Thoughts on starting & operating a small business

  • May Update

    May was a great month! I took two fun trips with Andrew for his work, we took our daughter Rebecca to New York to see Dear Evan Hansen (very good!) and I went for a quick but really fun trip to Calgary for a surprise …

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  • Protein Pixies

    The protein fortified cupcake project continues **but** at some point in the  last month, I decided that instead of just thinking of the product as a wholesale offering, why not try to sell them in-store and see how they do. There’s two ways we can …

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  • Sales

    Imagine my surprise when I started practicing law and it dawned on me that sales was involved. If I wanted to become a partner in the  firm, I needed to find a way to build my practice. I gave a “lot” of community education seminars about …

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  • Protein Cupcakes Update

    It’s been ages since I’ve mentioned our “protein fortified cupcake project”. It has been an ongoing project since November 2016 that’s included: A collaboration with George Brown College’s Food Innovation & Research Studio (FIRSt) to develop a protein fortified cupcake Continued testing and development over …

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  • Boring, Not Boring

    Way back in January I resolved to post blogs more frequently, to worry less about having something important to say and to just write about whatever is going on at PGB. That hasn’t gone so well. My writing has been spotty at best but I’m …

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  • Antler

    There’s a handful of restaurants that Andrew and I like to go to when we feel like a delicious dinner, nice service and a relaxed atmosphere. Antler is a small restaurant that is on this list. Last week when we went to Antler, I took …

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  • Act 1

    In my January 30th post I wrote about my book structure being in 3 acts. After that, I decided to write 1000 words every day. I have not written 1000 words a day. How do people do that?  I intend to do it, I plan …

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  • Stuck

    It’s 830 am on Valentine’s Day and even though my office is in the back of one of the stores, it is hard to concentrate on anything other than the buzz that is Valentine’s in a cupcake business. But the truth is that I actually …

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  • Reactions

    I often forget that we get to choose how we react to things. Last Valentine’s Day when I was going to the  bakery I got stuck in our car elevator (I know, it is weird to have a car elevator) and freaked out on the …

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  • A book in 3 acts

    In my last post I talked about writing a book on the experience of starting a business. One thing I’ve learned by taking the writing course and also by working with Marion Roach Smith is that you can’t just write about all the good stuff. …

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