Does your business have a sustainable competitive advantage? May 16

Competitive advantage in business

Entrepreneurs often use the words ‘capability’, ‘competency’ and ‘competitive advantage’ to describe their businesses. These definitions, however, are frequently misunderstood. Having a competitive advantage is more than having core competencies. This is why Amazon trades at over 170 times earnings while the average gas station can be purchased for three times cash flow. It’s important to clarify these concepts, which can provide a framework to help you identify and nurture your business’ competitive advantages. Continue Reading

Best ways for Canadian businesses to offset carbon tax Nov 10, 2016

Offset the costs of the Canadian carbon tax

In January 2017, Alberta joins B.C., Ontario and Quebec’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions with the introduction of its carbon levy (tax). In addition, the Canadian government recently announced a national carbon price starting in 2018 at $10 per tonne, increasing annually to $50 by 2022. As Canada moves towards a common policy over the next few years, the implications for Canadian businesses will be felt as companies adjust to the costs associated with their carbon footprint.

Knowing the role your business plays in reducing its carbon footprint, and understanding the cost implications early on, will make the transition to the carbon levy easier.Continue Reading