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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - June 27, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE B10 B 10 SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2015 Nourishing Potential helps local charities provide healthy food and nutrition education to kids in our city. Thanks to the program, thousands of young Winnipeggers are trying new foods, making healthy choices, and building great habits that will last a lifetime. Join homegrown NHL star Jonathan Toews in building the Nourishing Potential Fund and ensuring a healthier future for Winnipeg kids. YOU CAN MAKE A GIFT… visit www. wpgfdn. org, text * GOAL to 45678, call 204.944.9474, or give in- person at The Foundation or any branch of Assiniboine Credit Union. * For details on the mobile giving option visit wpgfdn. org/ nourishingpotential Jonathan Toews Photo by Bill Smith/ NHLI via Getty Images JOIN JONATHAN TOEWS AND HELP NOURISH THE POTENTIAL OF WINNIPEG KIDS! 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M ORE Manitoba small businesses are recognizing the need to invest more money in their online operations and in technology that makes their workforce more mobile, according to the results of a new survey. The Bank of Montreal said a Pollara survey of 502 Canadian small business owners found 64 per cent of Prairie ( Manitoba and Saskatchewan) respondents plan to make major changes or investments in their online presence in the coming years. That was the highest percentage among the six regions included in the survey. The next highest was Quebec, at 59 per cent, while the national average was 54 per cent. More than four in 10 ( 41 per cent) also said they’ll be investing more money on technology that creates a more mobile workforce. That, too, was the highest percentage among the six regions, and was four percentage points above the national average. Ron Collins, BMO’s vice- president of commercial banking in Winnipeg, said the survey results show small businesses here recognize the marketplace is changing and they need to invest more money in their businesses to remain competitive. “ And as technology continues to evolve for tablets and smart phones... more companies understand they have to change the way they deliver their services and also how they monitor their workforce and their staffing to be competitive,” he added. A local spokesman for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said he’s not surprised to hear more Manitoba small businesses are investing in their online operations and in mobile technologies. “ I think what the survey overall talks about is the same thing that we’re hearing at CFIB,” said Elliot Sims, the CFIB’s director of provincial affairs in Manitoba. “ As the economies of scale come down and as technologies change and become more adaptable, small businesses are now able to have the same technologies that large companies have because the costs of having it are going down.” Sims said it also makes sense for small businesses to be investing in their online operations and on mobile technologies because more consumers are buying online now and because younger workers are more tech savvy and want to work with the latest in mobile technologies. The Pollara survey also shed light on what Prairie businesses are using their mobile devices for these days. Twenty- six per cent said they use them to communicate with employees during work hours, 43 per cent use them to communicate with employees after regular work hours, 20 per cent use them to communicate with business clients, eight per cent use them to manage dayto- day operations, and eight per cent use them to manage financial information. Other key findings were: . A less than average number of Prairie respondents plan to invest more money this year on changes to their products and services — 32 per cent versus 41 per cent nationally. . A less than average number also plan to invest more money on the marketing of their products and services — 44 per cent versus 46 per cent nationally — and on equipment and systems upgrades — 57 per cent versus 61 per cent nationally. Collins said he wouldn’t be overly concerned about those results, noting the Prairie results weren’t much different from those for the other regions. He said the local small businesses he deals with clearly recognize the need to invest in things such as marketing and product and equipment upgrades. “ They ( Prairie businesses) just may be at different stages on what they’re going to commit to do this stuff,” he added. BMO said about nine per cent ( 45) of the 502 business owners surveyed had operations in Manitoba. It said survey, which was conducted between Feb. 20 and March 11, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 per cent 19 times out of 20. murray. mcneill@ freepress. mb. ca Small businesses see need for online presence, mobility By Murray McNeill B_ 10_ Jun- 27- 15_ FP_ 01. indd B10 6/ 26/ 15 8: 08: 45 PM

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