Business coach to visit Muskoka in February
December 5, 2012
HUNTSVILLE - The services of an expert business consultant is something typically reserved for larger companies with the financial means to afford it, and these companies often spend thousands of dollars a year getting outside advice to help them make good business decisions.
A new breed of consultant, called a business coach, is starting to emerge and they are often highly successful entrepreneurs who have a passion for helping others and will offer their services at a very reasonable cost. The people at Happy Entrepreneur Consulting are an example of this, combining a wealth of experience with a belief that small business can and must succeed, especially in rural areas.
Happy Entrepreneur Consulting is based in Meteghan, Nova Scotia, a fishing village on the southwest shore of the province. This is a very unlikely location for a business consulting service, but owners Tim Alison and Ron Robichaud have both had very successful entrepreneurial careers from this unlikely spot. Alison grew up in Toronto but moved to Meteghan after he married a local girl and they decided this was where they wanted to settle and raise a family. From here Alison started Maritrain Limited, an e-learning company that reached 200,000 users in community colleges, First nations and non-profit organizations, and reached sales of $10,000,000 even before the internet was a household thing. Alison’s partner Robichaud has spent most of his working life in Meteghan where he has owned and operated several successful businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service sectors.
Why am I writing about a company that operates in rural Nova Scotia? Their experience in rural Nova Scotia bears many similarities to that of entrepreneurs right here in Muskoka. Just like many of us here in Muskoka, they chose where they wanted to live based on quality of life, not economic opportunity, and like many of us, they overcame the obstacles of doing business from a small community, created their own opportunities and did the best they could, (which in their case was pretty good).
Putting their experience to good use, the two formed a partnership with the idea of providing business coaching and consulting to entrepreneurs that are ready to take immediate action to increase revenues and improve the bottom line. They have developed a business check up that emphasizes business fundamentals and has seen extraordinary results in a short period of time. Both have also worked with the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship to develop programs for business counsellors and entrepreneurs alike. They have co-authored two books, De-mystifying Financial Statements and Growth Strategies for Small Business. Alison has also written Life with an Ocean View: Creating Success and Happiness Away From the Rat Race.
Alison will be visiting Muskoka in February, 2013, as the keynote speaker for Muskoka Small Business Centre’s annual Bridges to Better Business seminar, where he will speak on maximizing the profit potential of your business, and share some stories from his entrepreneurial career.
While in Muskoka, Alison will also be available for a limited number of one-on-one consultations with local entrepreneurs who wish to take advantage of this unique opportunity. To find out more, contact Muskoka Small Business Centre at 705-646-9021, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.muskokasmallbusiness.ca.
Dave Connell is the managing director of the Muskoka Small Business Centre.
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