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MARCH MADNESS: Lease Camera and Video Equipment For Only $1/day

Posted by equilease_admin on March 21, 2018

Camera Equipment Leasing

MARCH MADNESS: Lease Camera & Video Equipment for only $1/day!

  • *ALL New Leases over $2,500
  • ANY Make & Model from ANY Supplier

HURRY offer ends March 30, 2018 

*On Approved Credit, Conditions Apply, Regular Monthly Payments Begin After 90 Days

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MARCH MADNESS: Lease Software and Computer Equipment For Only $1/day

Posted by equilease_admin on March 19, 2018

Mac Computer Leasing

MARCH MADNESS: Lease Software & Computer Equipment for only $1/day!

  • *ALL New Leases over $2,500
  • ANY Make & Model from ANY Supplier

HURRY offer ends March 30, 2018 

*On Approved Credit, Conditions Apply, Regular Monthly Payments Begin After 90 Days

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MARCH MADNESS: Lease Dental Equipment For Only $1/day

Posted by equilease_admin on March 13, 2018

Dental Equipment Leasing

MARCH MADNESS: Lease Dental Equipment for only $1/day!

  • *ALL New Leases over $2,500
  • ANY Make & Model from ANY Supplier

HURRY offer ends March 30, 2018 

*On Approved Credit, Conditions Apply, Regular Monthly Payments Begin After 90 Days

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MARCH MADNESS: Lease Security Equipment For Only $1/day

Posted by equilease_admin on March 7, 2018

Security Equipment Leasing

MARCH MADNESS: Lease Security Equipment for only $1/day!

  • *ALL New Leases over $2,500
  • ANY Make & Model

HURRY offer ends March 30, 2018 

*On Approved Credit, Conditions Apply, Regular Monthly Payments Begin After 90 Days

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MARCH MADNESS: Lease Restaurant Equipment For Only $1/day

Posted by equilease_admin on March 2, 2018

Restaurant Equipment Leasing

MARCH MADNESS: Lease Restaurant Equipment & Food Manufacturing Equipment for only $1/day!

  • *ALL New Leases over $2,500
  • ANY Make & Model

HURRY offer ends March 30, 2018 

*On Approved Credit, Conditions Apply, Regular Monthly Payments Begin After 90 Days

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MARCH MADNESS: Lease Any Type of Equipment For Only $1/day

Posted by equilease_admin on February 27, 2018

lease any type of equipment for only $1/day

MARCH MADNESS: Lease Equipment for your Business and pay only $1/day!

  • *ALL New Leases over $2,500
  • ALL Types of Equipment or Software

HURRY offer ends March 30, 2018 

*On Approved Credit, Conditions Apply, Regular Monthly Payments Begin After 90 Days

Apple MacBook Leasing

Posted by equilease_admin on February 14, 2018

Apple macbook pro lease financing

One of our Latest Deals: Apple MacBook Pro Computers $6,000 @ 36 months. Equilease regularly works with one of the world's top digital design and production companies to supply their growing workforce with new, state-of-the-art workstations. Our client specializes in creating highly advanced, experiential works in both the advertising and entertainment industries. They're work often incorporates everything from live action, animation and sound design to complex 3D engines.     

About our Vendor: The focus on augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) is key for Apple, which released tools last year that allow developers to add AR experiences to apps. The company has also said that the newest iterations of the iPhone were engineered specifically with AR in mind, and Apple recently launched an iMac Pro to allow developers to create AR and VR  on the Mac for the first time. The global augmented and virtual reality market size is expected to hit US$215 billion by 2021, according to a study by statistics company Statista.

Equilease provides lease financing for all Apple Canada products. Call 1-800-463-2081 or email sales@equilease.com to see how easy it is to lease or finance I.T. equipment and software for your business.

Tim Cook's Visit to Shopify All About Augmented Reality, as Apple CEO Praises 'Profound' Emerging Technology

Posted by equilease_admin on February 9, 2018

Tim Cook Shopify

Apple CEO Tim Cook took in a demonstration of Canadian e-commerce platform Shopify's augmented reality capabilities during a visit to Toronto, while touting his company's investment in the emerging technology.

