Ambreen Khan

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100 Social Enterprise Innovations

This SocialBusiness.org top list of social enterprise innovations speak to the range -- and debate -- surrounding just what exactly is social …

How to focus in 20-minute bursts

It's common these days to hear productivity experts advising that we work in 90-minutes intervals, a comfortable time to get a lot of work done before we tire. But J.D. Meier, a project manager with distributed teams and productivity blogger, thinks information and knowledge workers would be better …

Canadian farmers prove size doesn’t matter

Despite a perception that large-scale "corporate farming" is taking over Canadian agriculture, the country's farming sector remains dominated by relatively small-scale, family-owned and operated enterprises. And this is unlikely to change significantly any time soon.<p>Canada's largest farming …

Taking a vacation from work is just too stressful

I'll admit it. I worked on July 1.<p>I'm not proud or even boastful. I don't think it made me a better person, although perhaps working on a national holiday where presumably normal people ride their bikes and picnic in the park did alleviate some stress from the rest of the week by giving me a head …

How can I really find out about a company’s culture?

<b>The Question:</b><p>My last two employers have been disappointing for me. I can do the jobs asked of me, it just turns out that the workplace atmosphere – the bosses who managed me and the colleagues I worked with – have all been toxic at some level. I've spoken about this with my wife and other friends …

Do business incubators give startups a leg up?

In the fall, Stephen Lake will pack up his team of 25 employees and move them to a new office down the street from VeloCity Garage, a business incubator in Waterloo, Ont. Once they're in their new digs, Mr. Lake and the other two co-founders of Thalmic Labs will, for the first time, have to start …

The power of compounding – at your fingertips

<b>In your columns and videos you often quote long-term returns for stocks, assuming all dividends were reinvested. Where do you get these numbers and how can I look up the information for myself?</b><p>I get most of my stock return information from Bloomberg – a proprietary service that comes with a hefty …

I’m stuck at my retail job. How can I find a career?

<b>The Question</b><p>I am a female in my mid-twenties and I graduated from university three years ago with a bachelor degree in political science. Since then I have worked in administration, event co-ordination, and, for the past two years, I have been working part time at a retail store.<p>I am stuck and …

Stylish furniture shipped to your door, without the markup

Plenty of online startups have taken aim at 'the middleman' in an effort to lure consumers with lower prices. But every industry has its own set of middlepeople, and some are easier to cut out than others.<p>Take the furniture industry, for example, where multiple layers of buyers and sellers can …

The best in Canadian ads at Cannes

It takes a courageous client not to shut down a pitch meeting when their advertising agency suggests doing a campaign that will publicize and promote some of the nastiest rumours about their product. Or when the agency requests a budget to make a feature-length film that will function as one big …

It’s not ‘unproductive’ to smell the flowers

Do you treat killing time as a sin?<p>In the frenzy of our multi-tasking life – with work always available on our handheld devices – it's easy to try to fill every moment of the day with something productive. So we read or write reports on planes, organize to-do lists and scan documents before a …

An easy way to compare several stocks at once

<b>We're highlighting some of the best features of our website with Globe Investor Tips. Find more tips at tgam.ca/globeinvestor-tips.</b><p>There's a charting feature on globeinvestor.com that lets you compare several stocks on one chart. It's a quick way to evaluate the performance of similar securities …

Hershey Canada fined $4 million for conspiracy to fix price of chocolate | The Star

Hershey Canada was fined $4 million in an Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Friday after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to fix prices …

Danish company opens documents to the blind

Lars Ballieu Christensen was a graduate computer science student in the mid-1980s when he was asked to help two blind adults learn how to use computers at a nearby community college. The side project turned into his primary research and he eventually created the first Danish Braille translator, the …

How athletics can boost your career

Rosie MacLennan is used to setting goals, managing her time, dealing with deadlines, stress and pressure. Those Olympic gold medal-winning qualities are now helping her succeed at her new job, too.<p>Most people know Ms. MacLennan, 24, as the trampoline superstar who captured Canada's only gold medal …

Rich getting richer, study finds | The Star

The rich are getting richer, and there are way more of them.<p>The World Wealth Report, issued Tuesday by RBC Wealth Management and Capgemini Financial …

The end of the ‘Golden Age’ for university graduates

Some 500,000 students have just graduated from Canada's postsecondary education system, and the great majority will be hoping to find a decent job and to embark upon a meaningful career.<p>Unfortunately, the employment prospects for many graduates are pretty dismal, for reasons that deserve serious …

How one company went completely paperless

When Jamie Garratt started Idea Rebel, a Vancouver-based digital agency in 2008, there was one piece of technology he refused to have in his office: a printer. He came from a company where everyone printed everything and he didn't want that much waste.<p>After thinking more about it, he realized he …

Word of mouth best way to get on employer's radar, study finds

<i>The latest news and information for entrepreneurs from across the web universe, brought to you by the</i> Report on Small Business <i>team. Follow us on Twitter</i> @GlobeSmallBiz .<p><b>How to snag a job at a small business</b><p>Resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn are important tools when it comes to finding a job, but …

Why I worked on my wedding day

It was 5:30 a.m. on my wedding day in Punjab, India. My traditional lengha was on and my tikka was placed where it needed to be. I had a bottle of water in one hand and my laptop in the other. The photographers were stressed because I wasn't co-operating. Then came relief.<p>I was finally able to get …

Can Herschel backpacks go mainstream and keep their cool?

Like Canada Goose jackets and Lululemon yoga pants before them, Herschel backpacks are ubiquitous on university campuses.<p>The young Vancouver-based company is quickly making a name for itself as a fashion brand young adults want to be associated with. Herschel Supply Co. Ltd. sales soared by 900 per …