• There was a time that businesses could operate successfully on a whim.  Without data or knowledge.  Just put out a product or service and people will buy.  No strategy. No plan. No understanding of what was happening around them.  Ohhh, those were the days.... Or were they? Those days feel so long ago that most of us old enough have already forgotten about them.  And the younger generation[...]

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    Conversely, what good is the balloon without hot air? It’s a lot like your people if they can’t or won’t implement an organization’s strategy? A business will not maximize its value if it doesn’t have a meaningful strategy and the right people organized to execute it. Planning to sell your business? Most owners want to believe that they are getting the most out of their business; [...]

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    I was doing some research recently on why companies fail, as well as why companies don't grow.  It struck me after reading a number of opinions and viewpoints that there were indeed some common themes between these two situations.  While that did not surprise me, the common themes were quite striking, as was the one factor that applied to non-growing companies only. Success and failure have [...]

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    Tom Dalton (not his real name) ran a very successful distribution business.  He had been in business for 42 years and the business had been successful for a long time.  He has seen the ebbs and flows of the economic roller coaster, so it is not new to him.  For the last two years, business had been expanding quite aggressively, albeit with only two customers.  Both these customers were [...]

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    As the world goes global, more and more companies are looking to find opportunities to expand beyond their traditional markets and to open up in new, international jurisdictions.  While that sounds attractive, we all know that such growth is fraught with challenges, and the only way to do that successfully is to plan that expansion very carefully. Government help? Many government departments, [...]

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    Your website is telling tales about you - that's why a Responsive Website Design is a must in today's world. Your website says more about you and your business than your home page, the about us page and just about all the content on your site. And not only does it tell a story to your customers and your referral sources, but it tells an even more telling story to the most important person in [...]

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    The days of compartmentalizing business functions into tightly controlled areas of influence (like marketing, sales, operations etc) are long gone - we just need to accept this Change Reality and buy into a new way of thinking: Business Growth. "Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning."  Thomas Edison It is no coincidence that Edison had the foresight and [...]

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    During tough economic times, businesses need to look to all available opportunities (including government funding) in order for them to maximize their business growth. So why not leverage some of the taxes you pay by finding out whether there are Government Grants and Government Secured Loans available to fund your growth initiatives? Government grants and secured loans can fund business growth[...]

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    Mastermind Solutions helps companies with business growth and expansion - locally or internationally. We help North American and International clients with knowledge, information, management, implementation, finance and entrepreneurial advice to tackle a growth initiative.  We can act as consultants, project managers, an advisory board or an interim management team helping to generate new [...]

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    Question: Why is a marketer with strategic insight, a business sense, and an eye for opportunity so valuable in a business? Answer: He will be the first person to identify growth opportunities. How does he do it? He walks in the shoes of your customer and can identify what you need to do for that customer to attract him to your company.  It is this ability and insight that most people in a [...]

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