 "I believe that AR is the most profound technology of the future," Cook said in an interview. "It amplifies human performance. It amplifies humans, not substitutes, and doesn't isolate. I'm a huge believer in it."

 Cook's agenda during his visit to Toronto was heavy on meetings with developers and coders, but he has also made students a priority on this trip, visiting Sheridan College and surprising a Grade 7 Scarborough classroom participating in a coding session at a Toronto Apple Store. Read Mo‪re...

ACCEO Smart Vendor POS System Leasing

Posted by equilease_admin on February 8, 2018

equipment leasing

Some of our Latest Deals: Sony Zeiss Distagon Lens $2,000 @ 36 months + Union Dry Cleaning Machine $55,000 @ 60 months + ACCEO POS System $6,500 @ 36 months

Equilease provides lease financing for all makes and models of cameras, commercial dry cleaning machines, and POS systems from the retailer or dealer of your choice. Call 1-800-463-2081 or email sales@equilease.com to see how easy it is to lease new equipment for your business.

LG Electronics Leasing

Posted by equilease_admin on February 5, 2018

LG Electronics Financing

One of our Latest Deals: LG Electronics Video Wall $27,000 @ 12 months. Equilease worked with a franchisee of a leading Canadian sports-themed restaurant chain to acquire a video wall. Our client is all about celebrating sports with family and friends and is committed to delivering an outstanding guest experience through personalized service and exceptional food. They sponsor hundreds of local sports teams through a program dedicated to furthering youth development.

About our Vendor: Best Buy is one of Canada's largest and most successful retailers, operating Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile, and Geek Squad brands. The first Best Buy Canada stores were opened in the Fall of 2002 with eight locations in the Greater Toronto Area. Today, the company has nearly 200 stores across Canada. Best Buy offers consumers the latest technology and entertainment products in a no-pressure sales environment. Through community investment, Best Buy and its employees are committed to connecting youth with technology to inspire, motivate and empower their education.

Equilease provides lease financing for all electronics products including Digital SignageOffice Equipment, and Security Systems. Call 1-800-463-2081 or email sales@equilease.com to see how easy it is to lease tech for your business.

10 Huge Canadian Fortunes That Started With One Small Business

Posted by equilease_admin on February 5, 2018

Saputo family

Every billionaire started somewhere. Here are some of the most inspiring stories of Rich 100–ranked entrepreneurs who started at the bottom.

Among the top 10 dairy producers in the world, the $16-billion multinational Saputo sells its milk, cheese, yogurt and other goods under dozens of different brand names around the globe. The Saputo family likes to think big: The company is the largest cheese maker in Canada, third largest in both the U.S. and Argentina, and fourth in Australia. Its stock soared for most of last year, climbing more than 50% and taking the family fortune to new heights. Read Mo‪re...

10 Must-Have Gadgets and Gear to Thrive in Your Home Office

Posted by equilease_admin on February 2, 2018

Must-Have Gadgets and Gear to Thrive in Your Home Office

Thanks to modern technology and widespread connectivity, you no longer need a traditional office to build a successful business. But you do need the right tech and equipment to stay competitive and keep your home office operations running smoothly.

When it comes to tech products, the at-home worker and entrepreneur have more choices than ever before. That means you need to be smart when choosing tools to make a positive impact on your busy, day-to-day business life. Here are 10 must-have gadgets and gear that will take your home office game to the next level. Read Mo‪re...

And remember: Equilease can lease all of the equipment and software required to help your business grow and succeed! 

AUTODESK Software Leasing

Posted by equilease_admin on January 17, 2018

Autodesk Software Financing

One of our Latest Deals: Autodesk Building Design Suite Software $115,000 @ 36 months. Equilease worked with one of Canada’s premier architect firms to acquire software essential to the smooth operation of their practice. Our client is recognized as one of the leading practices undertaking large-site, urban intensification projects comprising complex, mixed-use programs. The firm leads the way with visionary thinking and transcending design solutions to create desirable, multi-faceted, sustainable communities all across Canada.

