on the 2015 PROFIT 500 Ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies.

But shipping its lighting products to the U.S. is expensive, says president Joe DeLonghi, who identified the prohibitive cost as the company’s biggest exporting challenge. DeLonghi’s solution? Read Mo‪re...

Why Mobile is a Retailer’s Best Friend

Posted by equilease_admin on December 7, 2016

using smart phones to track retail shopping patterns

Ubiquitous smartphones and cheap analytics tools are giving store owners what they've long craved: accurate customer data

Before store owner Melissa Davis started using mobile analytics, she didn’t know much about her customers shopping habits aside from how many came into her trendy sneaker shop each day, and how many of them bought a new pair of kicks.

But after signing up last September with Toronto startup Physicalytics, Davis can now tell you the number of people who walk past her Ugly Dukling store at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday, how long the average customer lingers at the window display, and how many times they’ve shopped there.

Using wireless Internet and Bluetooth technology linked to consumers’ smartphones, retailers can now track shopping patterns the same way online retailers have done for years. Read Mo‪re...

L.L. Bean - Proof That Nostalgia Really Sells

Posted by equilease_admin on November 30, 2016

LL Bean

Bootmaker L.L. Bean is ramping up production to meet demand as retro becomes the new consumer must-have

L.L. Bean is kicking it up a notch as demand continues to surge for its iconic boot. The Maine-based outdoors retailer has leased a larger, 110,000-square-foot building and plans to install a third injection-moulding machine to manufacture the rubber soles. It’s also hiring 100 more workers in the new year to make the boots.

Annual sales have grown from fewer than 100,000 a decade ago to more than 600,000 this year. The company expects to top 700,000 next year and 1 million in 2018.

A combination of form, function and nostalgia is behind the demand, said Willie Lambert, Bean’s merchandising manager for footwear. “It’d kind of like everything old is new again,” Lambert said. “They’re gravitating to the past and anchoring themselves into it.” Read Mo‪re...

Inside Frank Stronach’s Plan to Put a Grass-Fed Steak on Every Plate

Posted by equilease_admin on November 29, 2016

frank stronach adena farms

The Magna founder is already a business legend. His new project, Adena Farms, has another audacious goal: shaking up the cattle-ranching business

Florida is home to many wonders, both natural (the Everglades) and man-made (Disney World). Adena Farms fits each category. It’s a burgeoning grass-fed cattle farm and production facility in Florida operated by Frank Stronach, the 83-year-old Canadian billionaire. But because this is Florida, which has a reputation for being, well, a little strange, there is something odd about Adena, too: Stronach, the aspiring beef magnate, is predominantly vegetarian. Don’t get hung up on that apparent contradiction, though. There is money to be made. Read Mo‪re...

Why You Shouldn’t Try to Reduce Your Taxes Too Much

Posted by equilease_admin on November 28, 2016

latest tax tips for entrepreneurs

When the New York Times ran a story detailing how Donald Trump allegedly deployed questionable tactics to avoid paying taxes for nearly 20 years beginning in the early 1990s—swapping equity for debt as a means to avoid seeking forgiveness on millions of dollars in loans, all of which would have been taxed as income, thereby offsetting the losses he used to offset taxes otherwise payable—critics immediately erupted at what they felt must surely have been illegal maneuvers.

Only they weren’t, at least not at the time. What’s important to note is that even Trump’s accountants and lawyers counselled against such an aggressive tax approach, saying that the moves would most certainly fail to withstand scrutiny should he be audited. (The President-Elect is, as it happens, under audit from the Internal Revenue Service.) The account is nevertheless a high-profile reminder of the risks of aggressive tax planning. But at least in Canada, aggressive tax planning like Trump’s may fail to deliver bottom-line savings—and can, in fact, create a great deal of unnecessary risk and costs in the form of penalties and interest. Read Mo‪re...

New Regulations on the Books That Could Affect Your Franchise

Posted by equilease_admin on November 21, 2016

canadian franchise industry

There were a number of significant legal developments this year that affect the Canadian franchise industry, and while they may not need immediate action, it would be good to have them on your radar.

Quebec’s signage laws: As of Nov. 24, 2016, Quebec’s regulation respecting the language of commerce and business will be amended to require that all storefront and rooftop signs meet certain French requirements.

Ontario’s menu laws: Ontario’s Healthy Menu Choices Act comes into effect Jan. 1, requiring  all food service premises with 20 or more outlets in Ontario to post and display the calories in each standard food and beverage item.

