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An organized business

An organized business

Going back to the book I mentioned in an earlier article, 101 Things I learned in Business School, there is some very good advice on running an organized business. It's about the fact that businesses have departments, even one-person businesses. Understanding this...

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Emergency and disaster planning

Emergency and disaster planning

I've written about emergency and disaster planning before and will again in the future because it is important; I know this from personal experience. As I mentioned in the previous article, BDC has advice on all kinds of planning, including emergency and disaster...

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A plan for implementing your strategy

A plan for implementing your strategy

So this is the time of the year when business owners are urged to plan. And there's no end to the types of plans. In my experience though, moist small businesses don't have the time (or probably the need) to plan to the degree of detail some of the plan-crazy business...

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Your people are capital

Your people are capital

Over the holidays I came across 101 Things I learned in Business School by Michael W. Preis and Matthew Frederick. It's crammed with some useful ideas and concepts, much of it useful to small businesses such as the vast majority of textile screen printing shops in...

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The 8 golden keeps of small business

The 8 golden keeps of small business

I was recently searching through a filing box of stuff I'd once thought worth keeping. And while much of it should have been dumped a long time ago, I found a single page with few words but a lot of wisdom. Since most textile screen shops in Canada are small...

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Video: An accountant like no other

Video: An accountant like no other

What immediately comes to mind when you hear "accountant"? Probably the stereotypical nit-picking, formally-attired, uncharismatic, image of a person we've all joked about at one time or another. For instance, what do you get when you cross an accountant with a jet...

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Stanley’s holiday hours.

Stanley’s holiday hours.

All four of Stanley's branches will be closed from 24 December 2022 to January 2nd 2023 inclusive. Everyone will be back, well rested and ready to get you off to a great start on 2023 on Tuesday, January 3rd. From now until closing on the 23rd, please allow enough...

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Pantone’s colour of 2023 is . . .

Pantone’s colour of 2023 is . . .

Viva Magenta is Pantone's colour of 2023! I'm not sure if this is big news (or even news at all) in textile screen shops. However, you never know when a customer may be taken in by this colour-of-the-year thing and include it in a design. Fortunately, it's a safe bet...

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Manual presses and carpel tunnel syndrome

Manual presses and carpel tunnel syndrome

The thumbnail version: Carpel tunnel syndrome is a potential consequence of extensive use of a manual press. The full version: Carpel tunnel syndrome is associated with the use of traditional squeegees on manual presses often enough to be a red flag. The best way to...

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Smart use of passwords

Smart use of passwords

The thumbnail version: Passwords stand between your personal online security as well as that of your business. How you use passwords matters. The full version: A recent CNN report revisited the issue of passwords and raised some interesting points well worth noting....

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Poor communication . . . a business problem

Poor communication . . . a business problem

The thumbnail version: Poor communication continues to be a business problem. Small businesses can gain a lot by improving communication. The full version: Monday.com has just reported on a survey of 400 large companies, The Cost of Poor Communication survey. It...

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When last did you actually read a MSDS?

When last did you actually read a MSDS?

The thumbnail version: You probably have them available in the shop, as required by law. But have you actually ever read one? The full version: If you haven't familiarized yourself with the contents of the MSDS for the various materials in your shop, you're remiss....

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Fairy tales and glitter

Fairy tales and glitter

The thumbnail version: Glitter is a microplastic. Microplastics are an environmental hazard. The full version: A tale for you . . . Here's an email from a garment-decorating industry magazine editor: Dear XXXXXXX, Thank you for submitting your article for our upcoming...

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