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I'm A Millionaire! So Now What?
31 minutes | 4 days ago
Lessons from the Sports Startup World
This week on 💫“I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?” 💫 - how a professional hockey player became a startup founder! 🏒🏒🏒 I love LinkedIn for meeting new members of the Self Made Nation. That’s where I connected with Kris McCarthy, Co-Founder and COO of FanSaves, a sports-focused mobile couponing platform, offering discounts and deals from sponsors. 🏈⚽️🏀 We talk: ✅ Building teams from the ground up. ✅ How an impressive advisory board can help a startup. ✅ Diving in - not worrying about getting big funding first. ✅ And lessons learned from less than perfect growth experiences. Because one thing is certain when you’re building a company - there are bound to be hiccups along the way! Have a listen! Prince Edward Island born, Ottawa raised Kris McCarthy is the Co-Founder and COO of FanSaves, a digital platform that gives users discounts and deals from the sponsors and affiliated brands of their favourite sports teams, organizations, eSports teams, schools, Chambers of Commerce, events, influencers, media and more. A true athlete and team player, Kris played pro hockey until an injury forced him to pivot. His passion for sports paired with a business degree from SUNY Potsdam led him into the world of Sports Marketing. While selling sponsorship for two minor professional hockey teams he and his co-founder were managing in 2017, they quickly realized there was a “hole” in the sports marketing/sponsorship world – and set out to fill it! Business owners wanted to be able to reach their target market digitally while being able to measure their return on investment with data. And voila! The concept of FanSaves was born.
31 minutes | 11 days ago
Bringing Military Strategy to the Investment World
Welcome back to another episode of 🎙“I’m a Millionaire''. So Now What?”🎙 I always strive to introduce you to members of the Self Made Nation with super interesting stories. 💥This week’s a doozy!💥 Glenn Cowan is a retired Squadron Commander, 🇨🇦 Canadian Special Operations Forces. 🇨🇦 He’s also a venture capitalist moving the needle on investing, using principles of Special Ops planning and risk mitigation. 👏👏👏 As he puts it, “A special forces organization is probably the best incubator and accelerator for identifying, validating and proving new technologies.” His company, ONE9 Investments, is named after his radio call sign when he was with Special Ops. 📻📻📻 Which is pretty cool, if you ask me. Enjoy! Glenn Cowan founded ONE9 Investments while serving as an Assaulter Officer in Canadian Special Operations Forces. As a Squadron Commander, Glenn specialized in leadership command, and strategic planning, and successfully brought those skills to a venture capital fund that uses the principles of special operations planning and risk mitigation. A graduate of McGill University, The Army Operations Course, The Special Operations Assaulter Course, Canadian Securities Course, and Ivey's Executive Leadership programme, his education, along with extensive military experience, affords Glenn an unconventional perspective and application to the investment battlefield. He is also an active mentor in Operation Entrepreneur’s mentoring program. Operation Entrepreneur is a program of Prince's Trust Canada that provides veterans and transitioning members of the military community with the tools they need to start and grow successful businesses.
30 minutes | 18 days ago
Turning Brain Power into Sellable Assets
It’s “I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?” time again! 🎙🎉🎙 Double to Sell is over, and yes, I’m a tad emotionally hungover! 😭 But I’m also thrilled to get back to our “regularly scheduled programming” – introducing you to fascinating members of the Self Made Nation! 💥🔥💥 Meet Eleanor Beaton. She’s an award-winning journalist, speaker, executive coach and host of the Power, Presence, and Position podcast. She calls herself an “accidental entrepreneur” and shares her story of reinvention - how finding her niche and having the courage to stay hyper-focused – drove her eventual success. 💵💰💵 Three cheers for a vivid vision! 👏👏👏 There’s lots to chew on in this episode. Have a listen. Eleanor Beaton is an award-winning entrepreneur, podcast host, keynote speaker and women's leadership development mentor. Through her world-renowned leadership training, elite-level mentorship, international keynotes, and live events, Eleanor helps ambitious professional women and business owners develop the confidence, presence, political savvy and influence they need to smash the glass ceiling and take their seats at the tables where the big deals and big decisions are made. In 2017, she won the prestigious Profiles in Diversity "Women Worth Watching" Award for her work promoting diversity and inclusion. Eleanor joins previous recipients of this award including General Motors' CEO Mary Barra, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, advocate Geena Davis and other women from diverse industries driving meaningful change in parity and gender equality. An international keynote speaker, Eleanor has presented at conferences whose rosters include such notables as former US Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton, Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson and 23andMe Inc. co-founder Anne Wojcicki.
