Tag Archive | entrepreneurs

Bad business planning, worse public policy

by Bobby O’Keefe Whether or not you like the idea of Party Bus Atlantic, the justification used by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to deny their licence should be greeted with scorn by anyone who supports entrepreneurs in the province. The Party Bus, a company currently operating in Newfoundland, was looking to expand […]

And let’s make paying it back optional…

by Bobby O’Keefe Another day, another demonstration of how government loan programs tilted toward “innovation” or high tech firms never pan out in the end. As reported by Canadian Press Reporter Michael Tutton in today’s Chronicle Herald, ninety percent of loans provided through the first round of funding for the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) haven’t […]

Grand Theft Gaming Companies: Maritime Wars

by John Kennedy It’s almost difficult to believe that Canada has become the world’s third largest video game developer, behind only Japan and the U.S.  Canada recently overtook Britain for third overall after poaching (or “attracting investment”) fair quantities of Britain’s top talent through salary incentives, tax breaks, etc.  The gaming industry has become so […]

Why do governments hate small food producers?

By Bobby O’Keefe These kinds of stories really make me go nuts. Locally, HRM council debates food security, urban farming, and eating local, yet tries to shut down restaurants not over health issues but over zoning issues. What’s worse, the place was a restaurant before the current tenants moved in, and it’s practically surrounded by […]

Nanobreweries – the local small business idea not coming soon to any province near you

by Bobby O’Keefe On top of my day job as a policy wonk, I am an unabashed beer geek. The two are related (but that’s another story) and I love it when the two topics collide. The most recent occasion was when I came across this article on MSN called Something’s Brewing Close to Home […]