B.C.’s franchise laws: On Feb. 1, 2017, British Columbia will become the sixth province to enact franchise laws (Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick all have laws). Read Mo‪re...

A New Golden Age for Hollywood North

Posted by equilease_admin on November 18, 2016

canadian film tv production

The Canadian movie and TV sector is booming, thanks to the low loonie, skilled crews and an explosion of new shows. Here’s who’s set to benefit

Canada’s motion picture and television production industry is booming. The sector contributed nearly $9 billion to the Canadian economy last year, and generated over 148,000 direct and indirect jobs.

A low Canadian dollar, skilled local crews and a surge in new TV shows contributed to record production numbers. Kristian Roberts, a partner at media and communications consulting firm Nordicity, expects the boom to continue if government incentives for producers remain at current levels and there is adequate capacity at production facilities. “If we keep the competitive advantage intact,” says Roberts, “it’s entirely possible we can sustain this growth.” Read Mo‪re...

Lease Financing for RICOH Digital Production Printers

Posted by equilease_admin on November 8, 2016

finance RICOH C9100 Production Printer

One of our Latest Deals: RICOH Pro C9100 Digital Production Printer $225,000 @ 36 months. Equilease worked with the franchise owner of a commercial printing company in Alberta to obtain a high-speed digital printer that outputs at near-offset quality. Our client is constantly researching & integrating the latest digital print & web-to-print technologies into their business. They approach each job with great care & attention to detail.

About Our Vendor: Ricoh Canada Inc has always been on the forefront of workplace innovation. Yesterday, that meant creating the first office fax machine, enabling people to work smarter, better & faster than ever before. Today, that means information mobility, which is the ability to capture, manage, access & use the information we need — wherever & whenever we need it — driving the results we want. The RICOH Pro C9100 offers a higher degree of personalization with robust print on-demand capabilities. The system can print a wide range of point-of-purchase displays, banners, magnets, envelopes and oversized signs making it an exceptional all-in-one solution for busy print shops.

Equilease provides financing for all makes and models of commercial printing equipment from all dealers. Call 1-800-463-2081 to see how easy it is to lease equipment with us!

3 Workplace Trends Millennials Are Eliminating in 2017

Posted by equilease_admin on November 7, 2016

millennials in the workplace

Millennials will continue to rapidly change the workplace in 2017. Here are three trends that probably won't make it to the next decade.

The work force has never been more diverse, with generations spanning from Baby Boomers to Gen X-ers and beyond. In recent years, however, Millennials (adults aged 19 to 35) have driven the biggest transformation in workplace dynamics. Experts and studies, for instance, tout how the Millennial generation is more collaborative than others and has a strong preference for remote work options. Additionally, Millennial workers are more connected and prefer to use technology to interact and get work done.

Why do these insights matter more now than ever before? According to an analysis from Pew Research Center, more than 30 percent of workers today are Millennials. They recently surpassed Generation X in becoming the largest share of the work force. As more Baby Boomers retire, more and more Millennials will be stepping up to fill management roles.

With Millennials moving into leadership positions, and an even younger generation (Generation Z) preparing to enter the work force, we predict there will be significant changes in office dynamics and operations starting in 2017, and lasting well into the coming years.

Here are some typical workplace practices that will become extinct in 2017 and beyond, as younger generations begin to dominate the work force. Read Mo‪re...

20 Best Business Gifts for Under $25

Posted by equilease_admin on November 3, 2016

best business gifts 2016

With the holiday season fast approaching, it's time for small business owners to start thinking about what gifts to purchase for clients, partners and employees. If you have a budget of around $25 for anyone on your holiday gift list, there are plenty of potential options for you to choose from. Here are 20 great business gifts for $25 or less. Read Mo‪re...

No Rest for Calgary Mattress-Recycling Entrepreneur

Posted by equilease_admin on November 2, 2016

Re-Matt Inc founder Shawn Cable

While touring a department-store warehouse a few years back, Shawn Cable noticed mattresses. A lot of mattresses. Some had been returned by customers after a short trial and couldn’t be resold.

Mr. Cable started thinking: What, he wondered, could be the best way to keep these unwieldy things out of a landfill?

The Calgarian decided to make it his business to rip the things apart and recycle them. He founded Re-Matt Inc. in 2014. With five full-time and three part-time employees, Mr. Cable’s company disassembles between 3,000 and 3,500 mattresses each month, distributing the components – namely steel, foam, cotton and wood – to local and regional recycling partners. Read Mo‪re...

