Sorry about the dearth of posts lately. Just too much going on!
The Visa Small Business Big Thinking (Petite Entreprise Grandes Idees) conference in Montreal on June 4 was a huge success. Several attendees told me it was very professional, inspiring, and just the sort of conference the city needs.
A team of writers is working to prepare executive summaries of each session, so everyone can relive the conference and share in the content. I will link to them when they are ready.
Especially top-notch were our keynotes: Donna Fenn (left), author of Alpha Dogs, and Charles Desourdy, CEO of SkiBromont.com (at right).
Donna did an in-depth analysis of several fabulous American businesses who just refuse to think small, while Charles discussed how he turned a failing ski hill into one of Quebec’s premier year-round resorts. Best of all, he made sure the presentation had lots of takeaways for the entrepreneurs in the audience – such as, how to create more value for your customers. Charles’s speech wasn’t about himself – it was about what the attendees wanted to hear.
Which is itself a great lesson in thinking like a customer.
On Tuesday I attended the Wisdom Exchange, the Ontario government’s annual conference for the province’s leading growth companies. I hope to blog about that too, if I ever catch up on my other work.
But first: Today I’m on-set with the cast and crew of Dragons’ Den. No rest for the wicked.