What Makes a Good Manager of a Small Business?

The Company You Keep: Work with Effective Business Associates and Resources

What makes a good manager? The ability to access and use good small business resources and networks. From knowing what’s the best small business to start to learning about selling a small business, and everything in between: like how to do a marketing SWOT Analysis, what are the best small business opportunities, and how to write a small business plan.

There is a lot to know, and a lot to learn, in operating a small business.

In business, it can be very important to build strong networks and alliances. As the owner of Voice Marketing Inc., the business and marketing services company, I work with a number of key business associates and resources. This is a short list of people I work with regularly:

Focused Networking

Life coach and business advisor, Donna Willon has over 30 years experience helping business owners learn how effective business networking techniques. Donna operates five regional networks in the Greater Vancouver area and helps business owners build strategic alliances and partnerships to get the most out of referrals. Read more about Effective Business Networking Techniques that work.

Alina Vaida, from Accolades Computerized Accounting Training and Solutions, specializes in Six Sigma for financial management. Six Sigma is a business process methodology that enables business owners to improve efficiency and productivity in their operations. Contact Alina to find out more about how you can improve your business constraints.

Carolyn McKindred of Speak Soundly provides services and support to businesses who need to set up, optimize and train on new telecommunications tools and business telephone solutions. Most businesses need phone services to communicate with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders, Carolyn can help train you and your staff to speak effectively on your phone and voice mail system; increasing customer satisfaction and understanding.

Persuasive Communications

On this website, find out from Marilynn Knoch how to develop your business writing and presentation skills. Marilynn is an experience public relations specialist with a degree in journalism and many years of business writing experience.

Industry Resources

Andrews: Small Business in Ontario
Andrews is a firm of Chartered Accountants focused on the needs of small businesses in Ontario. We pride ourselves on a personal approach and professionalism. We provide a full range of accounting services including taxation, Estates and Trusts, controllership, management advisory services, and financial statement preparation.

Porter Hétu International: Small Business in Ontario
Porter Hétu International's independent member firms offer a full range of services in accounting, auditing, taxation, financial management, management accounting and more.

JM Office Support: Virtual Assistant offers a wide range of virtual general administrative and business support services including spreadsheets, presentations, reports, letters and emails, as well as event organisation, promotions, research, etc.

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