The 5 Elements of an Effective Incentive Plan

Posted by equilease_admin on October 28, 2016

employee incentive plan

Competitive compensation strategies for the growing company

It’s easy to forget that when you’re interviewing potential employees, they’re assessing you, too. And for a small business who might not be able to compete with bigger entities on salary or prestige, incentive plans can be a key factor in recruiting top candidates.

But how do you offer enticing incentives without overspending? Here are some practical ideas for developing incentive plans that work. Read Mo‪re...

Belgium Agrees to Back Canada-EU Trade Deal

Posted by equilease_admin on October 27, 2016

CETA approves Canada

A spokesman for Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland greets the news positively and says Canada had “done its job,” but there was still work to do

Canada’s trade deal with Europe has taken a critical step to becoming a reality but a wary International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland is warning that hurdles remain.

Belgium on Thursday agreed to sign on to the Canada-European Union trade deal after resolving internal differences that had delayed Thursday’s planned signing ceremony.

After days of tension and last-minute negotiations, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel confirmed that the impasse over the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement had been broken.

“Belgian agreement on CETA. All parliaments are now able to approve by tomorrow at midnight. Important step for EU and Canada,” he said on Twitter.

Freeland on Thursday hailed the announcement as a positive step in a week marked by dramatic ups and downs that had left the agreement – seven years in the making – in limbo. Read Mo‪re...

Here's the Trick Amazon Uses to Brainstorm Amazing Ideas

Posted by equilease_admin on October 26, 2016

Here's the Trick Amazon Uses to Brainstorm Amazing Ideas

It's all about figuring out where to start

Business has been booming for Amazon, and the future looks bright.

One of the surprise contributors to this success is the Amazon Echo, a smart speaker that's capable of answering your questions, playing back music and podcasts, and controlling smart devices in your home.

Disclosure: I don't own an Echo, and I made fun of its debut (because I found the initial ads pretty creepy). But the device has gotten rave reviews from major outlets like CNET, Recode, and The New York Times, to name just a few. And on, it's received more than 44,000 reviews to date, with an average rating of 4.5 stars (out of five).

So how exactly did the Echo come to be?

It seems that the Amazon team started with a form of strategic thinking known as retrograde analysis.

Or, as it's more commonly known, working backwards. Read Mo‪re...

Lease Financing for MRM Rotary Pressure Fillers

Posted by equilease_admin on October 25, 2016


One of our Latest Deals: MRM Rotary Pressure Filler $27,000 @36 months. Equilease worked with an industry leading manufacturer of traditional & green private label cleaning products & detergents. Our client is deeply committed to the environment. They make considerable efforts to utilize sustainable raw materials & minimize waste & energy consumption in the manufacturing process.

About Our Vendor: Galick Packaging Equipment Ltd. is one of Canada's largest dealers of quality new & used process & packaging machinery. They supply equipment & services to the pharmaceutical, food & beverage industry including an extensive variety of fillers, labelers, cappers and conveyors.

Equilease provides financing for all makes and models of packing equipment from all dealers. Call 1-800-463-2081 to see how easy it is to lease equipment with us!

7 Ways to Build the Perfect Small Business

Posted by equilease_admin on October 24, 2016

7 Ways to Build the Perfect Small Business

Size needn't dictate success. To celebrate Small Business Week, here are some crucial skills and strategies that can help you outshine the competition, sell more and build a top-notch workforce

venture needn’t be huge to be mighty. With a few simple changes, your company will run a like dream, outsell its rivals and lead the pack. To celebrate Small Business Week, here are some crucial skills and strategies that will help your firm punch above its weight. Read Mo‪re...

Apple's Next Goal Is Killing Paper Money Once and For All

Posted by equilease_admin on October 19, 2016

Apple Pay

Apple CEO Tim Cook has an idea for the future—eliminating cash.

Apple Pay could be the “catalyst” that ultimately gets the world to switch from cash to digital payments, he told the Japanese news service Nikkei in an interview published on Monday.

“We would like to be a catalyst for taking cash out of the system,” Cook said. “We don’t think the consumer particularly likes cash.” Read Mo‪re...

