Small Business Finance

Ten Tips to recession proof your business.

If my spidey senses are correct, we are heading into another recession, just was we started to feel we were out of one.  There are two reasons for this. First, oil prices are rising, and that chokes off economic activity.  If you believe Jeff Rubin, and his excellent book, “Why Your World is About to Get …

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Thirty Questions Every Business Owner Should Ask Themselves Every Week! #in #fb

[Reprinted by permission from: Ken Mair, Founder, 180 Degrees Consultants Inc.] When I ran my first real business, in the mid 1970’s, every Monday morning my controller would bring me the weekly update reports. (Aged Accounts Receivable, Aged Accounts Payable, Inventory and Bank Position) This, by the way, was produced without a computer! From these …

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Marketing your Business on a Shoestring Budget, or Bootstrapped Marketing. #in

Ken Mair has prepared this excellent piece on marketing small business using bootstrapped resources, something very near and dear to my heart as a small business and startup guy. Written in spring 2011, it is a very good roadmap for any small business.  Click the thumbnail below for take on failure and how it breeds success. #in #success …

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Entrepreneurial Proverbs from Marc Hedlund – great tips to guide both seasoned and rookie Entrepreneurs

This was originally published on radar.oreilly.com, an excellent technology company resource. Entrepreneurial Proverbs – Marc Hedlund I gave a talk at ETech on Monday called “Entrepreneuring for Geeks.” I’ve given this general talk a few times now — how can the more technically minded among us move into making companies of our own? I really …

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10 Tips for New Entrepreneurs – Sure ways to increase your chances of success. #in

Are you a new entrepreneur or thinking of taking the plunge? Here are 10 sure fire ways to increase the chances that your new venture is successful. 1.Make sure you are ready, and other key stakeholders in your life are too! Owning and running your own business is neither easy nor boring. It surely is …

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If you have ever thought of starting a company, you MUST watch this video. http://bit.ly/knn9rj #entrepreneur #startup #business #in #tech

Techcrunch’s Disrupt conference was lucky enough to have Paul Graham, Y-Combinator founder, conduct his famous “office hours” in front of the entire conference for several startup CEO’s. This is a must-watch video for anyone who is interested in starting a company today. From Techcrunch’s Jason Kincaid: Six companies were chosen at random from the TechCrunch Disrupt …

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We’re going toward another recession if gas prices don’t reverse the trend

The big news today is gas prices hitting record highs in Toronto and elsewhere.  US prices are approaching five dollars a gallon, which is an important psychological barrier.  In Canada we are seeing (gasp) $1.40 per litre (mini gallons for my american friends). Some time ago I recommended reading Jeff Rubin’s book “Why Your World is …

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MarsDD Bootstrapping Event – April 6 in Toronto!

Mars Discovery District – part of the Ontario Network of Excellence – is offering a seminar on how to bootstrap your startup. Bootstrapping is the act of building your business from your own funds and revenue from customers, instead of raising money from outsiders such as angels and venture capitalists.   This is the method that most start-up companies use …

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Excellent article for budding Startup CEO’s and their teams…

Antonio Garcia-Martinez is former merchant bankder who started AdGrok, a company that makes using online advertising easier for businesses.  He wrote this article about what to expect and how to plan for the worst as a startup company.  This all applies even more in the high tech space than anywhere, due to the short half lives that ideas …

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