About our Vendor: Autodesk is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of 3D software for global markets. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries – including the last 19 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects – use Autodesk software. From blockbuster visual effects and buildings that create their own energy, to electric cars and the batteries that power them, the work of their customers is everywhere we look.

Equilease provides lease financing for all Autodesk products including AutoCAD, Maya and Revit. Call 1-800-463-2081 or email sales@equilease.com to see how easy it is to finance software for your business.

THOR Photomedicine Medical Laser Leasing

Posted by equilease_admin on January 11, 2018

THOR Photomedicine Medical Laser Equipment Leasing

One of our Latest Deals: THOR Medical Laser $21,000 @ 60 months. Equilease worked with a highly rated medical spa to acquire a laser for their growing operation. Our client is at the forefront of the spa industry, providing all natural hair loss treatments, laser hair removal and teeth whitening procedures to clients in the Greater Toronto Area. Led by a team of highly-trained technicians, the clinic is renowned for using a combination of cutting-edge technology and select bio-stimulants in their various treatment protocols.

About our Vendor: THOR Laser Photomedicine provides hospitals and clinics in 70 countries with their Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) devices. The lasers have many applications and are used to treat everything from pain relief to hair loss to smoking cessation. The THOR laser is also a drug-free treatment alternative used by veterinarians. The low-level laser and LED therapies are used to remedy degenerative disc disease and corneal diseases in dogs and cats. THOR Photomedicine’s top experts provide extensive training on the laser’s many applications to ensure optimal treatment outcomes are achieved.

Equilease provides lease financing for all types of medical spa equipment. Call 1-800-463-2081 or sales@equilease.com to see how easy it is to lease or finance new equipment for your clinic.

Nienkämper Office Furniture Leasing

Posted by equilease_admin on January 2, 2018

Nienkamper Office Furniture Leasing

One of our Latest Deals: NIENKAMPER Office Furniture $92,000 @ 60 months. Equilease worked with an insurance provider to obtain leading-edge corporate furniture for their office expansion. Based in Toronto, our client develops and markets specialty commercial property and casualty insurance solutions to wineries, craft breweries, golf and country clubs in Canada. The company offers an umbrella package to insurance brokers covering construction risks, manufacturing risks, long-haul trucking, and high hazard contracting and projects.

About our Vendor: Nienkämper began importing, and later manufacturing under license, classic European-designed furniture in the 1960s and 1970s. As their international profile grew, they added Canadian and American designers to the lineup. Today the company is recognized for producing some of the best corporate and residential furniture on the market. Nienkämper’s factory, located in Toronto, has expanded dramatically since the company's founding in 1968. It is now a 120,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility producing furniture for shipment around the world. The company’s proven track record is founded on classic and contemporary designs that work together, the highest standards in manufacturing, durability, and ease of maintenance.

Equilease provides lease financing for all types of office furniture. Call 1-800-463-2081 or sales@equilease.com to see how easy it is to lease or finance new office furniture for your business.

Lease A Phone System For Only $1/day

Posted by equilease_admin on December 5, 2017

Lease Phone System

Lease a new Phone System Before 2018 & Pay Only $1/Day for the First 90 Days!

  • ALL Makes/Models of Phone Systems from ANY Dealer in Canada
  • *ALL New Leases

HURRY offer ends December 31st, 2017 

*On Approved Credit, Conditions Apply, Regular Monthly Payments Begin After 90 Days

Trudeau Kicks Off China Visit with Tourism Pitch, Boost for Mississauga-based Hydrogenics

Posted by equilease_admin on December 4, 2017

Trudeau in China

After his roundtable at Sina Weibo, Trudeau rushed off to test an emissions-free bus with Canadian technology that could help this country’s megacities deal with choking smog problems.

The company behind the technology is Mississauga-based Hydrogenics, one of two Canadian firms that specialize in hydrogen energy storage technology.

Daryl Wilson, president and chief executive officer, said he has struck four contracts with Chinese companies since he came here on a trade mission with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne two years ago. Read Mo‪re...

And remember: Equilease can lease all of the equipment and software required to help your business grow and succeed in both domestic and foreign markets! 

