Thoughts on starting & operating a small business

  • Yearend Ramblings

    This post – likely my last for the year – will be a mish-mash of thoughts I’ve had: (1) If you can’t see the impact of what you are doing, your efforts will diminish. Since the late summer I haven’t been able to see the …

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  • Bonus time

    This is a post that presents a problem business owners face…and no clear solution. Yeah, I know, very helpful. I’ve been in touch recently with a friend, “Karen”, who also owns a small business, over the topic of key-employee compensation. It’s always on a business …

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  • Good luck, Justin!

    We should have sent the new Prime Minister a Bay Street Cake yesterday saying “Good Luck!” Parliament Hill was overflowing with optimism about the changes that are coming…but without making this a political commentary, the challenge he faces is that government (any government) is really …

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  • Great! It’s not snowing!

    I’m working at home today and the view from my window is of a very rainy Wednesday in Toronto. I need a yellow raincoat like that! I chuckled last night when the news described what was coming today as a “severe fall storm”. It’s rain, …

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  • It’s here, it’s here, the cookbook is here!

    Ok, I have no idea why the photo is sideways – it is right way up on my desktop but, somehow, it is refusing to load into the post that way. Yesterday Andrew had a crazy day but he still spent his 20 minute break …

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  • Fall rush

    I admire the bloggers who blog each and every week…I find that when I get busy, I tend to put off writing a post. Like the last 2 weeks. Sorry about that! Christina arrives next Tuesday and the rest of the week she and Julie, …

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  • …this cake is just right!

     For just under a year, we’ve sold Celebration Cakes, not to be confused with the fancy fondant-covered wedding and special occasion cakes coming in November. Celebration Cakes are home-made style cakes in the same cake and icing flavours we have for cupcakes, and in fact …

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  • A superhero in our midst

    Been a busy time at PGB! On the “planned” business front, Julie started last Tuesday and already has created 6 amazing cakes in preparation for our photo shoot October 14 to 16. The cakes are just gorgeous works of art… I think if there is …

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  • Winners celebrate – losers read the rules

    We just visited a fun place in New York- Junior’s Cheesecake, the original Brooklyn location….the picture is their counter and you can see the sky high lemon pies in the window…amazing and well worth a visit. Andrew and I love the saying, “winners celebrate and …

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  • Falling close to the tree

    There are pros and cons to being the youngest child in a large family. The biggest advantage is that by the time you come along, your parents have basically had enough of the discipline thing. My oldest brother is fond of saying that we were …

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