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Business in Academia

By David Noël-Romas on Jan 12, 2017 9:13:00 AM in manitoba business, entrepreneurship, mentors, small business

I did a podcast interview with Stu Henrickson from the Asper School of Business a while back. Here are some of the highlights:

Dave Reid on Business Evolution, and Preparing for Acquisition

By David Noël-Romas on Dec 15, 2016 9:19:00 AM in building a business, manitoba business, entrepreneurship, cloud software, acquisition, small business, selling your business

Dave Reid is one of my favourite podcast guests, because he's interesting and strategic but also because he happens to play in my universe of "IT stuff". He has interesting perspectives on how businesses need to change over time, and how a...

Doug Harvey On Business

By David Noël-Romas on Dec 8, 2016 12:29:01 PM in manitoba business, small business

I've learned several things through my work on the Manitoba Business Podcast. One of them is that our business community in Manitoba is comprised of many very good people. People who lead by example, people who are generous with their time and...

Your First Website

By David Noël-Romas on Nov 24, 2016 12:50:37 AM in marketing, small business

Businesses need websites. If you own a business and you don't have a website, get one.

Tools of the Trade: The Small Business Software Necessities

By David Noël-Romas on Nov 24, 2016 12:24:59 AM in cloud software, small business

At Black Chair, we preach the concept of having well-defined operational processes, even for the tiniest businesses, because (a) it reduces overhead significantly and (b) it poises an organization for growth. Good operational processes are...

Hubspot's Free Tier: A Complete Guide for Small Businesses (Part 1)

By David Noël-Romas on Nov 14, 2016 9:09:32 AM in inbound marketing, hubspot

At Hubspot's Inbound conference this year, they announced the "Hubspot Growth Stack", which includes a free pricing tier. This is a first for Hubspot--until now, pricing started at $200/month. The free version of Hubspot's Growth Stack is perfect...

A Conversation With Bob Silver

By David Noël-Romas on Nov 3, 2016 9:05:00 AM in manitoba business, family business

Bob Silver is a well-recognized name in Manitoba business circles. And for good reason--he's overseen very impressive growth as CEO at Western Glove Works, while also making significant contributions in non-profit roles throughout our community.

The Entrepreneur Psyche

By David Noël-Romas on Oct 27, 2016 9:07:00 AM in manitoba business, entrepreneurship

Barb Gamey at Payworks is one of the most formidable business people in Manitoba. It was a privilege to interview her for the podcast, and even though it was one of the first episodes we did it is still one of my favourites. Here are some...

Growth Driven Design: How Our Ugly Website Is Doing

By David Noël-Romas on Oct 25, 2016 8:17:00 AM in growth driven design

Almost two months ago, I wrote a blog post about our brand new ugly website. The punchline was basically that we've finally committed to practicing what we preach as consultants, and graduated from a "brochure website" to a living, breathing...

Big Picture Thinkers

By David Noël-Romas on Oct 22, 2016 7:14:11 PM in leadership, manitoba business

Social network analysis is the process of investigating social structures through the use of network and graph theories. It characterizes networked structures in terms of nodes (individual actors, people, or things within the network) and the...