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Starting a new business can be one of the most challenging things that an individual may do in their lifetime. Specifically, if the new business owner will not stop until they have achieved a certain amount of success. From opening the doors with an effective start-up plan to hiring the right people when the right time comes, there is so much that has to be done to build a successful business venture. Because there is a wide diversity of business operations that can be started, people will need to do their research on the front end. Specifically, since the tasks and projects that they may be taking on may not be familiar to them at all. So, making the right financial and business decisions should always be taken seriously. Further, to make smart decisions, most business owners prefer to hire a business advisors Calgary to help with making sure everything that needs to be done goes as it is planned, both strategically and financially. This is one of the reasons why a new business owner should make sure that they are consulting with a business advisor Calgary as they begin to build an effective and successful business operation. That said, what can a business advisor do for you?

Typically, the primary role of a business advisors Calgary is to guide their clients through financial and strategic situations. Normally, business owners who are starting a small to mid-size business operations may need to seek out their help to make sure that they are on the right track with getting the business up and running at its maximum capacity. Meaning one of the first things that a business advisor may do for their clients is to review their business plans and their financial statements. Therefore, when these professionals are hired, they will request this information in advance so that they can analyze the data.

Once the business advisor has analyzed the company’s financial statements and business plans, they can assist the business owner and their representatives with devising an effective plan that can be implemented in the operations. For instance, in some cases, the business advisor may identify opportunities in the operation where cost can be cut. These costs may be in areas where there is a lot of waste in the amount of supplies or human resources being used. As a result, the owner and their representatives will need to make sure that the waste has been addressed and corrected as quickly as possible. The business advisor may also identify areas of opportunity where more money can be made so they are also advising the business owner of what can be done at that time. In some cases, the owner and their employees may have to wait for a certain period of time before making an investment, however, they will still need to devise a plan that can be launched in a real world setting. Regardless to the situation or circumstances, the role of the business advisor is to ensure the management in their companies have the information that they will need to make wise decisions for their operations.

As previously stated, starting a new business can be very challenging. So, the owner must be prepared to make the best decisions possible if they want their operations to grow. Fortunately, there are some professional resources that can be used to make informed decisions. One of which involves hiring a business advisor. The role that the business advisor plays can vary. However, their primary role in any business firm is to analyze the company’s business plan and financial statements. Once analyzed, the advisor can direct the owner and their staff in a manner that saves them money, while also managing their resources correctly.

June 3, 2016

What can a business advisor do for you?

Starting a new business can be one of the most challenging things that an individual may do in their lifetime. Specifically, if the new business owner will not stop until they have achieved a certain amount of success. From opening the doors with an effective start-up plan to hiring the right people when the right time comes, there is so much that has to be done to build a successful business venture. Because there is a wide diversity of business operations that can be started, people will need to do their research on the front end. Specifically, since the tasks and projects that they may be taking on may not be familiar to them at all. So, making the right financial and business decisions should always be taken seriously. Further, to make smart decisions, most business owners prefer to hire a business advisors Calgary to help with making sure everything that needs to be done goes as it is planned, both strategically and financially. This is one of the reasons why a new business owner should make sure that they are consulting with a business advisor Calgary as they begin to build an effective and successful business operation. That said, what can a business advisor do for you?

Typically, the primary role of a business advisors Calgary is to guide their clients through financial and strategic situations. Normally, business owners who are starting a small to mid-size business operations may need to seek out their help to make sure that they are on the right track with getting the business up and running at its maximum capacity. Meaning one of the first things that a business advisor may do for their clients is to review their business plans and their financial statements. Therefore, when these professionals are hired, they will request this information in advance so that they can analyze the data.

Once the business advisor has analyzed the company’s financial statements and business plans, they can assist the business owner and their representatives with devising an effective plan that can be implemented in the operations. For instance, in some cases, the business advisor may identify opportunities in the operation where cost can be cut. These costs may be in areas where there is a lot of waste in the amount of supplies or human resources being used. As a result, the owner and their representatives will need to make sure that the waste has been addressed and corrected as quickly as possible. The business advisor may also identify areas of opportunity where more money can be made so they are also advising the business owner of what can be done at that time. In some cases, the owner and their employees may have to wait for a certain period of time before making an investment, however, they will still need to devise a plan that can be launched in a real world setting. Regardless to the situation or circumstances, the role of the business advisor is to ensure the management in their companies have the information that they will need to make wise decisions for their operations.

As previously stated, starting a new business can be very challenging. So, the owner must be prepared to make the best decisions possible if they want their operations to grow. Fortunately, there are some professional resources that can be used to make informed decisions. One of which involves hiring a business advisor. The role that the business advisor plays can vary. However, their primary role in any business firm is to analyze the company’s business plan and financial statements. Once analyzed, the advisor can direct the owner and their staff in a manner that saves them money, while also managing their resources correctly.…

February 1, 2016

Holly Langland is Carpe Diem!

