From Farm to Table to Sustainability

By Gregory Furgala The local food movement sparked a boom of pastoral-chic restaurants that introduced city dwellers to meat raised and produce grown at nearby farms. In what seemed like an overnight phenomenon, Canadian diners clamoured for whey-fed pork chops, grass-fed steak and foraged spring onions from towns they recognized, not just pork, beef and […]

How Econolease is funding the growth of the Canadian food services industry

Press Release Smarter Loans is pleased to announce a new partnership with Econolease Financial Services. Together the two industry-leading brands will help bring more visibility and cutting edge financing options to Canadian business owners in the restaurant and food services industry. The Toronto-based online lender has been providing lease, loan and rental options to the Canadian food […]

Money Matters: Five reasons why successful restaurant owners borrow cash

By Liz Teodorini Restaurant owners, even the most successful ones, almost all reach a point in their career when they’re short on money. Expenses may arise from expansion plans, new equipment purchases, or staff hires, and many owners will opt to borrow money to cover these eventualities. Though it might feel like a big decision […]

Equifax Canada and Thinking Capital launch BillMarket credit service

Press Release Equifax and Thinking Capital today announced the launch of BillMarket, an innovative solution that brings together a small business credit grade and financing application designed specifically for Canadian small businesses. BillMarket brings clarity to the industry by making it easy for small businesses to both understand their credit profile and use it to […]

Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits announces acquisition of Backyard Vineyards

Press Release Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc. is pleased to announce that it has today acquired Backyard Vineyards Inc. of Langley, British Columbia. This highly strategic transaction transforms Diamond Estates into a national producer of VQA wines and positions the company to build a major new winery in the internationally-recognized Okanagan Valley wine-producing region. The […]

TouchBistro raises $72 million, led by OMERS Ventures and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Press Release TouchBistro today announced that it has raised $72 million in Series D financing. The round was led by OMERS Ventures and JPMorgan Chase, with participation from existing investors, including Napier Park Financial Partners, Recruit Holdings Co, Ltd, BDC IT Venture Fund, and Relay Ventures. The new funds will be used to support development […]

Silver Chef announces $500 million to back Canadian hospitality businesses

Press release Silver Chef, Canada’s leading dedicated hospitality funding partner, recently announced $500 million dollars to provide to Canadian hospitality businesses, to help them grow and achieve their potential over the next five years. The $500 million investment is open to all Canadian hospitality businesses, including restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, clubs and franchises. This financing […]