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Jun 1, 2007
Small Business, Big Lessons
Peter Severinson

The blue chips grab headlines, but it’s the small and medium-sized businesses that make B.C.’s economy buzz. Compared to the rest of the country (per capita), B.C. has the fastest-growing small business sector and the second-largest number of small businesses.

May 1, 2007
Small Business Challenges: Move Fast or Get Mowed
Tony Wanless

These days we mostly hear about how to scale up so as to create growth or join it or ride it. But for a small business whose market isn’t really growing that much, diversifying and polishing your identity as a service provider with an intimate knowledge of the local market...

Apr 1, 2007
Business Life: When the Thrill is Gone
Tony Wanless

Deciding when to cash in your chips and walk away from the great poker game that is business used to be called retirement, but in the modern world where people can have five or more careers in a lifetime, it’s...

Mar 1, 2007
How to Stay in Business When Disaster Strikes
Jessica Werb

Back it up After B.C.’s December windstorms, local disaster-recovery consultants were swamped with calls from hysterical workers who had lost critical info after power and server outages. The lesson here: back up your files. If you’re a small company, you can simply burn important documents onto a CD or DVD. (Just...

Mar 1, 2007
You Gotta Believe: Confidence Pulls Tech Start-up Through Lean Times
Tony Wanless

Every young company dreams of securing financing for its “great” concept, an injection of money that will allow it to roll out its product or service on a large scale and convert it to a bigger – and better – business.

Feb 1, 2007
Slimming Managment: Power to the People
Tony Wanless

One of the problems in business today is that large organizations are saddled with endless layers of management. This almost ensures that it can take forever for a decision to be made. When you’re a company selling a product to businesses, this can make it very difficult to reach the decision makers easily and quickly.

Jan 1, 2007
Art-Entrepreneurship: Best Seat in the House
Adriana Barton

Vancouver’s underground arts economy is booming. Tired of stuffy concert halls and exorbitant ticket prices, cultural entrepreneurs are hosting high-calibre performances in their living rooms, for a nice little fee.

Jan 1, 2007
Innovative Change: Surviving on the Bleeding Edge
Tony Wanless

It’s a fine balance between being innovative and finding yourself too far ahead of the market – the proverbial “bleeding edge” instead of the sweet spot just ahead of the masses that offers the best chance of success. Perching on...

Dec 1, 2006
Norco Bikes: No Sweat
Ian MacNeill

As perverse as it is to admit, I’m less interested in company president Jim Harman’s corner office than the mobile desk occupied by product tester Ryan Leech. Since I love bicycles, I jump at the chance to chase my dream...

Dec 1, 2006
How to be Politically Correct
Jessica Werb

Ah, winter. The most wonderful time of year, when eggnog and pastries fill the lunch room, popcorn garlands hang on office cubicles and HR departments start ventilating over who’s going to be offended next. Given B.C.’s steadfast allegiance to political...

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