Business Voice

Latest Issue: July 2021

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Downtown core, upward trends

June 30, 2021

Stretching from Downtown Halifax to the North End and across the bridge to Downtown Dartmouth, the downtown core is supporting small business and economic recovery efforts. The area is transforming, expanding and improving Halifax on multiple levels.

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Positive business environment

Making the move

June 30, 2021

Offering inclusive economic growth, Halifax provides businesses with opportunities to start up, grow and prosper. Despite the pandemic, three businesses chose to make the move to the city and join its thriving business community for very distinct reasons.

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Profile

Comforting Companions

June 30, 2021

Yvette Gagnon and her team of care providers meet people where they’re living, both physically and mentally. Focusing on the wellbeing of those living with illness and age, Comforting Companions provides companionship support for diverse needs.

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Trends

With the shift to online work, organizations need to choose between in-office, fully remote and the hybrid model. So will employees. Matt Symes outlines three reasons the pandemic modified the work climate and the opportunities they represent.

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Trends

To find their purpose, retirees will need to be financially prepared. Many dream of retiring while still contributing to the community, growing intellectually and gaining new experiences. They need a financial strategy to achieve that.

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Trends

Recognized as National Indigenous History Month, June is a time to celebrate the cultures and contributions of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Learn about and engage Indigenous communities to build cultural confidence.

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Trends

Put employees first

June 3, 2021

Maintaining a culture of caring on both sides of the screen has been challenging with COVID-19. With the environment shifting from office to home, Medavie is committed to fostering an innovative, collaborative and connected workplace culture.

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Trends

What is ESG?

May 4, 2021

Organizations that are paying some kind of attention to ESG are seeing how it can create value. They also understand that ignoring ESG erodes value. Find out how!

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Trends

This new way of working, from home, for many small and medium sized business employees may continue into the foreseeable future. This article weighs out the pros and cons of our home also becoming our office.

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Trends

The intensification of workloads and increasing emotional difficulty can lead employees to feel ineffective in their position. This in turn can lead to burnout. Organizations can utilize protective factors to help prevent it.

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Trends

Success during a crisis

April 8, 2021

An exploration of four leadership insights from Nova Scotia businesses that helped them succeed during the pandemic. Businesses had to get creative to keep sales flowing, particularly during lockdowns, when customers couldn’t shop in person.

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Trends

Canada’s red hot housing market is becoming a ‘bonfire’ due to low inventory, which is not a new problem. It was a challenge in March 2020, but the number of homes for sale has fallen even further since!

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Trends

The Zoom effect

April 8, 2021

With so many meetings and events now going virtual, we are seeing ourselves from a new perspective. Engaging with others via Zoom or other conferencing platforms is making us hyper sensitive to how we look on video. It's all about feeling confident!

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Trends

It's important to leave space for change as priorities shift. Work life balance challenges everyone with time spent between work and personal life. The ability to achieve this balance is elusive and vague.

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Trends

Making an aggressive first offer will lead to better results. That's because of the cognitive bias with a common tendency that brings any negotiation back to the very first number.

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Many people are actively developing professionally to make themselves more marketable or relevant in their existing roles. Whether looking for a new job or pausing a professional life, they consider “upskilling” a major advantage during quarantine.

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Businesses want to be “agile” and “responsive”, but setting the stage for this can prove challenging. You need planned strategies!

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Follow the bouncing ball

February 4, 2021

In the world of sales, the term ‘follow the bouncing ball’ refers to adapting to the client and making adjustments to our sales strategy to fit the client’s needs.

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Trends

Wouldn’t it be great if you could cut through all the noise to find a clear way of thinking about this marketing stuff? It becomes a lot easier to understand marketing and make good decisions when you understand marketing principles.

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Trends

Property buyers have a high demand for convenient and time-saving viewings without having to be physically present. Virtual tours are the way to do so! Heather Murray from Canaview Real Imagine tells us about the new technology.

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Trends

Hydrogen technology offers energy production and efficiency that can reduce carbon emission and achieve net-zero targets by 2050. Jordan MacNeil from Heritage Gas Limited explains what it is, how it helps and why Nova Scotia is well positioned for it.

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