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Diversity and Inclusion is a Strategy, Not an Exercise

In today’s interconnected world, diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace are more important than ever. It’s not just good for individual employees — it’s also good for business.
While it may seem difficult for small businesses to focus on DE&I, those who embrace it can be more competitive than other businesses. Hiring from a wider pool of talent, and empowering employees to offer creative ideas can help foster an environment where everyone feels valued and supported.
Diversity and Inclusion is a Strategy, Not an Exercise

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Indigenous Entrepreneur
of the Year : Jenn Harper

Welcome to a flourishing new chapter as June unfurls its vibrant green canvas! At CanadianSME Small Business Magazine, we echo this seasonal rebirth with an edition bursting with fresh perspectives and innovative ideas. This month, we delve into the crucial realms of “Banking, Finance and Insurance” and “Diversity and Inclusion (Indigenous + LGBTQ),” weaving a narrative that reflects both the verdant growth outside our windows and the fertile developments within our pages.
Our June issue is packed with enlightening content designed to inspire and inform. Articles range from “Let’s Talk Carbon Accounting” by Tamara Somers, offering crucial insights into sustainability and ESG, to “Diversity and Inclusion is a Strategy, Not an Exercise,” a must-read conversation with Mary Rusterholz of Constant Contact. Additionally, we delve into “Cloud Transparency: A Critical Path to SME Trust and Innovation” by Estelle Azemard and provide practical advice on “Succession Planning for Canadian Business Leaders.”

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Lease, Loan or Cash? 5 Things to Consider When Acquiring New Equipment for your Business

By Diane Amato
If you need to acquire some equipment to help run or grow your business, you have the option to lease, finance or buy it outright with cash. But it’s not always clear which route to take. An industry expert shares five considerations to help guide your decision.
Whether you need industrial machinery for your shop floor or a multi-purpose photocopier for the office, equipment can be significant expense for your business.
Lease, Loan or Cash? 5 Things to Consider When Acquiring New Equipment for your Business

Let’s talk carbon accounting – what it is, and why it’s important to your business

Understanding the environmental impact of your business is critical in today’s environment, not only as a result of government and regulatory mandates, but also given increased demand by consumers. As such, businesses of all types and sizes need to get their emissions number in order – and carbon accounting is fundamental to success in that area.
Let’s talk carbon accounting - what it is, and why it’s important to your business


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Fennella Bruce

Media Consultant and Founder, FKB Media Solutions
Fennella Bruce have more than 20 years of experience in major market newsrooms developing programming, overseeing breaking news and creating content that appeals to viewers. My extensive news and control room experience shows a proven ability to work against deadlines and make content decisions that meet journalistic standards.

Empowering SMBs with AI: Insights from Microsoft Canada’s Kree Govender

In a recent interview with CanadianSME Small Business Magazine, Kree Govender, SMB Area Lead at Microsoft Canada, discussed the unique dynamics of AI integration for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Kree emphasized the agility of SMBs in adopting new technologies, likening them to “agile speedboats” compared to the “cruise ships” of larger enterprises.
Empowering SMBs with AI: Insights from Microsoft Canada's Kree Govender

Business Woman of the Month: Featuring Maidene Morris-Dixon’s Journey as the Founder of Curated Style

As the fashion industry evolves with time, and fads come and go, entrepreneurs are emerging who are altering this entire paradigm, bridging the gap between wellness and interiors. One such trailblazer is Maidene Morris-Dixon, a woman entrepreneur who has not only redefined style but also championed sustainable fashion and female empowerment.
Her journey from a thrifting enthusiast to the founder of Curated Style is a testament to her passion and dedication, earning her the title of Canada’s Most Stylish Thrifter in 2024.
Business Woman of the Month: Featuring Maidene Morris-Dixon's Journey as the Founder of Curated Style

