Small business optimism rose for the seventh consecutive month, remaining relatively low amid tough labor market

Toronto, May 25, 2023 – The long-term optimism index has been on the rise for seven months in a row and is at the highest level in almost a year, according to the latest Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) Business Barometer®. The 12-month index sat at 56.4 in May. PEI (75.0) and Newfoundland and Labrador (68.0) had the most upbeat entrepreneurs due to the beginning of the summer tourism season, while Quebec (48.8) and Saskatchewan (51.9) were at the bottom of the optimism scale this month. Health and Education services (67.6) topped the sector rankings, while Agriculture (45.6) and […]

5 Tips For Growing Your Social Media

In the digital age, having an online presence has proven to have many benefits. Whether you are looking to promote your product or service, secure partnerships, or simply have a large following, there are tips and tricks that you need to know in order to grow your social media. From Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, or even Facebook. There are specific practices and ideologies that live behind your increasing social media presence. What Are The Top 5 Ways To Grow Your Social Media? There are 5 critical aspects that you must understand if you wish to not only grow your social media […]

What I learned co-founding venture-backed handy.com

I am one of the co-founders of handy.com, an “Uber” for cleaning company that went on to raise over 100 million dollars from renowned investors such as Highland Capital Partners and General Catalyst and got acquired by Angie’s List in 2018. Here’s what I learned from co-founding handy.com. Choose your partners wisely. My business partners and I were strangers. They posted on a Harvard discussion group looking for a co-founder, I responded, and we launched handy.com. Before partnering with them, I spent time with them to get to know them. I wanted to make sure that my values ​​align with […]

We are surveying women founding & growing startups & small businesses

Lead or own a small business or startup in Australia? We’d love your input for key research on women running and building businesses. We’ll be collating the results for a special report released in October, highlighting some of the opportunities and challenges for women in business in the year ahead, and also using the data to drive policymakers and decision-makers to offer more support where needed. Check out the survey here. The survey takes around five minutes and is made possible thanks to the support of CommBank Women in Focus — with the results collated, respondent data remaining anonymous, and […]