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March 01 2011

Video: TRU World – Wes Koczka – Ep. 17

If you are planning to do business over seas you will want watch this video. Wes Koczka from TRU World talks to Peter about the impact TRU World has  on the university, as well as some things to be aware of if you are doing business internationally, check it out! Fast Tube by Casper

February 04 2011

January 24 2011

The Blue Monday Top 10.5 Great YouTube Videos About Thought, Ideas, Thinking, Brainstorming and Masterminding

Did you know it’s Blue Monday today? What’s Blue Monday you ask? Blue Monday is the name given to the most “depressing” day of the year which supposedly falls on the Monday of the last full week in January. You can read more about it on Wikipedia.org by typing in “Blue Monday” but we thought today we’d give you some thoughts to help you not be so blue.  Here’s some humor and inspiration for you … It’s our top 10 and a half Great YouTube Videos about thought, ideas, thinking, brainstorming and masterminding!

10: A brainstorming commercial from Bud Light:

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9: Perhaps you might like to try thinking grenades:

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8: A funny thing happened on my way to a business meeting:

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7: A Classic Seinfeld brainstorming session between Jason Alexander and Jerry Seinfeld:

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6: A thought provoking commercial about smoking:

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5: Commercial featuring a brainstorming session for a vending machine problem

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4: An inspirational product for assistance with brain power.

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3: A unique exercise from Dr. Steve Robbins for Thinking Outside the Box

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2: Flight of the Conchords – A funny song about Issues called “Think About It”

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1: Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson

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Extra Bonus: Expanded Ted Talk by Steve Johnson on Where Good Ideas Come From

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January 21 2011

Video: Episode 13 is now airing on Shaw TV and Vimeo

Episode 13 is now airing …

This episode is running on Shaw TV on the following dates: Thursday January, 20th at 8PM, Saturday, January 22nd at 5PM and Sunday, January 23rd at 5PM (Moved from 3PM)

If you can’t catch it on Shaw TV in the local Kamloops market you can check out the entire episode here on this website through our Vimeo channel in full HD by following the link at the end of this post!

In this episode:

  1. BIZ APPS:  Great applications for mobile smart phones and devices. Dean and Peter do battle to see who has the better application. Who do you think better this week? We’d love to hear from you. Vote for your favorite in the comments section of this post!
  2. BIG IDEAS:  Bryan Wickham from Dragon’s Decorative Concrete joins us in the studio for a segment we like to call BIG IDEAS. Where we talk about one of his former inventions called the Umbrachipin… A Golf Umbrella that doubles as a putting and chipping practice tool.
  3. PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT:  Local Realtor, Mike Harrison, from Team Alpha joins us in the studio for a participant spotlight.
  4. SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT:  We head up to Aberdeen Mall and interview Trish Baldwin to talk about the mall, its connections to the community, and why they became a Race to a Million sponsor.
  5. RACE UPDATE:  We tune into to watch Team Genie, Team Alpha and Team TRU with a race update. Team Genie works on their marketing for the Kids Coffee and Tea Company while Team Alpha and Team TRU team up to “pitch” the Kamloops SPCA on a great business idea which can also help the BCSPCA with a great fund-raising program.

Check it all out at the following page:

http://www.racetoamillion.ca/sponsors/full-shows-on-shaw-tv/

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 15 2011

Video: Episode 12 of RTAM – 1st Show of 2011

In this episode we feature the City of Kamloops as a great place to live, play, work and do business in our first segment titled “Why do business in Kamloops?”. We took our cameras to the offices of several influential decision makers in our area including the Kamloops, Chamber of Commerce, Venture Kamloops, The North Shore Business Improvement Association, The Downtown Business Improvement Association, Thompson Rivers University, The Kamloops Airport, and The Provincial MLA’s office for Dr. Terry Lake.

In the second half of the show we head up to the Kamloops Convention Centre for the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Christmas Business Trade Show and Social. We interviewed people about the benefits and value they receive from being members of the Chamber of Commerce and find out what some local business owners think of the Race to a Million.

We finish off the show with a segment about creating a vision for your business. How do you create a vision and why is it important?

Watch the full show we air on Shaw through our Vimeo channel by following the link to our video page for watching full shows … link: http://www.racetoamillion.ca/sponsors/full-shows-on-shaw-tv/

December 31 2010

Have you ever heard of a TV show created by the fans? We need you! Can you help?

Hi everyone,

It’s been four and a half months since we launched the Race to a Million. There’s six months to go and we are entering an exciting new year for 2011.

With incredibly talented  and dedicated staff, the amazing entrepreneurs on the Race to a Million teams, several business leaders from the community, our business partners, and most importantly you the fans… we’ve accomplished some great things already in 2010.

Here are our top 8 accomplishments for 2010!

