Thoughts on starting & operating a small business

  • Intentions

    Five days after my last post, I signed a lease for a new store in Markham. The realtor said that the negotiation period was extremely quick. In my last post I’d complained how long it was taking. It’s not news that I am impatient but …

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  • Plodding on

    Minnie, my cat, climbs under our bedspread after I make the bed, creating an unusual hill in the middle of the otherwise smooth bed. If I pet this little lump, I hear a small grumpy meow – an acknowledgement I exist, a request to go …

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  • Doing what’s in front of us

    In May of 2015 I wrote here: Currently in the business we’re promoting our customizing capabilities (the edible printer’s toppers and cakes); launching the online sale of packaged frozen gluten free minis; starting to plan the cookbook launch early next year; and exploring the idea …

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  • Decision-making

    I got an email from a friend last week in which she weighed the  pros and cons of making a big change in her work life. She was very undecided and I could see why. I suggested that she try a big-decision-making technique that has …

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  • June & July Update

    Just read my May update. I’m not sure blogs are supposed to work this way, but reading it was a nice little pep talk from my May self to my July self. Where did that sweet May Jean go? Don’t get me wrong – still …

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  • 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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