Lease Financing for Fulton Steam Boilers

Posted by equilease_admin on October 18, 2016


One of our Latest Deals: Fulton Classic Vertical Tubeless Steam Boiler $23,000 @ 60 months. Equilease worked with a neighbourhood dry cleaners in Toronto to replace their aging cleaning equipment with a high efficiency system. Our client has been in the dry cleaning business for two generations. They specialize in providing hassle-free laundry services and can boast that they know the names of over 95% of their customers!

About Our Vendor: Dalex Canada is a proven leader in the supply of equipment and services to the fabricare & laundry industry. They carry a comprehensive line of cleaning equipment & supplies from leading manufacturers and work with small fabricare professionals to large, established commercial laundries, hospitality and health care facilities. They service such notable businesses as Casino Niagara, Regency Care Nursing Homes and The Sutton Place Hotels in Toronto.

Equilease provides financing for all makes and models of steam boilers, hydronic boilers and thermal fluid heaters from all dealers. Call 1-800-463-2081 to see how easy it is to lease equipment!

Canada’s Best Brands 2017: The Top 25

Posted by equilease_admin on October 17, 2016


Each year, Canadian Business conducts a national survey to ask Canadian consumers for their opinion on which brands are winning their hearts, minds and—most importantly—wallets. This list shows not just which companies have name recognition, but which ones are truly resonating in the marketplace. Read Mo‪re...

Why Canada’s Tourism Sector is Set to Take Off

Posted by equilease_admin on October 11, 2016

Canada’s Tourism Sector is Set to Take Off

Hotels, airlines, tour operators and restaurants are set to reap the upside of a low loonie and low oil prices, as more and more travelers flock here on holiday

decade ago, amid a global commodity boom, then-prime minister Stephen Harper called Canada an “emerging energy superpower.” And so it was, until slowing demand for natural resources in China and a related drop in the price of oil and other raw materials saw Canada’s economy tank in 2015.

With no turnaround in sight, Canadians are finally appreciating that the country needs to transition from commodities to grow our economy. Poised for particular growth is tourism, one of a few sectors benefiting from a Canadian dollar that’s tumbled in lock-step with oil’s decline. Read Mo‪re...

How to Build a Huge Social Media Following

Posted by equilease_admin on September 30, 2016

How To Build A Huge Social Media Following YouTube star and author Matthew Santoro

YouTube star and author Matthew Santoro built an army of followers across multiple social networks by turning his fans into his collaborators

“Originally, I started making comedy sketches and a few videos that used a Top 10 list format. I started to notice the Top 10 videos were getting significantly more views than the sketches. I was at a personal crossroads because I wanted to make people laugh; I didn’t necessarily want to be known as the Top 10 guy. Then I realized I could integrate that comedy into the Top 10 videos. Instead of fighting my own success, I just embraced what was working.” Read Mo‪re...

The Secret to True Business Excellence

Posted by equilease_admin on September 29, 2016

Tom Peters author of In Search of Excellence

Management guru and bestselling author Tom Peters explains what separates stellar businesses from those that struggle

Tom Peters knows what makes businesses great. Since co-authoring the 1982 management classic In Search of Excellence, Peters has devoted his career to highlighting what separates companies that excel from those that fizzle, (He’s done so to great personal success; the man has sold more than 10 million books). He’s been lauded as a management guru whose ideas are irreverent as they are important.

Ahead of his October 20 appearance at the 2016 GREAT CEOs Speaker Series in Mississauga, Ont., Peters discussed the value of short-term thinking, the beauty of mid-sized businesses and what leadership should look like today. Read Mo‪re...

Lease Financing for Dexis CariVu Digital X-ray System

Posted by equilease_admin on September 28, 2016

leasing dexis carivu xray system

One of our Latest Deals: Dexis CariVu Digital X-ray & Imaging System $6,800 @ 60 months. Equilease worked with a family dentist in Mississauga to provide their growing practice with a highly advanced caries detection device. Our client provides patients with a full range of general & cosmetic dentistry services. Whether its fixing smiles, repairing cavities or replacing missing teeth, they work with their patients to create a personalized care plan.

About Our Vendor: Henry Schein Canada is the largest provider of healthcare products & services to office-based dental, animal health & medical practitioners. Over the course of their 84 years in business, Henry Schein has become a Fortune 500 company with over 19,000 employees operating in 33 countries. The company offers a comprehensive selection of products including the DEXIS Dental Imaging CariVu device. The CariVu is a compact, portable caries detection device that uses patented transillumination technology to identify caries & cracks -- an ideal alternative diagnostic method for those patients who refuse to have X-rays taken.