13 minutes | 25 days ago
Visualize Your Path to a Cash Rich Exit
“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice. 👧 Here we are with another episode of “I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?” But why am I quoting Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland? Because, as the Cheshire Cat said, if you don’t know where you’re heading, any path will take you there. 😺😺😺 And that just won’t do! Know where you’re heading – and get the path to your cash rich exit mapped out for you at my virtual event, Double to Sell, Nov 4 & 5. I can’t believe it’s finally here – I am SO EXCITED! You, me, Cameron Herold and a roundtable of your peers. 💫🎉💫 “It wasn’t very civil of you to sit down without being invited,” said the March Hare. 🐰🎩🐰 Consider yourselves invited!! 🤩 Hope to see you there. This whole idea of creating clarity, developing a vision. It's both creative, practical, and pragmatic. The thing is, if you haven't built out the creative part, and thought expansively, and gained the clarity of what that picture looks like - really visualizing what you want - then the pragmatic and practical side, the “How” is actually more difficult. Cameron Herold speaks about vivid vision. The big picture. And then what are the critical things that need to happen in order to get you there? Three years from now, two years from now, one year from now, six months from now, three months from now, one month from now, one week from now, what needs to happen tomorrow to get you to your three-year vision (or five year, or 10 year)? There is so much power in intention. Talk to any Olympic athlete, having a strong belief in your ability to accomplish your vivid vision is huge.
7 minutes | a month ago
Building to Sell? Then Invest in Double to Sell!
It’s me again, on my lonesome, hosting another episode of “I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?” 🎙😂🎙 Why have I been “guestless” lately? Because I’m saving all the goodness for Double to Sell, my workshop for business owners wanting a cash-rich exit! 💰💰💰 Join us virtually on Nov 4 & 5. Learn from business growth guru Cameron Herold and a roundtable of your peers. 🎉🌟🎉 Still building? That’s ok, you’ll fit right in, and walk away with a vivid vision of your future, to ensure you hit your own cash-rich exit when you’re ready! 🎯💵🎯 Hard core strategic planning, an implementation plan, follow up debrief, and more. You built a company worth millions. We'll help you exit for 10X that! Hope to see you there! Back when Double to Sell was originally conceived, pre-Covid-19, we were naturally all going to hang out in person. But it’s safe to say that nearly ALL businesses have pivoted to digital and virtual events this year, and so has Double to Sell. Ask yourself: what do you want for yourself and your business? Is it about a legacy? Is it about financial freedom? Is it about freedom in general, freedom and flexibility? Or is it all of the above? Is it legacy and freedom? Is it both? Well, I say, giddy up, you can have either or you can have both financial freedom and legacy with impact. It's whatever you put your mind to. You should aim to wring as much value out of your years of hard work as you possibly can. And that means, you should start planning for that cash-rich exit strategy TODAY. Again, I can’t emphasize enough that this event isn’t ONLY for people ready to pull the trigger on their cash-rich exit. It’s for ALL entrepreneurs and business owners, even those still in “build mode,” who want to get their business “puzzle pieces” in place AND craft a vivid vision for an eventual cash rich exit, even if that’s ten years down the road. Money isn’t everything. Granted. But if you’re selling eventually, set your mind to doubling your revenue and profits.
