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Small Business Wunderbar

Yesterday we finally got around to reading an interesting report published by Bank of Montreal on the heavy lifting done by small businesses in OHANL. The report is a comprehensive look at the contributions, challenges and future of what they refer to as the small business “Juggernaut”.
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Welcome To 1995

Today the CVCA released its latest report highlighting the state of venture funding in OHANL—the short story is that it stinks! We’ve written about this situation in prior posts and it seems the news will not improve soon. If you are a startup and looking for venture money be prepared for some very hard slogging, numerous dead ends and the brush-off in most meetings. We’re pulling for you.
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Customers Care

Customers care about the service you provide them. In fact they care so much they will often walk to your competitor if you treat them with disdain or neglect.
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Plan, What Plan?

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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.

In our last post we talked about the activities that can assist in developing an operational budget plan. Today we look at the types of plans you may be involved with and the reasons why you need to understand this.
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Do You Know Where Your Budget Is?

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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.

It’s annual budget time again for those of you who budget on the calendar. A typically painful effort for many people, though usually self inflicted. There are ways to make this difficult but necessary effort at least a bit more palatable. We’ve commented before about budget preparation and this contribution is going to focus on some ways to assist you in structuring your budget preparation.
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Bluster, Bluff and Braggadocio

On the eve of the FCC announcement of the proposed rules for net neutrality Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon Communications CEO, decided it was appropriate to float out a few gallons of FUD at the Supercomm 2009 in Chicago.
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Deloitte’s Fast 500

Deloitte published its 2009 Fast 500 listing. This list is a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology companies in the United States and Canada.
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Wrote Notes?

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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.

I work with many senior leaders and am often amazed by their frustration at keeping track of all of their notes collected outside of their normal electronic environment. I usually coach them to follow a formula I’ve used successfully for years.
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Funding On MaRS

Today I attended a session over at the MaRS Center where three start-ups presented their business cases for future funding. I’ve written about MaRS before and the great work they do to inspire entrepreneurs.

Make your pitch

It was rather inspiring to see the presentations of these three companies. Each of them presented in a unique manner and refreshed my enthusiasm for the resurgence of entreprenurialism that we truly need in OHANL.
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.tel? Do Tell

You might recall from prior scribblings here we fiddled about with a new TLD that holds out hope to create a global address book.

We commit

Signing up for a .tel domain is rather a no-brainer. A number of providers will happily sell you a unique domain that can be used to display your information. Filling in the data is also straight forward, .tel is both a registry and a micro-domain. All data resides in a single site and your data entry is largely fill in the blank. You can see our .tel domain at Shulist Group .tel site. A cool feature is that the site will allow you to extract a vcard for your address book. You can also control who gets your data.

Domain squatters

While all possible steps we’re taken to allow legitimate domain owners to get access to their names (corporations had months to register before the floodgates were opened) it seems that a good number of domain names were scooped up on spec. The problem will be to get a short name so that it is easy to distribute.

Get it now

So if you want your own .tel domain you should sign up soon. It’s one more way to connect with the world.