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Passion = Purpose

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Honoured to speak at this event …

So grateful to have spoken to businesswomen and business students at the recent Women in Leadership conference hosted by the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto. The audience shared overwhelmingly positive feedback on my interactive workshop on How an Entrepreneurial Mindset Gives You an Edge in Today’s Market.

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The Sweetest Business Networking Event of the Year

Tonight, Toronto entrepreneurs put the ‘epic’ in epicurean. More than 100 guests attended the most decadent (and least nutritious) networking event of the year: Chocolate Chip Cookie Off 2017. Featuring 35 types of gourmet cookies lovingly crafted by baking professionals, CCCO2017 offered an audacious tribute to carbs. Despite the frosty winter weather, we came out […]

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Holiday Parties = Networking Goldmines

Looking to grow your business in 2017? Great. Start now. Successful executive and entrepreneurs recommend that you say yes to every invitation you receive for holiday parties, including professional and industry social events. These networking events are golden opportunities to connect with people, build relationships and strengthen your professional network. Even holiday events you attend […]

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Proof the Freelance Revolution is Unstoppable

October is Small Business Month, so it’s the perfect time to acknowledge and celebrate a thriving entrepreneurial trend: the rise of the freelance movement. In the past decade alone, technology, globalization and economic factors have empowered and inspired workers to leave the corporate world behind and establish their own freelance business. The freelancing community has […]

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8 Reasons Businesses Love Freelancers

The freelance revolution is fueling business, as a growing number of companies are turning to independent professionals to get their projects done. As the freelancing revolution gains momentum, companies can win big. Why Companies Win The business benefits of hiring a freelancer include: 1. Cost savings: Businesses can save a significant amount of money by […]

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Does Freelancing Fit Your Lifestyle?

October is Small Business Month, so it’s a great time to consider whether the freelance movement is right for you — now or in the future. One desirable benefit of freelancing is how well it accommodates certain lifestyles, including: Digital Nomads: White-collar freelancers can choose to travel beyond their national borders and work anywhere there’s […]

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24 Entrepreneurs’ Top Tips from their Dads

In time for Father’s Day, entrepreneurs around the world celebrated their tough and tender role models. These business owners remind us that our dads are more than just our parents. They are loving mentors and cheerleaders who have empowered and emboldened us to take risks, grow and succeed in pursuing our dreams. Now two dozen […]

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Leadership Tips from Proven Tech Disruptors

Technology is today’s business game-changer. Its growing influence impacts everyone from the c-suite to the customer service frontlines. Now it’s impossible to discuss marketing, B2B or retail trends without mentioning technology’s impact. That’s why – regardless of the sector we’re in – it’s important to learn from successful, innovative tech leaders. Their valuable experiences and […]

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6 Tech Trends Affecting Your Marketing Team in 2016

(Originally posted on LinkedIn.) Say good-bye to the silos between IT and marketing. Today’s most successful companies embrace the powerful fusion of tech-driven marketing. And so should you. To compete effectively, your marketing team needs to stay up-to-date on tech innovations — and how they impact your communications with customers and prospects. To compete successfully […]

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10 Qualities of Winning Entrepreneurs

In a recent LinkedIn post, over three dozen entrepreneurs generously shared with me their top tips for business success. They mentioned several recurring themes, including personal qualities that underpin business growth and prosperity. Based on their feedback, here are 10 of the most common qualities among winning entrepreneurs: Focused: They know why they launched their […]

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14 Experts Share How to Recession-Proof Your Business

In both strong and weak economies, your company deserves promotion. Last month, Statistics Canada confirmed the Canadian economy slipped into recession in the first half of the year for the first time since 2009. Too often, news of a recession causes decision makers to panic and contract their marketing efforts. However, reacting by “going quiet” […]

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The Most Cost-Effective Marketing Tactic

What powerful marketing tactic builds brand awareness, creates trust and establishes long-term value – all at a low cost? The most effective way to win new customers and grow your business, especially when starting out, is word of mouth. Word of mouth spreads the word about your business by encouraging delighted customers to recommend your […]

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Why Successful C-Suites Embrace Social Media

Twenty years ago, Apple CEO Steve Jobs “nailed it” when he predicted the role of computers would evolve from computation to communication. Today the use of social media through computers and mobile sources are the primary means of business communication worldwide. Although social media has evolved into a fundamental business tool, a recent BRANDfog survey […]

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Strut! Self-promotion tips from business leaders

To get ahead, you need to promote yourself. Research proves that business and career success is highest among people who feel comfortable with selling themselves and their strengths. How self-promotion can help you These findings on self-promotion apply to entrepreneurs and executives alike. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’re the face of your brand; to boost […]

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Want Happy, Engaged Employees?: 7 Tips

What’s the secret behind successful companies’ higher customer loyalty, profits and revenue, and lower turnover? Engaged employees. These employees create business value because they participate fully, feel passionate about their work and willingly “step up” to help their company succeed. Best of all, they tell the world their company’s stories as enthusiastic brand advocates. Use […]

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Social Media Selling: A to Z

How social is your business? Over 46% of businesses say social media drives sales, according to recent research. In honour of Social Media Week (Sept. 22-26, 2014), let’s examine how social media can build your business – from A to Z. Audience: No matter who your business targets, your customers likely use social media. Social […]

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7 “Go For Gold” Presentation Tips

Olympic athletes aren’t the only ones who strive to “own the podium.” Just as athletes must practice their sport to win, executives and business owners must practice public speaking to make connections and compete effectively. Use these 7 gold medal presentation tips to win over your audience: Start with a clear purpose: Remind yourself why […]

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Successful Small Business Strategies

October is Small Business Month! To help your small business stand out in a crowded market, focus on strategic activities that increase your visibility and credibility. These marketing strategies can help your small business make a big impact: Get out there: Join local chambers of commerce, trade groups and niche business groups to connect with […]

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Pinpoint Your Target Audience

Tired of playing hide and seek with your target market? To identify a suitable target, successful entrepreneurs recommend these tips: 1. Pick an audience you can relate to. Choose and audience you understand and admire — then tailor your product to their pain points. 2. Consider long-term potential. Among customers that will adopt early, which […]

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