17 minutes | a month ago
Take the Steps Needed to Double to Sell
Welcome back to “I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?” I’m flying solo again, as I prep for Double to Sell, my upcoming workshop for business owners wanting a cash-rich exit. 💰💰💰 I mean, who wouldn’t want that? Right? Shockingly, according to BDC data, quite a few of you! 🤯😳🤯 🌟 71% of you planning on selling are not willing to take on risk to improve your business. 🌟 And 52% of you won’t explore expansion. Leaving potential exit-money on the table…? Come on now. I simply can’t support that! 😂😂😂 Money isn’t everything. Granted. But if you’re selling eventually, set your mind to doubling your revenue and profits. Join me and Cameron Herold in November, and plan to double to sell, or better! 🎉🎉🎉 Legacy or freedom? Freedom or legacy? Build to last? Or build to sell? Whichever way you have mapped out your exit plan, one thing is for certain – you should aim to wring as much value out of your years of hard work as you possibly can. Start planning for that cash-rich exit strategy TODAY. Three, five, 10 years down the road feels like a long time, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. As I understand it, based on recent data from the BDC, nearly half of you are considering an exit in the next five years, and three quarters are considering an exit in the next 10 years. What shocked me, was the other info nestled in the above data: the majority of you are averse to taking any risks in the next few years in order to improve your business, and half said they had little appetite for expansion. That, frankly, is leaving money on the table. When the time comes, when someone makes you an offer to sell – will you be ready? Will your company be in the best shape it can possibly be? It will be if you reset your thinking. From today onward, set your mind to doubling your revenue and profits. Grab hold of a vivid vision that will allow you to Double to Sell. Or better!
16 minutes | a month ago
5 Key Questions for Planning a Cash Rich Exit
Hey there, Self Made Nation, hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving (Covid-style, of course!). 🦃🍁🦃 “I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?” is back, and I’m here on my lonesome with FIVE key questions you should ask yourself if and when you start planning a cash-rich exit: ❶ Are you clear about how your business is set up? ❷ What is its worth? ❸ What happens if an unexpected tragedy occurs? ❹ Do you already have an Exit Plan? ❺ What about next steps, post-sale? Who are you outside of CEO of XYZ? Cast a critical eye, friends. Don’t have the answers to the above questions? Then please join me (and Cameron Herold!) in November for Double to Sell! 🌟💰🌟 Hope to see you there! For anyone looking into the future and planning to sell off - or pass on - their business, the goal should be to get the emotion out of the equation and look at the facts. Is your business – that you’ve spent years of hard work building – really worth what you think it is? Or is it worth more? Do you have a complicated corporate structure with co-founders, family members and investors? Have you fully (and honestly) mapped out what would happen to your company should you fall ill, or worse? Have you protected what or who needs to be protected in case of an unexpected tragedy? And if you already have an exit plan (perhaps you even “built to sell”) the mindset behind that exit is as important as the technical, practical steps required secure the sale. Maybe “retire” is a dirty word in your books. I'm okay with that. But what are you going to do with your time? How are you going to find purpose? Are all the corners and borders of your particular business jigsaw puzzle lined up and ready to be filled in? If not, do yourself a huge favour, and join me and the CEO Whisperer, Cameron Herold (virtually!) in November for Double to Sell - Canada's premier workshop for business owners looking to ensure they have a cash-rich exit strategy fully mapped out before they sell. You’ll receive insights and guidance from one of the most successful entrepreneurs going, PLUS hear lessons from the trenches during a roundtable session with your peers who’ve already made the jump! Whether selling or handing off to the second generation, make sure you have all your ducks in a row to ensure a smooth and financially sound transition.
