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February 04 2011

February 01 2011

Video: Biz Apps – Ep.13

In episodes 13 Peter and Dean battle it out again in a contest where it’s every man for himself. Which phone has more useful applications? Who will take the title of Biz App of the week? Which mobile device are you cheering for? It’s an epic and comedic fight to see who has better applications for their mobile smart phone. Featuring the Apple iPhone 4 Vs. the Blackberry 9700, in this weeks BIZ APPS!!!

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January 19 2011

Video: Business Tips – Creating a Vision for your company – Ep. 12

Some people know about visions and some don’t, whatever the case it’s always good to have a solid understanding of where you want to take your company. There is value in visualizing where you want to be, to set a time frame of when that’s going to happen, and to write down exactly what you want. It’s important to do these things not only from a business stand point but also from personal one. If you don’t know what I’m talking about yet then check out this video to learn more about efficient ways to take your business to where you want it to be.

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January 18 2011

The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Christmas Social and Trade Show Ep. 12

In this video we head up to the Kamloops Convention Centre for the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Christmas Business Trade Show and Social. We interviewed several business professionals from Kamloops about the benefits and value they receive from being members of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and found out what some of these local business owners think of the Race to a Million.

Check out this great 10 minute video on the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce!

We invite you to also submit the benefits and reasons why you would consider being a member of your local Chamber of Commerce in the comments area below this article.

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We’d like to thank the following people for joining us on camera:

  1. Deb McClelland, Executive Director of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce
  2. Shawn Haley, Owner of Erwins Bakery
  3. Kimberly Watt-Senner, President of Everything Organized
  4. Sarah Samson, Sales Representative of Black Creek Ranch
  5. Lorilee Sweeney & Mikkie Nettles of Kamloops Fit Centre
  6. Daniel Ruzic, Resort Experience Coordinator of Sunpeaks Resort
  7. Murray Redmond, CIBC Imperial Services
  8. Mike Grenier, Developer of Tobiano
  9. Berry Salter, Owner of Zero Tolerance DD’s
  10. Lisa Henson, Owner of Beauty Code Boutique
  11. Cherie Rensing, Owner of Celtic Fire Design
  12. Bill Jackson, Owner of Cuz I’m Magic

January 17 2011

Video: Why do Business in Kamloops? Ep. 12

We took our cameras to the offices of several influential decision makers from our region and asked them, “what’s the appeal of living in Kamloops? Why is this city so great to live, work and play? Why should people consider doing business in Kamloops? and finally, what do you think of the Race to a Million?” They gave us some great answers… check them out in this video segment.

It’s the best 12 and a half minutes you’ll spend hearing about this great city!

We’d like to thank the following people for joining us on camera (in alphabetical order by last name):

  1. Terry Lake the Kamloops – North Thompson MLA
  2. Fred Legace the Managing Director at Kamloops Airport Ltd
  3. Deb McClelland the Executive Director at Kamloops Chamber of Commerce
  4. Peter Mutrie the Manager at Northshore Business Improvement Assoc.
  5. Gaye Pooler the General Manager at Kamloops Central Business Improvement Assoc.
  6. Christopher Seguin the Vice President of Advancement at Thompson Rivers University
  7. Dan Sulz the Executive Director at Venture Kamloops

If you are a fan of the Kamloops region and you have a website we invite you to embed this video on your site and share it with your readers. We invite you to also submit the reasons why you like Kamloops in the comments area below this article.

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December 29 2010

Video: TRU Eco and Sustainability Week

Joseph Chan, Race To A Million production assistant, takes up the challenge and makes his debut in this video interview of the TRU Eco Club for Sustainability Week. Bonnie Kloh and Rebecca Purdy join Joseph in our studio to take a closer look in this video.

TRU Eco is the campus environmental group at Thompson Rivers University promoting environmental awareness and environmental action at TRU. For Sustainability week they worked on a number of initiatives including a community art canvas of change, a trashion show (recycled material meets fashion show), and a speakers series on sustainability practices. From environmental economics to the net zero Y Dream Home the seminars were great and showed people many options to reduce negative environmental impact.

There are a number of ways for everyone to get involved with these initiatives next year so please watch the video to see the creative and passionate ideas that have been put forward this year and consider getting involved.

You can also check them out at http://tru-eco.weebly.com or look them up on Facebook using TRU Eco

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December 24 2010

Video: Business Tips with Natalie Peace from Booster Juice Ep. 11

Local entrepreneur and just a generally inspiring person Natalie Peace joins us in the studio to talk about her business Booster Juice. Natalie shares some great advice for young entrepreneurs and talks about her motivations to make a difference when starting her company.