Equilease provides financing for all makes and models of digital X-ray and Imaging systems from all dealers. Call 1-800-463-2081 to see how easy it is to lease equipment!

Amazon Announces Free Same-Day Delivery in Toronto to Prime Customers

Posted by equilease_admin on September 27, 2016

Amazon announces free same-day delivery in Toronto

After raising its free-shipping minimum to $35 from $25, announces free same-day shipping for Prime members in Toronto and Vancouver

Amazon announced today it will offer free same-day shipping, seven days a week, to customers with Prime memberships in Toronto and Vancouver who order more than $25-worth of merchandise from the website.

The announcement was made a week after the online retailer increased its free-shipping minimum to non-members to $35.

“It really allows you to order online with a much greater level of convenience,” said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for, who has himself used the service while travelling. Read Mo‪re...

Lease Financing for NewTek Video System

Posted by equilease_admin on September 21, 2016

newtek tricaster leasing

One of our Latest Deals: NewTek TriCaster 8000 Live Video System $52,000 @36 months. Equilease worked with an internet live streaming sports broadcaster to provide their growing operation with cutting-edge video equipment. Their broadcasts include pre and post game analysis, game commentary and athlete profiles all wrapped up in professional calibre multi camera game coverage.

About Our Vendor: Applied Electronics Limited is a family-run business which started in 1958 with one office in Toronto and quickly expanded to six locations across Canada. They have become a national leader in digitally-based production equipment by offering advanced products like the TricCaster 8000 live video system.

Equilease provides financing for all makes and models of audio-video equipment from all retailers and dealers. Call 1-800-463-2081 to see how easy it is to lease equipment!

Why Nordstrom is likely to succeed where Target failed

Posted by equilease_admin on September 20, 2016

Nordstrom Canada

Two years after the spectacular flameout of Target Canada, why would another U.S.-based department store merchant, Nordstrom Inc., take a chance on the often perilous Canadian market?

Seattle-based Nordstrom, which opened its first GTA store Friday at the Toronto Eaton Centre and opens a second store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre next month, is also an upscale merchant chancing a Canadian market that did not support discounter Target.

At a time when Canadian household debt is at near-record levels, the Target Canada post-mortem of analysts that Canadian consumers are skin-flinted would seem to augur poorly for Nordstrom. The same applies to Lowe’s, the U.S. hardware and home furnishings chain, and the venerable Quebec department store chain La Maison Simons, also rolling the dice on Canadian expansions. Read Mo‪re...

Meet the 2016 PROFIT 500

Posted by equilease_admin on September 19, 2016

What does it take to build one of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies? 39 facts about the companies on Profit's annual list of the country's rapidly-expanding firms and the entrepreneurs behind them

The 2016 PROFIT 500 are awesomesauce. Want proof? The companies on this year’s list grew sales by an average of 686%over the past five years. (Or had a median growth rate of 219%, for you nerds). It’s pretty impressive, considering that over the same period, Canada’s GDP shrunk by close to 4%.

Some winners got here by selling really cool stuff, like deluxe knives (Knifewear, No. 123), family-friendly video games (Big Blue Bubble, No. 131) and ultralight wheelchairs (Motion Composites, No. 91). Far more trade in less glam—but equally lucrative—fields: 44% of companies on the ranking provide services to other businesses. Read Mo‪re...

15 Time Management Tips From Exceptionally Productive Entrepreneurs

Posted by equilease_admin on September 15, 2016

While we all have the same amount of time, we don't all use it in the same way. Here are 15 ways productive people make good on their time

What if you could get more done without feeling overwhelmed, overworked, and overloaded?

Very productive people do it all the time. It actually has less to do with what you do as much as how you spend your time.

In 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time ManagementKevin Kruse shares the habits of successful and productive billionaires, athletes, students, and entrepreneurs. 

Unlike many productivity and management books, Kruse's is very human and relatable. Here are 15 things amazingly productive people do differently, according to his research, and how you can be one of them:

 Read Mo‪re...

Lease Financing for Fujitsu HVAC Equipment

Posted by equilease_admin on September 13, 2016

We worked with an opera house in Nova Scotia to provide their 109 year-old building with a state-of-the-art HVAC system. The fully-restored landmark is located within the boundaries of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lunenburg and is a vibrant venue for the arts, housing a mix of theatre, music & comedy performances.

