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Guide to Selling Locally Online: Facebook Marketplace, TikTok Stores and More 

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Selling online presents a seemingly endless world of options – from Amazon, Etsy, Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace, Facebook shops, websites, Instagram shops, TikTok stores and more. And those are just the ones off the top of my head. Given all the options, it can get hard to figure out which ones are best for what. Where […]

How credit card fees affect local small businesses

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Credit card fees and debt are a staple for the life of a consumer. After all, probably most of the adults you know have at least one credit card. Why? Well, because they are quite handy, if used responsibly. Buy now, pay later? That mindset is appealing to most of us. Interestingly, the origin of […]

Comparing Learning Music Online or In-Person

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Learning music online or in-person go hand-and-hand with your own development. One study in 2010 found that the structural and functional cerebral neuroplastic processes emerge as a result of long-term musical training. Or, in words for laymen like myself, learning music makes you smarter. But as we all know, music is more than just something […]

Sustainable Shopping that’s Affordable Too

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Sustainable shopping that is also affordable is hard. But even harder is global warming – a real, looming, and ever-growing problem. Recent hurricanes Fiona and Ian are very real proof of that.  Global warming truly is a persistent and universal problem. And, for me, this knowledge gives this sense of powerlessness. I’m sure many of […]

Small Business Myth Busting: 7 Common Misconceptions

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Even just one small business myth, unchecked, can have a serious impact on your success as an entrepreneur. How? Well, you may unconsciously pass on this myth to your employees or customers without even realizing. And other small business myths take the form of rumours that you’ve read online or you’ve heard from other business […]

Local Fall Products And Where to Get ‘Em

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Me, one fine Wednesday morning. Phone buzzes and I flip it over to find a text with those faithful words – “On my way to go get a pumpkin spice latte.” Fall products. They’re back. Yep. It’s that time of year again. Leaves are starting to change, mornings are getting colder, and the smell of […]

How to Shop Local in a Time of Inflation

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How to Shop Local in a Time of Inflation. You know it, I know it, and it seems everyone’s talking about it – prices for everything are rising fast. In June, Canada’s inflation rate spiked to a record-breaking 8.1%. That’s an increase of 7.1% compared to the previous year. Those gas prices that seem to […]

Top 5 Local Economy Growth Hacks through Buying Local

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The local economy grows by supporting small businesses more than larger corporations. Why, you ask? Well, buying from small local businesses strengthens the local supply chain and retains more of your purchase dollars locally. Not to mention also reducing your carbon footprint. If you haven’t already, you can take a closer look at how this […]

How to Support Local on your Vacation

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Whether planning a staycation or travelling abroad, it’s worth supporting local businesses in the communities you travel to. Some local businesses may have unique and artisanal souvenirs or traditional food from recipes passed down through generations. And it’s just a great way to support the local economy.  But how exactly can your contributions to small […]

Nova Scotia Local Events 2022

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Summer 2022 is right around the corner and if you’re looking for Nova Scotia local events, you’ve come to the right place! Here we’ve put together a list of the best events all around Nova Scotia all throughout the rest of 2022. From festivals to farmers markets, you can find them here! Just check out […]