Five Fundamental Business Planning Questions

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

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Business planning doesn’t have to be complicated. At its heart, business planning means taking time to deliberately think through our business and make choices that move us closer to success. These five fundamental questions get the planning process started. In the coming 12 months (or a lesser period of time): 1. How much revenue/sales/turnover do we want?Let’s start by thinking about customers, […]


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Entrepreneurs’ Outlook 2015: Get a sneak peek

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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On December 1 we asked entrepreneurs around the world to tell us what they thought about 2015. Over 1,000 people in 88 countries completed our survey. Get a sneak preview of the results here, and then stay tuned for our full report at the end of January.  


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Join entrepreneurs all over the world…

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in News & Updates | 0 comments

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…and take 3 minutes to complete the Entrepreneurs’ Outlook survey. You’ll get a free copy of the results in January. And you may win US$1,000! Entrepreneurs have a unique outlook on the world that isn’t often heard. Here’s your chance to join thousands of entrepreneurs in dozens of countries to create a unique perspective on […]


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What Banks REALLY Want From Entrepreneurs

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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A few weeks ago I told you that, yes, it really is tougher to get a small business loan these days. Since then I’ve met with a number of lenders in Canada, the UK and the U.S. all of whom would like to increase their small business loan portfolio. But they need your help to […]


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Improve Profits ▸ Ignore Your Bottom Line.

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

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Every business owner wants to grow profits. And because profitability is, by definition, measured by net income (the bottom line of the income statement) it’s only natural to focus on things that affect it directly. But too often this focus limits our thinking and leads to short-sighted solutions. Problems with Bottom Line Thinking Concentrating on […]


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Online Lenders: New Hope for Cash-Strapped Entrepreneurs

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted an articlethat described how much tougher it is for entrepreneurs to get a loan. The evidence is clear: a Harvard Business School (HBS) working paper (PDF) said that small business loans as a share of total bank loans has dropped from about 50 percent in 1995 to 30 […]


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Hug an Entrepreneur This Week

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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It’s Small Business Week in Canada!!* I was looking for some inspiration at my local bookstore this weekend and found these two books side-by-side. They define entrepreneurship beautifully, don’t you think? They contrast the idealism of entrepreneurs (Anything is possible) with the hard reality (A goal without a plan is just a wish). They remind […]


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Drive Your Business Like You Drive Your Car

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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Driving is second nature to us, isn’t it? We check our instruments constantly and make adjustments without even thinking. We should drive our businesses the same way. Drivers use five main indicators to get where they’re going. Entrepreneurs need to use the same five indicators to be successful: 1. Fuel Gauge We check our fuel […]


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Improve Your Ability to Get a Small Business Loan

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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Are small business loans tougher to get? Is it just your imagination or are small business loans more difficult to get than ever? And if that’s true, how can you improve your chances of getting a loan? A recent Harvard Business School working paper (2.9Mb PDF) discusses the current state of small business lending. Although […]


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4 Steps to a Magical Product

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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The greatest compliment Steve Jobs could give a product was “magical.” But what does magical mean? And can the rest of us make magical products? In a customer’s eyes magical products are simple and beautiful. Let’s look at these a little closer. First, simple: make your product achieve exactly what the customer wants to achieve […]


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