Management
In farming, risks are ever-present. An accident can change a life, poor business planning can slow growth, environmental changes can damage crops, and misunderstanding customers can stunt sales.
Feb. 2, 2015, Simcoe, Ont. — How was the 2014 growing season(s) for your greenhouse? Were sales up? Did you expand and/or invest in new technology? How were the disease/pest pressures?
When Gerard Schouwenaar, owner of Orchard Park Growers in St. Catharines, Ont., first approached lending institutions to expand his business in the late 1980s, he recalls it being a fairly informal process.
Nov. 21, 2014, Winnipeg  — The Agri-food Management Institute (AMI), in partnership with Farm Management Canada (FMC), launched a toolkit today to help farmers identify and manage business risks.
Sept. 10, 2014 – If you're like most business owners, you're probably wearing far too many "hats," taking on responsibilities like sales, marketing, purchasing and more.
Aug. 26, 2014 — There are plenty of reasons to care about your brand, and high among them should be to make your voice heard: your unique voice.
Andrew Morse. Flowers Canada Ontario: Working For You
May 22, 2014 — William James, the famed American philosopher and psychologist, once said, “When two people meet there are really six people present. There is each person as they see themselves, each person as the other person sees them, and each person as they really are.” As a leader, how do you see yourself? And, even more important, how do the people you lead see you?
Feb. 11, 2014 — It's been said that if you make your customers happy, everything else will take care of itself. However the problem for many businesses is they don't have the resources to create and implement effective customer service programs.
Dec. 24, 2013 — If you’re bootstrapping your own business, you know all about doing more with less. The ability to stretch a budget is a survival skill, especially in those cash-strapped early days.
If your sales have plateaued, knowing how to deal with existing customers is more important than ever before.
Nov. 15, 2013 — The best managers try hard to motivate and guide their people to meet agreed-upon goals. Procedures, protocols and guidelines are put in place to help keep things fair and organized. Feedback, motivation and direction are given. But at the end of the day, good managers realize that there is no good way to manage people. Since managing people is the key to any business success, you have to try anyway.
Oct. 17, 2013 – Chances are that you’ve read numerous books and articles on what to do to succeed in business. But often, knowing what not to do is even more important. In order for your company to make more money, be sure you’re not inadvertently making any of these top 10 business mistakes.
Sept. 13, 2013 — In a bipolar economic landscape, there is tangible demand for individuals with proven accomplishments in the small business sector. Here are five ways that you, as a business owner, can employ your unique brand of expertise to build your local reputation and secure a stout customer base.
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