Catherine McLean Freelance Writer

Burger chain sizzles in the Fat East

Published October 27, 2009 in The Globe and Mail

The Pacific Place mall in the centre of a buzzing Hong Kong can boast of having the world's top brands as its residents.

Shoppers can pick up trendsetting fashion from the likes of France's Celine and Chanel or timeless jewels from Italy's Bulgari. And when they're hungry they can indulge themselves a bit more with a Triple O's burger from Canada.

Triple O's? Admittedly, the name may not ring a bell with Canadians living east of Alberta, let alone overseas. But that hasn't stopped this brand from going where other compatriots often fear to tread: abroad.

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Social media can pull in clients

Published October 20, 2009 in The Globe and Mail

After exchanging greetings, the first thing I do when I get digital marketing guru Mitch Joel on the phone is fess up: I have no blog, no Facebook account, nothing beyond basic e-mail.

"You're the one," he says. "I found the patient zero."

But he doesn't question my old-fashioned Web habits; he's used to preaching to the unconverted when it comes to doing business on the Web.

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Entrepreneurs are ready for a rebound

Published October 19, 2009 in The Globe and Mail

Early last fall, the owners of Rocky Mountain Soap Company made a gutsy move: they decided to proceed with a dream to take a year off to travel with their young children even as a nasty recession loomed.

By January, the economic outlook was downright gloomy, and consumers and businesses were on edge. Karina Birch and her husband Cam Baty were back at their desks in Canmore, Alta., working closely with their day-to-day management team to find a way to protect their business amid sliding sales.

"We were extremely stressed at the time," Ms. Birch recalled recently.

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Security firms crank up Olympic hiring machine

Published October 14, 2009 in The Globe and Mail

Jane Greene isn't a household name, but after years of dreaming and hard work, the Toronto resident has big ambitions for next year's Olympics.

You won't find her rocketing down the ski slopes in Whistler, or sprinting around the speed skating track in Vancouver. In fact, if everything goes according to plan, she will stay out of the spotlight altogether.

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Mapping out a family tax plan

Published October 14, 2009 in The Globe and Mail

For many young couples, a tax plan is what they call those nerve-wracking, last-minute efforts to complete their returns before the taxman's deadline.

As far as they're concerned, there are much more pressing financial issues to deal with, whether it's funding ongoing studies, finding a better-paying job, saving for the down payment on a house, or getting ready for their first baby. The taxes can wait.

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