Where’s All the Funding for Women Led Businesses? 

That, right there, is the MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION, am I right, ladies? It’s a symptom of what’s fundamentally broken in today’s financial services world. And it’s time lenders and the like woke up – and KEPT up – with the extraordinary change occurring in the business world.  It’s ALSO time we rally for transformation and […]

Mai Tais and Money Chimes

I don’t know about you, but my daydreams have a very specific format- it’s me on a beach with something strong and fruity with an umbrella while the soft chirp of payment notifications from my bank account provides the background noise (I call those notifications “money chimes”). Maybe your dream is more practical, like, you […]

What Are You Choosing To Risk?

I once worked with a client who had started a business with her cousin. By the time she got to me, their dream of running a restaurant together had turned into a nightmare and she just wanted out. Her cousin had been stealing from the business and she didn’t know how to deal with it […]

Does Your Business Need a Prenup?

In Canada, for every 10 couples that walk down the aisle, 4 of them will not make it. If you and your spouse have differing visions of the future or can’t stop fighting, we have legislation and case law in place to decide exactly what happens next- how is property divided, how much child support […]

Why Accountants Should Think Twice Before Providing Incorporation Services

I recently had a meeting with a new client who had been referred to me for insight into a major problem. She had incorporated a few years ago but was being sued personally as a result of business dealings. The plaintiff was trying to pierce the corporate veil, which is when the courts will disregard […]

Three Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying A Business

Starting a business is both one of the most rewarding and scariest things you can do. It’s understandable why some think it’s safer and a better use of resources to buy a well-established business than starting something entirely new. However, buying an existing business has its own share of pitfalls that can quickly turn your […]

Stay Ready

“Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity”- American author H. Jackson Brown Jr.  If you’ve been in business for even a little while, you’ve probably experienced the bitter pain of a missed opportunity. There’s one I missed a few months ago because I didn’t have a media kit that still keeps me up at night.  If we’re honest […]

Debt or Equity – Should You Trade Shares for Services

Real Life Question: My small business desperately needs marketing help but I can’t afford it. A marketer has offered to provide the services I need in exchange for shares in my company; should I do it? It’s one of the Catch-22s of running a business: I need a killer website or advertising or marketing services […]

Is Your Website Going to Get You Sued?

Content marketing is the way to go right? So you probably provide lots of information on your blog or on your website. Maybe it’s about eating gluten free or training for a 5k. Maybe it’s about how to set up processes and systems in your business. Maybe you’re a kick-ass marketer and you show people […]