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Is this my very last blog post?

By Francis Moran

I’m not much of one for doomsday predictions.

In the days leading up to January 1, 2000, when the so-called Y2K bug was supposed to affect everything from cellphones to ATMs and would cause both airplanes and elevators to come crashing down, I kept saying that at the stroke of midnight on December 31, 1999, I wanted to be in an elevator, in a highrise, next to an airport, talking on my cellphone and with no money in my pocket. I was pretty sure I was going to be all right. As it turned out, when the clock struck that feared hour, I was at a New Year’s Eve ball with the woman to whom I had recently become affianced, and we were more than all right.

So I can’t get terribly worked up about the possibility that some long-dead Mayan timekeeper was the very first person in tens of thousands of years of human existence to be able to peer far into the future and with such precision and foreknowledge that he or she could accurately predict that the end of the world is going to come tomorrow.

Certainly, if I did believe it, I would not be spending my last hours writing this tongue-in-cheek blog post.

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Content is the sun around which all else revolves

By Francis Moran

Over the past several years, the way in which I describe what we do on the PR side of the house has really changed. For most of its 14 years, inmedia Public Relations was a very sharply focused proposition: We did media and analyst relations and not much else. And we did it for B2B technology companies, and nobody else. That last part hasn’t changed much; the only clients who really interest us are those working in knowledge-intensive or technology applications. And our mastery of the unique challenges of addressing enterprise marketplaces or selling into the value chain as opposed to marketing an end product means our value proposition remains focused on B2B.

What we do for our clients, however, has evolved in tune with the shifting landscape we have been presented with. And the evolution has been so natural that we really didn’t notice we had a new service offering until long after we had started to successfully deliver it.

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SR&ED and the law of unintended consequences

By Francis Moran

Canada’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credit program is undoubtedly one of the most popular industrial incentive schemes around. Shortened to SR&ED and usually referred to as “Shred,” the program provides a 35 percent investment tax credit, topping out at just over $1-million a year, to private Canadian companies that carry out eligible R&D activities in Canada. Many other Canadian entities, including public corporations, can tap SR&ED for a 20 percent tax credit, soon to be reduced to 15 percent, and several provinces add even more with their own programs.

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A clarion call to make Canada an entrepreneurial economy

By Francis Moran

Startup Canada, the grassroots organisation that spent six months consulting entrepreneurs and their support ecosystem about what was needed to foster a stronger entrepreneurial culture in this country, Tuesday issued a sharp clarion call to make Canada one of the top five entrepreneurial economies in the world.

In a series of six news conferences across Canada, including a national version that I MC’d here in Ottawa, Startup Canada released its Startup Blueprints, an ambitious web platform that summarizes what the organisation heard this past summer, and sets out what needs to be done to put those ideas and reflections into concrete action.

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Startup Canada to call for urgent action to support Canadian entrepreneurs

By Francis Moran

Edit: Edited to add quotes from Victoria Lennox

The results of the largest consultation ever undertaken within the community of Canadian entrepreneurs and their supporters will be unveiled in a series of six cross-country news conferences on Tuesday when Startup Canada releases its national Action Plan. The plan is the outcome of a five-month national tour that Startup Canada conducted between May and September this year that touched down in all 10 provinces and altogether engaged more than 20,000 Canadians in person and another 50,000 online.

Several common themes emerged from the more than 200 town hall meetings, expert discussions, forums and other events that Startup Canada and its more than 300 partners organised during the tour. These themes and the actions that entrepreneurs all across the country said need to be taken are captured in Startup Blueprints, an ambitious new online platform that will also be unveiled on Tuesday. Startup Blueprints shares the reflections and ideas that Startup Canada heard from entrepreneurs who participated in hundreds of conversations across the country. It paints a clear path that Canadians passionate about entrepreneurship can follow together to cultivate a more vibrant and successful entrepreneurial culture in Canada.

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