Founders Free Lunch update

The Founders Alliance held a great “FREE LUNCH FOR FOUNDERS” event on November 13 at the Fatboys BBQ attended by 60 Founders. The event sponsored by Fatboys Restaurant, Secureship and Videotelephony featured a delicious lunch provided by Fatboys BBQ and allowed Founders to network. Following lunch the Founders assembled in small groups and exchanged ideas around what Founders need to grow their businesses.

Centered around the ABC Building Blocks of Advocacy, Benefits, and Community to help businesses cross the chasm from Start-up to Scale-up, the participating Founders engaged in lively discussions. They noted their ideas on paper covered tables, cue cards, and twitter feeds. All the ideas will be processed and the discussion will continue on the Founders Alliance website. The purpose of this exchange is to identify Advocacy, Benefits, and Community initiatives that Founders need the most and to help fill those gaps by making Founders aware of existing initiatives in the ecosystem and by developing new ones where none exist.

A – Advocacy – articulating and amplifying Founders’ needs… from CrowdFunding to Centres of Excellence: Tell us your advocacy priorities so we can be your voice.
B – Benefits – building and sustaining relationships that help Founders grow their businesses… from mentors to actual customers who are interested in your products, group buying and more.
C – Community – creating and contributing value to the entrepreneurial eco-system… from GEW to a Startup House.

This Alliance grew out of the Lead to Win program started at Carleton University and is now expanding with the goal of creating a framework for helping Founders grow from Start-up to Scale-up. If you are a founder of a company join the discussion.

What you need to know in order to run a successful business

Monica Goyal from My Legal Briefcase was a part participant in the Lead To Win bootcamp. She is now running a successful start-up and here’s what she found very useful for her business.

Turning Ideas into a Business

We all have ideas for new products or services however it’s not easy to take these ideas and convert them into a business. The path is not clear and sometimes you can spend a lot of time working hard at it but not moving forward. Sometimes you need assistance in getting the clarity that you need.

Nui Esser from BeeGlorious did just that. Here is her story.

If you are watching this and you can relate, then sign up for the Lead To Win program, it will be the catalyst for taking your idea into a profitable business.
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Can you run a business in a vacuum?

Running a business on your own is very daunting and the likely hood of giving up is pretty high. It helps to have a network to get you through the hard times, give you advice that will help you move ahead and much more.

Jane He from Signority found the Lead To Win program to be a huge asset to her company. It not only helped put her on the right path but the mentoring after the program was very helpful as well.

Here is her story.

If you are the founder of a company and need support, sign up for our next training session starting on Oct. 30th 2012.

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Expert Speaker Series: Hiring Your Team

Time spent on hiring is time well spent.

-Robert Half

Thinking of hiring an employee into your new business or perhaps looking for strategies to improve your next hire? Patricia Cutler, co-owner of HireSmartHR, regularly advises clients on best practices in HR strategies, recruiting, hiring, interviewing and related topics. She will cover the basics on hiring dos and don’ts for entrepreneurs including:

  • Newer trends in hiring: job postings, Linkedin, Facebook, etc.
  • Creating job descriptions that work for you, not against you
  • Interviewing done well
  • Reference checks – the good, the bad, the illegal
  • Signing on your new employee

Speaker Bio:  Patricia Cutler co-owns HireSmartHR with her business partner Nicole Soucy. She has more than 10 years experience in staffing, recruiting and HR consulting for the large multinational HR company and the small boutiques in both Toronto and Ottawa. Patricia focuses on helping company owners select the right professionals for their team and provides practical HR consulting services.  She is regularly asked to speak at community workshops and contributes to industry magazines on related topics.

Format:  This expert series will be delivered through a live webcast.  Once registered, you will be sent your webcast connection information through email.
Cost:  Free. Registration is mandatory.

(Image Source:  Source:  http://articles.businessinsider.com/2010-05-19/strategy/30021173_1_job-post-stage-startups-opportunities)