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How Julie Mitchell built two businesses — and is tapping into technology to run them better graphic

How Julie Mitchell built two businesses — and is tapping into technology to run them better

August, 26th, 2019

As the founder and head of both Parcel Design (a brand strategy and communications firm) and Torq Ride (indoor cycling studios), Julie Mitchell isn’t just a serial entrepreneur — she’s a concurrent one. As both businesses expand, she’s looking for ways technology can be used to boost productivity and communication. Here’s how she’s getting it […]


Why your small business needs a cybersecurity strategy — and how to get one graphic

Why your small business needs a cybersecurity strategy — and how to get one

July, 29th, 2019

Over the past 14 years at Cisco, Lisa Richardson has held roles in commercial sales, global account management, and as leader of Cisco Canada’s enterprise networking business. As leader of Cisco’s solutions sales in Canada, she’s also an expert in the simple, comprehensive technology solutions Cisco offers for small business owners — keeping them connected, […]


5 ways to know if your website is good enough graphic

5 ways to know if your website is good enough

June, 17th, 2019

You’ve accomplished the first step: you have a website for your business. But is it good enough? Answering these five simple questions can help you determine if your online presence is building your business — or holding it back.          How important is your website? It’s a key part of the relationship […]


Eight entrepreneurs reveal the tech challenges they are tackling now — and how it will make their business better graphic

Eight entrepreneurs reveal the tech challenges they are tackling now — and how it will make their business better

May, 13th, 2019

Technology can have an impact on an organization’s success — and these eight entrepreneurs know it. As participants in the Cisco Women Entrepreneurs’ Circle, they’ve been paired with engineering interns with the goal of using technology to better their businesses. They’re sharing the challenges they’re solving with technology this year — could it help your […]


How Lisa Will launched Stonz and turned it into an international brand graphic

How Lisa Will launched Stonz and turned it into an international brand

December, 16th, 2018

Stonz was launched in 2004 by Lisa Will after she discovered a need for simple yet functional outdoor gear designed specifically for kids. Beginning with the Stonz Bootie, over the years Lisa has continued to grow the product line, guided by customer feedback and her own experience and needs while raising two children. With the […]


Out of the Box: How Heather Stewart transformed a supply chain service provider into a shipping software pioneer graphic

Out of the Box: How Heather Stewart transformed a supply chain service provider into a shipping software pioneer

October, 28th, 2018

When Heather Stewart took over at BBE Expediting — a supply chain service provider and logistics company serving the Canadian North — she knew she needed to diversify the “feast or famine” business. So they developed the GoBox app to enable carriers to bid live on shipping jobs, with the expectation it would be used […]


Being Fearless: How speaking up and embracing change has brought Martha van Berkel success in a new market graphic

Being Fearless: How speaking up and embracing change has brought Martha van Berkel success in a new market

September, 23rd, 2018

As the co-founder and CEO of Schema App, Martha van Berkel is helping organizations of all sizes to be found more easily on the Internet. Now a leader in the market with their tool that automates schema markup (the language search engines read), Martha traces her success back to an outspoken personality, and an ability […]


It’s in her nature: Why Allison Christilaw chose serial entrepreneurship over partnership in a professional services giant graphic

It’s in her nature: Why Allison Christilaw chose serial entrepreneurship over partnership in a professional services giant

August, 16th, 2018

When Allison Christilaw and her husband sold their successful management consulting firm to Deloitte, she was taken on as a partner in the firm. A few years later she was striking out on her own path to create Reddin Global — and she’s still on that journey today.         By Shelley White […]


How Believing ‘Girls Can Do Anything’ Has Fuelled Erin Gertner’s Career graphic

How Believing ‘Girls Can Do Anything’ Has Fuelled Erin Gertner’s Career

July, 30th, 2018

  Erin Gertner is not afraid of a challenge. A successful IT sales professional, she is driven by achieving lofty end goals, and proving that despite working in a field of predominantly male colleagues, her gender does not hold her back. To what does she owe her unstoppable attitude? Environments — from her high school […]


Leading by example: How Laura Didyk, VP at BDC, is supporting Canadian women entrepreneurs graphic

Leading by example: How Laura Didyk, VP at BDC, is supporting Canadian women entrepreneurs

June, 24th, 2018

  Laura Didyk has spent more than two decades at The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). The supportive environment has allowed her to achieve success — and now she’s paying it forward, acting as National Lead for BDC’s Women Entrepreneur Strategy, helping the next generation of women leaders excel.   by Shelley White   […]


Twelve Entrepreneurs Confess: How will technology be changing their business for the better? graphic

Twelve Entrepreneurs Confess: How will technology be changing their business for the better?

May, 31st, 2018

These 12 women entrepreneurs agree: technology has the power to change a business. As participants in the Cisco Circle of Innovation program, they’ve been paired with engineering interns to help build their organization’s digital strategy, scale, and impact in the marketplace. They’re sharing how their business will be getting better through technology this year — […]


Maximizing Potential: How Cisco and BDC are opening doors for women entrepreneurs graphic

Maximizing Potential: How Cisco and BDC are opening doors for women entrepreneurs

May, 4th, 2018

    Women entrepreneurs represent just a small segment of business owners in Canada, but their numbers and impact are growing — and their potential is even greater. Cisco and the Business Development Bank of Canada have partnered to unlock it, using a unique internship program that’s now in its third successful year.   By […]


Five significant (and possibly surprising) ways that technology can help your business graphic

Five significant (and possibly surprising) ways that technology can help your business

November, 27th, 2017

    Technology is already the heart of your business — and of all businesses. Its infrastructure houses your data and provides access to email, the Internet, and applications. Are you taking advantage of all that it can do for your company?   By Marie Moore     In a BDC study of Canadian entrepreneurs’ […]


Finding Opportunity: How two entrepreneurs got their inspiration from their former occupation graphic

Finding Opportunity: How two entrepreneurs got their inspiration from their former occupation

October, 22nd, 2017

  Dallas Mercer and Kathleen Mullally both launched their businesses after spotting a gap in the industry where they were employed. Brought together by the Cisco Women Entrepreneurs’ Circle initiative, we spoke to them about the opportunities that inspired their leap from employee to entrepreneur, and the strategies they’ve used to make their businesses a […]


The secrets of longevity: How two female entrepreneurs achieved success over two decades graphic

The secrets of longevity: How two female entrepreneurs achieved success over two decades

September, 11th, 2017

  Deborah Assaly and Adriana De Luca have both been leading thriving entrepreneurial ventures since the late nineties. Brought together by the Cisco Women Entrepreneurs’ Circle initiative, we spoke to them about what has enabled their long-term success — from teamwork to technological investments — and their advice for other women looking to follow in […]


One male-dominated sector, two successful female entrepreneurs graphic

One male-dominated sector, two successful female entrepreneurs

July, 14th, 2017

Joanne Johnson and Sandra Dussault each have a successful manufacturing company, despite not having a background in the sector. How did they do it? A clear vision and smart business decision-making, including investments in technology. Brought together by the Cisco Women Entrepreneurs’ Circle initiative, we spoke to Joanne and Sandra about entrepreneurship, and their advice […]


Five Tips For Financing Your Tech Purchase graphic

Five Tips For Financing Your Tech Purchase

June, 9th, 2017

In today’s business environment, you can gain a significant competitive advantage with the right technology investment. What do you do when you don’t have the funds to support the purchase? Follow these five tips for financing your tech purchase, courtesy of BDC.   By Marie Moore     As an entrepreneur, you know your talent and […]




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