33 minutes | 2 months ago
Looking to Sell? Keep Your Emotions at Bay
I’m SO excited for October this year, because we’re now less than a month away from Double to Sell, Canada's premier workshop for business owners (Nov 4 and 5)! 🌟🍾🌟 You’ll learn from the CEO Whisperer Cameron Herold, and from peers who’ve already grabbed a cash-rich exit! 💵 💵 💵 Today on “I’m a Millionaire. So now what?” meet one of them - Eric Haggar, President of Axxel Inc. A born entrepreneur he watched his Dad launch and sell multiple businesses! He bought Dad’s last business and grew it into one that helps entrepreneurs in all areas of their business. But, he also sold off bits and pieces of it. Which is never easy. 😭 There are good lessons here. Enjoy. And see you in November! 💰🎉🤯💰 Eric’s a text-book example of what it means to be a member of the Self-Made Nation. While he studied engineering, and built a successful career with Bell Canada, he always knew his endgame would be to shift gears eventually and become an entrepreneur. And he’s not afraid to get personal. Running a business is tough. And running a family business is tougher – especially when a personal loss occurs. Eric talks about how much his dad’s passing impacted him when he was selling part of the business. And the steps he took to remain in a neutral place and keep emotions at bay during negotiations. As he says, “I've seen so many cases where entrepreneurs believe they can save a couple of bucks by not hiring an advisor, or try to sell their businesses themselves, and are studies…that show emotions eat up a lot of the value you could have gotten. So, I stayed totally impartial - I stayed out of it. I let somebody else negotiate. I drew the big lines of the musts and the non- negotiable items, and I let them run with it. And you know what? Usually a transaction takes anywhere between six to eight months, [but] we finished in (almost) less than three months. So, it was really a profitable decision I made at the time.” There’s a lot of takeaway in this episode. I hope you like it.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Helping the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
Time is flying by, isn’t it? 📆📆📆 Hard to believe it’s already time for a new episode of “I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?” – but here we are! I’m continuing the theme of “Me being super excited for my upcoming virtual event!” 😂 Double to Sell, Canada's premier workshop for business owners, is right around the corner! It includes Cameron Herold, AND “tales from the trenches” sessions with folks who’ve already grabbed their cash-rich exit! 💰💵💰 This week, I chat with serial entrepreneur Chris Stanton. Chris built, scaled and sold two tech consulting companies but in no way has he slowed down! 💥🔥💥 Like many of you, entrepreneurship is in his blood. He shares great stories, and lessons learned. Enjoy! *** Serial entrepreneur Chris Stanton has founded, built, scaled and sold two technology consulting companies. He has over 23 years of experience in sales and marketing operations, executive leadership building and managing strategic alliances, and program management of large-scale software implementations. But he didn’t start there. None of us do. What Chris had was an eye for watching how technology was changing early on, and then being able to extrapolate that into a vision for the future – the eventual evolution of technology. While completing a Bachelor of Business degree at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, he loaded up his last few years on IT courses. It was 1996, and this “internet thing” was just starting to really come to life to the layperson. Being a coder was never his goal. Instead, he brought his business acumen and a deep understanding of the inherent business value that IT and digital technology would be bringing to the table: digital transformation and the opportunities for businesses. He used those skills to successfully translate the business value of doing high tech projects, and the value of using software to transform your business, back when the enterprise and the C-Suite were, let’s say, a little more hesitant than they are today. Today, Chris pays it forward by helping young entrepreneurs and start up launchers succeed. As he says, there are fewer headaches that way.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
When a Cash-Rich Exit Doesn’t Equal Retirement
I am so excited to bring you today's “I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?” guest! 🎉🎉🎉 Why? Because Double to Sell, Canada's premier workshop for business owners, is coming up fast! And it includes a “tales from the trenches” session with folks who’ve already grabbed their cash-rich exit! 💰💵💰 Paul Vallée is one of them! Paul’s the CEO of Tehama, a SaaS platform that delivers cloud-based virtual rooms and desktops for the enterprise. (Yes, he’s still a CEO – find out more about his exit – and entrance – in the podcast!) We talk: ✅ Spin-offs. ✅ The future of work. ✅ And how turducken relates to business. 🦃🦆🐓 You have to hear it to believe it! 😆😆😆 He’s got a great story, and many lessons to share. Enjoy! Not all business owners are looking to exit *EXIT* their business. They’re not always ready for a “traditional” retirement. And sometimes the exiting of one business, is about putting a focus on a second business, or acquiring the proper funding for a spin off. That’s the story of Tehama CEO Paul Vallée. Tehama is a SaaS platform that delivers uber-secure, cloud-based virtual rooms and desktops for the enterprise. Basically a “virtual office as a service,” making it easy for companies to connect remote workers, teams, and freelancers with mission-critical and data-sensitive systems with the speed, agility, unparalleled security, and comprehensive audit trail needed to maintain critical enterprise security. Paul envisioned a future that allows anyone to work from anywhere. Perceiving an opportunity for the Internet and related technologies to unlock human potential, he set out to apply and invent technology that could securely connect global workforces to enterprise IT systems. He was a pioneer in remote connectivity technology, and lays claim to the first application of IPSEC VPN technology, co-founding Pythian in 1997. Paul founded Pythian as a data-centric services business with a focus on remote work, and under his leadership, the company developed ground-breaking tools that enable teams to work and interact seamlessly and securely even when dispersed across multiple continents. It is at Pythian that Tehama was born, then launched to the public in 2018, and now spun out to develop its opportunity to help global enterprises seeking to secure their services supply chain.