Natalie is a graduate from Thompson Rivers University who has followed her dreams in spite of the likelihood of success and challenges she faced. She found a franchise that was aligned with her own personal values and hasn’t looked back since. She’s worked hard to run her business while still attending her classes and eventually achieved her goals. It’s been four and half years now and Booster Juice now employees over 50 people in Kamloops.

Natalie measures her success not only through having a socially responsible business with healthy products but also how she is able to help her employees grow and how she can impact her customers to also participate in changing the world one random act of kindness at a time.

Natalie finds it rewarding to see her efforts over the last four and a half years have a lasting effect on over 350 people she’s had work for her. Many have gone on to become great leaders themselves and she’s very happy to have played her part. The random acts of kindness challenge that Natalie started has now generated over 44,000 random acts of kindness not only through her staff but also throughout the community and is now growing internationally.

Natalie shares with us that her success is due to three things: hiring the right people; being creative; and measuring her success on multiple bottom lines.

You can check out Natalie’s website at www.nataliepeace.com

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The Face of Business is Changing and This Could Change the World

When Dean and I started the Race to a Million we did a little research. We wanted to know what the average person thought about business and entrepreneurs. We knew that people, including ourselves, have a tendency to socialize and interact with like minded individuals who think like they do..  We needed to know what other people thought about business that were not necessarily like us, others who were not part of our sphere of influence.

Boy, did we get a shock! We managed to find a lot of people who were neither business people nor entrepreneurs. But we thought they should be. These people, like us, love to be creative. They care about their friends, family and community. They are enthusiastic. They like to have fun. These people work tirelessly on school PACs, cadets groups, card making and scrap-booking groups, and fund-raising committees for children’s sports groups. What we learned from many of them contained some surprises for us.

Perhaps the biggest surprise for me was that many of these enthusiastic, creative, and caring people truly believe that you can not succeed in business without being ruthless, cutthroat and self-centered. They had stereotyped business people according to the negative and sensational examples of the heartless, cold and calculating millionaire celebrities we all love to hate. I heard time and again that these people wouldn’t want to enter into business because they wouldn’t like the person they would have to become.

95% of our economy is driven by small business entrepreneurs.  What would our economy look like if these people didn’t feel like this about the prospects of starting a business? They’re the creative backbone of our society! They care about people! They’re the business owners that every potential customer and every potential employee is looking for! If we could find a way to show these people that nice people don’t have to finish last – it could be a game changer.

This is one of the reasons why we started the Race to a Million and also the reason why we chose our slogan, “Nice People Can Finish First”.

Yesterday, I was a little disturbed with a related sentiment posted by a reader on our website. It was in reference to Team Genie’s project which they have apply named the Kids Coffee and Tea Company. Here’s what the comment says:

  • Are they using sympathy for children to cash in? Boo. What a sick program all together. Shame on all of you sick people. Money is your god.”

Here was my response:  (click here if you want to see the full dialogue – it’s at the bottom of the page when you follow the link)

  • In my opinion I believe Team Genie has chosen a good avenue to align and promote their brand of coffee. They have chosen to support causes for children in three different ways: 1) in support of children from farming families where the coffee comes from … 2) in support of Make-A-Wish foundation (Team Genie’s primary charity of choice) in order to grant wishes for children with a terminal illness and 3) as a fund raising opportunity for kids school, sports and recreational groups. Are they using sympathy to cash in? I don’t think so. Rather I believe they are giving consumers a choice to support a coffee brand that does more than just line its shareholders pockets with money. Money is not their God. They are making a difference and I for one am proud to be associated with what they are attempting to do.

I think this is another example of people assuming that making a profit and running a business is dirty. We should not be shying away from realizing our dreams of supporting our families and making a difference in the world. We should be embracing it! While the concepts of socialism and communism are noble; it’s a proven fact that they just don’t work! Communism has been a cause of oppression and hardship for millions of people generation after generation.  I think where people go wrong with capitalism is the idea behind what a business is and is not.

Look at Natalie Peace in the business tips interview we recently did. She started Booster Juice because she wanted to make a difference in the world! Who says you have to wait to become a successful millionaire before you can become a philanthropist? Why can’t we find smaller but consistent ways of making a difference as we progress in our businesses and give back to social and environmental causes as we’re on the journey? Why does everyone have to assume that our motives are bad?

