Make sure your business has the systems in place to handle growth

Putting in the effort to document, implement and analyze processes results in fewer headaches, less stress and better results

Make sure your business has the systems in place to handle growthYou started your business with an incredible idea, some initiative, creativity and likely cash. Probably the first thing you did was put together a plan. That’s great. But did your plan envision growth, and the need for systems: the procedures, principles and processes that both describe and dictate how your business actually gets things done?…

SkipTheDishes co-founder starts venture firm in Calgary

Harvest, a not-for-profit, aims to provide founders with disruptive ideas with world-class talent, funding and support

SkipTheDishes co-founder starts venture firm in CalgaryOne of the co-founders of the SkipTheDishes home food delivery service has launched a initiative called Harvest to help boost budding entrepreneurs.  Harvest, a not-for-profit, aims to provide founders with disruptive ideas with world-class talent, funding and support to turn their ideas into globally competitive companies. The company will leverage infrastructure that built SkipTheDishes as…

Five principles for a better sales force

How to create a training program that builds relationships and increases sales

Five principles for a better sales forceThere is a lot of on-the-job training required when it comes to creating an effective sales team. A massive amount of information, after all, is needed to learn the job if it is to be done well. But in addition to book knowledge, sales skills require a lot of practice if your team hopes to…

Hunkering down or hiring: the entrepreneur’s dilemma

Every growing business must, at some point, bring on help, but you need to know when the time is right

Hunkering down or hiring: the entrepreneur’s dilemmaWhen you start building your business, long hours are expected. But no one can – or should – keep up that pace forever. It’s a drain on your personal, mental and physical health, and it will kill your business growth, too. “When I first started out, I did do everything,” says Sarah Picciotto, founder of OnPoint…

Businesses must develop emerging leaders

We don’t recognize that times and technology have changed, we’ve been holding the organization back or we’re just exhausted by our years of leadership

Businesses must develop emerging leadersIt wasn’t the several times I almost died on the job. It wasn’t when I fell off roofs or rolled heavy equipment. But I can remember the day and time I knew I had to get out of construction. It was -35C and I was demolishing a gas station for my employer. As I went…

New Year’s resolutions that will boost your business

In the gig economy, more and more of us will be out on our own. That means we need to hone new skills to help our enterprises succeed

New Year’s resolutions that will boost your businessAs 2019 morphs into 2020, more than numbers on the calendar are changing. Technology, communications, media, weather – even the way we work and earn our livings – aren’t what they used to be. It used to be jobs, jobs, jobs. That’s what we wanted for ourselves, our partners, our kids; it's what politicians promised…

BDC gives entrepreneurs both financing and advice

The Business Development Bank has extended its presence in Alberta and added business centres in Calgary and Edmonton

BDC gives entrepreneurs both financing and adviceMichael Denham is President and CEO of BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) A lot of people don't really know what BDC is, can you explain what you do and your focus? Denham: BDC is Canada’s bank for entrepreneurs. For 75 years and counting, our sole purpose has been to support entrepreneurs in all industries…

Small business confidence in Alberta declines in November

Business confidence is the second lowest in the country and well behind the national average of 56.1 per cent

Small business confidence in Alberta declines in NovemberAlberta’s entrepreneurs have the fall blues. The monthly Business Barometer by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business showed small business confidence tumbled in November. The index fell 8.9 points from the previous month to 44.7. It's the second lowest in the country and well behind the national average of 56.1 per cent. The CFIB says an…

Helping women to succeed in business

As National Lead, Women Entrepreneurs for BDC, Laura Didyk works with, and learns from, smart, successful women business owners

Helping women to succeed in businessLaura Didyk, is Vice President and National Lead, Women Entrepreneurs, Business Development Bank of Canada What is your role with the BDC and what do you do? Didyk: The BDC is only bank dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. After I worked there for 25 years, it created my dream job, working with women entrepreneurs. As National…

How to turn surviving into thriving

If we’re focused on thriving and growing during periods of difficulty and change, our brains look for these opportunities

How to turn surviving into thrivingWhile the overall economic numbers seem to indicate that the Canadian economy is firing on all cylinders, there are still areas geographically and by industry where businesses are struggling. Having lived through a number of difficult times in my 30-plus years owning and running businesses, I’ve learned there are a number of ways to improve…
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