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We've Been Nominated for Two Small Business BC Awards!

[fa icon="calendar'] November 18 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Entrepreneurship

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We've had a busy fall at SME Strategy and most recently we've been nominated for two Small Business BC Awards in the categories of: Best Community Impact and Premier's People's Choice. Voting takes place until November 30th. Thank you for your support!

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9 règles fondamentales pour réussir son plan stratégique

[fa icon="calendar'] May 19 / by Jeremie mariton posted in Strategic planning, Entrepreneurship, Business strategy, startups, global strategy

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 Vous êtes-vous déjà posé la question de ce qu’il adviendra de votre entreprise ou organisation dans 3 ans ? 5 ans ?  Le monde dans lequel vous évoluez change rapidement et vous avez peur de rater le coche ? Ou le but même de votre organisation est remis en cause et vous avez aujourd’hui besoin d’un nouveau cap ?  

Si oui, la planification stratégique est surement la réponse à votre question : une bonne occasion de dépoussiérer sa stratégie et de donner à votre organisation et à vos troupes une nouvelle ligne directrice.

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Can Your Organization Benefit from an Advisory Board?

[fa icon="calendar'] October 07 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Networking, Entrepreneurship, Business strategy

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What is an advisory board, anyway?

The Small Business Encyclopedia from entrepreneur.com defines an advisory board as “A group of individuals who’ve been selected to help advise a business owner regarding any number of business issues, including marketing, sales, financing, expansion and so on; a body that advises the the board of directors and management of a corporation but does not have authority to vote on corporate matters. This can be especially beneficial to smaller companies who don’t want to release control to a board of directors, but still obtain the benefits to having the advice of many experts on hand.

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Management consulting is growing in Vancouver - What it means for SMEs

[fa icon="calendar'] August 25 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Insider, Entrepreneurship

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World famous strategy consulting firm McKinsey is opening a new office in Vancouver and despite the fact that’s new competition for us, I believe that’s going to be good for SME’s and large businesses here in Vancouver.

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Do you share your business strategy with your customers?

[fa icon="calendar'] July 31 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Entrepreneurship, Business strategy

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As a business strategy consultant I'm used to seeing mission and vision statements as well as core values as part of strategic plans and on corporate "About us" pages.

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Why non profits need strategic planning the most

[fa icon="calendar'] July 13 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, Entrepreneurship, Business strategy

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Having worked with traditional for-profit businesses as well as non profits and mission based organization I've found that the latter group has less direct measurement of their impact, and as such needs to put a greater emphasis on strategic planning.

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Join us on July 23rd for the SME Strategy Summer Mingler

[fa icon="calendar'] July 05 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Media, Networking, Entrepreneurship

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On July 23rd we'll be hosting our quarterly business mingler at the Pint in Downtown in Vancouver.

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Transitioning from an Entrepreneur to a Leader

[fa icon="calendar'] June 11 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

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For entrepreneurs whose small businesses are growing into medium sized organizations, they may need to enter into management and leadership roles. The same goes for entrepreneurs entering the work force as management for established organizations. Shifting focus from building upon ideas to becoming leaders will be a crucial part of company success.

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Good business strategy: Only fight where you can win.

[fa icon="calendar'] June 02 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, Project managment, Business management, Entrepreneurship, Business strategy

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Entrepreneurs are fantastic people: I would I know, I am one ;-)

Really though, they knowingly engage in an activity: Starting a business, that is statistically designed to fail.

Undeterred and filled with optimism, they throw caution to the wind and launch their business.

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Your start up business strategy is guessing till you get it right.

[fa icon="calendar'] May 19 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Entrepreneurship, Business strategy

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Recently I came across this video interview about how to build a great company where the presenter: Steve Blank, shares that the strategy for a start-up is not a distilled version of a big company's strategic plan.

Whether you're a start up or a company launching a new product, you have a hypothesis that someone wants that you're selling, you need to validate that hypothesis as fast as possible.

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