48 minutes | 2 months ago
How Family and Risk-Taking Can Provide the Path
Hello, Self Made Nation, and welcome to another edition of “I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?” Are you making the most out of LinkedIn in these crazy Covid-19 times? I am. 💫💫💫 And I’ve met incredible entrepreneurs and business owners on the platform, people with fascinating stories to tell. 🗣🗣🗣 The best part? I get to share those stories with you! 🎉🎉🎉 Meet Fayez Thawer: ➡️ Originally dreamed of a life in biomedical engineering. ➡️ Landed a great gig at the Department of National Defence in nuclear radiation safety. ➡️ And is now a second-generation hotelier. Wait. What?? Yup – he took a 50% pay cut to work for his father. For a “short while.” 😂 Families. They sure can suck you in. 💞😉💞 Have a listen! Fayez Thawer bounced between Canada and Tanzania as a baby, before moving to Canada at the age of four when his family finally immigrated. As is often the case, his father left behind a successful life, in transport and milling, and essentially started over again upon landing in Toronto (and eventually settling in Ottawa). As Fayez says, “I finally got to the age when I could internalise that, it really led to a lot of just sheer respect for this risk that my parents have taken. You know, today we’re sitting here having a conversation about entrepreneurial endeavours and what’s next in life, but I think fundamentally family and making the right decisions for your family lead you down a road that doesn't necessarily have to take away from business pursuits or entrepreneurial pursuits.” Fayez dreamed of a life in biomedical engineering, and eventually worked for the Department of National Defence in nuclear radiation safety. But family – and yes, risk – brought him back to the family business. Today, he’s the Managing Director for Tasico Hospitality, a family-owned hotel ownership and management company established in 1982. As a second-generation hotelier, he oversees the acquisition, development and management of hotel and convention properties in Canada and the United States. In addition, he is the Chairman and co-founder of Lyte Resources and Chief Executive Officer of Epic Inc., companies within the medical and wellness industries. Prior to joining the family business, he worked in the field of Nuclear and Radiation Safety at the Department of National Defence. In 2017 he was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Entrepreneurs by the Globe & Mail, TD Canada Trust and KPMG, and in 2016, he was named as one of Ottawa’s Top 40 Under 40.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
How Collaboration Drives Business Success
Welcome to another edition of “I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?” AND welcome to September! 🍁🍂🍁 LinkedIn has been my ‘go to’ lately, to connect with business leaders and entrepreneurs. And one of the first people I met there was Emile Salem! With 40 years of business acumen under his belt, he now runs Ottawa’s Collab Space - a coworking space focused on networking and mentorship. We talk: 💥 The highs and lows of serial entrepreneurship. 💥 Lessons learned from wins AND failures. 💥 And the power that comes from partnering with like-minded people. We spoke in July, and while the news cycle spins like a top these days, the fundamentals of entrepreneurship don’t change. I hope you enjoy his story. Emile Salem’s family immigrated to Canada with four kids in tow. Emile and his twin sister were born and here, and all the children had a strong drive to succeed. As he jokingly says, he’s been self-employed since the age of four, when he was subcontracted to help his brother on his paper route. His earnings? Ten cents and a bag of chips every Friday. By age seven, Emile wised up to the fact his brother was bringing in the big bucks in this deal. So, in true entrepreneurial spirit, he staged a coup, took over the paper route, and has been a serial-entrepreneur ever since. Passionate about the art of doing business, of taking an idea and growing it into a sustainable revenue generating company, he soon realized the “after” – the running of a perfectly