Christmas Planning – The Unexpected Costs

One day of the year, or in some cases a series of days if you have a large family or circle of friends this, transpires in a few hours of celebration.  But, oh the work to get there and we certainly can’t forget the anxiety, fear, happiness, sadness and the financial hit to the pocketbook.

Are you a last minute planner?

Hockey Helps the Homeless K-W – Year 5

A day of hockey and fun for a good cause. Craig Herner and Ultimate Vision Web & IT Solutions have been supporters of this annual fundraiser tournament since 2014. Hockey Helps the Homeless is a national charity that holds annual tournaments in 11 cities across the country. The Kitchener-Waterloo event is in its fifth year, raising over $550,000 in the first four.

Doing Through Delegation

Many small business owners become jacks-of-all-trades and do a little bit of everything when it comes to managing their businesses. This versatility can be a tremendous asset when first starting a business. As time goes on, however, the small business owner who continues to do everything him or herself will hit what I call the success stopping point.

Making Small Business Milestones

In a recent podcast, we covered the concept of building a business foundation for your small business. Why is it that important? Here’s a statistic. Roughly 50% of businesses in Canada fail within their first 5 years, often before they’ve had a chance to hit key business milestones. That’s an alarming statistic for any business owner, even if they’ve passed the 5-year threshold. What causes those businesses to fail?

Refreshing Treats!

Canadians love summer ☀️

The Small Business Community Network (SBCN)

The Small Business Community Network (SBCN) 2003-2018
The Small Business Community Network (SBCN) has definitely made a social impact locally and globally.
When just two of us, Dave Ockwell-Jenner and myself decided to start a business networking organization almost 15 years

Always learning, always evolving, always looking to do things better.

Last Thursday (July 5th) at our weekly SBCN Coffee Connect I had a great conversation about social media video marketing with our latest SBCN member, Angela Kafadar of Video Power Up.

What is your brand ?

This is a simple question, but the answer is anything but simple !

We all know many big corporate brands because they have the money to hire people to advertise and market their products or services in a multitude of ways (e.g. TV, radio, newspaper, magazine, billboards, fundraisers, special events, social media, etc.).

Practice Being More Profitable

As a small business owner, no matter how much revenue you generate, it’s the size of your profit margin that makes the biggest difference between growing a thriving business and struggling to improve mediocre results. That’s why great entrepreneurs should put profit at the top of their priority list as they plan for the coming year. Here are two simple ways to reliably improve your profit margin and the health of your business.

Create systems to reduce costs