The good news is not everyone feels this way. The face of business is changing in the world… it’s becoming social… it’d becoming about more than the bottom line… as Natalie says… it’s about multiple bottom lines. I invite everyone to join us! As Shaw TV’s campaign recently said “Together is Amazing!” … Together we can make a difference… contact us if you’d like to find out how you can help. We’d love to hear from you.

December 21 2010

Top 100 Canadian wealthiest entrepreneurs – What do they have in common?

Do you ever looked at the world’s successful entrepreneurs and wondered how did they amassed that wealth and success? Most recently I certainly had one of those moments and I am sharing my observations.

I was reading the Canadian business special edition featuring The Rich 100 successful and wealthiest business people. I normally start reading the opinion column by Sir. Richard Branson but this time I have skipped to page 39 featuring the Canada’s 100 wealthiest people.

I read about the top 5 wealthiest people then started wondering how these successful business empires were built? There are so many questions going through my mind, here are some I managed to write them down,

  • How the Canada’s #1 wealthiest person David Thompson created a business worth $23.36 billion?
  • What motivated these people to work on their ideas?
  • What really sparked their ideas to explode into billions of dollars?
  • Do they ever think of becoming rich and successful when they started their first venture?
  • How the family reacted when they are working hard 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year?
  • How did they hire their first employee?
  • How did they make their first sale? How long did it take them to break even?

I was completely lost in my thoughts and I heard my son asking for his Lunch. I promised him some fries earlier, now it’s time to wealthiest canadian businesseskeep my promise. So I made some fries and PC gourmet pasta. For the whole time I was thinking about how businesses can succeed against all odds. Looking at the fries reminded me a conversation that I had with Peter Cameron-Inglis, it was about McDonalds. It may be a burger or a coffee McDonalds has a process for everything they do behind the counter. This tells me that having the turnkey business plan with full operational processes in place is the key to a business success. Can this be applied to an entrepreneur success?

I started researching around these successful business people and found some key elements in common in all businesses, you are welcome to add some of your experiences in the comments below.

  • As you may have expected, they have processes in place to build team work and productivity
  • They developed successful business relationships and trust with partners, employees and most importantly their customers
  • They added value to the products and services offered when compared to competition
  • Most of the company executives had a well organized work – life balance.
  • Admitted and learned from their mistakes and were quickly adaptive to the new challenges
  • They are passionate about their company products and persistent in getting more sales year on year.
  • They are willing to take risks; this reflects the leadership qualities in entrepreneur.
  • They have clear communication structure in the organizations to reduce the gap between front end staff like customer services, admin and executives. They encouraged staff to be part of their company vision.

In conclusion for an entrepreneur it requires lot of courage and determination to start up a business from scratch. An entrepreneur has to make quick and timely decisions on what will sell and who should he hire or fire. He / She is a vision maker, a true leader who risks to gain the high rewards.

December 14 2010

Video: Business Tips with Bob de Wit

Peter sits down with Bob de Wit, an Angel Investor and Executive Director of the New Ventures BC competition to discuss the New Ventures BC competition both regionally and provincially as well as business tips and advice for business start ups and entrepreneurs alike.

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December 08 2010

Video: Why should you join the Chamber of Commerce?

Why should you join the Chamber of Commerce? Deb McClelland the Executive Director of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce joins us in this video to share the answer to this question and several others. Whether you’re looking for business networking opportunities, business mentorship, educational opportunities, money saving benefits such as group insurance benfits, or government advocacy for your business the Chamber of Commerce is a great place to start. The Kamloops Chamber also offers a 5 Month course called Power Hour for business building strategies twice a year. Chamber advocacy programs work on behalf of business to affect a positive change for everyone. Let’s face it … business affects everybody not just business owners, it affects consumers, employees and the whole community. Check out the video and consider supporting the great work that the local Chamber of Commerce does.

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Video: BizApps – Blackberry App World and iTime Sheet for the iPhone

In this edition of BizApps Dean and Peter talk about Blackberry App World and iTime Sheet for the iPhone.  Take a look at Blackberry App World for a place to help you make your business communications and processes more efficient. For those of you with an iPhone iTime Sheet helps you manage the time you spend with clients for billing and management purposes.  It’s a time tracking, billing and management application.

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December 07 2010

Video: Episode 7 Biggest Fan Spotlight on Amanda Blyth

She’s an idea machine. She’s submitted more ideas to the Race To A Million than anyone. She’s got a collection of RTAM t-shirts that would make Smurfet proud! Amanda Blyth one of our biggest and most prolific fans joins us in the studio where we talk about some of her big ideas and what she thinks of the Race To A Million.

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