Tara Bosch’s 6 tips for Young Entrepreneurs

She may be only 23 years of age, but SmartSweets Founder and CEO Tara Bosch is on the fast track to success. The Surrey BC native set up her company just two years ago, with the aim to kick sugar, keep candy and create a food movement based on […]

10 Questions With U. Gary Charlwood

As a leading business figure in British Columbia, U. Gary Charlwood has seen it all. U. Gary first arrived on Canadian shores, from Germany, in 1966 as a young man with dreams of making it in the airline business. In the early 1970s, he decided to pursue a career […]

Is Your Business Equipped to Handle Disaster?

As we approach the end of a summer that’s seen much of British Columbia affected by wildfires, small business owners have been forced to confront whether they’re prepared to survive an emergency. It’s only natural to shy away from confronting the worst-case scenario, but as a small business owner you’ve […]

Avoiding the Pitfalls of a Family Business

Approximately 80% of all businesses in Canada are family owned. Ranging in size from behemoths like Bombardier and McCain Foods Limited, to small mom and pop corner stores, these companies form the backbone of the Canadian economy and face the same challenges as any other. However, more personal relationships exist within a family business and create many different considerations, especially when things go awry.

11 Habits of Confident People

One of the key attributes of successful leaders is confidence. After all, if you do not have confidence in yourself and your business, how can you expect your clients, your suppliers and your competition to? Your mind is a powerful tool. The impact of your thoughts and words cannot be […]

9 Secrets to Great Decision Making

While it’s good to be in tune with your gut instinct, you cannot rely entirely on your gut alone. You need to develop a sound process for making those tough decisions. So, what are the secrets to great decision making?

25 Inspiring Quotes From Women Business Leaders

You can’t look on social media without a Steve Jobs or Warren Buffet quote flashing across your screen. But in celebration of International Women’s Day, we thought we’d find a little inspiration from the strong female business leaders of the world. On Starting Out “Whatever it is that you think […]

Why Join a Non Profit Board and What to Know Before You Apply

Joining a nonprofit board can be a great opportunity to both boost your personal development and give back to your community. But wait, you have to be wealthy to be a board member don’t you?

Can’t Afford Pay Rises? Consider Training as a Reward

Trying to compete with annual pay increases just isn’t viable when you’re growing your operations. But fear not. A 2015 Glassdoor survey found that four in five (79 per cent) employees would prefer new or additional benefits to a pay increase. Specifically 19 per cent said that they would prefer on-the-job training and professional development.

The Personal Business of Being in Business: 4 Ways to Survive Your First Year

As any new business owner knows, the first year in business is exciting, challenging, rewarding, and very scary. I would find myself questioning whether I had made the right decision, my mind whispering fears of failing into my ears. People always ask “how is your business doing”, but your answer […]