Commercial leases during the COVID-19 pandemic

Blog Post
April 27, 2020
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These last weeks have been tough for Ottawa’s businesses. The coming weeks hold limited promise of improvement. My February 1st edition of The Economist carried the headline “How Bad Will It Get?”. They’re now at “The Business of Survival”. Watching, in real time, businesses that were thriving in January being severely wounded in March, some with life expectancy expiring in May… Read more »

Does your partnership agreement make room for a side hustle?

Blog Post
November 1, 2019
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This article originally appeared in the October edition of the Ottawa Business Journal Don’t limit your entrepreneurial passions with poor planning The side hustle. Entrepreneurs are driven by the passion to create. The next great idea is always percolating. It is now common for people to juggle multiple business ventures simultaneously. According to a study… Read more »

How to protect yourself during a business breakup

Blog Post
September 25, 2018
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Like any relationship, business partnerships can be susceptible to disagreements. And just like the breakdown of a marriage or common-law relationship, business breakups can be painful and costly. What are some steps you can take to protect yourself if your business partnership fizzles out?

Food Delivery Apps – Good for Business?

Blog Post
July 18, 2018
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The traditional method of calling up your favourite restaurant and placing your order directly is increasingly being replaced by food delivery apps such as SkipTheDishes, UberEats and Foodora. In an industry know for its slim profit margins, are food delivery apps actually good for business?

Opening a restaurant in Ottawa: How to cut through the red tape

Blog Post
June 18, 2018
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If you plan to open your own restaurant, bakery or café – or purchase an existing establishment – navigating the labyrinth of required permits, licenses and bylaw obligations can be confusing. The City of Ottawa offers a Business Ambassador Service with a Business Information Officer (BIO) to assist and guide entrepreneurs in starting their enterprise.

Separating love from business: Legal tips on how to manage your assets alongside family life

Blog Post
May 7, 2018
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The balance between life and work has long been a struggle for professionals. And things tend to become all the more complicated when assets – whether in the form of company shares, investments, real estate or otherwise – are brought into the equation. While most people don’t enter into a romantic partnership planning for it to end, breakups nevertheless do happen. And when not managed properly, they can be financially devastating.

Craig O’Brien Talks about slips and falls

Video Post
January 5, 2018
Read Time: 9 minutes

In a recent live interview Craig O’Brien talked about what businesses can do to avoid slips and falls on their premises in winter. Below is the transcript of that interview. Intro (Paul): Hi there. My name is Paul Taylor-Sussex from Nelligan O’Brien Payne and today we are chatting with Craig O’Brien who is the head… Read more »