15 03, 2017

Social Media: Is your small business there yet? 3 main steps to increase your social media presence

Are you wondering if you and your small business should be more present on social media? Do you feel overwhelmed with everything that it entails? We were at first, but once we focused on these three main steps, we now have a steady stream of social posts on a weekly basis. Here are 3 main [...]

8 03, 2017

Your Small Business needs an “Attract Plan” 3 crucial steps in growing through attraction

We had a great product, setup up a fast and efficient service and often received great feedback from clients. Why were more new clients not lining up at our small business door? We had focused our efforts on how to serve our clients but not enough on how to attract them in the first place. Random acts [...]

1 03, 2017

Storify your business: Why your business needs a story 3 main elements you should consider in your business story

When I started Solpak, I was green in the food service industry. The product line we distributed had a proven track record elsewhere in the world but that did not make a difference when we introduced it in our area. Our first few months were a disaster on the sales side. [...]

22 02, 2017

Paperless Office: Why, What and How you should start today

Our small business was in a growth rush: 6 new clients. Account opening forms, loaned equipment contracts and credit applications. Suddenly, a client calls in because he has a question on an invoice and a payment he did a month ago. Joanne stops everything and digs through a file cabinet to find the paperwork to [...]

1 02, 2017

Tough decisions: When there is more than meets the eye

Joanne (name changed to protect privacy) was employee #3 in my small business, Solpak.  I liked her a lot.  She was dedicated, open to coaching and very friendly with clients.  She joined the team when we had 60 active clients, but that number more than doubled over the next few years, which triggered a series of performance [...]

11 01, 2017

The paradox of wanting to start your own small business

I had just had my meeting with my career reorientation advisor, the last step in my termination package (M&A). I told him how and why I was launching my small business. We spoke for an hour about it. Being a former business owner himself, he shared the perils of moving in that direction, questioned me a bit more about [...]

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