Who are you?

Well, my life purpose is bringer of light, play and possibilities and the older I get [Editor’s note: she’s not old] the more I realize how true it is and how hard I strive to achieve my purpose. And I realize how much I need to get out of my own way and just be it and live it!

What do you do for fun?

First of all, I do whatever I can to make my life fun. In fact, I take issue with dividing fun from everything else. So, for me living is fun. My life is fun. Having said that, I really enjoy cooking, listening to the birds – communing with nature, that is – and defying the odds.

What is your favourite community? Why?

In [self-assessment tool] StrengthsFinder my top strength is Connectedness. My community is humankind, and I need to live in a community that is limitless; I need to be a part of something that recognizes the beauty in all human beings as well as the fact that, really, I’m no different from someone in, say, Ghana. Humankind’s similarities far outweigh our differences and through understanding and celebrating these similarities we can overcome our differences. I think that this kind of approach and understanding will allow our community to not be run down by all the mechanisms of life, like bills, debt, structure, rules, and all the rest of it.

What is your superpower?

You know, I think my superpower is seeing peoples’ beauty and vulnerability at the same time. Whether it’s at a bus stop or Starbucks I am often approached by people – one time, a guy started singing me a song – because I feel like I’m on the same page as them. So, showing kindness is my superpower; I give people the benefit of the doubt without seeking any judgment.

How do you use it to build community?

People like to be seen, noticed and acknowledged. I’m able to extend a hand – physical, mental, emotional – and do it in a way that make people trust me. I strive to give more than I get and this approach naturally creates an opening in any community.

My Three Favourite Things About Holly Are…

1. The Big Picture. She gets it, explores it, and celebrates it. Such an approach is very evident given her above description of her favourite community: humankind. Holly is positive and hopeful about our inteconnected global community recognizing that we’re all more similar than different and that, through acknowledging this fact, we can make the world a better place. You gotta love this kind of positive mindset!

2. Amazing Listening Skills. I worked with Holly for just about three years. One of the many things that makes her so good at developing talent is her ability to listen … actively. Holly knows how to take in information – even rambling, semi-disconnected, incredibly tangential stuff from yours truly – and ask really, really, really good questions based on what she heard. And, through these questions, the person to whom she’s conversing is usually empowered with the necessary tools that will allow them to develop their own solution and/or strategy for being awesome. So, thanks for that, Holly.

3. She’s an Amazing Cook. My lovely and talented wife, Michelle, has four rules about meals: they must be affordable, healthy, tasty, and easy to make. Not only do Holly’s many creations hit all of the previous touchpoints, but they exceed them! Dinner parties at Chez Holly are simply delightful, and it was always a pleasure when she brought in culinary creations for potlucks.…

February 1, 2016

Fidel Vila – The Spanish Hurricane

January 23, 2016

Bringing Compost Inside

In my apartment there are two Rubbermaid bins. Often they are tucked away under a table or bathroom counter. Every once and a while a visitor will notice them and ask why they have holes drilled into their sides. After I respond, the reactions vary from disgust and sometimes edging away from the bin to excitement and asking to have a look inside. In my 5 years of vermicomposting I’ve gotten used to the range of reactions that those bins can generate.

Not everyone is comfortable with worms or composting, and in our overly sanitized and convenient world it isn’t surprising. Why not send your kitchen waste to the curb and then drive to a big box store to buy pre-made compost? Well, first of all it costs money. Tax dollars to pick up, ship and process all that food waste and then your money to buy the compost. Second, food waste is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, including the shipping and processing if you live in a place that has curbside composting and methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times as potent as carbon dioxide, when food waste forced to undergo anaerobic composting (without air since it is sealed up in a trash bag and often buried).

Living in an apartment or condo without a backyard limits composting options. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t join the composting community. If you are flush with money and have a space for a new appliance, there is the Red Dragon electric indoor composter.  The main issue with this product is energy use, which is 60 kwhr per month or 720 kwhr per year.  If you live in a place where the energy mix Is mostly renewables (like BC) and are willing to take the financial hit, this might be a great option.  It is really fast and takes a very wide range of organic waste.

The other main option for indoor composting is vermicomposting or composting with worms, which is cheaper and more space efficient. Once set up the worms are pretty low maintenance, they need to be fed once a week and a couple of times a year the compost (or worm poo) needs to be harvested. They don’t smell, they don’t try to escape and they don’t attract pests, unless you do something really wrong. Once I got the hang of knowing how much, often and what to feed them they’ve not smelled like anything other than great compost (not rotting food). The only time they tried to escape the bin was during a heat wave one summer when the temperature felt like +40 with humidex, which had made me escape the city already. And by rinsing or freezing all food before giving it to the worm, fruit flies and other pests haven’t been an issue. If you are interested in getting into vermicomposting, there are a lot of great resources and if you know someone already doing it, odds are you can pick up some free worms from them.…