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I will

I was once told … ‘You will barely graduate high school.’
So I graduated with honours.

I was once told … ‘You aren’t the university type.’
I got accepted to the top engineering school in Canada with scholarship, though didn’t go.

I was once told…’ I can’t believe you made it to your final year with such poor writing skills’
My fourth year in-depth research paper was the top in the class.

I was once told …’You will never live abroad’
I went to Australia, for one year.

I was once told … ‘You will fail’
I did.   And it was awesome.

Recently, I was told …. ‘Your business idea is good, but YOU can’t possibly do it’
I will.

October 4, 2010 at 2:27 am 3 comments

I LOVE shout outs!

I am a high believer in merit.  We should all get rewarded for all the wonderful things we do.  This past year I have most certainly felt that warm, compassionate feeling of a job well done through the many events (GenYTO) and others (TwestivalTO, HoHoTO…) with all the money we raised for charity.  The best part of all this are the friends I made and the support (And mulla) we raised for local charities.

And boy-oh-boy did we get some pretty friggen cool shut-outs!  So cool that tweeps in Ottawa started #GenYOTT, a sister group of #GenYTO.  And, the lovely Casie Stewart mentioned moi in TechVibes as “a really smart girl with a great attitude, not to mention beautiful.” – Casie Stewart.  Umm…Cool!!!

I don’t usually pat myself on the back, or think overly highly of my accomplishments, but I can confidently say that 2009 was a fan-diddly-astic year.  THANKS FOR THE SHOUT OUTS PEEPS!

January 6, 2010 at 4:31 pm 1 comment

Small Business Report Card


A business report card is a document compiled by the business managers or experts to assess the company performance of strategic activities. Completing a report will allow a business to measure their progress over time and continuously improve their results and their business. The managers will also learn how to compare their company to high-growth companies, what to start and stop doing, what activities the business needs to continue doing, and any specific actions required to attain the strategic goals.

Balanced measures of firm performance are based on:
1. Financial perspectives – How the company looks to investors
• Cash flow
• Sales growth
• Market share
• ROE
2. Customer perspective – How the company looks to customers
• Time
• Quality
• Cost
• Performance
3. Internal and Operational perspective
• Business processes
• Market leadership competencies
4. Innovation and learning perspective
• Ability to innovate
• Launch new products
• Value for customers
• Penetration of new and emerging markets

Completing a report card is not necessary, but will help you understand your company’s growth potential. You can hire professionals to get this service done, FreshBooks, or you can do it yourself. Depending on your budget and time constraints, it still pays to outsource this function. Remember, the report card is completed to help assist managers and advisor’s in the decision process and is not necessarily a pure indication of the company’s position in the market place.

June 10, 2008 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

Small business training

Here is a fantastic website for you entrepreneurs looking for practical how-to advice to start or grow your business www.bizlaunch.ca

June 9, 2008 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment


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