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Creating a cooperative to grow your business

A producers' cooperative operates a business whose primary goal is to provide the goods and services its members need to carry out their work. This formula may be an appealing legal framework for self-employed workers, professionals, merchants or producers seeking to establish a network where there is strength in numbers.

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Selecting volunteers: An important task

Selection is an important step in the volunteer recruitment process. With a well-planned approach, you'll find the right applicant for your volunteer position.

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Do you know what types of financing are available?

Both new and expanding businesses need money to fund their projects. Your business must get funding for each item it requires to operate: working capital, ongoing expenses, tools, equipment, buildings, patents, etc. Once you’ve established your needs, you must determine what sources of funding are available to meet them.

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Planning your start-up

Do you have an idea and maybe even potential customers? Where should you start? Before you make any decisions, check out our pre-startup calendar and meet with a specialized business start-up advisor. You'll have what it takes to build a solid business plan in no time!

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Good accounts receivable management practices

Accounts receivable management is a key part of managing any business. Neglecting this aspect can lead to a cash crunch, which in turn can have serious consequences.

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Good practices for sound supplier management

Even with a brilliant idea, seasoned managers, talented employees and a revolutionary concept, without suppliers a company is like a dream car with no gas in its tank—worthy of interest but unable to reach its full potential.

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Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur?

What personality traits do entrepreneurs have, and what skills does it take to become an entrepreneur? There are all kinds of entrepreneurs, but those who are successful have some things in common. They have personal, interpersonal and job skills that help them succeed in everything they do.

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Testing out your business plan and idea

Do you have a good business idea you want to act on? Great! But be careful—you may be so passionate about your idea that you only see the positives. Your enthusiasm may impair your objectivity. So draw up a business plan before you set off on this entrepreneurship adventure.

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