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Wednesday, 15 May 2024 10:04

Risk Management for Small Business

When starting out a new business we immediately think of the obvious. We focus on issues such as where we source our product, the cost of acquisition, do we need to rent premises, if we need staff how will we cover payroll and so forth.

Well down on the list, if at all, some thought might be given as to how we can protect ourselves from unforeseen circumstances.

Considering all the things that could harm your ability to manage the business effectively, is referred to as Risk Management.

Wednesday, 15 May 2024 09:59

Growing your home business

When your business is in its infancy, you tend to it with great care. You nurture it. You carefully work out your business plan. For as long as you can, you do everything yourself and as long as everything is getting done, this is the most efficient use of your resources. You may be satisfied with the level of income you make as a one-person, home-based business and decide you don't want it to grow beyond that stage - there's nothing wrong with that. If you do hope to expand your income and grow your business, however, you must go beyond start-up and start thinking strategically about how to move your business toward growth and expansion.

As Community Futures Week 2024 comes to an end across eastern Ontario, we wish to thank all who contributed to the success of this celebration.

Community Futures Week commenced with a dynamic kickoff at FireRein, a cutting-edge cleantech company situated in rural Ontario. 

Wednesday, 03 January 2024 11:55

20 Days – 20 Habits – Super Sales

If you adopt one of these habits every day for the next twenty days, you too could be a top performer.

In the era of digital communication, creating captivating blog posts and social media content is essential for connecting with your audience. One powerful tool that can elevate your content creation game is ChatGPT, a language model developed by OpenAI. Here are some tips on how to effectively utilize ChatGPT and leverage its capabilities to produce compelling and engaging posts.

Thursday, 21 September 2023 11:53

Is Your Brand a Good Fit?

Does your brand really fit your company? Does it give the right message to existing and prospective customers? Branding is an integral part of who and what your company is. If you’re not clear what it is, you risk letting your customers define it for you, and there lie dangerous waters.

Thursday, 21 September 2023 11:44

Learning Cultures Begin with Smart Hires

By Ingrid Vaughan

Learning cultures within organizations are becoming a standard job expectation of job seekers weighing their options when saying considering an employment offer. Organizations with learning cultures not only attract good applicants, they retain employees and reap the benefit of higher engagement and quality effort from their teams. There is no question that companies need to up their game when it comes to learning and development strategies as newer generations of employees enter the workforce. For these generations it will be an expectation – not just a perk – that learning and development opportunities are available to support career development and progression.

Thursday, 21 September 2023 11:35

Low Cost Tips for Employee Recognition

Most business owners would say employee recognition is something they want to do, but it’s often overlooked because it is an important but not urgent priority. Production deadlines, customer demands, financial targets and other business activities scream louder and demand your attention, so you tend to focus on putting out the fires and keeping the business afloat.

Thursday, 21 September 2023 11:19

Managing Change in your Business

One thing’s for certain, change is part of running a small business. No sooner do you get comfortable doing one thing, when something changes and you need to adapt. In small business, that’s the way it is, and your capacity to manage change is vital to surviving. That doesn’t mean we like it or that it’s easy, but it’s a skill we need to hone in order to stay competitive and keep up with what’s happening in the world. Managing change involves getting people to believe in you and requires communication skills to help you build support for the decision to change. A good understanding of the psychological and emotional effects of change is also extremely helpful. Whether you’re managing the change in just yourself, or you have a group of people you’re leading through the change it’s important that you understand the 3 three stages of change.

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