Lease Camera, Film & Computer Equipment For Only $1/day

Posted by equilease_admin on December 1, 2017

Lease Camera Equipment

Lease Camera, Film & Computer Equipment Before 2018 & Pay Only $1/Day for the First 90 Days!

  • ALL Makes/Models of Equipment
  • *ALL New Leases

HURRY offer ends December 31st, 2017 

*On Approved Credit, Conditions Apply, Regular Monthly Payments Begin After 90 Days

Lease Anything For Just One Dollar A Day

Posted by equilease_admin on November 28, 2017

equipment leasing equilease

Lease your equipment before 2018 and pay only $1/day for the first 90 days!

  • *ALL New Leases
  • ALL Types of Equipment

HURRY offer ends December 31st, 2017 

*On Approved Credit, Conditions Apply, Regular Monthly Payments Begin After 90 Days

Three Ways Small Businesses Can Win The Online Retail Game This Holiday Season

Posted by equilease_admin on November 27, 2017

Three ways small businesses can win the online retail game this holiday season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … for retail. The two-month span of November and December can make or break business performance for major brands and retailers, so they need to leverage every sales avenue possible to reach consumers whenever, wherever they are ready to spend.

Online channels are now table stakes for retailers during the holidays. Case in point: A recent survey by Leger, commissioned by eBay Canada, reveals that the majority of Canadians (54 percent) plan to shop online for some or all of their holiday items this season. Further, two-thirds of Canadians believe that shopping online helps them avoid the holiday grind, and saves them time, stress and money.

But the online holiday game isn’t just for the big players – Canadian small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can also capitalize on this retail trend. In fact, with easy-to-use and cost-effective e-commerce platforms available, SMBs have unprecedented opportunities to reach holiday shoppers – they just need to play the game a little differently. Here are three ways retail SMBs can maximize their online holiday game to make this season their best one yet: Read Mo‪re...

And remember: Equilease can lease all of the equipment and software required to help your retail business grow and succeed -- both online and in store! 

Export Tips From Some of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Posted by equilease_admin on November 23, 2017

Export tips from some of Canada’s fastest-growing companies

Many Canadian companies never sell a thing outside their own borders. Exporting presents challenges, but those who’ve done it say it’s worth it.

If there’s one criticism about Canadian businesses that crops up time and again, it’s that they aren’t eager enough to pursue opportunities in foreign markets. As a Senate report noted in 2015, “An aversion to risk may…prevent Canadian businesses, particularly SMEs, from pursuing international trade opportunities.” Of course, risk aversion isn’t the whole story. The same report from the Senate standing committee also observed that other factors seem to deter Canadian companies from being more export-oriented. Whether it’s language barriers, a lack of information on specific opportunities abroad or uncertainty about details on tariffs, there are a wide variety of reasons many Canadian businesses remain too close to home. Read Mo‪re...

And remember: Equilease can lease all of the equipment and software required to help your business grow and succeed in foreign markets! 

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney Discusses NAFTA and President Trump with W5's Lloyd Robertson

Posted by equilease_admin on November 20, 2017

W5's Lloyd Robertson sits down with former prime minister Brian Mulroney to discuss NAFTA

W5's Lloyd Robertson sits down with former prime minister Brian Mulroney to discuss the key factors that could determine the fate of NAFTA and free trade. Read Mo‪re...

Ontario Cuts Small Business Taxes to Ease Transition to Higher Minimum Wage

Posted by equilease_admin on November 17, 2017

Ontario cuts small business taxes to ease transition to higher minimum wage

The corporate tax rate for small businesses will fall from 4.5 percent to 3.5 percent effective Jan. 1, 2018

With an eye to next spring’s election, Ontario’s Liberal government will slash small business taxes as part of $500 million in new investments aimed at easing the transition to the province’s increasing minimum wage.

Finance Minister Charles Sousa unveiled the government plan in the province’s fall economic statement Tuesday afternoon. The corporate tax rate for small businesses will fall from 4.5 percent to 3.5 percent effective Jan. 1, 2018, the same day the province will increase its minimum wage from $11.60 to $14.

