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Business ER Hotline


Business BC Launches “Business ER Hotline”:

Economic Climate a Hot Topic for Small Business Sector

Vancouver – Small Business BC (SBBC) has launched the “Business ER (Emergency) Hotline” providing BC’s small businesses with the solutions and business strategies to deal with the current economic conditions.

The Business ER Hotline, 1-800-667-2272, will enable SBBC to quickly address and respond to crisis-related business issues.

In addition to a 1-800 number, clients can ask questions and access information via email, or they can go to the Business ER Hotline website, www.smallbusinessbc.ca/businessER, or visit the SBBC Vancouver office in person, 601 West Cordova Street.

SBBC Consulting CEO, George Hunter, explains the reason for launching the Business ER Hotline: “Our staff has noted a significant increase in questions relating to changes in the economy.  For example, people want to know what kind of training programs are available for upgrading skills, or, which sectors are showing promise for new business opportunities, such as BC’s healthcare sector.  There are many people newly out of work who are now exploring the idea of starting a business.”

SBBC also reports an increase in questions regarding financing options and business strategies for tougher economic times such as how to cut expenses and build revenue, as well as a significant number of inquiries regarding labour standards.

“The Business ER Hotline offers a direct way to get timely information out to business owners and their employees as well,” says Hunter, “The small business community is important to our economy and SBBC is pleased to be able to provide a link to current information and provide support as small business owners navigate a changing economic landscape.”

Hunter encourages small business owners to contact SBBC via the Business ER Hotline, or go to their website, www.smallbusinessbc.ca, to find out more about the comprehensive services SBBC offers, such as financing options and sources, government acts and regulations, one-on-one business counseling, market research and consultation, business planning services, business seminars, e-business information and an education and resource centre

August 29, 2009 Posted by | Ads, Blogging, Brochure, Business, Business Development, Business Model, Creativity, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Government, Grants, Great Ideas, Human Resources, Investment, Marketing, Micro Credit, Packaging, Products, Sales, Services, Venture Capital | , , , | Leave a comment

The Grameen Bank – For the People by the People

Grameen Bank (GB) has reversed conventional banking practice by removing the need for collateral and created a banking system based on mutual trust, accountability, participation and creativity. GB provides credit to the poorest of the poor in rural Bangladesh, without any collateral. At GB, credit is a cost effective weapon to fight poverty and it serves as a catalyst in the over all development of socio-economic conditions of the poor who have been kept outside the banking orbit on the ground that they are poor and hence not bankable. Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder of “Grameen Bank” and its Managing Director, reasoned that if financial resources can be made available to the poor people on terms and conditions that are appropriate and reasonable, “these millions of small people with their millions of small pursuits can add up to create the biggest development wonder.”

As of June, 2009, it has 7.90 million borrowers, 97 percent of whom are women. With 2,557 branches, GB provides services in 84,487 villages, covering more than 100 percent of the total villages in Bangladesh.

Grameen Bank’s positive impact on its poor and formerly poor borrowers has been documented in many independent studies carried out by external agencies including the World Bank, the International Food Research Policy Institute (IFPRI) and the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS).

Mission Statement: Grameen Foundation’s mission is to enable the poor, especially the poorest, to create a world without poverty.

Grameen Foundation is a leader in the fight against poverty in Sub Saharan Africa, Asia, the Arab World, and the Americas. Since our beginning in 1997, our programs, resources and fresh ideas have helped more than 45 million poor people, mostly women and children, improve their lives.

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Finance, Great Ideas, Inspiration, Investment, Life, Venture Capital | , , , | Leave a comment

The real look at the World Bank!

Funny how we’ve already withdrawn more then we’ve earned & saved…  Just pause for a second…

July 11, 2009 Posted by | Earth, Finance, Venture Capital | Leave a comment

The Keys to a Good Sales or Venture Capital Pitch

Most Important Thing in any Sales Pitch or Venture Capital Pitch is; YOU! 

10 Topics of the Pitch:

  1. Integrity
  2. Passion
  3. Experience (Beginning to End: Start Something, Creat)
  4. Knowledge
  5. Skills
  6. Leadership (You have it, to motivate, or you have the team to do)
  7. Commitment
  8. Vision (change the world..lol)
  9. Realism
  10. Coach ability (Not just your money)

 A pitch should be a steady and upward path which is simoltanioulsy being reinforced.  It should getter better and better so the end result is someone signing a cheque.

Logical Progression:

  • What the Market is…
  • The Why…
  • The How…
  • And what your going to do…
  • Also always mention things people can relate too…. Your supposed to be a Expert in your field, so don’t expect them to know everything you do…

The Negatives to Avoid:

  • Things people know that are not true (This prdoct will revolutionize the industry)
  • Anything I don’t understand.  (Speak plain English)
  • Don’t Make them Think…  Be captivating but fill in all the blanks.  Let someone relax and watch the pitch.
  • Internal Consistency… Know your stuff, and have your pitch structured. 
  • Avoid Typos, Errors and Mistakes in all documentiation.  (People can see if you didn’t take the thought and care to do this… They will not care enough to invest in you…

 Power Point Presentations:

  • GOOD: Short, Short bullet points
  • BETTER: Just the Headline
  • BEST: Only Images

Think of Apple’s Keynote Presentations vs. Microsoft Presnetions.  We all love pictures and visuals!

 Slides:

  • Company Logo
    • 30 Second Intro
  • Business Overview
    • 1-2 sentences what you do.
  • Management Team
    • Experience you’ve don this before
  • Market
    • Size of the Market
  • Product
    • What is it: Show me! (canned demo)
  • Business Model
    • Per Unit Bases (Sell X you get Y)
    • Who your selling Too
  • Strategic Relationship
    • Supplier Relationships (Validation)
  • Competition:
    • Exactly who and what your competition is
    • Even if they do it the old way (dinosaurs)
  • Barriers to Entry
    • Why you are special
  • Financial Overview
    • How it works with Business Models
    • What the Drivers are
  • Use of Proceeds
    • Where are you going to spend it.
  • Capital & Valuation
    • Who Invested, How much have you invested.
  • End with your Logo on the screen = Final Pitch 

Hints: 

  • Use a Adobe Ovation
  • Use a remote
  • Hand outs are not your presentation
  • Don’t read your speech
  • Never look at your screen

July 4, 2009 Posted by | Finance, Power Piont, Venture Capital | Leave a comment

Social Financing (Why Bank with Banks?)

Zopa logo

Zopa is the world’s first social finance company. In 2005 it pioneered a way for people to lend and borrow directly with each other online.  As part of their continuing mission to give people around the world the power to help themselves financially at the same time that they help others.

June 16, 2009 Posted by | Business, Business Development, Finance, Venture Capital | , , | Leave a comment