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Jim Estill - Danby Appliance

CCSBE wisdom from Jim Estill

I was fortunate to catch a talk by Danby Appliance CEO Jim Estill (for the third time) at the recent Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference at the University of Guelph and his message struck me as something that would really resonate with both students and entrepreneurs. I have admired Jim for over 20 years …

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Leadership Principles

The Five Basic Leadership Principles

Leadership Principles that Stand the Test of Time We got to talking about leadership principles in my Entrepreneurship class today and I was reminded of an incredible management training program that Telesat put all of its management through back in about 1989 or so, when I was in my first real management job.  The key to the …

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Facebook's History Making IPO

Why I’m Glad I’m not in on the Facebook IPO

With this week’s Facebook IPO threatening to be the third largest in history behind only Visa Inc. and GM, I thought it a good time to talk about why I’m happy I’m not going to be buying in on Friday (yes, I’d LOVE to be selling). If you’re interested you can read the entire Registration Statement …

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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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10 things to consider before becoming an entrepreneur

The following top 10 list is adapted from Carol Roth’s book The Entrepreneur Equation Are you tired of working for someone else? Do you think starting your own business could set you free? Think again! The failure rate for new businesses is gloomy. In fact, the great majority of businesses (up to 90%) fail within …

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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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