Thoughts on starting & operating a small business

  • Getting started

    I am hooked on Project Runway. Last night I watched an episode where a $20,000 prize was up for grabs. The winner said that he previously had just $14 in his bank account –  so now he’d have $20,014. Not surprisingly, he was pretty emotional …

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  • 10,000 Coffees

    A few months ago I was asked to join “10,000 Coffees” which is a virtual coffee shop where people with some sort of experience can be invited for coffee by a person hoping to follow a similar path, or interested for some reason in the …

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  • Mistakes

    I  put a new book on my Kindle today –  published just last week,  Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong is edited by Jennifer Bacal. I can’t wait to get into it but I’m …

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  • Net Promoters aka Raving Fans

    Big companies are all about their Net Promoter Scores- executives clamour to look at their “NPS” each month, bonuses depend on it, analysts talk about what a company’s NPS is and what  it should be. And although anything that has an acronym sounds officious, the …

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  • The McComeback

    Update on my last post: Andrew had a great run in Boston and qualified for next year! We will be back…it was an amazing experience. The May 2014 edition of Canadian Business magazine has a really interesting article on the last decade for McDonalds in …

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  • Boston

    As I’m writing this, Andrew is on a bus to Hopkinton, the town where the Boston Marathon starts. For this marathon and the last one, Andrew worked with a running coach and although we have laughed that if “Coach Kev” said to run into the …

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  • Keeping it fresh

    I was talking today with our event specialist Margarita. She was telling me about a local beer company which she finds very similar to Prairie Girl- sticks to one product and does it really well, provides great service and gives back to the community. We …

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  • Expectations

    Andrew and I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary in July and for the past few months I’ve been thinking how great it would be to celebrate the occasion with all four of the children. In one place. But as I  write this, Tom …

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  • Dithering

    Lately I have been reminded of the year before I opened the business when planning, opening and having a business was 100% “all new” and every decision was bewildering and mine to make. Would I use orange and yellow as the theme colours – sort …

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  • Time off

    As I write this, I am looking forward to leaving tomorrow for three days in California with my best friend, Marilyn, who lives there. It has been months since I have seen her and I can’t wait! Until the last few years, I have always …

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