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7 Mistakes Bosses Make Much Too Frequently

By on September 30, 2014 in Business Smarts
7 Mistakes Bosses Make Much Too Frequently

No matter how good your intentions and no matter how much breadth of experience you possess as an entrepreneur, company owner, executive, or manager, if you’re the boss, then you’re going to make mistakes. It’s a normal part of life—both on and off the job. There are two basic kinds of mistakes. However, there are […]

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Four Rapid-Growth Mistakes to Avoid

By on September 26, 2014 in Growing a Business
Four Rapid-Growth Mistakes to Avoid

It’s very hard to get the business model right at startup. Even if you have tested and validated every one of your assumptions about the model, there are no guarantees that things won’t change once you have an operating business. Moreover, just when you think you have the business model right, your company hits a […]

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ADP Canada Small Business Grant — Coming Soon!

By on September 22, 2014 in Growing a Business
ADP Canada Small Business Grant — Coming Soon!

If you happen to own or run a small business in Canada, then you’ll want to be sure to enter the ADP Canada Small Business Grant contest. Six lucky winners will receive a cash prize of $10,000 each. Here are five of the winners from the previous contest: November - Tania’s Place December - Yearn to Learn […]

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The Trouble with Problems

By on September 19, 2014 in Starting a Business
The Trouble with Problems

I’ve been writing about problems for a long time. That doesn’t mean that I’m a pessimistic person at heart – quite the opposite is true. Entrepreneurs are inherently optimistic. The reason I write about problems is that great problems are the seeds that grow into really successful businesses. But my students and the entrepreneurs I […]

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Win a #SmallBiz Mentorship from Pitney Bowes

By on September 16, 2014 in Business Smarts
Win a #SmallBiz Mentorship from Pitney Bowes

Mailing equipment manufacturer Pitney Bowes recently announced its SmallBiz Mentorship contest. According to the Pitney Bowes announcement, “Two winners will win the support and counsel of their own personal business mentor. If you win, you will receive customized, one-on-one mentorship from one of two leading small business experts, Brian Moran and Marsha Collier, who have […]

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Exceeding Your Goal on Kickstarter Can be a Disaster

By on September 11, 2014 in Business Smarts
Exceeding Your Goal on Kickstarter Can be a Disaster

I’ve written about Kickstarter before. It’s a great platform if you have the right kind of product and you need to get a sense if there’s a market for that product. It’s also a source of seed capital that won’t take an equity stake in your company. But you also need to make sure you’ve […]

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