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February 25 2011

Episode 18 – Make-A-Wish Come True

Episode 18 of the Race to a Million is dedicated to Marc Pouliot and his parents Melanie and Leo. Their message of inspiration and hope inspires us even more to continue our message that businesses should not only focus on making money but also on making a difference for it's there that we find more passion and reason for life. In business we sometimes say "Seize the day!" but Marc would have us "Squeeze The Day" instead ... Squeeze every ounce of awesome out of it that you can get! Thank you Marc.

February 21 2011

Episode 17 – A focus on TRU Business and Students

Episode 17 of the Race to a Million can now be viewed on the website. This week we have a TRU theme to the Race. We take a look at what's happening with the teams, what it's like to be a student and a participant in the Race, the Associate Dean of the School of Business and Economics joins us in the study to talk about sponsoring the upcoming Art of Doing Business Series, and we head up to TRU for International Days and speak with TRU World about their marketing efforts to International students.

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 24 2010

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 23 2010

Holiday Schedule for Race To A Million on Shaw TV

Due to national ‘must carry’ Shaw TV programming the Race To A Million show has been re-scheduled so it is not overridden

So the holiday season air times are as follows;

  • Thursday Dec. 23 @ 8pm
  • Sunday Dec. 26 @ 3pm
  • Tuesday Dec. 27 @ 8pm
  • Thursday Dec. 30 @ 8pm
  • Sunday Jan. 2 @ 5pm
  • Tuesday Jan. 4 @ 8pm

Thanks and Merry Christmas from the Shaw Team and the Race To A Million Team!

Tags: Shaw TV

December 20 2010

Video: Sponsor Spotlight on Shaw TV

Dean Pierson goes behind the scenes at Shaw TV to interview Kirk Baethke from Shaw TV in this sponsor spotlight. Kirk and Dean talk about Shaw TV, community access programming for local community television, the together is amazing campaign and of course the Race To A Million show from Shaw’s perspective.

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Video: Episode 11 Full Half Hour Christmas Season Show

The full show for episode 11 is now available for viewing on the website. It will continue to air throughout the Christmas season on Shaw and we’ll have the first episode of the new year airing on January 6th, 2011. Have a great holiday season everyone. In this episode:

  • A great interview with Natalie Peace the owner of Booster Juice who offers some sage advice for young entrepreneurs
  • Dean and Peter offer a commentary and review of the teams strategies for 2010
  • We have some great 2010 bloopers from the filming of the show
  • and, we finish with seasons greetings from the staff at Race To A Million HQ

You can watch the video by going here … http://www.racetoamillion.ca/sponsors/full-shows-on-shaw-tv/

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