Women Entrepreneurship

Advancing Indigenous Economic Sovereignty: Insights from Jolain Foster

Jolain Foster, Managing Partner of Nation Building at Deloitte Canada, provides CanadianSME Small Business Magazine with insightful perspectives on fostering economic sovereignty for Indigenous Nations and the crucial steps toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Economic sovereignty, as Jolain outlines, involves granting Indigenous Nations the power and resources to build self-sufficient infrastructures, education systems, and employment opportunities, paralleling the quality of life enjoyed by many Canadians.
Through Deloitte Canada’s Nation Building practice, Jolain and his team aim to empower Indigenous Peoples and Nations towards economic empowerment and self-governance by developing solutions in areas like jurisdiction, governance, and economic development.
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The Power of Brand Building
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Last year, small businesses that use Amazon Ads saw 25% of their sales attributed to advertising on average.1 If you’re looking to build your brand on Amazon to drive sales, Amazon Ads solutions can help you tell your story, to the right audiences, at the right times. Your brand, our audiences.

Why brand building matters for SMBs

No brand simply launches into the world as a household name with a rush of orders. This is where brand building comes in. Brand building can help introduce your business—however big or small—to an audience and ensure that it stays top of mind with potential customers on their shopping journeys.

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CanadianSME is the premier and most relevant platform for SMEs in Canada. We highlight growing businesses and thought leaders with a
strong focus on innovation, growth, and marketing to generate the results you believe you are capable of.

Indigenous Entrepreneurship

Supporting Indigenous Youth | A Conversation About Outside Looking In with CEO - Hope Sanderson

In this episode of the Indigenous-SME Small Business Podcast, we explore the inspiring journey of Hope Sanderson, CEO of Outside Looking In (OLI). Under her leadership, OLI has become a transformative platform for #Indigenousyouth, offering them a space to express themselves, gain life skills, and improve their educational outcomes.

Black Entrepreneurship

Corine Sobela’s Journey with AFI Épicerie

CanadianSME Small Business Magazine interviewed Corine Sobela, the visionary owner of AFI Épicerie in Longueuil, Québec, renowned for its African and Island/Caribbean delicacies. Corine detailed her entrepreneurial odyssey leading to the store’s inception and its niche specialization. A proud recipient of the Emerging Black Entrepreneur Award at the Rock My Business Start-Up Awards, she discussed how this accolade and her association with Futurpreneur’s program have influenced her business mindset. Corine has ambitious plans to reinvest the award funds to uplift customer experience, boost AFI Épicerie’s online footprint, and introduce strategies for customer retention. Acknowledging the RBC Foundation’s role in fostering Canadian youth, she emphasized how initiatives like Rock My Business, in tandem with Futurpreneur, are revolutionizing opportunities for budding Canadian entrepreneurs.

LGBTQ+ Businesses

49 Dzine: A Journey of Passion, Inclusivity, and Representation

In a compelling interview with CanadianSME, J. Nathan Rainy, the dynamic Owner and Executive Director of 49 Dzine, opened up about his journey as an LGBTQ entrepreneur. Nathan emphasized his brand’s fervent commitment to celebrating and integrating the LGBTQ community within their operations and the wider industry.

Empowering Canadian Small & Medium Enterprises.

CanadianSME Business Magazine was created through the passion and admiration for entrepreneurs. With SMEs playing such a crucial role in Canada’s business industry and contributing greatly to the economy, CanadianSME was built to provide a much-needed support system for hard-working business owners.

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Canada Business Talks

Take your business to the next level by connecting with Canadian Business Leaders through the Canada Business Talks series, in association with RBC, UPS, Xero and Constant Contact .

Canada Business Talks is for the people who keep the vision to alter the business world, and individuals handling small business firms have an impetus. We are talking about business apprentices, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and people looking for proficient guidance and recommendations for running an efficient syndicate.

CanadianSME Video Podcast

Welcome to the CanadianSME podcast, a podcast for Canadian Small Businesses. In our podcasts, we interview Canadian experts and entrepreneurs to give small business owners access to expert knowledge that helps them grow their enterprises. Our mission is to empower Canadian small and medium enterprises and help them reach a bigger audience through our platform. Calling upon some of the most successful subject matter experts in the industry, the small business podcasts aim at identifying issues and finding solutions, all this while helping the business owners.

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