Five reasons businesses fail

And how to overcome these obstacles on the way to building a successful venture

Five reasons businesses failBusinesses come and go – we see them opening up, struggling for a few years and closing their doors. We might even hear that they offered something we were searching for – after they’ve closed. But why do they fail? According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in the U.S., over the lifetime…

How entrepreneurial are you?

A poll of entrepreneurs found that top CEOs are different because they take risks, are determined, are focused, and ask for and use the help of quality people

How entrepreneurial are you?Dr. Hossein Kazemian is not an entrepreneur but has an entrepreneurial drive. I met Hossein a few years back when he invited me to tour his chemistry lab at the University of Northern British Columbia. UNBC is ranked Canada’s No. 1 small university. Hossein informed me that his lab, which he had recently taken over, was…

Managing meetings so they aren’t a waste of time

Here are our tips for producing meetings that matter

Managing meetings so they aren’t a waste of timeMeetings are a waste of time, according to a certain sentiment found particularly in the tech startup sector. Respectfully, we call  that sentiment BS. Human beings function as a species because of our advanced capacity to interact – like during a meeting. Of course, for the busy small business person, it’s hard enough to squeeze in the time to…

Frame your coming year by putting a label on it

Something positive happens when we remind ourselves of our goals and put our mental focus on achieving those goals

Frame your coming year by putting a label on itAnge sat across from me, her faced stressed with the worries of the day and her business. “If you could name last year, what would you name it?” I asked. Without hesitation, Ange blurted out: “The year of the s--t show.” She told me about the political interference in her work, the trouble she had…

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…