  1. Together, we’ve created a reality television show that is positive not negative and that has started to demonstrate that incredible things are possible when everyone works together.
  2. Over a half a million dollars has been invested into the Race to a Million in order to create this unique opportunity for the public, entrepreneurs, business people, and non-profit groups to work together and to create further success.
  3. We’ve provided masterminding support and mentoring to a total of 37 entrepreneurs who in turn have started no less that 16 new business ventures in 2010 which otherwise wouldn’t have happened. These same people have formed the teams of the Race to a Million and they’re working on additional ideas together to benefit their teams, their charities and their community.
  4. We’ve already achieved over 3000 registered fans and supporters for the Race to a Million from over 20 countries through the www.racetoamillion.ca website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google Buzz. WOW
  5. We’ve helped to shine a spotlight on the great city of Kamloops. We’ve put the city of Kamloops on a world stage and brought attention to the fun, innovative and exciting business climate and the great people in our city that help make it all happen. Over 2000 of the show’s registered fans are outside of Canada!
  6. We’ve inspired people across the nation, into the United States and around the world to start their own mastermind groups and work as a team to start entrepreneurial businesses which can make a difference in the world while at the same time become profitable and fun!
  7. We’ve brought some exposure and awareness to some important charities that deserve our support and we’re finding new ways to benefit even more non-profit groups and worthwhile causes.
  8. We’ve shown that it is possible to produce a quality TV show from this region that deserves to be broadcast into other markets and continue into a second season with the possibility of expanding the teams to as many as one hundred is as many cities.

Now, more than ever we need you!

Have you ever heard of a TV show created by the fans? Here’s your opportunity to stand up and be counted. You have the opportunity to be part of this exciting effort. We want your help… your creativity… your passion… your involvement… your advice… your influence. Without you there is no “we”. WE can do amazing things together!

Here are some ideas that we hope may appeal to you.

  1. If you are not already a registered fan, PLEASE become one today. This shows the TV networks that people care enough to be involved! It shows the contestants that you support them and what they are trying to do! When you become a fan it shows potential corporate partners and sponsors for the show that it is worth their while to get involved. Please become a Facebook fan, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our channel on YouTube and register as a user on our website.
  2. After you become a fan please share the link to the Race to a Million website with as many people as you can and tell them to do the same! If you have a website we’d love to have you provide a link to us and encourage your readers to follow along.
  3. We’re also looking for people that would like to become a contributor.  Would you like to write articles for us that contain strong business tips, ideas and entrepreneurial advice?
  4. Do you know someone who would consider becoming a sponsor, advertiser, or partner for the show? We would sure appreciate an introduction to them and an opportunity to come up with some creative ideas for how we could work together to benefit their business while creating more value for our fans.
  5. Have you considered buying a Thanks a Million card and making a difference to someone else in your life?  The Thanks a Million card purchases help support the Race To A Million and everything we are attempting to do.
  6. Would you like to work with one of the teams to help them out with advice or mentoring?
  7. Please consider submitting your business ideas for making money. Perhaps you could brainstorm some ideas with your friends or family and submit them together. When we publish your ideas on the Race to a Million website you’ll get a great t-shirt and you’ll be entered for a chance to win $10,000. You get an entry into the contest for every idea you submit that we publish.
  8. You can also submit ideas for what you’d like to see on the show.  It could be an idea for a new segment or an improvement for something we have already done? Do you know someone we should interview? How about something you’ve always wanted to learn?

What can you offer? We’d love to hear. Please consider sending Dean and I an email at info@racetoamillion.ca or reach us through the contact form on this website.

Cheers

Peter Cameron-Inglis

December 29 2010

Stress management tips for busy professionals!

When was the last time you stressed out and thought you could use some help?

We all stress out at one point or another in life. This could be physical or emotional. It may be due to work, argument with a friend or family member or any other reason. To manage your stress first you must identify what causes your stress. It is crucial to find stress trigger points to get some help to manage your stress.

As per the health professionals many health problems are caused or exacerbated by stress, including:

  • Pain of any kind
  • Heart disease
  • Digestive problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Skin conditions, such as eczema

In this post we are giving some tips you can use to manage your stress. These are used by many professionals and widely discussed on web. Please note this is not a self help guide or alternative to what your Doctor has recommended for you. You must consult your family doctor to get some help if you feel that you are stressed.

Feel free to share your tips in the comments below. You may feel relieved by going for a quick walk or by listening to music. Tell us what you do or recommend to help others.

Stress management tips to consider,

  1. Eat Wisely: Maintain a schedule for daily meals with well balanced diet.
  2. Get some exercise regularly: Do some aerobic exercises or breathing exercises.
  3. Take time to rest, relax and recreate: Have a good sleep daily, spend a few minutes each day alone to break routine and set aside time each week for recreation.
  4. Have faith (meditate, pray, worship) & spend time with your family.
  5. Practice more patience. Like Benjamin Franklin quoted “He that can have Patience, can have what he will”.
  6. Prioritize and organize your daily tasks:
    • Plan ahead. This helps you to see the light at the end of the tunnel before you start a busy day.
    • Make “to do” lists- in order of importance and urgency.
    • Do most important- delegate some if necessary.
    • Agree yourself that you cannot do everything in one day.
  7. Think positively: Maintain a positive attitude- give you more control.
  8. Communicate your feelings
    • Talk over your concerns and feeling with a trusted friend, family member, or a professional.
    • Sharing your feelings relieves stress and gives you insights.
    • Learn to listen and consider suggestions with an open mind.
  9. Adapt to change while decisions are made: Don’t resist change if it is needed. Make your choice and move on.
  10. Get support: If your problems are too much to discuss with a friend or family member OR you feel they would be too much of a burden- get professional assistance!

Don’t forget to share your tips in the comments below.

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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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 09 2010

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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December 03 2010

Video: Mobile Biz Apps – Google and JotNot

Dean Pierson and Peter Cameron-Inglis review some new (and tried but true) business applications for mobile devices.  This time we’re talking about Google Apps and JotNot for both the iphone and Blackberry devices.

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