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Entrepreneurship is hard. Excuse me, not hard. It’s mind changing, life shifting, mood swinging, energy draining, hard. You’re out there, embracing risk to give life to a whole new business. Every day, you’re out there, pitching for opportunities. No matter how much of a great speaker you are, that’s a tough challenge.

So, make your life easy by relying on structure, whenever you can. Having a ready-to-go pitch deck, is a simple way to ease communication and improve efficiency, at all levels: impromptu meetings, funding rounds, account and media relations and so on.

As an entrepreneur, you’re at the front line of business. You have to make good decisions, be confident in your abilities and anticipate change. Business ownership is a mental game – do you possess the right mindset to succeed?
Entrepreneurs are recognized for their skill sets and have long been studied for their adaptability and risk-taking. The entrepreneurial mindset is a sought-after set of traits.

This is our first stop in the 3-part ABC starter to the use of "Story" in business

I’d like you to accept that stories work on all levels and that they help you ‘sell as you tell’. Whether the message you are working to get across is about influence, personal persuasion, selling a physical product, your service or an idea-stories help.

You know from your own human experience that the attention we set aside for stories is embedded in our DNA. We learn about the world from early childhood and as we grow we find ourselves choosing from candidates to commercial brands, based on the story!

Baseball cards, tea cozies, stamps—humans love to collect things. Even time pressed entrepreneurs may find the time to acquire a collection of antique dolls or ceramic frogs. Business cards, however are not simply for collection. After you leave that networking event, it is essential that you follow up. Otherwise all you’ve done is stuff your pockets, purse or briefcase with worthless bits of fancy paper.

When two or more people come together to form a business relationship, the legal presumption is that a partnership has been created, absent of any documentation or agreement. While a Partnership Agreement is not a requirement to act as a partnership, it is an important document to have from the beginning in order to outline the intentions of the relationship throughout the businesses lifecycle.

If you are planning to grow your company, now is the time to start exploring export opportunities in the European Union (EU). Recently the European Parliament gave its seal of approval of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). As Canada’s second largest trading partner, EU offers immense openings to Canadian companies.