New survey reveals the most annoying phrases used in business emails

By Samantha Garner | January 18, 2020

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Recently, Perkbox Insights conducted a survey to find out what phrases people liked to see in email communication, and which ones rankled. Why does this matter? Well, 73% of respondents said that email was their business communication method of choice!

According to the survey, “Hi” and “Kind regards” are the best ways to start and end an email, while “Hey” and “Best” were among the worst. And weighing in on the ever-present exclamation mark conundrum, 48% think one is okay, while 16% think they should never be used in a work-related email.

Find out some of our own tips about writing great business-related emails, and read the full findings of the email survey here! What do you think of the results?

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7 statistics about Canadian small businesses

By Samantha Garner | January 11, 2020

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Now that it’s a new year – and a new decade – we wanted to take stock of the state of small business in Canada. Here are seven recent statistics about Canadian small businesses.

  • Of the employer businesses in Canada, 1.18 million (97.9%) were small businesses, with 1-99 employees.
  • Ontario had the highest number of small businesses at 429,852, followed by Quebec (243,029) and British Columbia (184,075).
  • Nearly three out of four Canadian businesses have 1−9 employees.
  • The majority of private sector employees are employed by small businesses: 69.9%.
  • From 2011 to 2015, small businesses contributed 40.8% to Canada’s GDP.
  • In 2017, women-owned businesses (at least 51% of shares owned by women) made up 15.6% of Canada’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
  • Canada is one of five countries in which women entrepreneurs reported high levels of innovation.
Industry Canada. (November 2019). Key Small Business Statistics.
Statistics Canada. (April 2019). Key Small Business Statistics.
Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. GEM 2018 / 2019 Women’s Entrepreneurship Report.
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Entrepreneurial inspiration from Julia Hartz

By Samantha Garner | January 4, 2020

At GoForth, we know that many entrepreneurs take a few tries to find a small business idea that sticks – nearly half of all small businesses opened in Canada each year don’t make it to their fifth birthday.

However, that doesn’t mean that failure is necessarily a bad thing. Failure in some form is experienced by all entrepreneurs at some point. It may be a fairly minor setback, or it may be a more major situation.

To give you the best odds of success, we offer Canada’s most well-rounded small business skills training. We’ll show you how to identify small business risks, and give you all the tools you’ll need to be as informed and prepared as possible.

So don’t fear those (calculated) risks, and take a moment to think about your entrepreneurship journey and give yourself a pat on the back for all you’ve accomplished!

To hear more about Julia Hartz’s story, read her interview at Entrepreneur.

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Our favourite blog posts of 2019

By Samantha Garner | December 30, 2019

At GoForth Institute, we’ve had a great 2019. We’ve been proud to serve Canadian entrepreneurs for another year, teaching them vital skills for small business success.

We also enjoyed sharing small business tips and inspiration on our blog. Here are some of our favourite blog posts from this year.

We wish you a happy and successful 2020, and thanks for reading!

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Happy holidays from GoForth Insititute

By Samantha Garner | December 21, 2019

GoForth Institute wishes all of our fellow Canadian entrepreneurs a happy and relaxing holiday season, and all the best for 2020. You deserve it!

Thank you for being with us for another year!

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