Invest Ottawa sees thousands of entrepreneurs every year, all with an endless amount of ideas. But not all ideas are made equal, and the reality is, most will never be commercialized. So how can an entrepreneur increase the chances of turning a busi

Perhaps it was the heat and humidity, but momentum slowed in Ottawa’s housing market in August. The average price for residential properties sold through the Multiple Listing Service climbed a relatively modest 3.1 per cent year over year to $

This blog is provided by Invest Ottawa’s proud sponsor, Nelligan O’Brien Payne, as part of our Expert Series. View the full series here.  The three most common types of business entities in Ontario are sole proprietorships, partnerships and co

In all the great songs written about pot, from Bob Marley’s Kaya to John Prine’s Illegal Smile, none have ever dealt with the problem of there being too much weed. As legalization looms on the Canadian horizon, suppliers concerned about not being ab

Invest Ottawa advisor, Ron Gagnier, has been helping get projects off the ground for decades; helping turn innovation into commercialization. In this three-part series, Ron walks through the do’s and don’ts of product development and chats with an I

Long before he launched the medical marijuana company now known as Canopy Growth, Bruce Linton took at least 16 business trips to India. Most times, he planned to visit the Taj Mahal mausoleum in Agra, one of that country’s most famous tourist

When Tobi Lütke set out 13 years ago to build an online site for selling snowboarding equipment, he had little idea just how complicated the whole enterprise would become. Today he is piloting a $1-billion-a-year corporation whose technology underpi

When he was six years old, John Tyson won a sand castle-building contest at McNabb Park. In retrospect, the other youngsters probably never had a chance. Tyson, who now resides in Barrhaven, went on to become an industrial designer best known for cr

In an unexpected move, Shopify late Monday toughened the terms of its service agreement to prohibit the sale of many types of guns and ammunition. In so doing, the Ottawa firm has infuriated online retailers who relied on Shopify’s earlier pro

Invest Ottawa advisor, Ron Gagnier, has been helping get projects off the ground for decades; helping turn innovation into commercialization. In this three-part series, Ron walks through the do’s and don’ts of product development and chats with an I

Many brewers in the nation’s capital say they can’t afford to offer customers $1 beers because dialling sale prices back to 2008 levels – when the cost of everything it takes to make the beer have increased – is just bad for business. &#

Ottawa’s home buyers showed some resistance in July to prices in popular neighbourhoods from Westboro to New Edinburgh. Instead, they travelled further west and south in search of less expensive houses still within commuting distance. That, at

Did bonuses fuel the Phoenix fire?

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The question has been following Marie Lemay for years: Did the prospect of pay bonuses induce her public service executives to launch the Phoenix Pay system before it was ready? The deputy minister for Public Services and Procurement Canada — the de

After the government failed in its first attempt to build a new compensation system in the 1990s, Public Services commissioned a series of reports to analyze what went wrong and how to avoid similar mistakes. Too bad few bothered to read them. • The

Shopify’s losses widened in the second quarter as the e-commerce specialist continued to invest heavily in its global rollout. However, the Ottawa firm also posted better-than-expected revenues. Shopify reported Tuesday that its net loss in th

Monday morning, 10 a.m. John Cassandra was strangely nervous, which was odd because he knew the result of the call he was about to make. The staffing services specialist was in his office in the Hartford suburb of Glastonbury, Conn., surrounded by a

The new Invest Ottawa business acceleration program officially launched yesterday. Forty dynamic technology startups spent the day at Bayview Yards, taking their first steps to becoming Ottawa’s next global player. This program is designed to rapidl

A Starbucks in Little Italy was on fire Friday night, in the Preston Square complex, at 347 Preston Street. Ottawa Fire Services were alerted to the fire by an alarm company and one 911 call reporting smoke in the kitchen area of the coffee shop. Wh

At first glance, a survey published Wednesday of 50 North American cities appears to have astonishingly good news for the capital region’s tech sector. CBRE, a commercial real estate firm, concluded that Ottawa ranked first in high-tech employ

Cyril Leeder and Bernie Ashe have reemerged in the Ottawa business landscape thanks to the acquisition of Deslaurier Custom Cabinets. The two well-known Ottawa sports executives have been announced as key parts of a new ownership group for the 36-ye

In the end, exhaustion. And, one likes to believe, some shame on the part of the professionals who fed for so long off Nortel’s estate. Ernst & Young, the consultants in charge of Nortel’s nine-year long bankruptcy proceedings, began

It’s a fact: we know that diverse companies breed better products, better service and more resilient businesses. And still, barriers to entry remain, and inequality persists, preserving cultures that perpetuate inequity in the workplace. This realit

It has been a bizarre couple of years for Masha Krupp, the outspoken head of the Ottawa translation company that bears her name. Major business dealings with the federal government have been abruptly terminated twice. She fought back successfully in

Given the sheer scale and continuing growth of Amazon, it was only a matter of time before the electronic commerce Leviathan made a serious move into the national capital region. This is a $177.9-billion global juggernaut (2017 revenues) that last y

It’s official. Amazon is setting up shop in the capital. After weeks of speculation, the construction company hired by Amazon to build a behemoth distribution centre in the east end issued a news release Tuesday morning confirming the deal. “W