Critics of the government’s sweeping labour reform package introduced in May have called for the tax offsets for months to allow businesses to absorb the cost. The government plan will eventually see minimum wage jump to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019. Read Mo‪re...

Boston Pizza’s Jim Treliving: The Seven Keys to Franchise Success

Posted by equilease_admin on November 14, 2017

Boston Pizza’s Jim Treliving: the seven keys to franchise success

As chairman and owner of Canadian restaurant chain Boston Pizza International, Jim Treliving, a venture capitalist and a regular on CBC’s Dragons’ Den 12 years running, knows what makes a franchise successful. That’s not only because of what he’s done right over five decades, but also what he’s done wrong – and lived to tell about.

Treliving first walked into the original Boston Pizza restaurant in Edmonton as an RCMP constable in 1966. He franchised his first restaurant in 1968; today, the chain boasts almost 400 outlets in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

Appearing in Vancouver on Oct. 17 at a TD-sponsored event, he spoke to an audience of small business owners on strategies to improve the likelihood of success for franchisees. Here are his keys to franchise success Read Mo‪re...

25 Tools That Help with Inventory Management for Small Business

Posted by equilease_admin on September 14, 2017

Inventory Management for small business

Inventory management goes much further than merely keeping track of products. Inventory management tools and software eliminates much of the guesswork, giving companies greater control of their business. Take a look at these software suites designed to streamline Inventory Management for small businesses. Read Mo‪re...

Watch for These Changes to HR Laws Relating to Contract Employees

Posted by equilease_admin on September 13, 2017

Watch for these changes to HR laws relating to contract employees

In Ontario, employers may now be subject to serious penalties for misclassifying an employee.

If your organization currently utilizes the services of contract employees, proposed employment law changes introduced recently by the Ontario government should give you cause for concern.

That’s because Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have substantially upped the ante when it comes to protecting Ontario workers at a time when precarious and part-time employment opportunities become more abundant and traditional full-time positions — with competitive salaries and benefits — become increasingly scarce. At least some of these proposed changes are justifiable, but their quick implementation is all but guaranteed to create challenges for employers, ranging from multinationals to SMBs, operating in the province.

Why?

The government released a set of proposed labour and employment law changes set to come into effect over the next two years. When passed, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, will be the most sweeping package of amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act in at least a generation. Read Mo‪re...

Social Media Sites Take On Kijiji, Craigslist As Second-Hand Sales Soar

Posted by equilease_admin on September 12, 2017

Social Media Selling Varagesale

Facebook's Marketplace and startups like VarageSale are the latest to muscle in on a growing community of consumers.

Kijiji and Craigslist disrupted print classifieds and moved much of them online. Now social media selling is disrupting Kijiji and Craigslist, according to Janet Bannister, who is in a position to know — she founded Kijiji in Canada and is now a member of the board of directors at VarageSale.

“It creates what feels like a friendlier and more social place to buy and sell,” said Bannister. Second-hand sellers are using social media platforms like Instagram, posting items for sale using hashtags, like #Torontobuyandsell or #buyandsell, or #buyandsellkicks and the newly launched #FacebookMarketplace. Read Mo‪re...

Lease Financing for Foliot Furniture

Posted by equilease_admin on September 8, 2017

Foliot Furniture Hospitality Furniture Leasing

One of our Latest Deals: FOLIOT FURNITURE Educational Housing Furniture $155,000 @ 36 months. Equilease worked with a world-renowned academic-athletic private school in Ontario to obtain furniture for their student dormitories. Our client is dedicated to providing ambitious boys and girls the very best in academics along with elite hockey. The school helps prepare young athletes to achieve their dreams and goals of reaching the next level in hockey. Many of their students go on to successful careers at the junior and pro levels as well as play for national teams and even in the Olympics.

About our Vendor: Foliot Furniture has been manufacturing high-quality furnishings for the hospitality and education industries for over 20 years. A true Canadian success story, Foliot Furniture has delivered over 300,000 rooms to colleges, universities, hotels and resorts throughout North America. Their skilled furniture craftsmen and interior designers are among the best in the business, producing furniture collections that are both aesthetically pleasing and highly durable.

