Looking Out for Your Business Interests

We’re always pleased to identify valuable resources to help you, the intrepid entrepreneur grow and strengthen your business. So, we were ecstatic when Robert had a chance to interview Catherine Swift — the President, CEO and Chairwoman — from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Listen to BusinessCast episode #85 and you’ll learn about how the CFIB is truly in your corner. They are an active and effective advocate for all small business owners at the Provincial and Federal Governments.

During BusinessCast episode #85, we also reveal the details about our exciting Bold for Entrepreneurs Contest“ where you could win a Blackberry Bold.

Finally, thanks to your input, we have been named as a finalist in the Best Canadian Podcast award competition. Help us to be recognized as THE BEST PODCAST by voting for us.

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Critical Business Resource and Two Contests

Three quick items:

1) On Sunday November 30th, we’ll be uploading BusinessCast episode #85. Robert has interviewed a very special guest and learns about a critical and readily accessible business resource that is relevant for all entrepreneurs/independent business owners.

2) Also, during BusinessCast episode #85, we’ll be going over the details about our exciting Bold for Entrepreneurs Contest“. In a nutshell, tell us how you would use a Blackberry Bold to help your business and you could win one of these popular smartphones. We know that entrepreneurs are bold. Now’s your chance to have it turn into the latest technology!

3) We appreciate all of your feedback and now, we’re asking for a little more. If the BusinessCast podcast is a valuable resource for you and your business, vote for us as Best Canadian Podcast.

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The Perfect Business Partner – BlogPost #2

We know how important business partners can be to the short-term and long-term success of your business. That’s why BusinessCast show #84 – How to Find the Perfect Business Partner has been so very popular.

So, as promised, here are some links to useful resources to help you optimize the relationship with your business partner:

Remember: This month, we’re launching an exciting contest where you can win a Blackberry Bold. So, make sure that you listen to future episodes of the BusinessCast podcast and return to this blog for details.

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The Perfect Business Partner – BlogPost #1

Sooner or later you’re going to ask yourself a question that ALL entrepreneurs face: “Should I have a business partner?

Given your vision for the future, your plans for growth, your evolving skills and your finances, it’s only normal to want to fast-track your business by drawing on the experience and resources of a trusted business partner.

But, then you’re faced with all of these key questions:

  • What would be the right partner be for me and my business?
  • When is the best time to bring on a partner?
  • How do I go about recruiting for a partner?
  • How do I know if I’ve found the right partner?
  • How should I work with a partner?
  • What do I do if the partner doesn’t work out?

Robert and I know all too well the benefits and pitfalls of finding, choosing, working with and separating from business partners. So, we provide some practical advice in BusinessCast show #84 – How to Find the Perfect Business Partner. Listen to this episode, and you’re well on your way to finding the “ying” to your “yang”.

Over the next few blog posts, we’ll also provide some links to useful resources that will help you find and work with your next/current business partner(s).

Remember: This month, we’re launching an exciting contest where you can win a Blackberry Bold. So, make sure that you listen to future episodes of the BusinessCast podcast and return to this blog for details.

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How and When to Mobil-ize Your Business

A few weeks ago we interviewed Michael Younder, senior product marketer at Research in Motion – the home of the ever popular Blackberry. At that time, Michael shared with us valuable insights for entrepreneurs about mobile marketing.

Well, Michael is back. And, this time he’s sharing with us why the Blackberry is such a critical tool for entrepreneurs’ day-to-day success! Listen to Business Cast Podcast #83 Mobil-izing Your Business where we review some exceptional Blackberry business applications for entrepreneurs and Michael talks about the newest Blackberry devices including the Blackberry Bold, Blackberry Flip and the Blackberry Storm.

***Later this month, we’re launching a contest where YOU CAN WIN A BLACKBERRY BOLD! So come back and check out the BusinessCast blog and listen to the BusinessCast podcasts to get details.***

Finally, whether you’re a ‘telephone junkie’ or not, there are several developments that you need to know about this technology in order to build your business. So, here are some useful related resources that you can tap into easily:

Mobile Marketing (an Introduction) - A blog post with a focused selection of useful tools that will help you decide if/how mobile marketing is right for your business.

Research in Motion – Interview #1 - Our first podcast interview with Research in Motion’s senior product marketer, Michael Younder.

Cold Call Warm-Up - A podcast designed to help entrepreneur get the most out of their cold calls – who ever is at the other end of the phone.

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Taking the Risk Out of Your Business

As a successful entrepreneur, you are optimistic and energetic. You have to be in order to tackle all of the challenges facing you day-in and day-out. But, are you a realistic entrepreneur?

 

Well, one sure way to determine if you are a realistic entrepreneur is by asking yourself a simple question: “Have I identified the most likely risks that I’m going to face in the next few years and planned for them?

 

Well, in BusinessCast Podcast #82 – Risky Business, Robert and I sit down for a frank discussion (as always) — this time with John Klotz President of NorthWood Mortgage Life Insurance. The three of us share a few stories and provide some straight-forward advice to help entrepreneurs like you address common risks so that you can continue to operate and grow your business.

 

And, to help you better plan for business risks, here are some very popular resources ideal for all entrepreneurs – regardless of the size, age or industry of your company:

 

How to improve your cash flow

 

Answers to entrepreneur’s most common financial questions

 

Free entrepreneur resources

 

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How to Improve Your Cash Flow — Now

Every entrepreneur is in a constant tug of war — money comes in from clients/customers and money goes out to suppliers, staff, landlords, investors, etc.

Your ability to win this battle drastically dictates your ability to survive and thrive. So, this week, in the BusinessCast Podcast Show #81 – Show Me the Money Robert and I provide several tips that you can take now to improve your cash flow.

Whether you are an experienced money manager or new to keeping track of your pennies, you’ll find some practical steps that you can use. So, while cash may be indeed be ‘king’ — as the saying goes — you will be able to show it who’s boss!

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