Making a sale isn’t easy, especially in the turbulent economy most businesses are operating in these days.
February 3, 2012, Halifax – When she drafted her first business plan for a healthy vending company, April Glavine was a Saint Mary’s University business student with a passion for eating well. Fast-forward a dozen years and today that ambitious business student is an award-winning entrepreneur with hundreds of branded vending machines operating across Canada.
Businesses seem to be waiting for government stimulus money to trickle down into their cash flow. Unfortunately, few people seem aware of the glacial slowness of big government. Rather than wait on the Fed, businesses can create their own stimulus plan.
To answer the first question to my readers: no, I have not retired. The reason I stopped doing my column in your favourite magazine was that it was time to focus on different facets of my life. Like many of us the within this profession of vending and office coffee, my small business has changed dramatically. The most significant reason over the last 10 years has been the loss of a dozen industries to larger markets, combined with the downsizing of existing ones.