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

 

What Small Business Owners Can Learn from NFL Superstar Tom Brady

Posted by equilease_admin on August 28, 2017

What Small Business Owners Can Learn from NFL Superstar Tom Brady

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions. They are also projected as the favorite to win the Super Bowl again this season. Playing now in his 17th year as a professional quarterback, Brady’s career arc has been nothing short of spectacular. He went from a lightly-regarded prospect in college to arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history. As a five-time Super Bowl champion, he has demonstrated winning traits throughout his journey that would help put any business on top. Five lessons we can learn as small business owners from Brady’s triumphs on the gridironRead Mo‪re...

Three Essential Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs Now

Posted by equilease_admin on August 24, 2017

Cathie Reid at the 2017 Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network conference

The hyper-accomplished delegates of the 2017 Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network conference share their best advice.

Sadaffe Abid’s mission to advance the cause of women entrepreneurs. It’s not an uncommon pursuit in 2017; encouraging more women to go into business for themselves is a cause celebre for everyone from business magnates like Arlene Dickinson to U.S. President Donald Trump to many worthy organizations dedicated to the task. (And that’s putting aside the fact that women-run businesses tend to deliver better financial returns and create more jobs than male-run enterprises.) Read Mo‪re...

Equilease Celebrates Canada's 150th

Posted by equilease_admin on June 19, 2017

Equilease Celebrates Canada's 150th With $150 off New Equipment Leases

To Celebrate Canada's 150th Equilease is Offering $150 OFF New Equipment Leases over $5,000!
Hurry, offer ends August 1st, 2017.

Call Today 1-800-463-2081

The Secret to the Success of Family Firms

Posted by equilease_admin on February 23, 2017

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Like virtually anything in life, business principles shift over time. With few exceptions, wise strategy one year can be poor the next. When you are on the clock—as most short-tenured CEOs are—conventional thinking is a sound approach. Move the business forward. Achieve short-term goals. Match prior performance. Deliver immediate gains.  Read Mo‪re...

Lease Financing for Whirlpool Brewing System

Posted by equilease_admin on February 22, 2017

whirlpool brewing system financing

One of our Latest Deals: WHIRLPOOL 20 BBL Brewing System $95,000 @ 60 months. Equilease worked with an enterprising nano-brewery based in Ontario to obtain a turnkey brewing system for their growing operation. Our client specializes in small batch craft beer infused with unique flavours and an abundance of personality.

About Our Vendor: The Criveller Group is one of the oldest suppliers of processing, bottling, and labeling equipment in North America. They’re recognized for high-quality equipment as well as their technical expertise and design services. Criveller projects are found coast to coast and encompass the microbrewery and winery sector as well as apple cider production facilities, distilleries, pasta sauce production facilities, blending and metering systems for vodka production, tanks and packaging solutions to the bottled water industry and olive oil production. They do it all and they do it exceptionally well.

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

The Top Tech Trends That Will Influence Businesses in 2017

Posted by equilease_admin on February 21, 2017

The top tech trends that will influence businesses in 2017

With the start of the New Year, most savvy leaders make sure to carve out time for reflection and taking stock of their business. During this time, it’s equally important to look ahead and identify the upcoming trends likely to impact how you position your company for success.

Customers expect organizations to be at the forefront of innovation, regardless of the products or service they provide. If you’re not looking towards emerging technologies in the pipeline, you’re missing out on a crucial opportunity to drive your business forward, even if you don’t consider yourself a tech company. These days, all companies will be significantly impacted. Read Mo‪re...

How To Write Off Business Travel and Not Trigger Red Flags at Canada Revenue Agency

Posted by equilease_admin on February 17, 2017

How to write off business travel and not trigger red flags at Canada Revenue Agency

In his 23 years as an accountant, Frank Jasek has been asked by clients "more than once" whether they can write off gambling expenses in Las Vegas (no, even if they are with a client). And ditto for escort services, even though they're legal in the state of Nevada.

