Walnut Creek, CA

2950 Buskirk Ave. Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Growing Your Canadian Small Business (On a Budget)

From brainstorming workable business ideas to creating an effective business plan, you’ve done the legwork needed to get your small business up and running. Now, it’s time to expand your operations.

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Virtual Office for Legal Professionals

Law firms (large and small) and solo legal practitioners alike can use virtual office services and spaces to run their entire legal operations or as a supplement to a home office or traditional brick-and-mortar offices. Virtual office services can be particularly useful during trial preparation
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How to Secure Small Business Financing in Canada

Don’t let a lack of financing derail your dreams of growing your small business. In Canada, there are a variety of ways to acquire funds for your company. Some entrepreneurs bootstrap their operations with personal funds, others try crowdsourcing, and many scrimp and save for years to build their vision.

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Traveling Entrepreneur

As business people and entrepreneurs continually strive to grow their business, doing so frequently involves traveling around the country to attend networking or tradeshow events, meeting clients and prospects on their own turf, and getting some face-time with colleagues, contractors or employees who may operate in a remote location. Preparation
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Growing Your Business with a Virtual Team

We’ve talked about hiring and managing a virtual team here on the Intelligent Office (IO) blog before, and now it’s time for small business owners like you to learn how to use your virtual team to grow the business.

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Virtual Office Eguide

Have you ever wondered why some small businesses are successful and others are not and what do these successful companies do to gain an edge over their competition? Through our years of experience
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How to Increase Employee Engagement in Your Small Business

The majority of Canadian employees are not actively engaged at work.

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What is the SBA & How to Leverage it For Success Part 1

For entrepreneurs and small business owners, navigating the tricky terrain of creating a sound business plan, forecasting for growth and developing an operative growth strategy can be a major challenge. Fortunately, American entrepreneurs and operators have access to one of the most effective resources in the worldwide market...

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Virtual Assistants vs. In-Person Executive Assistants: Understanding What Your Business Needs

Knowing when to delegate is one of the most important skills you can develop as a small business owner. Delegation frees up time for you to work on the things that only you can do, like determining the company’s growth strategy and networking with high-level contacts in your industry.

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What is the SBA & How to Leverage it For Success, Part 2

Navigating the complex terrain of creating a sound business plan, forecasting for growth and developing an operative growth strategy can be a challenge for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Fortunately, American entrepreneurs have access to one of the most effective resources in the world via the Small Business Administration (SBA).
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When Should My Small Business Consider Virtual Support Services?

Most small business owners take on a variety of roles within their company… oftentimes, without even realizing how much they’re juggling.

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What is the SBA & How to Leverage it For Success, Part 3

Congratulations! You have gotten your small business up and running. Now what? This part of our four-part series on leveraging the Small Business Administration to help you launch and manage a small business will focus on the operational aspects of running a business. Whether you need leadership strategies, day-to-day decision making skills
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4 Toronto Parks That Are Perfect For a Walking Meeting

Getting out of the office is one of our favorite hacks for more productive meetings, and going outside is even better. When it comes to meetings, taking a walk in the park is a great way to switch things up and help everyone get into a more creative mindset. Luckily, there’s no shortage of inspiring green space in downtown Toronto.

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What is the SBA & How to Leverage it For Success Part 4

Understanding marketing and sales as well as the technical complexity of our Internet-driven society gives entrepreneurs a distinct advantage over the competition. This final segment of our four-part report will take a deeper dive into the logistics and philosophy of marketing and sales and their impact on your business success.
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Top 3 Challenges Small Business Owners in Canada Face

To Grow Your Canadian Small Business, Watch Out for These Obstacles

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DIY Marketing Tools

If a business isn’t marketing, its potential customers are not finding it. Small to medium size businesses often struggle with spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on marketing. New DIY marketing tools, however, have eliminated the need to spend astronomical amounts on online and traditional marketing. These tools
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My Toronto-Based Startup Needs Office Space… Where Do I Find It?

From Coworking to Private Offices, Here’s the Entrepreneur’s Guide to Rentable Office Space in Toronto

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