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Are you using social media? Tell CBC about it
Sept. 30, 2011 - Do you own or work for a small business that relies on social media to promote its business? CBCNews.ca is seeking contributors for a series of blog posts for Small Business Week, which runs October 16 to 22. CBCNews.ca reports. | READ MORE

Vancouver’s greener flowers are bloomin’ marvellous
Sept. 30, 2011 - Purple calla lilies, green hydrangeas, lime lizard chrysanthemums, and golden sunflowers fill the space at Full Bloom Flowers on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive. The small studio might look like any other neighbourhood floral shop, but in fact, it’s greener than most. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE


Helium shortage puts a pinch on party balloons
Sept. 29, 2011 - A U.S. shortage of helium is putting a pinch on party balloon retailers and distributors, in part because of a tightening global market and production problems. Nationally, retailers are still getting helium, but at higher prices and not in the quantities they normally see. USAToday.com reports. | READ MORE


New company aims to be the 'Netflix' of Flowers
Sept. 27, 2011 - Last year, two software geeks who’d never been anywhere near the flower business started H.Bloom, an online, subscription-based floral delivery service that operates in New York, Chicago and Washington. The New York Times reports. | READ MORE


Watch speakers from the 2011 CFBF West
VideoSept. 23, 2011 – The western edition of the Canadian Florist Business Forum took place in Edmonton on Aug. 17 and featured four industry experts who shared their tips and advice with attendees. Here's a look at the presentations from each speaker.

The world's first blue rose comes to North America
Sept. 23, 2011 - The once unattainable blue rose will go on sale in the U.S. and Canada this November. These flowers have been sold in Japan since 2009 and took 20 years to develop through genetic engineering. Wired.com reports. | READ MORE


Facebook offers newbies step-by-step instructions
Sept. 22, 2011 - Facebook has put together a step-by-step guide, called Facebook for Business, to help users create and get the most out of what it calls its business pages. | READ MORE


A floral design show to delight the senses
Sept. 21, 2011 - The Canadian Academy of Floral Art will be going patriotic with a spectacular floral design show celebrating our country on Oct. 19 at Expo 2011 in Toronto.

Light at the end of the tunnel for floral industry
Sept. 20, 2011 - Resilience in the face of ongoing economic pressures and weather woes were among the topics bantered about during a lively discussion among floral industry leaders last Tuesday in Palm Springs, Calif.

Get the most out of your store window
Sept. 19, 2011 - Exciting window displays attract more customers, and more customers coming through the door mean better business. Learn new display ideas from an industry expert at Expo 2011 in Toronto this October.

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