Off the Ground Blog

Replacing You - Business Succession Planning  »

Nov 9, 2010

At some point we'd all like to retire - and when we do, it's good to know that someone will be there to keep the flame burning brightly for your business. A few weeks ago, Warren Buffet made news by announcing that he had picked his successor, to lead the Berkshire Hathaway empire he worked to build over his lifetime.

Tags: Books, Exiting

Will it Last? »

Nov 8, 2010

Small Business Marketing Outlook for 2011 Is Looking Up »

Nov 4, 2010

Check out the results of the Small Business Marketing Practices Survey to learn more. Small businesses are feeling optimistic about the economy— so much so that they’re increasing their 2011 marketing budgets. That’s the result of a new survey company, GrowBiz Media, conducted with the help of Zoomerang, a leading provider of online survey and polling tools.

Tags: Marketing

SEO: Search Engine Optimization for SME »

Oct 26, 2010

Google much? For many customers, the first stop when looking for retail business, restaurants, professional services or for nearly anything - is a search engine. The second stop? One of the top listed webpages that came back as a result of their search.

Tags: Books, Marketing

Copyright, trademark or patent?  »

Oct 25, 2010

Most people, if asked to explain the difference between copyright, trademarks and patents, would have a hard time coming up with a clear answer.

Tags: Compliance, Intellectual Property

Beyond 'just an idea' - what stops Canadians? »

Oct 18, 2010

An interesting article came out a few days ago, taking a look at the main reasons why many Canadians who might have a great idea for starting their own business, may never take it to the next level by transforming that idea into a business of their own. The reasons are, in short: money, numbers and confidence.

Tags: Financial Matters