How to come up with that winning business idea

Many of the best ideas are the result of “happy accidents” rather than the result of a methodical and structured innovation process

How to come up with that winning business ideaFor many would-be entrepreneurs, the only thing standing between them and a booming business is an idea. What product or service? What market? What niche? And, what problem is the idea going to solve? It’s the million-dollar question, but only half the equation. What about aligning the idea with the skills, knowledge, passion and character…

Invisible assets missing link to creating successful tech industry

It is time for conventional banking institutions to enter the 21st century

Invisible assets missing link to creating successful tech industryI once chatted with a group of technology specialists and one of them asked an important question: “I know what intellectual property is, but what’s an intellectual asset?” It seemed to me that this is the most important concept in the modern world of tech, for (presently invisible) assets are the missing link in creating…

Why Canadians won’t, or can’t, invest in their own country

C’mon Canadians, break out of the grim consensus, do your homework and invest your TSFA in the Canadian economy. The banks won't

Why Canadians won’t, or can’t, invest in their own countryThe great Canadian experiment Justin Trudeau represents is struggling. It seems our very Canadian desire for consensus and safety are undermining the prosperity upon which all our other virtues depend. The desire for consensus – worthy in its own right – seems to be undermining the ancient principle of private property. For centuries, the norm…

Dedicated to serving fresh, original, quality food

Blair Stevens talks about vision behind The Chopped Leaf and why the quick-service restaurant brand is quickly gaining followers

Dedicated to serving fresh, original, quality foodBlair Stevens is founder and brand president for The Chopped Leaf. What is The Chopped Leaf and how is it different in the market?  Stevens: The Chopped Leaf is a national quick-service restaurant (QSR) brand that serves a premium product dedicated to quality, freshness, and originality! We do our mighty best to deliver a full-service…

Can your business withstand your unexpected death?

Establish a transition plan after talking to trusted advisers and considering options, and talk to family and key staff

Can your business withstand your unexpected death?Brian Tracy, the famous sales trainer, has a story he tells about the importance of great questions. Tracy was meeting with an insurance salesman who asked if he had enough life insurance. Since he didn’t want to deal with this man, Tracy assured him he did. As he was finishing the meeting, the salesman asked:…

Loud and proud about disrupting the sexual health industry

Joey Pomerleau talks about the unusual business model he adopted to allow Wednesday Co. to service communities that have been overlooked

Loud and proud about disrupting the sexual health industryJoey Pomerleau is founder and CEO of Wednesday Co. What is Wednesday Co. and what does it do? Pomerleau: At its core, Wednesday Co. is a subscription condom company. We deliver condoms every month to your doorstep. You set it and forget it, then it’s there when you need it. In the greater scheme, Wednesday…

Offering an alternative voice for best practices in retail

Bruce Winder of Retail Advisors Network talks about the dramatic evolution taking place in retail and where the marketplace will go next

Offering an alternative voice for best practices in retailBruce Winder is co-founder and partner of Retail Advisors Network. Tell me a little bit about your background and what you do now? Winder: I spent about 20 plus years in big retail at places like Canadian Tire, HBC, Sears and Air Miles before deciding I wanted to explore life outside a head office and…

Why Owen’s business was bound to fail

It’s generally a shortage of customers, not money, that leads to business failure

Why Owen’s business was bound to failOwen called me from Philadelphia, “Dave” he said, “my business isn’t working. What can I do? “ Owen really was telling the truth. His business wasn’t working. In fact, he had closed it down only months after opening, having spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, and a couple years of hard work setting it up.…

Bringing affordable, sustainable power to remote Canada

Thomas Elwell of KATE Energy talks about bringing his vision to life and the struggles every entrepreneur faces on the road to success

Bringing affordable, sustainable power to remote CanadaThomas Elwell is CEO of KATE Energy. What is KATE Energy and what does it do? Elwell: KATE Energy is a Calgary based producer of cleaner, more affordable and sustainable power and heat. We are a young company that was founded in early 2016 and is moving from the startup phase to commercial operations and…

Jana Sobey’s devotion to family, food and community

The Sobeys Inc. vice-president talks about the dynamic trends in her industry, from e-commerce to buying local

Jana Sobey’s devotion to family, food and communityJana Sobey is vice-president of merchandising, community format, Thrifty Foods and Field for Sobeys Inc. She recently received a 2019 Star Women in Grocery Award. How did you feel about winning the award and what did it mean to you? Sobey: It felt really good. I was actually quite surprised, to be quite honest. So being…
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