Consumer Services

Why the Future of Real Estate Agencies is Digital

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Online brokerages and splashy startups are using technology to improve the often hellish act of buying property. How they're doing it, and what it means for the role of Realtors

What It Takes to Build a Better Product in a Crowded Space

Ray Taaeb, CEO and Co-founder of Casalova, is making the renting process simpler and better for landlords and tenants

Ray Taaeb explains how Casalova developed a simplified renting process for stressed-out landlords and tenants

PROFIT 500 2016: Canada’s Fastest-Growing Consumer Services Companies

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Meet the 24 industry firms that made our annual list of rapidly-expanding businesses

How to Turn a Local Favourite Into a National Franchise

A smoked meat sandwich at Caplansky's on College Street just after the deli opened in 2009. Photo: Peter Power/The Globe and Mail/CP

Toronto deli Capalanksy’s expands across the country via a new store concept from Jackman Reinvents

The Uber Model Comes to Snow Removal

Sean Griffith from Moncton, N.B., has created an app that lets customers order one-time snow clearing services of their driveways via their smart phone. Photo: Marc Grandmaison/CP

An Atlantic Canadian entrepreneur aims to make winter weather a little easier to handle via the on-demand economy

The 2015 PROFIT 500: Canada’s Fastest-Growing Consumer Services Firms

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Not everyone can deliver service with a smile. Meet some of the industry's most successful businesses

Hot Niche: Food Trucks for Dogs?

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A new option in canine chow, and more current business ideas, products and strategies, ranked

Canada’s Fastest-Growing Consumer Services Firms

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Lessons from 25 wildly successful companies who've mastered the people-pleasing business

Growth Market: The Wild Frontier of Outdoor Retail

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Leading chains show what you need to succeed in this white-hot sector—and where there's still room to expand

5 Consumer Trends to Watch

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Expert opinion on what factors will drive buyer behaviour in 2014—and how you can capitalize