Business travel is one expense category that attracts a second look from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), mainly because there's potential for personal benefit, says Jasek, a partner with tax and accounting firm Prapavessis Jasek in Toronto. As a result, he says, in recent years, the CRA has homed in closer on those writing off business travel expenses.

Red flags for the tax man. The CRA uses sophisticated algorithms to suss out expenses that seem out of whack. “It’s all about percentages,” says Jasek. “When we look at clients’ expense reports, if we see more than 10 per cent allocated to travel, we ask about it. That’s a lot.” Read Mo‪re...

Canada’s Richest People 2017: The Complete Top 100 Ranking

Posted by equilease_admin on February 16, 2017

Canada's-Richest-People-2017

This is the complete Canadian Business ranking of the 100 wealthiest individuals and families in Canada, including details on their net worth, the companies they control, their overall asset mix and more. Read Mo‪re...

Former Toronto Maple Leafs Captain Wendel Clark on Leading Under Pressure

Posted by equilease_admin on February 3, 2017

Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark on leading under pressure

“It’s all about carrying yourself with confidence. On the ice, if you dictate the play, you skate away from the scrum when you want to. You call the shots.”

You joined the NHL as a hot prospect—the No. 1 pick in the 1985 entry draft. Was that a lot of pressure out of the gate?

There was general pressure, yes, but I think players put more pressure on themselves than what comes from the outside. When you’re a rookie at 18, there’s so much excitement that it outweighs some of the pressure.

Have you developed any tricks to keep stress in check over the years?

I think the most important thing is recognizing what you can control and what you can’t. On the ice, you can compete and work as hard as you can. Off the ice, you can control how well you get along with your teammates and the atmosphere in the dressing room. But you can’t really control something like the media, so why worry about it? Throw your energy at the things you can control. Read Mo‪re...

This is Exactly How Many American Jobs Depend on Canada–U.S. Trade

Posted by equilease_admin on January 27, 2017

how many American jobs depend on Canada–U.S. trade

The rising protectionist mood in the U.S. is making Canadian exporters nervous, but there are millions of Americans whose jobs depend on cross-border trade too

With U.S. president Donald Trump vowing to pursue border taxes, renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and implement policies that put “American workers and businesses first,” Canada has reason to be concerned.

The federal government is well aware of the economic risks. Cabinet members are currently huddled in Calgary for a two-day retreat, where the focus is reportedly on preparing for a Trump presidency. In conversations with their American counterparts so far, federal government officials have emphasized the importance of Canada to the United States economy and reiterated the two countries enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship. Stephen Schwarzman, the CEO of Blackstone Group and head of Trump’s strategic and policy forum, echoed those points today. “Trade between the US and Canada is very much in balance and is a model for the way trade relations should be,” Schwarzman told reporters. “So I think Canada is very well positioned in discussions with the United States.” Read Mo‪re...

Even the U.S. Army Wants the Made in Canada Label on its Tech Devices

Posted by equilease_admin on January 5, 2017

Even the U.S. army wants the Made in Canada label on its tech devices

In southwest Ottawa, dozens of hands deftly work in concert to assemble devices branded with some of the biggest names in the technology, automotive and financial industries. Some even bear the logo of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

These devices are examples of what Powerstick.com’s CEO Nigel Harris calls “hot little item(s)” that helped take his company from an Ottawa suburb to doing business with some of the biggest corporations in the world.

Powerstick.com develops and brands proprietary tech gadgets and has counted Tesla, Ford, Google and Bank of America as clients, to name a few. Items they’ve developed in-house include portable USB chargers, hard drives with streaming capabilities and Bluetooth tracking devices. Read Mo‪re...

25 Inspiring Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017

Posted by equilease_admin on January 3, 2017

25 Inspiring Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017

Every year we look for those amazing stories of entrepreneurs and companies that everyone should be watching. These are entrepreneurs that are changing the world for the better.

Keep an eye out this upcoming year for the esteemed entrepreneurs on this list who are making their mark as business owners, thought leaders, speakers, and authors alike as the top entrepreneurs to watch in 2017. Read Mo‪re...

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

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING STATISTICS Important to Small Businesses

  • 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

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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...

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