What’s New — How to Conduct Market Research

MarketsYou’ve got a great idea for a small business, but how do you know if there’s a market for your product or service? Research. That is, gathering and analyzing data: the viability, placement and price of what you’re selling; demographic characteristics; information about your competitors; expectations of daily revenue; and industry trends that could change it all, for better or worse. To read all about it, check out my latest piece in Connected For Business Magazine by clicking here, or on the icon above.

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What’s New — Rahul Sood

RahulCalgary’s Rahul Sood has been tinkering with computers since he was 11 years old. That fascination led him to launch his own company, Voodoo PC, designing custom-made PCs that sold upwards of $50,000. When HP bought him out in 2008, he stayed on as chief technology officer. Two years later, he moved to Seattle to join Microsoft. Then, late last year, he left what he called his “dream job” to get back in the game as head of his new start-up Unikrn. I asked him about the gadgets and gizmos he can’t live without for Connected For Rogers’ My Stuff column. To read it, click on the icon above or here.

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What’s New — Custom Christmas Cards

HolidayCardsWhen you not only care to send the very best, but care to send anything at all, why not make it personal? Check out my latest piece for Connected Rogers, which features five sites to help you design your own customized Christmas cards and calendars. Click here, or on the icon to read it.

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What’s New — Vikas Gupta

GuptaVikas Gupta, CEO and president of Toronto-based TransGaming, which specializes in video-game portability technology, tells me about his favourite gadgets and gizmos in my latest piece for Connected For Business. To read all about it, click here or on the icon to the left.

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What’s New — Bed, Bath & Beyond Walls

LinensWhen Bob Ianson went to work at Woodward’s department store in 1975, he had no idea bedding would literally become the fabric of his life. When it came time to take his bed and bath shop beyond brick and mortar, the curve was steep. Click here or on the icon above to read my latest piece for Connected For Business.

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What’s New — The Best Novel-Writing Software

NovelSo, you want to write the Great Canadian Novel? Not everyone can be the next Margaret Atwood or Michael Ondaatje, but you can certainly aspire to be with a little technological help in the form of novel-writing software, which streamlines the mechanics of writing. Click here, or on the icon to the left, to read my latest piece for Connected Rogers about four programs that can set you on the write path.

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What’s New — The Virtual Interview

VideoJobIntMore and more companies are recruiting and interviewing prospective candidates via video, whether they live locally or out of town. I spoke (via Skype, ‘course) with Sarah Jane Dowling, HR director for PBL Insurance, who conducts numerous virtual interviews annually, for tips on how to best prep to get the gig for my latest piece for Connected Rogers Magazine. Read it here, or by clicking on the icon above.

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