Thoughts on starting and running a small business

  • Discovery meeting

    My first title for this post was “sales meeting” but even just writing that term scares me and since I am having such a meeting tomorrow, I will choose to call it a Discovery Meeting. My recent blogs have had a theme of (1) we …

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  • A Google search away…

    In my last blog I mentioned that I was speaking to a group of business students at the U of T. What an impressive bunch! Over 95% of them are in the International Foundation Program which means that in addition to their regular studies they …

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  • Protein Fortified Cupcakes

    We have at last landed on the perfect offering of Homestyle and Designer cakes. By “perfect” I mean, customers are buying them. One of our original fondant cakes was called “The Marie-Antoinette” Oh my gosh I loved that design…still do…sadly, no one ever bought this …

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  • Sales

    Awhile ago I mentioned that we are working with George Brown’s Food Innovation studio on a protein fortified cupcake for seniors. We’ve completed the recipe development aspect – the 2 flavours are amazing and each has 10 grams of protein- and now it is over …

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  • email vacations etc

    My last 3 posts were on how to get a real break when you are a small business owner; my thoughts on women only events; and limiting expectations of others so we don’t get all stressed out. I have updates. On getting a real vacation, I actually …

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  • Expectations

    I was recently thinking that the biggest source of most frustration is hanging on to specific expectations. You may be thinking, well, if a contractor says that he will finish a project by X date or a friend says she  will show up by 7 …

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  • in the minority on this one

    When I was 11, my sister and I wore pink t-shirts covered with small round logos of pigs circled with the phrase, Male Chauvinist Pigs (MCP). We had matching MCP stickers that we stuck on my brother’s bedroom door although as far as I can …

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  • vacation strategies

    There are some jobs where vacations are a straight-out myth. If you’re the CEO of a public company or the leader of a country, you can be out there golfing but let’s be honest, vacation? Nah. Chances are very good that at least once a …

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  • On being overwhelmed

    This weekend I came across an email that I’d printed out from my BFF Marilyn on June 20, 2011. I didn’t save the email I’d written to her first but clearly I was overwhelmed and asking for her advice on how to cope with everything …

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  • New Approach

    Usually when I have a task that feels big, I start by doing something small. I’ll send an email to someone for information. Research one small, interesting aspect of it. Or make a Word document with a chart summarizing everything I need to do and …

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