About Our Vendor: Northern Climate Mechanical is a full-service HVAC company servicing commercial & residential customers across Nova Scotia. They are highly dedicated to customer satisfaction and offer only the highest quality materials & equipment like Fujitsu's energy efficient heating & cooling solutions.
Equilease provides financing for all types of HVAC equipment from all retailers and dealers. Call 1-800-463-2081 to see how easy it is to lease equipment!

Daughter of Equilease's President Sings Her Way Into The Heart of Bruce Springsteen

Posted by equilease_admin on September 6, 2016

Bruce Springsteen and Maddie Abbott

Ten-year-old Maddie Abbott of Toronto is “The future of Rock and Roll,” according to the legendary Bruce Springsteen, who yelled it out at a recent concert.

Maddie quite literally took over the stage from The Boss at a Bruce Springsteen concert at the United Centre in Chicago at the end of August, during his U.S. tour.

After Springsteen noticed Maddie’s decorated handmade Bristol board poster, on which she wrote, “It’s my 1st Show and I’m Waitin’ on A Sunny Day,” the superstar performer brought her on stage. She hugged him, then he put her on his shoulders and walked across the stage, before the confident girl took the microphone out of his hand, and sang the chorus to “Waitin’ on A Sunny Day” solo, pumping her fists to a roaring crowd of more than 20,000 Springsteen fans. The Boss, meanwhile, looked on astonished and gave Maddie’s mother two thumbs up.

“It was one of two best experiences of my life,” gushes Maddie, who wants to be a performer and takes singing and acting lessons. “The first best experience of my life is that I was born. The second was being on stage with Bruce Springsteen,” she says. “But if I wasn’t born, then that would have never happened!” Read Mo‪re...

What Salespeople Can Learn From Oprah’s Favourite Things

Posted by equilease_admin on September 2, 2016

What Salespeople Can Learn From Oprah’s Favourite Things

Getting the attention of prospects has never been more challenging. This innovative strategy can help you cut through the noise and win over potential clients

This is one of the most difficult times in history to be in sales. Prospects have greater access to information than ever before, but also more messages coming to them through more communication channels than ever before.

Barraged by offers and contacts, decision makers are increasingly tuning out anything that doesn’t directly benefit them here and now. Companies are going to great lengths to avoid talking to salespeople—some will now only take outside messages by fax, and others are including middle initials in email addresses to make them harder to guess.

How’s a salesperson supposed to break through and get prospects’ attention in this new reality? Stop selling, and start giving. I don’t mean a whitepaper or an infographic—those are good assets, but everyone is using them now. Your offering needs to be different, valuable, and memorable. Read Mo‪re...

Best Places For Business in Canada

Posted by equilease_admin on September 1, 2016

best places for business in canada

This list highlights the cities and districts that go the extra mile to make businesses feel appreciated. They have the lowest property tax mill rates, the fastest processing times for building permits, the most affordable and hassle-free business licensing and more. Read Mo‪re...

Franchise Industry Would Not Benefit From Proposed Changes To Employment Law In Ontario

Posted by equilease_admin on August 29, 2016

Franchise industry would not benefit from proposed changes to employment law in Ontario

There are many reasons to franchise your business. By granting a franchisee the right and license to operate an outlet under a brand, a franchise network can disseminate its goods and services at a pace and across territories that corporate development alone may not be able to achieve.

Of the numerous arguments in favour of expansion by way of franchising, franchisors will often cite employment considerations. In particular, a franchisor may prefer the franchise model since those numerous outlets operating under the same brand are not staffed by employees of the franchisor. Not only does this present significant cost savings opportunities, but it also means that the franchisor need not be responsible for all the legal liabilities that can arise in an employer-employee relationship. Those liabilities belong to the franchisee employer. Read Mo‪re...

Meet The Pioneering Designer Behind Gord Downie’s Suits

Posted by equilease_admin on August 26, 2016

Meet Izzy Camilleri the fashion designer behind Gord Downie's metallic suits

Izzy Camilleri collaborated with the Tragically Hip frontman for his dazzling tour wardrobe. But her bigger business is a wheelchair-friendly fashion line

The Tragically Hip wraps up their final tour this weekend, and once the lights are out and the set list starts fading from memory, one thing we’ll remember is Gord Downie’s wardrobe. Pink, turquoise, silver, and gold—all bright metallic and leather—the colourful array of suits have become instantly iconic. Izzy Camilleri is the designer behind the dazzling look— a look she admittedly wasn’t sure Downie could pull off at first. When she’s not designing suits for The Hip frontman, Camilleri is working on her clothing line for wheelchair users called IZ Adaptive. We caught up with her to chat about blazing new trails in the fashion industry, working with Gord Downie, and the surprising power clothing has to lift our spirits. Read Mo‪re...

