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B Corps: Redefining Success in Business

Christine Mills on May 3, 2017 in Advice for Business Owners

There are over 1,200 Certified B Corporations (B Corps) in 38 countries including 110 in Canada. Most successful business owners understand the importance of looking beyond the spreadsheet. Factors such as environmental performance, corporate social responsibility, and strong values can influence and impact buyer decisions, employee morale, and reputation. Now, a new designation is available … Continued

Separating YOU From Your Business

Trevor Hood on March 4, 2015 in Advice for Business Owners

Previously, I wrote a blog about business value drivers and how certain factors can impact the value of a business. Now I’d like to address what is probably the biggest value driver in any small to medium enterprise – you as the business owner.

Are Businesses Obligated to Give Back to the Community?

John Chisholm on November 12, 2014 in Business Continuity

For SB Partners, the issue is not so much about obligation, but rather a choice predicated on corporate culture. Our firm embraces social responsibility as an integral part of who we are and how we operate

Reducing Costs in the Finance Department Through Technology

Gregory Clarke on July 17, 2013 in Advice for Business Owners

I recently read an interesting report by Erik Dorr and Martijn Geerling about Taking Finance Transformation to the Next Level, and thought I would share some of their insights. All companies strive to be cost-effective in their operations. Most focus on centralized processing to minimize costs in these operations including many finance functions such as … Continued

Using Analytics to Drive Your Business

Gregory Clarke on May 22, 2013 in Advice for Business Owners

I had the opportunity recently to review a report from Bloomberg Businessweek "Finance as Analytical Partner to the Business". This was a very interesting report that had some key points that can be applied directly to the Owner-Manager Private Enterprise level organization. The report was based on a survey of 318 global business leaders and … Continued

SMEs Must be Ready for the Next Generation

John Chisholm on April 24, 2013 in Advice for Business Owners

Attracting Top Graduates Will Carry Weight Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) can gain a great deal by hiring graduates. The problem is that top grads tend to prefer larger companies, though this trend has changed somewhat due to the increased unemployment status graduates are facing nowadays. However, since many graduates decide to take jobs in … Continued

Trounce Your Competitors with Disciplined Plans to Expand

Gregory Clarke on November 14, 2012 in Advice for Business Owners

When entrepreneurs are running a successful small business, extra available time is scarce due to the various demands. Understandably, they rarely take the time to evaluate the future growth of their company in a disciplined manner.

You Should be Prepared to Prevent Access Risk and Fraud

Gregory Clarke on May 16, 2012 in Advice for Business Owners

People often rely too much on manual access controls I recently reviewed an SAP study on how to prevent access risk and fraud and found some interesting points. The study was prepared by InsiderRESEARCH who conducts independent research for SAP customers. The group recently collected 183 online surveys and 17 in-depth interviews with security-focused professionals … Continued

Ascending the Maturity Curve

John Chisholm on May 2, 2012 in Advice for Business Owners

Software provider SAP has provided SB Partners with VIP access to several noteworthy reports prior to being published publicly. We have promised to share those we believe will be of most interest to you. I recently reviewed Ascending the maturity curve: Effective management of enterprise risk and compliance, an Economist Intelligence Unit briefing paper sponsored … Continued

IT Year-End Tips

Heather Cooper on January 4, 2012 in Advice for Business Owners

Welcome to 2012! I hope it will be a happy and prosperous year for all of us. When you changed the calendar on the wall, I hope you also did one other year-end task. As the IT Manager at SB Partners, I do back-ups all the time, but the Monthly and now Year-End back-ups are … Continued