Tue. Oct 26th, 2021


You’ve been thinking about starting your own business, and maybe you’ve run the idea past colleagues. Maybe you’re already pursuing it by writing a business plan and actively seeking funding. It has to be the right time and place, or you shouldn’t take the leap, especially considering the challenges faced by entrepreneurs — even in the best of times.

a man sitting on a bench: Confident online business owner sitting down in workshop looking at camera and smiling.

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Confident online business owner sitting down in workshop looking at camera and smiling.

Then the unexpected happens. Months of uncertainty ensue. Long-established businesses struggle and the future is unknown. Everything seems to point to putting entrepreneurial pursuits on hold. Yet this past year could have been one of the best times to launch a business and become an entrepreneur. Here’s why:

1. Entrepreneurs are multiplying

The U.S. Census Bureau’s records of business applications for the third quarter of 2020 showed a 77.4% increase over the second quarter of

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Former President Barack Obama, in his latest memoir, criticized Americans for liking “cheap gas and big cars” more than they care about “the environment” – even during a catastrophic event like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The comments came during a section in Obama’s 700-page book, “A Promised Land,” released earlier this month.

On page 570, the former commander in chief recounts a press conference he gave more than a month into the oil spill – now considered one of the largest in history – saying his comments did not adequately express the frustration he truly felt.

FILE: Former President Barack Obama speaking at the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Summit in Oakland, Calif.  (AP)

“Reading the transcript now, a decade later, I’m struck by how calm and cogent I sound,” Obama writes in his book. “Maybe

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OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 24, 2020 /CNW/ – From a cancer treatment breakthrough and a face mask shown to kill both viruses and bacteria, to a first-of-its-kind battery to boost the performance of electric cars and pioneering software to advance quantum computers, seven up-and-coming researchers and a trailblazing company are being recognized for their game-changing achievements in Canadian research.

Up-and-coming Canadians recognized for breakthroughs in medicine, computing, environment, COVID-19 protection, and more (CNW Group/Mitacs Inc.)

Backed by strong industry support, the awards, presented by Mitacs — a national innovation organization that fosters growth by solving business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions — celebrate students, professors, and business owners who have made significant achievements while participating in Mitacs-funded programs. They include six awards for outstanding innovation, one for exceptional leadership, and one for commercialization of a novel idea.

The 2020 Mitacs Awards event partners and sponsors include: Ciena, Platinum Partner; NRC-IRAP, Event Supporter; The Hill Times, Media Partner; Sanofi Pasteur, Gold Sponsor; and Saab, Silver

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Thanks to the pandemic, we’ve now entered a new world of working virtually. Even when we get a vaccine, working virtually is likely here to stay. So, what does that mean for business leaders’ efforts to recruit and retain people going forward?

Any business leader who has experienced a period of ferocious turnover knows how expensive that can be, both emotionally and financially. Replacing employees is an expensive and exhausting endeavor it also causes your organizational knowledge to leak out. But how do you create a sense of loyalty among your people if they’re sitting at home instead of in an office? How do you make it harder for them to turn down the phone calls from recruiters offering them more money to jump ship without changing their commute or workplace?

The good news is that there are a few time-tested tips to help build loyalty among your team that

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Capturing well-deserved media attention this month is the 2020 State of Housing in Charlotte report, released recently by the Belk College of Business Childress Klein Center for Real Estate (CKCRE). This data-driven analysis of owner-occupied, rental and subsidized housing in Charlotte’s eight-county region, informs government leaders, policy makers, the development community and the general public of the strengths and challenges affecting the fast-growing Charlotte housing market to enable informed decision-making. It also explains why CKCRE has been ranked among the top-20 most active research institutions in real estate for the past decade. The report was shared at CKCRE’s State of Charlotte Housing Summit, which included a presentation by CKCRE’s new director Yongqiang Chu, who serves the Belk College of Business as Distinguished Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics and professor of finance.

The report’s influence on Charlotte’s booming real estate environment doesn’t stop there. In just its second year,

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What comes to mind when the topic of “online video consumption” gets brought up? Do you immediately think of streaming platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo? Do you think of the ever-popular social networks, such as Tik Tok, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc? Perhaps you think of those Netflix/Hulu/HBO Now marathons? Then again, it’s not all fun like watching live gameplay on Twitch — many of us only have time for serious usage of online video. In these post-pandemic days, you might only have the bandwidth for online classes, online conferences/events, and maybe a dash of online fitness.

I’m sure you’re catching my drift. It’s pointless to say we need to tone it down because online video consumption has become a part of life. But

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