• 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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    Canada EU CETA It was 4 years in the making, and the timing of the signing of the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in the light of the protectionist approach being promoted by the new Donald Trump administration should not be overlooked.  The timing for business expansion into new markets may be just right for you. Yes, the USA is Canada’s [...]

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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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    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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    Forget about laptops, iPods, iPads, desktops - technology is advancing more rapidly than we ever imagined  So when will we reach the point of not really needing our brains?  As long as you have technology at your fingertips, maybe that day will arrive in the not too distant future :-). if you have a smartphone you really only need to know one thing: how do I work it?  Don't stress your brain[...]

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    The advent of the digital age has given emphasis and greater relevance to some media over others. This change is simply evolution in its natural form, something that all businesses need to embrace if they are to remain relevant. For example, while print is declining in importance, it is highly unlikely that it will ever die.  It will however evolve to end up in its rightful place just as some of[...]

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    Just Imagine. Business growth starts with your imagination Imagine elevating your business to a level that was previously unimaginable. Yes, it is possible, and don't let anyone convince you otherwise. As you confront the advent of the new year there are a number of important things you should do to improve the odds of an improved outcome next year.  Start by: Developing a budget for the [...]

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    I was blown away recently when I was listening to Terry O'Reilly's podcast "Under the Influence". While his topics have always been unique, inspiring and motivating, it was the one about "the little things" that really hit home. Why? Because most of us are always in pursuit of the home run, and it's exactly that pursuit that blinds us to the small and very obvious stuff that can really make a [...]

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    CPI is a term that most people who studied economics, accounting or business would understand and relate to as: Consumer Price Index.  While this term is sometimes used to measure inflation at a consumer level, it has a new and more exciting meaning that will represent a new capability for business owners and executives looking to grow, improve or transition their businesses. In this case, CPI [...]

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    An excerpt from the new book: Big Bang for Business: 8 Steps to Create Explosive Growth and Success "Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning." Thomas Edison. It is no coincidence that Edison had the foresight and creativity to invent the electric light bulb. With the same enlightened foresight, you are invited to read this book and use it as a guiding light for your [...]

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