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The Value of Mentorship

Working at building a start-up or small business is hard emotionally and mentally. The long hours and the uncertainty can combine to cause intense stress. Remember to take time for your health. Having a mentor to help guide you through the process of starting a...

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The Importance of Networking

Networking is one of the most valuable tools in any businessperson’s toolbox and it never stops. Your network of family, friends, and business associates can help point you to different resources and offer your own experiences. Knowing the right people is not always...

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Location, Location, Location

Choosing a location for your business is not easy. Some people can operate from their homes and that is enough for their business, some people need a brick-and-mortar location for their customers to visit or space for a shop to make their products. Whatever your...

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Seeking Financing

Many small businesses and start-ups struggle in the financing stage if they do not know where to go to secure it or who to ask. Cash flow issues are cited as the top reason for up to 90% of start-up failures. The Governments of Canada and Ontario both options for...

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Hope for The Best, Plan for The Worst

Liability is not something most people want to think about when they are starting a new business, but it is important that while you hope for the best, you also need to plan for the worst. Insurance can protect your business from unforeseen problems like if an...

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Payroll & Bookkeeping

Paying yourself might seem easy if you run your own business, but it is not always that simple. It is important to follow the laws and practice good bookkeeping. If you do not know how to do that yourself, there are always professionals who can help you get the job...

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Make A Business Plan

Once the intellectual property has been secured and a business entity has been created, next comes the stage where one looks at developing a strong business plan. The shape of the company overall and how it will be managed going forth is an important decision. Whether...

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Do You Have A Permit for That?

Each town in the SD & G area has its own set of laws regarding permits, licenses, and registrations needed to properly operate as a business. Your local City Hall can tell you just what you need and some like the City of Cornwall offer that information online....

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Sourcing Raw Materials

Whether one is manufacturing a tangible product or selling an intangible good, both need to be able to be provided to their customers in a timely fashion. The logistics of both may differ greatly, however in the end the basic premise is that the product can be...

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Make a Prototype and Test It

Depending on whether you offer a product or service, you might need to develop a prototype, which is a working representation of what your final product will look like. A soft launch is the first look for your potential customers so that you can gauge reactions and...

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