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The Secret Formula to Business Success

The purpose of any good article, besides imparting valuable information, is to provoke thought and self assessment. The most thought provoking issue to me is why some people are more successful in business than others. Find out why!

Part 2 - Building Smart Business Credit

In part 1 of this article we talked about the 4 components that good credit is measured against – Character, Collateral, Condition and Capacity. Once you understand the four C's you can apply them to help build your credit profile to maintain and grow your business. Find out how.

Don't Believe Everything You Hear or Read!

I had the opportunity to attend a Seminar presented by Investors Group last week that was very interesting and informative. The speaker, Bill Chornous is a CSA and Vice President of Investment Strategies for I.G. Investment Management Ltd. While this is not directly related to enhancing your business profitability, I think the information and concepts relate well to business in general, so I wanted to share the highlights. Read More

Building Smart Business Credit – Part 1

The most important part of your business operation, but often overlooked, is your company's credit profile. It is the life blood of your operations that dictates your buying power, cash flow and the ability to grow your business. What does it take to build and maintain a good credit profile? Find out.

What is Customer Relationship Management?

Making a profit in business is tough in this competitive business environment, so it is critical that you continually find new customers and even more important, retain the ones you have. Typically it is less costly to retain your existing customers than to find new ones so how do we achieve this goal? Read More.

Why Do You Need a Business Plan? – Part 2

In the last article we talked about what is required in an external business plan. This basically outlines your business strategy which includes current position, competitive advantage, growth plan, marketing strategy and human resources. The second part is your operational plan that for the most part, outlines in detail your financial forecast, which I will call your internal business plan. In my opinion this is the most important part of your financial management strategy each year. Find out why.

Never Look Back For Success

A very wise colleague once told me that you should always look to the future for success – never look to the past. While looking back provides the building blocks of your experience, you can't change it, so there is no sense in dwelling on it. No truer words can be spoken when it comes to business. Find out why.

Why Do You Need a Business Plan?

A business plan is a valuable tool for every business owner, whether you are starting up, have been in business for years, or are ready to grow.

There are two basic reasons to prepare a business plan. One I will call external and the other internal. An internal business plan is an absolute necessity to operate your business effectively. I will address this in part 2 of this article in the next newsletter. An external business plan is like a sales document and is an incredibly useful tool when working with outside resources. Find out why.

Do You Have The Right Stuff?

So, do you have what it takes to be successful in business? Do you have the Right Stuff? This can be a difficult question to answer, especially when what it takes to be successful can vary from situation-to-situation, and even from person-to-person. But there are, undeniably, some character traits that are commonly found in successful entrepreneurs. Read more.

Do You Believe in Facts or Fairytales?

Small business and entrepreneurism has always been the backbone of the North American economy. But over the last couple of years a curious phenomenon has been quietly unfolding, the evolution of a new breed of entrepreneurs, a highly qualified and talented group of what I’ll call superpreneurs. And that’s very good news for you and your business. Find out why.

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