healthy business year after year - bored him to tears. Over the next 40 years (and 40-plus businesses!) he turned revenue streams and profit development into an art form across a variety of industries, and developed a cross section of successful business platforms and sales strategies for numerous business leaders. Helping small to mid-sized businesses and start-ups succeed drove him to launch the Collaborative Business Community in the west end of Ottawa called Collab Space. As he says “Collab Space engenders the philosophy that we are all stronger together. Members appreciate the exceptional level of education and structured collaboration…and benefit from the strength in numbers by sharing ideas, resources and solutions.”
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Protect Your Online Intellectual Property
Welcome to another edition of “I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?”! 🎙💫🎙 This week, I have two amazing guests. 🌟🌟🌟 Susan Diaz, the CEO and founder of marketing firm c+p digital, and Cynthia Mason, a trademark lawyer who developed Canada’s first trademark registration software! Why do I have these two experts on? Pull up a chair. 😬 I’m going to share a recent podcast “glitch.” Ok, glitch is putting it mildly. Think: ➡️ Transition podcast production to new team. ➡️ Thinking it was seamless. ➡️ Then suddenly discovering *poof* we didn’t exist on iTunes!! Yes. That happened. Heart attack city. 😳😱😳 Everything’s resolved. But lessons learned? There were many.
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Surviving and Thriving in the Retail Music Marketplace
Welcome to another episode of 🎙“I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?”🎙 Some weeks, I switch things up. And this is one of those weeks! I really value the power of new connections and telling the stories of the boots-on-the-ground entrepreneurs. The brick-and-mortar folks. I connected with Ian Boyd on Linked-In. He and his brother own Ottawa-based Compact Music, one of only a handful of indie music stores left! 🎧🎶🎧 We talk: ✅ The changing music marketplace over the years. ✅ How they rode that wave and stayed in business. ✅ The benefits of being an independent. ✅ And much more! Over 42 years in the ever-changing music biz, Ian’s had to pivot more times than you can count! His is a true success story. Imagine it. From record albums to 8-tracks to cassette tapes to CDs to iPods to streaming services. Imagine being in the music business, as an independent retailer, for 42 years – and managing to survive though this many changes to your product. Not only survive but thrive. That’s just what Ian Boyd and his brother James did, as owner operators of Compact Music. They managed to pivot and twist and shift gears over the years by listening to their customers, keeping a close eye on competitors and the overall music marketplace, and understanding and following trends in their industry. And when vinyl came surging back – as everything “old” is wont to do – they were ready – where other chain music stores floundered. From a seven year old clamouring for the latest Petula Clark track, to a young record store employee who quickly realized – as all good entrepreneurs do – that working for someone else wasn’t really his bag, to co-proprietor of one of the longest-running independent records stores in Ottawa’s history – Ian Boyd has stories to tell that span the decades. You’ll want to have a listen.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
The Cash Rich Exit Strategy
