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10 Qualities of a Winning Business Plan

December 13, 2016

10 Qualities of a Winning Business Plan Written by Boni Stafford Wagner Published by Troy Media You may be qualified and ready to run your business. But that doesn’t mean you’re qualified and ready to write your own business plan. Whether you’re testing the waters on your business idea, looking for funding, or attracting equity investors, the quality of your business plan – and the soundness of your financials – is key. “You have to have a pretty good handle on the financials,” says Arlene Anderson, president of Business Advice, “in order to move forward confidently.” Most of the hundreds of business owners for whom she and her team at Business Advice have written business plans are weakest with the financials. Read More

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Can You Be Canada’s Next Top Startup?

January 28, 2016

FUND Can You Be Canada’s Next Top Startup? It’s official: Canada’s start-up market is among the world’s hottest. The Wall Street Journal featured Toronto’s Hubba as one of North America’s leading new tech companies over numerous US-based competitors. Led by Ben Zifkin, who was named by Canadian Business magazine as “the next best thing” in 2016, Hubba will raise about $45 million in funding to expand beyond North America. The e-commerce business has already signed up more than 10,000 businesses as paying customers, including retail giants like WalMart. And Hubba is just the start. Have you heard of Shopify? The Ottawa-based e-commerce business has raised over $100 million, topping The Globe and Mail’s list of Canadian tech start-ups. Read More

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5 Tips to Create a Business Plan for Longevity & Get Funding Too!

October 15, 2015

5 Tips to Create a Business Plan for Longevity & Get Funding Too! According to a 2015 Bloomberg¬ Business survey, as many as 8 out of 10 new businesses fail after their first year. You want to be one of the 20% that succeed – so where does a business plan come in? Ali Sammour, founder of ICE Technologies, whose intuitive mobile shopping wallet KIKR is in beta testing, says “We had a strong pitch deck and great products. Our business plan helped us define our value proposition and we can use it as a flexible tool going forward for many different purposes.” Read More

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