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One year in: The business of (legal) cannabis

Published October 17, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

Time flies when you're having fun...

drawing of a cannabis leaf with dollar signs between each segmentIt was one year ago today that Canada legalized cannabis. Now that we are a year into this new world of legalized sale and consumption, we are seeing innovations such as edibles & low-cost, bulk buying, and there are reports of a boost to the economy of over $8 billion.

I thought I'd do a quick "anniversary" check today to see what new information resources might now be available on this hot topic... 

<Read on for lots of recent resources on this fast-changing topic!>

This post is not about Netflix...

Published July 18, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

I spotted an interesting story in the Wall Street Journal this morning: "Netflix U.S. Users Decline, Sinking Its Stock --- Video service reports 130,000 fewer domestic subscribers in second quarter."

To be frank, what was interesting for me about this article wasn't the content -- as much as I like streaming Netflix shows while I fold the laundry, I don't really need an ongoing blow-by-blow of its subscriber numbers.  No, what caught my attention was that this would be a good chance to highlight a couple of my favourite SFU Library resources: Factiva and Statista

<Read on for details!>

Renewable energy industry information via SFU Library

Published May 31, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

I was just scanning the news (that's what a business researcher does to relax) and spotted the following story at the BBC site: Britain in two-week coal-free record.

As the article states, "Britain has not used coal to generate electricity for two weeks - the longest period since the 1880s." The move toward alternative energy sources is gathering momentum in the UK and having measureable impacts. [...]

Since I am an opportunist at heart, this is a chance for me to highlight the many alternative energy industry overviews available in our databases...

<Read on.. learn lots... take action...>

 

A feast of resources for those researching alternative protein markets!

Published April 24, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

A couple of our marketing classes are going to be doing some primary research on alternative protein products & consumers this semester.

In support of those classes, I've listed some key resources, but students in other classes may also want to use this post as a case study to learn about the powerful market research tools available to SFU researchers.  Bon appetite!

<Read on for a menu of delicious databases>

New feature in Statista: Business Plan Export for fast access to relevant data

Published April 15, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

Our Statista database has a new feature: Business Plan Export

Just to be clear: Business Plan Export does not deliver a business plan!  It does, however, gather secondary data that you might need when creating such a plan (or for many other purposes) and make it very simple to download with just a few clicks.  

Although this tool appears to be primarily aimed at those who are starting a new business, I think it has a wider audience as it is a real timesaver regardless of what you plan to do with the result.

<Read on for details!>

Trending today... Cannabis business resources

Published July 26, 2018 by Mark Bodnar

There's an old saying that "twice is a coincidence, but three times is a trend."  In the last half hour I've spotted three new cannabis/marijuana business related resources in our collection, tipping us over into trend territory.

Image of a cannabis leaf with dollar signs interspersed between the leavesSuch a trend toward information on the business aspect of marijuana isn't really a surprise: with legalization just around the corner, businesses have been scrambling for months (if not years) to line up a good starting position.  The people who produce the reports, data, and ebooks needed to support new businesses have also been scrambling to fill this new niche.

If you are among those who are looking into this new market (academically or entrepreneurially), check out these new resources available through the SFU Library: 

<Click here for the resources!>

NAFTA renegotiations: Stress relief through research

Published September 29, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

I'm sure you've been following the news about the NAFTA discussions, right? 

As with most negotiations, these early stages are full of drama and posturing, so it can be hard to avoid getting emotional about the whole thing.  This may be a librarian thing, but when I'm stressed, I seek out more information. Here's a quick run through a few resources that might help:  <Read on for more!>

Beyond barcharts: Topline and outlook reports in Statista

Published September 13, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

Most of my posts about our Statista database have focused on the thousands of barcharts on topics ranging from airlines to zoos -- over 1.5 million such charts, in fact -- but I've given far less space to the other formats in which you can find Statista's information.

No more!  Today I'm going to highlight a couple of the more interesting ways that Statista packages their wealth of information: Outlook Reports and Toplists.     <Read on for details!>

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