What’s Next For Canada Goose

Posted by equilease_admin on August 25, 2016

Dani Reiss Canada Goose Factory

Dani Reiss on building an authentic brand, the importance of bricks-and-mortar, and the risks and rewards of expanding beyond the iconic Canada Goose winter parka

When it comes to uniquely Canadian brands, Canada Goose stands front and center. The Toronto-based manufacturer of down-filled winter jackets has built a reputation as a luxury brand ever since president and CEO Dani Reiss took over the company in 2001.

Long before it became the hottest trend in branding, Reiss built his Canada Goose’s image around the notion of authenticity.  The company’s marketing has always focused on the quality of its made-in-Canada parkas, which are versatile enough to be worn by urban condo-dwellers and arctic explorers alike. It’s paid off—Canada Goose has made the PROFIT 500 Ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies for several years running, placing No. 101 on the 2015 list. Read Mo‪re...

Why Startups Should Sell to Big Companies First

Posted by equilease_admin on August 23, 2016

Why Startups Should Sell to Big Companies First

W100 winner Carol Leaman ignored the conventional "start small" growth model and pursued billion-dollar companies straight out of the gate

When Carol Leaman took over as president and CEO of Axonify, the Waterloo-based e-learning company had exactly one client.

Mind you, that client was not your typical first customer. Most startups start with small businesses, who typically have less complicated and lengthy procurement processes and are more willing to work with unknown partners. By contrast, Axonify’s initial sale was an American automotive parts retailer called Pep Boys, with $2 billion in revenue and a fleet of 20,000 employees.

Leaman admits that signing Pep Boys to Axonify, which develops game- and incentive-based employee training software, took a bit of luck. But once the company was in the Axonify fold, keeping it and finding other giant corporations to partner with was easy. Soon, Leaman was selling her product to Toys R Us, Walmart, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and FedEx, to name just a few. Read Mo‪re...

How The Internet Of Things Is Going To Transform Retail

Posted by equilease_admin on August 17, 2016

internet of things

“We are entering into an era of deep personalization where everything from our bodies to our homes are interconnected,” declares a recent report by MaRS Discovery District. The report—Canada’s Innovation Landscape: Consumer & Commerce—outlines some of the fastest growing industries in the country. One of the most-hyped but still poorly understood technologies the report covers is the “Internet Of Things.”

IoT technology has long garnered a certain degree of public mockery, of the “Why do I need my fridge connected to the Internet?” variety. But, the report argues, this is a simplification of an industry that will soon come to revolutionize commerce as we know it.

“Obviously IoT is somewhat vague and nebulous to a lot people,” admits one of the report’s authors, Sue McGill. “When you actually look at the definition of IoT, simply put, it’s about connecting any device or object to the Internet. So that includes everything from your cellphone to your car engine—and it includes people.” Read Mo‪re...

Winning Over The Savvy Shopper

Posted by equilease_admin on August 16, 2016

how to win over the savvy shopper

Consumers are wising up to pricing tricks, and retailers need to pay attention.

It’s no secret that Canadians love deals. The chaos of Black Friday and Boxing Day are prime examples, but everyday sales and special promotions can be an irresistible draw for shoppers as well. In fact, according to a recent survey commissioned by Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business, 91 per cent of Canadians admit they receive “great happiness or pleasure” from a good sale or discount.

Still, we’re not as gullible as those numbers make it seem; the same survey revealed that when it comes to those flashy sales, Canadians are divided on whether they are actually getting a deal. The web is the reason for this skepticism says Yuri Levin, professor of operations management at Smith School of Business and director of the Master of Management Analytics program. Read Mo‪re...

5 Steps to Turn Your Small Firm Into an International Franchisor

Posted by equilease_admin on August 15, 2016

how to become an international franchisor

Driving serious growth is easier when you spread the work—and the rewards. How franchising can help you build a global enterprise.

Four years into the venture, I decided to write a franchise strategy into my business plan. It seemed like the fastest way to expand nationally and internationally. We began with two franchises as a test, and two years later Spray-Net is the fastest growing home-improvement franchisor in the country. With one in every major Canadian city between the coasts, and U.S. housing prices steadily increasing, we’re now taking our business model across the border.

