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Sorry Dragons!

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Tail Wags Helmet Covers is proving it’s possible for a small business entrepreneur to create a successful business even without the support of outside investors. Two years ago, Karyn Climans, owner of Tail Wags Helmet Covers, was seen on the popular CBC television show Dragon’s Den. Tail Wags, which sells fun and adorable covers that can be worn on any sports helmet, was seeking an investment of $100,000.00 to fund different initiatives to keep up with growing demand. Two of the Dragons, Jim Treliving and Bruce Croxon, gave Karyn the deal she was looking for because they agreed her product...

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New CultureToronto.com Site Features Tail Wags!

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There's a cool new media site in town, www.CultureToronto.com, and Tail Wags Helmet Covers was delighted to one of the first featured businesses on their site. They caught up with me at the Toronto MEC Bikefest at Trinity Bellwoods Park on May 18th and here's their post. I'm particularly pleased with their ability to portray the joy and excitement customers experience when they discover our adorable helmet covers. “There’s no way a driver doesn’t see me coming with this on”, Karyn Climans quips, pointing to the bright pink princess helmet cover on her head, cross-legged on a chair in the...

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Cheap Isn't Always Best!

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The world was reminded last week that the pursuit of the cheapest goods possible isn’t necessarily a good thing! Hundreds of Bangladesh textile workers died needlessly because their employers forced them to work in a building that was structurally unsound. Even though there were obvious cracks in the walls of the facility and concerns were expressed about the safety of the building 2 days before the horrible tragedy, employees were forced back to work.   Why was this situation allowed? Because the pressure on manufacturers to produce goods at the lowest possible price drove employers to cut corners even though...

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Outsourcing

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I’m delighted Canadians are outraged over the Royal Bank’s outsourcing of Canadian jobs to foreign workers! So they should be. There are 1000’s of qualified workers currently unemployed who could easily do these jobs. But the problem of outsourcing is far more pervasive. As a small Canadian business employing local sewers, graphic artists, photographers, bookkeepers, accountants, translators, web programmers, and marketing firms as well as buying from Canadian suppliers of fabrics and vinyl packaging, I am acutely aware of the pressure to send production overseas. Many of you may already know that the Dragons from the hit CBC TV show,...

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Most Popular Designs

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I'm regularly asked what is my best selling helmet cover and, believe it or not, it's not a straight forward answer. That's because there are different favourites for the various age groups and genders. But it's an important question for people trying to determine the perfect gift for a child or friend so I thought the following might be helpful: There seem to be 6 groups: Young girls (ages 1 to 6) Young boys (ages 1 to 6) Older girls (ages 7 to 12) Older boys (ages 7 to 12) Women Men (I've grouped teenage girls and boys with women...

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