On this week’s “I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?” I revisit an episode from February. Remember February? Pre-Covid-19 February? 🦠😭💸 I was all set to launch Double to Sell, a workshop for business owners wanting a cash rich exit strategy. Cameron Herold, AKA the CEO Whisperer, was booked as featured speaker and workshop leader. Then 💥BOOM💥that all went out the window. But it’s BACK! Virtually, of course, on Nov 4 & 5 (info here). With the event nearing, I thought he deserved an anticipatory Millionaire rerun! Cameron Herold has a HUGE business brain, shakes the status quo, and shares a dirty little secret: business can actually be quite simple. Enjoy the episode, hope to see you at the event! Cameron Herold had 14 different little businesses by the age of 18. A born entrepreneur, he knew he loved money and loved business. By 20 years old, he owned a franchise business painting houses and had twelve employees. He spent his twenties and early 30’s heading up 3 large businesses and coaching over 120 entrepreneurs. One of whom was Kimball Musk, Elon Musk’s brother. In fact, Herold was a reference for their first round of funding in 1995. When he landed at 1-800-Got Junk? at the age of 35, he was their 14th employee. In six years as COO, the company grew from $2 million to $106 million, was operating in four countries and 330 cities, and earned second spot on the Canadian “best place to work” list. Something Herold, a firm believer in the power of company culture, considers one of his greatest accomplishments.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
When Breaking Down Barriers Becomes a Business
Welcome back to another episode of “I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?” 🎙🎙🎙 the podcast for self-made millionaires, busy entrepreneurs and creative startup owners! I’m really excited to introduce you to today’s guest: Kyla Cullain. 🎉🎉🎉 In a classic example of our kind of innovation, she took her current specialty (in her case, nursing) and spun that off, in an entirely new direction. As co-founder of BuildAble, Kyla and her teams specialize in accessible renovations for people with mobility issues. 🛠🛠🛠 She’s a multiple award-winning entrepreneur with a passion for social justice, human rights and the advancement of accessibility as a health care issue. Trust me, you’ll enjoy getting to know her. As co-founder of Canada’s only nurse-managed construction company, Kyla Cullain is the perfect example of what being part of the Self Made Nation is all about. BuildAble is an innovative merger of health care professionals and renovations experts, who specialize in accessible renovations and accessibility consulting for individuals with physical disabilities, those with mobility-limiting illnesses or injuries, and for seniors that want to safely age in place. Kyla is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur, including being honoured with Businesswoman of the Year, Alumni of Distinction in Health Sciences, WOBOT Business Excellence Award’s Company to Watch and the City of Ottawa’s Accessibility Award, and her passion for social justice, human rights and the advancement of accessibility as a health care issue, have been an integral part of bringing BuildAble to life. As a busy entrepreneur, she still manages to give back through teaching, as a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, and as a clinical instructor and faculty advisor at Algonquin College in the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BScN) program. She’s an avid traveller, scuba diver, a new mom, and has regularly been voted 'most likely to be hit by a car crossing the street trying to pet all the dogs'.
35 minutes | 4 months ago
Seeing Problems as Opportunity
Ottawa-based Roderick Costain is the founder and CEO of RoCo Industries. With a background in chemistry, project management, and construction he’s providing a new option for net-zero homes. He grew up working for his father’s construction company, helping build homes and attending every event that showcased the latest technologies in homebuilding. After a 25-year career in chemistry, he was able to bring his interest in environmentally friendly, net-zero homes to fruition. His integrated solar siding is both an insulated siding product that saves on your heating bill and a solar tile that generates electricity to save on your electricity bill. His initial goal when developing his product was to create a highly scalable technology that could also be used in a range of other products. As he says, in classic Self Made Nation style, “I've always kind of had this idea of becoming an entrepreneur and starting up my own business and with all the trends toward net zero, I saw an opportunity to solve a problem.”
