Does my small business need a website
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If you are running any business, you need a website.

According to The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (the registry for the .ca domain name), 8 out of 10 Canadians have internet access. If you depend solely on traditional mediums (yellow pages, newspaper, radio and television) to drive awareness of your company, you will miss out on many customers who want to buy online or “window shop” first before coming to your store. It doesn’t matter if you know how to build your website. There are services available to build a custom website for you, or provide you with a template based website builder so you can build it yourself.

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The new Canadian Anti-Spam Law (also known as CASL) comes into effect on July 1st, 2014 and has businesses scrambling to comply. Introducing a comprehensive set of rules and regulations, CASL will have an impact on every Canadian that sends and/or receives any form of commercial electronic messages (CEMs).

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By now, the .COM (dotCom) you wanted for your business has probably been taken. After months of conceptualizing and planning your new business, it turns out the last hurdle towards launching your business is finding the domain name you want. You’ve visualized it as a .COM – YourCoolNewBusiness.Com – but the domain name was registered years ago by someone from another city, province or country.

Read more on How to Find a Domain Name for Your New Business… CEO and Co-Founder, Cybele Negris’ latest article on is now available. In this article, she talks about important tech backups and redundancies that every business needs to know.

Last Friday, Gmail went down for an hour  and this was long enough to generate a lot of social media noise. More than just an inconvenience, a lot of businesses reliant on Gmail saw disruptions in their entire operations. One business owner tweeted: “Gmail is down. Yikes, my personal mail and my whole company, unplugged. C’mon Google hurry up and fix this please.”

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It has been years in the making but the new domain extensions are finally here!

The domains will be launching at a furious pace and will be released in batches. Domains like .CLOTHING, .BIKE and .VENTURES will be available next week while other new domain extensions like .BLOG, .APP and .WEB are being released soon!

Read more on Trademark Protection for New Domains… President and Co-Founder Cybele Negris’ new article on is now available on Business in Vancouver. In this article, she talks about the different scams that attempt to steal your domain names – particularly branded domains – away from you. In this article, Cybele talks about ways to protect yourself from these types of scams.

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Small businesses play a critical role in the Canadian economy. In BC alone, over one million people are employed by small businesses and over 98 per cent of all Canadian businesses are classified as a small business. With such a vital role in Canada’s economy, BC Minister Naomi Yamamoto appointed George Farkas to lead the Small Business – Doing Business with Government Project.

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By: Mark Hunter

A few weeks ago, we published a blog on how to determine if a website is a fake, fraud or a scam. The blog was informative, with great content and advice; and we felt that it deserved a follow up post. This follow up post comes from the perspective of a business, rather than the the online shopper.

Read more on 9 Tips on Building a Trustworthy Website for your Business… President and Co-Founder, Cybele Negris’ new article on Business in Vancouver is out and talks about some best practices to keep your mobile device secure. Mobile phones have become a significant part of our lives. Here are a few tips on how to reinforce the security of your mobile device:

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As a sponsor of the 2013 BCIC-New Ventures competition, we would like to congratulate all the winners of this year’s competition. These companies has been a sponsor for the competition for a number of years and as a member of the local technology community, supporting innovation and local start-up companies is very important to us. On September 25th, 2013, the winners of the 2013 BCIC-New Ventures competition were announced in the Awards Ceremony.

Read more on Congratulations to the Winners of the 2013 BCIC-New Ventures Competition… President and Co-Founder Cybele Negris’ new article, “Online Tools and Resources to Help Owners of Small Businesses Know What They Don’t Know” is now available on Business in Vancouver. In this article, she talks about different resources entrepreneurs and small businesses can use to grow their business. 
While there is a large number of resources available for small businesses, most owners don’t know that these exist. 
In this article, Cybele discusses the following resources and tools: 

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