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Take the SAGE #SmallBusiness Pledge for $16,000!

SAGE small business month contest $16,000 mompreneursOctober is Small Business Month. What better way to mark this event than by announcing that you believe in your business? At Sage, we celebrate Canadian small businesses all year round, but we’re going all out for the month of October.

Enter for a chance to win a $16,000 prize package

When you take the pledge to grow your small business in 2015, we’ll do our part to help. Just by taking the pledge to show that you believe in your business, you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win over $16K in prizes, including:


  • Sage One or Sage 50 accounting solution.
  • Online training from Sage University.
  • Business consultation from a Sage Accountants Network member.
  • Direct marketing campaign with Snap Admail, Canada Post’s new online direct mail tool.
  • Yellow Pages Booster Pack.
  • One year of membership in the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
  • A Toshiba Excite Pure tablet.
  • A Health & Wealth package from Manulife.
  • Business consultation from SOHO Business Group.
  • Communications package from Pierce Content Marketing.
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear Fit from TELUS.

Just imagine what this prize could do to help you grow your business even faster.

Enter today!


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5 Ways to Be More Likeable

ID-100171690For entrepreneurs, getting people to like you isn’t just about being popular; it’s your bread and butter.

Here are five proven strategies that will help you make the right impression when making new contacts:



Be Yourself.

You are the most comfortable when you are being exactly who you are.  Be true to yourself and people will be drawn to you.

Be Confident.

Look someone in the eye, say hello and introduce yourself.  Your confidence will put others at ease.


It’s the same advice your mom gave you when you were a kid and it still holds true today.

Be Interested in Others.

Ask people questions about themselves.  Everyone likes to connect to people who take an interest in them.

Be Positive.

Make a conscious effort to have a positive outlook and people will want to be around you.



(Written by: Karen Bivand, image courtesy of ‘stockimages’ via



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I Gained a Voice

pink quotation mark for mompreneursWhen I took a gigantic risk by leaving an established insurance-based career to pursue writing for a living, I would’ve imagined feeling very alone and disconnected. Early on in my new career however, I was fortunate enough to discover the power of solidarity: I became a member with Mompreneurs®.

Through this formidable group, I gained a voice. I met other mompreneurs and we all had an instant and meaningful connection: women; mothers; business owners; dreamers making it happen.

If you are looking for a way to feel like you’re a part of something big, and to get support as a mompreneur, then becoming a member will be one of the best business decisions you’ll ever make to up level your business. The members of Mompreneurs® care about you as a person as much as they care about seeing your business succeed.  Don’t go it alone. Reach out for the Mompreneur® helping hand.


Elizabeth Kogan
Freelance Writer – Orchida Words at Work


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How to Make Telecommuting Work for Your Business

ID-100112917Employees love to work from home.  It eliminates the dreaded commute and it allows for a healthier work-life balance.  From the company perspective, it reduces the need for office space, provides flexibility, and makes you a competitive employer.  However, since telecommuting employees are vastly different from employees working in the office, you need to manage them differently.  With more distractions around and less supervision, there is the potential for telecommuting employees to be less productive.  Here are some strategies to help you make telecommuting work for your business:

Determine if it’s the right fit.

Does telecommuting make sense for the jobs at your company?  Can the tasks adequately be completed remotely and without oversight?  Would telecommuting work for your employees?  Are they trustworthy, independent and sufficiently motivated?  Keep in mind that many excellent employees are not capable of effectively working from home.

Outline parameters.

What are your expectations of telecommuting employees?  Should they be online and working at specific times?  Should they always be available during office hours to accept phone calls?  If they have children at home, should they have another person there to care for them?  Or are you only interested in whether or not the employees complete their work on time?  It is essential that you are clear about your expectations of your employees.

Have regular meetings. 

Accountability is key with telecommuting employees.  With so many distractions around, even the most motivated employee can get off track.  When you have regular check-ins, your employees know that they will have to take responsibility for their progress (or lack of) and that alone can be a strong motivator.  Additionally, regular meetings allows you to better keep on top of what is happening in your company and make changes as needed.

Utilize instant messaging.

Even if you are taking a hands-off approach with your telecommuting employees, you may it helpful to encourage the use of instant messaging.  When you have all of your employees plugged in at the same time, for at least part of the day, issues can be addressed immediately and you can make sure that everyone is on the same page.

When considering telecommuting, your first reaction might be that it’s not worth the trouble.  However, while there may be a bit of a learning curve, most employers have found that their telecommuting employees are actually more productive.  The reality is that telecommuting is the way of the future.  Providing employees with a flexible work environment will make you a more attractive employer, which will benefit your business.

(Written by: Karen Bivand, photo courtesy of “Marin” via

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Amazing Support

pink quotation mark for mompreneursThank you for the amazing support you provide to us moms that work so tirelessly. Your website is easy to use, newsletters helpful, useful and inspiring. I think my favourite part of being a member is being able to go to the informative meetups. Teaching us how to use different types of social media to work to our advantage is really awesome. The entrepreneurial women that are brought together can network, have a laugh or two, exchange ideas and business cards. We can see that we are not alone when we are working for ourselves. Thanks again for everything! I appreciate all of the help and support you have personally provided for me and my business.

Christine Heit 
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Friendships Along the Way

pink quotation mark for mompreneursI’ve been a part of Mompreneurs® since slightly after its inception. What would I do without my Mompreneurs?! Never mind the solidarity of referrals, but knowing that I can put a question out there and get a response within minutes, if I’m in the middle of what I feel is a crisis, has saved me many times. The knowledge base of the women within the group has been amazing and I’ve built some amazing friendships along the way. I absolutely love that when my Mompreneurs need something, I can help where I’m able.

Deborah Hilton
Owner, Health Matters Homecare Services Inc.


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A Sense of Belonging

pink quotation mark for mompreneursMompreneurs® offers a sense of belonging and security, with its consistently caring approach in how it supports its members. Whether you choose to network at a meeting, or if you’re just seeking expert guidance online, the support offered is both professional and moral, constant and invaluable.

Sandy Gemmill
Children’s Songwriter and Creator of Nelson the Giant