23 minutes | 4 months ago
Playing the Pandemic Long Game
It’s time for another episode of “I'm a Millionaire. So now what?” 🎉🎉🎉 I started this podcast to provide advice, critical insights and the strategies you need to manage your life, your money, and your business. I never imagined I’d be adding a global pandemic into that mix, but here we are. 😬😆😬 This is the final show in my 🦠COVID-19🦠 update miniseries, where I chat with past guests about how they’ve been coping these chaotic last few months. Today, you’ll meet Serge & Mireille Bellavance, a brother/sister team helping to move an established family business into the 21st century. We chat inspiration, motivation, and mindset, opportunities to double down in their business, and much more. Enjoy! The brother-sister duo, Mireille and Serge Bellavance, are the next-generation business leaders and co-owners of Urban Quarry, a family-operated company that specializes in customizing, fabricating, and installing Cambria Quartz Surfaces. As Vice President of Operations, Mireille oversees the company’s efficiency and is responsible for ensuring that the right technology and products are in place, in addition to handling a team of managers and leaders. Serge is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing and manages a team of eight people and ensures quality products and customer service. He is also responsible for overseeing inside sales reps and cultivating new business. Together, the Bellavance siblings introduced modern business operations to Urban Quarry, and continue to drive growth and expansion into the 21st century.
18 minutes | 4 months ago
The Essential Service of Childcare
Hello, Self Made Nation, it’s time for another episode of 🎙🎙🎙 “I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?” 🎙🎙🎙 This week, we return to our regularly scheduled programming, and I reconnect with some of my favourite past guests. We talk business life during the 🦠 Covid-19 chaos 🦠 - because let’s face it – this has been tough. But you know me – the eternal optimist! I believe obstacles are a way forward, and I always want to share stories of reinvention, fortitude, and positivity. This week, I chat with Victoria Sopik, CEO at Kids and Company, about: 🌟 Mindset change. 🌟 Looking at business through a new lens. 🌟 And how to double down in the face of uncertainty. Enjoy! Victoria Sopik is a firecracker. A serial entrepreneur with well over 35 years of experience in the childcare industry, Victoria started her first business at age 17. She eventually studied business administration at the University of Western Ontario and started a family – a large family! A mother of eight, she juggled work-life balance (before work-life balance was even a thing!) with being an active and devoted parent, while building her child-care centred company, which was ultimately featured as a Harvard Business School case study. Like many of us in the Self Made Nation, she spends a lot of time volunteering and giving back to the community. The Kids & Company’s mission is to innovate the lives of working families through high quality, flexible childcare; innovative early learning programs; and the development of a sense of community and support for families. Providing high-quality childcare, thus taking the stress off the shoulders of working parents, especially during a global pandemic, has never been more important. Find out how Victoria and her teams have evolved and adapted during Covid-19, and where she sees the future of childcare (hint: childcare really is an essential service), as our lives shift and settle into this “new normal.”
12 minutes | 4 months ago
An Ode to Gathering
Today, on “I’m a Millionaire. So Now What?” you get me and only me! It’s a solo effort this week, because I want to talk about the art of gathering. Over the years, whether for business or pleasure, get-togethers were controlled, ritualized events. You set the time, place, guest list. And voila! 🎉🍷🍽 Until, that is, Covid-19 came along and disrupted our notion of gathering. There’s still an art to good gathering though, whether virtual or in real life. You need to consider three things while planning a flawless online gathering: 🎞 Purpose 🎞 Uniqueness 🎞 And planning for disputes In this episode, I walk you through this new normal of bringing people together, and more. Hope you enjoy! COVID-19 has been incredibly disruptive to our lives. It threatened our health - physical, emotional, and mental health, and pushed our economy into a coma. One of the biggest disruptions has been to how we gather, how we connect. Recently, my dinner party - Elevated Conversations - connected another small group of business owners and members of the Self Made Nation virtually. Called “An Ode to Gathering,” we explored this new normal of virtual networking, attending conferences, even just, as I was doing, hosting a dinner party! We decided that fundamentally, the basics haven’t changed. Whether five or 1,500 people are logging into their favourite video platform to connect with you, your gathering requires the same amount of preparation and thought as it would if it was being held face-to-face. As the economy begins to reawaken, we’re on pins and needles to see how quickly it will improve or recover. Or if there will be another flare up, resulting in another Covid-induced coma, stagnating our personal and business lives, and tamping down on economic growth. Either way, and what will NEVER change, is that people coming together to share ideas, inspire action, and/or protest is a powerful force.
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