Author: ICN

Selling Your Way to Launching Your Business

Launching a business often means working long hours to reach success. For many entrepreneurs, success has come after experiencing years of trial and error only then have they been able to figure out the secrets to success. In fact what they’ve done is learn on the job, persevere through highs and lows and acquired knowledge and have developed best practices as they moved forward. What are your prospects as a future entrepreneur? You may be looking for a good idea — if you have a business idea you may not know its value since it hasn’t been validated by paying customers — you may not have any start-up capital — you may lack knowledge on the art of entrepreneurship?   But, are these shortfalls truly a show stopper? The short answer is “it depends on your state of mind”. So what can you do to get started?  Firstly, you need to earn an income as fast as possible. If you have a job, you have an advantage keep it while getting things rolling.  If you don’t have a job, start by selling something, either way, you’ll need to get sales going early in your start-up. if you are uncertain as to what should be your business or if you don’t have the needed start-up capital, or you lack knowledge and don’t know what to sell … start by selling anything. And while you...

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Request for Proposals

Status of Women Canada is inviting: women’s organizations whose primary objective is to advance gender equality for women in Canada; and, Indigenous organizations who are legally constituted non-for-profit organizations and whose work has a significant focus on advancing gender equality for Indigenous women in Canada; to submit proposals for projects under the Capacity-building Fund call for proposals. Under this Call for Proposals, eligible organizations will receive funding to increase organizational and sector capacity, allowing women’s organizations to participate in activities such as skills development and community engagement. This funding will be exclusively awarded to projects that aim to increase organizational capacity and will help these organizations contribute to reducing gender inequality in Canada, and promoting a fairer and more productive society.  The deadline for applications under this call for proposals is 11:59 a.m. (Pacific Time), on December 11,...

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Why Should a Buyer Choose You?

Ever had the feeling of banality when asked by a potential buyer — why should we choose your company to deliver the goods or services we need? Do you get the feeling every time you open your mouth to try to tell someone that your company is special and they should hire you because you are the best in your field, it comes out so banal? You end up sounding like your competitors, no real differentiator, but you know deep inside of you, your company is better than these other guys. In the years you have been in business you likely have developed business processes that are unique to you. Perhaps you haven’t couch your processes on paper just yet, but you know from experience every time you implement these processes you reach new levels of efficiencies.  Perhaps these efficiencies translate in a faster delivery of a product or service; perhaps the efficiencies are the result of new design resulting in economies of scale. Whatever it is, these processes are your difference maker, lay them out on paper, do the math and cost them out, and identify the benefits that result. Let’s look at an example, let’s say you specialized in refurbishing jewelry stores; your refurbishing cost may be similar or little more expensive than your competitor, but your processes enable you to deliver a refurbishing job one week...

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The PATH

The PATH – Communication Strategies for the Reconciliation Era RECONCILIATION – a great plan or a dirty word? So many are confused, so many are offended. What IS reconciliation anyways?  Is it even possible? Sandi Boucher uses her personal, conversational, and comforting style to discuss this very hard subject.  Known for speaking “to hearts and not minds” Sandi walks us down The PATH to reconciliation or rather the TWO paths – one for non-Indigenous Canadians and one for the Indigenous themselves. Humorous at times, informative always, this book is meant to spark a conversation – first in your own mind, as you unpack what you were unwittingly handed and then, with that person you have wanted to build a bridge with. Is it time for reconciliation? Only you can answer that question, after you complete … The...

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