Off the Ground Blog

How Cultured Is Your Company? »

Mar 26, 2012

The Sergay Group defines company culture as "the collective way we do things around here. It involves a learned set of behaviors that is common knowledge to all the participants.

Tags: Books, Management & HR

Backing Up Your Business Data »

Mar 19, 2012

How often do you back up data from your small business? What technology do you use to do it? How do you decide what information needs to be archived? Your data is as much a part of your business as your products, services, and customers -- and it's nearly impossible to replace once it's gone.

Tags: Privacy & Security

Why Use Web Analytics »

Mar 16, 2012

Having a website is a cornerstone to creating an identity and presence for many businesses. It’s your calling card and the first impression that many customers will have of you and your business. Therefore you want to make sure that your website is effective in supporting your goals and the needs of your customers.

Tags: Applications & Software

Is Group Buying Right For Your Business? - TD Web Seminar »

Mar 2, 2012

In February, TD Canada Trust hosted a webinar  calledAre deal sites right for your business?' which discussed the phenomenon of group buying and for what businesses it would work best.

Tags: Marketing

Is Your Elevator Pitch Ready? »

Feb 29, 2012

Sometimes you only have a few seconds — for example, the length of an elevator ride — to make a good impression. Can you summarize your business and its value to a potential customer confidently and quickly? If not, you need to work on your elevator pitch.

Tags: Networking

Build A Better World: Start a Co-operative Business! »

Feb 20, 2012

It's a great time to consider a cooperative model for your business! The United Nations has declared 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives.

What's a co-operative?


Tags: Business Planning

Entrepreneur 2012 Franchise 500® »

Feb 15, 2012

Curious about franchise opportunities?

If so, then you must review Entrepreneurs annual ranking of American franchises.

Tags: Franchising

Small Business Advice from Enterprize Canada 2012 »

Feb 13, 2012

The 2012 Enterprize Canada Conference in downtown Vancouver brought together more than 350 university and high school students from throughout BC, and even across Canada.

Tags: Financial Matters, Management & HR, Marketing

Business Planning Just Got Easier - Expanded Access to Gale Business Plans Handbook »

Feb 10, 2012

Good news is here for BC businesses looking to create a clear operational base for their business, one that will help the business grow and even secure funding.

Tags: Business Planning