Tucked into the middle of the Queen’s University Smith School of Business facility at the top of Simcoe Place in downtown Toronto is the 500-square-foot home of the IBM Canada | Smith Cognitive Computing Centre (ISCCC), dubbed the Cube. Unveiled earlier this week, it is part of a five-year partnership between Smith and IBM that will give Smith students and faculty access to IBM’s cloud, its cognitive computing engine, Watson, its expertise, and assistance with curriculum. IBM will al...
Contrary to what much of the media would have you believe, not every startup has to be a unicorn, and not every startup needs venture capital funding. A panel of female small business owners spoke about what it’s really like to start and run a small business during an event marking the launch of New York City’s new Contract Financing Loan Fund on Thursday. The new $10 million fund allows minority- and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs) to apply for loans of up to half a million dollars ...
Back to business in Melbourne, with Lewis and Valtteri showing strong early form
As Finance Minister Bill Morneau rose in the House of Commons on Wednesday to deliver the Liberals’ budget, entrepreneurs across Canada feared the worst. Rumours of capital gains tax hikes to well above the current 50 per cent threshold, and whispers of other tax measures unfriendly to self-employed and high-net-worth individuals, had many scrambling for strategies to mitigate the financial impact that might come. It turns out their worries were for naught. Perhaps it was the Trump Effect — ...
A promotional photo from Freebird, one of our top startups in the corporate travel space. FreebirdSkift Take: We've been tracking disruption in corporate travel for the past year, and this week we're happy to deliver a roundup of some of the most innovative new companies shaking up the industry. — Hannah SampsonThe Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report is our weekly newsletter focused on the future of corporate travel, the big fault lines of disruption for travel managers and ...
Small businesses drive our economy — and yet, they’ve gone missing. Historically, we’ve come to expect the creation of around 600,000 new businesses a year. While the Great Recession took those numbers down, economists anticipated we’d grow back to those previous figures. Instead, we’ve hovered around the 400,000s. Only a fraction of those new businesses end up surviving beyond a year or two. This is a problem. Though the number has fluctuated, the percentage of n...
Small businesses in North America have had the option of managing their customers' appointments and schedules through Microsoft's Bookings and now the service is being rolled out to all Office 365 Business Premium subscribers. The post Microsoft Bookings rolls out, making it easier to manage business appointments appeared first on Digital Trends.
A promotional image of a Level aircraft, the new low-cost entry from IAG. IAGSkift Take: Those who use Avios as a frequent flyer currency will soon have a new budget carrier on which to earn and spend miles. Sadly, Oneworld partners can't say the same. — Grant MartinWhat to Know Now IAG, the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, and a handful of other airlines, launched Level, a new budget carrier last week to compete with the likes of Norwegian and Wow. And the best news is that pa...
A leading organization of financial journalists unveiled its picks for the year’s best business writing, and Fortune emerged on top--tied for first place among all media outlets with six winners in categories ranging from banking to transportation. The “Best in Business” awards, announced on Friday by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, recognized Fortune for ground-breaking exposes like “Hoaxwagen” (about the VW emissions scandal) and for excellen...
President Donald Trump's administration has been busy issuing a flurry of executive orders intended to reduce regulatory burdens on businesses that keep them from adding jobs and growing the economy. Perhaps the most important of these is an order directing a 60-day freeze on rules left over in the pipeline from the Obama administration, a requirement that agencies remove two regulations every time they issue a new one, and a cap at zero on this year's new expenses for consumers and businesses t...
Note: This post and the accompanying infographic were originally published by our friends at Hatchbuck. They are republished here with permission. Keeping all of your marketing ducks in a row is no easy feat for a small business owner. You most likely run a tight ship and don’t have the personnel or budget resources to shell out for countless expensive marketing tools. The good news is that there are plenty of affordable and effective tools out there to help you optimize your marketing efforts...
Ernst Teunissen, TripAdvisor's CFO, says its commissions on tours and activities could turn out to be comparable to the company's hotel business. TripAdvisorSkift Take: If TripAdvisor's hotel-booking drive doesn't work out in the face of intense competition, tours and activities won't be bungee-jumping to the rescue. But it still can be an attractive business and TripAdvisor is best-positioned for now to make it work. — Dennis SchaalWhile most of the focus has been on TripAdviso...
Collective Retreats specializes in luxury tent accommodations in destinations that include Vail, Colorado, and Big Sky, Montana, near Yellowstone. Collective Retreats Skift Take: Is glamping really more than a fad? Collective Retreats and its investors seem to think so, but will that be enough? — Deanna TingWhen Peter Mack was working as vice president of product design and innovation in 2014 for Tough Mudder, the notoriously challenging obstacle course/mud run, he had an epiphany in the mid...
International business travelers are worried about terrorism, according to a GBTA report. French soldiers patrol at Charles de Gaulle airport, outside of Paris, May 20, 2016. Laurent Cipriani / Associated PressSkift Take: Most business travelers are still extremely concerned about the threat posed by terrorism. They also think that their employers are doing a good job taking care of their safety when traveling for business. — Andrew SheivachmanIt has now been some time since a major terror at...
On Wednesday March 22, Finance Minister Bill Morneau will deliver his second federal budget and that has some small business owners scrambling to complete tax-motivated transactions prior to budget day. Others have been postponing any substantial tax planning until they learn whether the budget will alter the favourable taxation of small business corporations, including professional corporations, entities the Liberals have promised to ensure are not being used solely to reduce personal income ta...
PIERRE DE COUBERTIN, the French aristocrat who founded the modern Olympics, was seduced by the world’s fair. In 1900, 1904 and 1908 his games were embedded within such exhibitions. He soured on the arrangement eventually because the games were overshadowed, “reduced to the role of humiliated vassal”, as he put it. The Olympics still criss-crosses the globe, but with city after city ditching ambitions to put on the world’s largest sporting event, the model is under threat.The latest blow ...
Photo credit: Pawoon. Pawoon, one of the point-of-sales startups targeting Indonesia’s millions of small and medium businesses, has raised a series A round of funding. The main backer in this round is Kejora Ventures. The exact amount invested wasn’t disclosed, but CEO Ahmad Gadi says it’s within the range of a regular series A investment in Indonesia. The current median deal size for this stage sits at US$3 million, according to Tech in Asia data. Pawoon offers a software and hardware sol...
Every year, as we spend more time on our devices and on the go, our search intent increasingly becomes more local. Google knows this all too well and it continues to give advertisers new tools to target local users, ad extensions to show location and affiliate locations, and ways to measure in-store visits spurred from our actions on the SERP. But as we become more connected with our phones, Google knows that even if we’re searching more locally, we’re spending far more time in apps than bro...
Alaska's tourism industry recently streamlined its application process for certifying businesses as environmentally friendly. Pictured is a traveler taking photos near Fairbanks, Alaska. JLS Photography - Alaska / FlickrSkift Take: Getting tourism businesses on board with sustainability is the first hurdle but the long game is convincing them that eco-friendly practices help their bottom lines and are worth the effort. — Dan PeltierTourism businesses in Alaska are getting certified for being ...
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