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BMO Business Unplanned with Michael Hyatt
20 minutes | Oct 6, 2022
018 - How Your Business Can Attract More Customers
As a business, it can be difficult to attain new customers. Standing out amongst the competition can be tricky as everyone is always looking to stand out above the rest. How can your business be the most appealing choice for someone looking for your products and/or services? Michael Hyatt answers these questions and more from BMO's virtual live event "How To Work On (not in) Your Business." In this episode, Michael speaks with Sharad Sharma, Client Solutions Manager for Meta. They will discuss the key factors and steps to be taken to assure your business can bring in new and returning customers. For more information, visit bmo.com/smallbusinessresourcehub
14 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
017 - How To Manage Cash Flow While Competing With Inflation
The pandemic brought many industries to a standstill. Two of the biggest consequences of that have been inflation and supply disruption. How can your company balance the two and what opportunities are available to help get it ahead? Michael Hyatt answers these questions and more from BMO's virtual live event "How To Work On (not in) Your Business." In this episode, Michael talks with Dana Leisen, Director and Controller for Moneris. They will discuss what companies are doing to stay ahead while dealing with the fallout of the pandemics' unforeseen setbacks and what can be used to keep them ahead. For more information, visit bmo.com/smallbusinessresourcehub Click here to download today's free ebook.
22 minutes | Aug 5, 2022
016 - How To Engage And Retain Top Talent
The pandemic has created a situation of many unforeseen moving pieces in business. As the work climate changes and forms the new ways we work and conduct business, what are the appropriate ways to not only keep your strongest team members, but to keep them happy? Michael Hyatt answers these questions and more from BMO's virtual live event "How To Work On (not in) Your Business." In this episode, Michael is joined by Iman Masud, Executive Human Resources Relationship Manager for ADP Canada. Michael and Iman discuss how the workforce has seen a great change in working in the office versus working from home and how businesses are accommodating a new hybrid approach for their employees. For more information, visit bmo.com/smallbusinessresourcehub. Click here to download your free eBook of today's episode.
27 minutes | Jul 4, 2022
015 - 6 Trends That Can Help Businesses Get Ahead
The world of business has been faced with some of the most challenging events we've seen in our lifetime. Record high inflation, climbing interest rates supply shortages and so much more. As the world continues to change, what can we expect to see for the future of our economy? Michael Hyatt answers these types of questions and more from BMO's virtual live event "How To Work On (not in) Your Business."In this episode, Michael is joined by Robert Kavcic, Director and Senior Economist for BMO Capital Markets. Michael and Robert discuss the challenges that businesses have and continue to face, and how they can use the current trends to get ahead. For more information, visit bmo.com/smallbusinessresourcehub Click here to download your free eBook of today's episode.
12 minutes | May 2, 2022
Mini Episode: Where We Are and Where We're Heading
A lot has changed since the start of Business Unplanned. The world is attempting to approach normality from the pandemic, Russia has declared war on Ukraine, and we’re on the brink of another recession. With all the challenges being faced, that doesn't mean that we don't have anything to look forward to. In this episode, Michael Hyatt gives us his perspective on the current state of the world and the economy, and how there are still plenty of opportunities to make a comeback and stand tall on the other side. Plus! We're back with a new event and a new season. Visit bmo.com/businessunplanned in the coming weeks for more content, and to save your seat for the event in June.
19 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
014 - Staying Ahead Of Digital Trends For Your Customers with Krista LaRiviere
Michael Hyatt is joined by Krista LaRiviere to answer questions that were asked during BMO's "Preparing Your Business for the Future" virtual event. Krista LaRiviere is the Chief Marketing Officer at Mintent Digital and has been working in the Marketing & Digital Marketing Strategy & Leadership for 25 years. Many businesses have failed during the pandemic, but others have found new ways to succeed and grow. In this episode, we will hear about how you can stay ahead of digital trends to allow your business to adapt and find new ways to access your customers. Knowing how to pivot and strategize to "pandemic proof" your business in the future is vital to succeeding, even during hardships your business is facing. For more information visit: BMO.com/SmallBusinessResourceHub
21 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
013 - Marketing Your Business In The Age Of E-Commerce with Ryan Holtz
Michael Hyatt is joined by Ryan Holtz to answer questions that were asked during BMO's "Preparing Your Business for the Future" virtual event. Ryan Holtz runs a branding and marketing agency and is the host of The Ryan Holtz Show. The pandemic has caused many businesses to adjust and adapt their strategy and focus more on their online presence. And as each individual becomes more connected and using online services, knowing how to market your brand to your customers, and how to properly pivot your business is key in being successful in today's age. For more information visit: BMO.com/SmallBusinessResourceHub
20 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
012 - Financial Resilience as a Business Owner with Victoria Lennox
Michael Hyatt is joined by Victoria Lennox to answer questions that were asked during BMO's "Preparing Your Business for the Future" virtual event. Victoria Lennox is the President and CEO of Startup Canada and has a wealth of experience when it comes to helping new businesses take off. The implications of starting a business without proper financial literacy can be challenging, knowing your numbers and what it takes to achieve business success is vital. In this episode, Victoria Lennox gives advice on how we can properly prepare ourselves financially, and what help we should look for in the early stages of starting a business. For more information visit: BMO.com/SmallBusinessResourceHub
22 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
011 - Business Lessons Gained During A Pandemic
Michael Hyatt answers questions from Canadian's during BMO's virtual event "Preparing Your Business for the Future". Michael dives into what we've learned over the past year and a half, what types of things we can expect in the future, and what steps we can take to ensure our business is properly prepared for the new normal that's to come. COVID-19 has changed the way many businesses operate, and it has affected the way customers and clients interact with businesses. With so many moving parts and things constantly changing, knowing the best way to adapt, and continue adapting as things continue to evolve is crucial in the success of your business. For more information visit: BMO.com/SmallBusinessResourceHub
1 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Mini Episode: Preparing Your Business For The Future
Things are starting to look up for businesses as we see provinces begin to open up and the prospect of returning to a new normal looks more realistic. With a virtual event happening on July 14th, 2021, to answer any questions business owners might have, we also wanted to point you towards the BMO resource hub that can provide additional information and help prepare you and your business for the future. Visit BMO.com/SmallBusinessResourceHub Follow on LinkedIn BMO Financial Group
1 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Mini Episode: Virtual Event
We're taking a break this month from regular content! In the meantime, we’re gearing up for our next virtual event, which will take place on July 14, 2021, from 1-2:30PM EST! Join Michael and some special guests for a 90-minute event where they discuss ways to prepare your business for the future. Make sure to follow BMO Financial Group on LinkedIn to get notified as soon as it drops, as spots will be limited!
