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In the prevailing commercial environment, effectively marketing an enterprise’s products or services can prove challenging for SMEs. To address these obstacles efficiently, Constant Contact’s Small Business Now series provides valuable insights into the current trends and challenges that small and medium-sized enterprises are currently experiencing in Canada.
How do they achieve it? By integrating exhaustive research and expert opinions. Plus, this series not only provides knowledge to SMEs but also equips them with practical suggestions to enhance their achievements.
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Curated Style: A Sustainable Approach to Modern Fashion

Welcome to the vibrant month of May! As nature blossoms around us, so too does the spirit of innovation and growth within the pages of this month’s CanadianSME Small Business Magazine. It is with a blend of excitement and commitment that we present to you our May edition with special focus on “Retail and Mental Health Awareness,” a theme that resonates deeply across the business community.
This edition is packed with insightful content, featuring essential discussions like “ESG Reporting – Opportunities and Challenges for SMEs” by Sustainability-X, and a forward-looking interview with Alexander Peh of RBC on the future of Payments & Merchant Acquiring. We explore the dynamic challenges of SME marketing with exclusive insights from Constant Contact, and highlight technological empowerment through a feature by Intel Canada.
Showcasing individual success, we delve into Erin Grace’s remarkable journey from a garage startup to a healthcare empire, and shine a spotlight on Katie Zeppieri, our Business Woman of the Month, who is reshaping the PR landscape through The MicDrop Agency. We also spotlight MedReddie’s advances in the Health Tech Industry, NGen’s sustainable manufacturing strategies, and PayPal’s transformative approaches to payment solutions.

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A conversation with Alexander Peh on the future of Payments & Merchant Acquiring

In an interview with CanadianSME Small Business Magazine, Alexander Peh, Vice President and Head of Merchant Payment Services at RBC, shared insights on trends in the payments industry for 2024, emphasizing the importance of embedded payment solutions that allow customers to complete transactions without leaving a merchant’s website. This trend, he explained, can enhance customer experiences and boost sales.
Alexander highlighted the need for omni-channel payment acceptance to help businesses reach new customers by operating across multiple platforms. He also outlined how RBC’s solutions, like RBC PayEdge for automating supplier payments and RBC Insight Edge for providing real-time business insights
A conversation with Alexander Peh on the future of Payments & Merchant Acquiring

Louise Southall on Late Payments and Optimism in the Small Business Sector

In an interview with CanadianSME Small Business Magazine, Louise Southall, Economist and Small Business Specialist at Xero, highlighted key insights from the latest Xero Small Business Insights report. The report indicates a challenging quarter for Canadian small businesses, particularly concerning late payments and the time taken to get paid. Average payment time increased to 29.4 days, with businesses being paid over a week late on average.
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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.

Grace Under Pressure Erin Grace’s Visionary Leap from Garage Startup to Healthcare Empire

Twenty-two years ago, in an unassuming garage, the seeds of GraceMed were sown. The imagery couldn’t be more evocative: Doug, Erin’s husband, (at that time, with a full head of hair), working from a cardboard box desk, and his mother manning the phones. It was the medical equivalent of a tech startup, albeit with more bandages and a palpable sense of determination. This was a humble backdrop, yes – but enough for a little grace and courage to work with.

Grace Under Pressure Erin Grace's Visionary Leap from Garage Startup to Healthcare Empire

Business Woman of the Month: Katie Zeppieri

Katie Zeppieri is a 2x TEDx speaker, author, social influencer, media personality, and Founder & Chief Brand Strategist of The MicDrop Agency, an award-winning and fast-growing boutique[1] PR and Marketing firm specializing in brand amplification for innovative companies and people.
MicDrop’s roster of clients range from high-growth tech startups to serial entrepreneurs to C-suite executives and reality TV stars including Netflix “Love Is Blind” stars Deepti Vempati and Kelly Chase who together have a combined total of over 1.4 million followers.
Business Woman of the Month: Katie Zeppieri

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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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Indigenous Entrepreneurship

Building a Future with Indigenous Values in Business: The Journey of Kaeden Merasty

In this episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, we were honored to welcome Kaeden Merasty, Founder and CEO of The Indigenous Marketing Company (IMC) and a proud member of Flying Dust First Nation. A visionary leader with a background in marketing and international business from the University of Manitoba.

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.

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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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