Here’s how to use franchising to grow your small business at home and abroad: Read Mo‪re...

What Businesses Can Do When Faced With Social Media Hostility

Posted by equilease_admin on August 12, 2016

What Businesses Can Do When Faced with Social Media Hostility

Transit agencies and airlines bombarded with angry and abusive posts are responding in different ways.

union grievance over abusive tweets directed at some Toronto Transit Commission employees has drawn attention to the way organizations handle hostility on social media. A provincial labour arbitrator ruled earlier this month that the TTC had “failed to take all reasonable and practical measures” to protect its employees from derogatory comments tweeted to the @TTChelps handle.

The decision stemmed from a 2013 complaint by the Amalgamated Transit Unions Local 113 over tweets that included personal attacks, profane language and disparaging remarks about TTC employees, including racist and homophobic slurs.

TTC personnel who run the Twitter account usually reply to such tweets by acknowledging the customer’s frustration and asking them to refrain from making offensive comments. Read Mo‪re...

Lease Financing for Film Production Equipment

Posted by equilease_admin on August 10, 2016

Lease Financing for Film Production Equipment

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 filmed in locations all across Toronto in 2015. 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. Read more...

Equilease provides financing for all types of film production equipment from all retailers and dealers. Call 1-800-463-2081 to see how easy it is to lease or finance equipment for your next shoot!

The Top Mistakes Small Business Owners Make - How B2B Small Business Drops The Ball

Posted by equilease_admin on August 9, 2016

top mistakes small business owners make and how to fix them

The Small Business B2B Call to Action Study of 200 websites found that companies routinely fail to include special offers and related incentives. Even basics like "Contact Info" and a phone number often aren't prominent. Here are some highlights:  Read Mo‪re...

Provincial trade deal would be a wealth creator for all regions

Posted by equilease_admin on August 9, 2016

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)

It was interesting to see how a meagre 191-word document signed by all premiers on internal free trade was lauded as a major coup for Confederation. The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) was signed recently at the annual premiers’ summit in Whitehorse. It may take months before we know what products are included in the deal, and what is not. For years, restrictions among provinces prevented many food products such as dairy, wines and beer from flowing freely across the country. We can certainly celebrate the good will of our provincial leaders, but we should all remain cautiously optimistic. Read Mo‪re...

How to Become the Ultimate Leader

Posted by equilease_admin on August 8, 2016

Christine Sinclair Canada's Soccer Team Captain

26 skills every entrepreneur and manager needs now, with tips from the pros—including Canada women's soccer team captain Christine Sinclair—on how to develop them.

PROFIT asked the pros from the worlds of business, art, sports and science for their top tips and tactics for team building, decision making, productivity, work-life balance and much, much more.

Here are 26 skills ever leader needs now, with expert advice on how to develop them. Read Mo‪re...

The 3 Inherent Traits of Great Salespeople

Posted by equilease_admin on August 4, 2016

Inherent Traits of Great Salespeople

Some people are simply made of the right stuff to be stellar sellers “When you look at any top sales performer, their success transcends what they do,” says Keith Rosen, author of “Coaching Salespeople into Sales Champions.” “It is more who they are, how they communicate and, most important, how they think that makes them truly great.”

Of the many innate traits that define a great salesperson, pay special attention to these three when hiring: Read Mo‪re...

Bizstarters Helps Entrepreneurs Over 50 Build Businesses

Posted by equilease_admin on August 3, 2016

Bizstarters Helps Entrepreneurs Over 50 Build Businesses

Starting a business isn’t always easy. But there’s help out there. And if you’re an entrepreneur over 50, that help might come in the form of

The company provides coaching and support for entrepreneurs in the Baby Boomer generation. Read about how the business got started and what it does. Read Mo‪re...

Things Your Business Should Do During the Summer Slowdown

Posted by equilease_admin on August 2, 2016

5 Things Your Business Should Do During the Summer Slowdown

It’s the dead of summer. If it seems like your clients are MIA, your office is running at half capacity and your once-overflowing inbox is almost suspiciously empty, then it’s fair to say that the summer slowdown has taken effect in your business. The “season of auto-reply” may be frustrating for those who are ready to charge ahead, but just because your industry may be on pause doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of these calmer months.

In fact, summer’s slowdown can actually be a great time to harness growth, build stronger relationships and cultivate new leads. Here are five initiatives you can start right now to gain a competitive edge when everyone comes back to work. Read Mo‪re...

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