1 minutes | May 3, 2021
Mini Episode: Workplace Mental Health
We're taking a break this month from regular content! In the meantime, this month is National Mental Health Month! Everyone experiences mental health, and it’s important to prioritize especially in the workplace. In this mini episode, Michael shares where you can find helpful resources to learn more. Listen to Business Unplanned Episode 5 at https://www.bmo.com/main/business/small-business-resource-hub/podcast/
1 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Mini Episode - Taxes 101
We're taking a break this month from regular content! In the meantime, it's everyone's favourite season - tax season. In this mini episode, Michael shares where you can find helpful resources to help minimize your taxes. https://www.bmo.com/main/business/news/small-business-taxes/
14 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
010 - Business as Usual in a Post-Pandemic Economy
In this episode, Michael spends time looking forward into what our future will look like post-pandemic almost one year since the pandemic hit. He answers some hard-hitting questions about what's to come like how will our industries change? Will everything resume as normal? This episode will discuss tips on pivoting your business plan while COVID is still happening, coming to terms with the fact that we are going to be in this "new normal" for the foreseeable future, and how even though it feels like this pandemic will never end, this too shall pass.
15 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
009 - Taking the Right Path to Financial Success
Michael is joined by BMO Relationship Manager, Paschal Okwundu, another one of our event’s panelists. To help you prep for tax time in the coming months, today's discussion is all about money: Michael and Paschal help listeners understand the meaning of good debt vs bad debt, and how you should be thinking about debt management for your business. They also discuss considerations when applying for business loans, and take us through the world of COVID economics, and how the government is handling its debt.
15 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
008 - Managing Your Start-Up During A Pandemic
As we kick off to a new year, Michael's questions in this episode are all about start-ups! Michael is joined by two of our event's panelists: Julia Wood, a Business Development Manager at Futurpreneur, and Nathan Mah, founder of Mero. The trio enter into the world of start-up management, discussing how to take the first steps to creating a business, and how to keep it going and thriving, especially in today's economic environment. Managing a start-up can be daunting, but Michael, Julia and Nathan lay out the many resources and information available to assist in making your journey into entrepreneurship seamless.
18 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
007 - The Importance of eCommerce and Digital Marketing
Michael Hyatt dives into some questions from attendees of BMO's Small Business Month virtual event, Regaining Business Momentum After a Crisis. Michael is joined by one of our event’s panelists, Amy Maraone, Moneris' VP of Marketing and Communications. Today, the pair will be answering some questions about Marketing and uncovering eCommerce best practices which could be fitting for you during the holiday season. Growing and marketing your business can be difficult on a regular day, but it is especially challenging with the new switch to Work From Home. This episode will dive into the benefits of digital marketing for an online business, how to stimulate customer traffic, and how having solid leadership and internal communications can translate to a successful business.
35 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
006 - Understanding Customers' Needs with Janet Zuccarini
On this episode, Michael is joined by Janet Zuccarini, restaurateur, founder and owner of the Gusto 54 Group. Running a business that depends on customers can be very rewarding, but it can also be very difficult, especially during this time of COVID-19. Michael and Janet will talk about how to adapt to customers’ needs, the limitations and learning from living and working in self-isolation, exploring online markets, and other alternate ways to reach customers.
37 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
005 - How to Stay Motivated in Business with Mike Darlington
Today Michael sits down with Mike Darlington, co-founder of Monstercat, an independent record label, to discuss motivation. Running your own company can be pretty daunting, especially when a crisis unfolds and there's no end in sight, and that can make it hard to stay focused on your goals and keep the company going. Michael and Mike will break down some tips for self-motivation in times of crisis, as well as discuss how to inspire and motivate your employees during uncertain times.
33 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
004 - Managing Cash Flow Post-Covid-19 with Hana & Farrah Elali
One of the primary functions of maintaining a business is cash flow, and that's what the topic is this week! Michael chats with Hana and Farrah Elali, the brains behind Dough T.O., a safe-to-eat cookie dough company. Joined by a BMO financial expert, the group will have an open discussion about money, tips to manage payroll, common pitfalls when money is at the forefront, paying yourself as small business owners, and how to lead with confidence.
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