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Three ways to grow your business (in 48 hours or fewer) Digital strategy in its full glory is complex. It requires different types of expertise, and(!) the patience to work within algorithms that change all the time. Many brands have a hard time creating good digital strategies, and even more brands struggle to align on […]

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Machine learning is a hot topic in the tech industry, perhaps the buzz word of 2017. With companies investing between $26b to $39b in machine learning last year, there’s been a surge in machine learning innovations creating tangible value and disrupting entire industries from health care to transportation, but also some media over-hype and over-promising […]

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  By Mario Paron Canadian Managing Partner, KPMG Enterprise, Hamilton The prospect of seeking out funding for growth can be a daunting one. Even the most robust of businesses need to ensure they have all the prerequisites in place when speaking to potential lenders. A basic must-have when seeking financing for growth is a well […]

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Though startup founders are frequently touted as the best salespeople for a company – with unrivaled product knowledge, passion and motivation – a growing business often requires a growing sales team. But how can a startup founder or owner of a small-medium sized business ensure they hire sales professionals that can achieve top-notch results? Doug […]

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By Meghan Greaves Meghan is the Content & Marketing Strategist at factor[e] design initiative. She is focused on developing and executing leading content marketing strategies that engage a targeted audience.  Integrating social media into your marketing plans can be a frustrating experience. In the first stages it may seem like things are going well; you’ve got […]

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By Don McNally Don is Founder and President of NetAccess Systems Inc., the area’s first Internet Service Provider in 1993. Don loves the innovation, community, and collaboration of the growing Hamilton area IT ecosystem.   Business Continuity is much what it sounds like – plans or activities intended to ensure that an organization’s critical business […]

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By Geordie Stewart Geordie is a research scientist, entrepreneur and investor keen on working at the interface of science, economics and commercialization.   When we think ‘innovation’ we tend to think in terms of advances in technology. But innovation, of course, is a broad concept that extends beyond technological R&D. It applies to all manners […]

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By Meghan Greaves Meghan is the Content & Marketing Strategist at factor[e] design initiative. She is focused on developing and executing leading content marketing strategies that engage a targeted audience.    Marketing is something that affects everything you do as a business, but sometimes it takes a backseat to day-to-day priorities. Marketing can positively or negatively […]

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 “Top software developers are more productive than average software developers not by a factor of 10x or 100x or even 1,000x but by 10,000x.”  – Nathan Myhrvold, Former Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft on quality of hire.   For any hiring manager, an individual hired is a strategic decision. In a startup, this decision is […]

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