Learning from Failure (Podcast)
Failure. A word that conjures up a feeling of not being good enough, or not trying hard enough. But what if you looked at failure differently? In this episode, Barbara Mowat, President of Impact Communications and GroYourBiz, talks to Kathleen about using those experiences to build strength and resilience, and the importance of surrounding yourself with advisors that give you the support and feedback you need when you face setbacks.
Five questions to ask yourself before growing your business
Are you a Canadian female business owner considering expanding your business? If you're unsure of how to go about it, you aren't alone. According to news reports, Canadian entrepreneurs - both male and female - struggle to scale up and build long-lasting businesses. And although studies like this Ontario-based study from the Brookfield Institute show strong numbers for early-stage businesses, the numbers drop when it comes to established businesses. This suggests business owners face challenges when it comes to expanding a business.
Women Entrepreneurs: Risk Aware and Innovative (Podcast)
Janice McDonald and Clare Beckton, co-authors of the 2016 report entitled A Force to Reckon With: Women Entrepreneurs and Risk, and the 2018 report entitled Everywhere, Every Day Innovating: Women Entrepreneurs and Innovation discuss how they became passionate about the topics of risk and innovation among women entrepreneurs, what they learned through the process of their research, and why this research is important.
They are all entrepreneurs but they are not all the same
Surely, there are some differences between male and female entrepreneurs. A number of small but statistically significant differences among male and female entrepreneurs were found in the types of businesses that they established, their self-reported measures of success, their risk-taking behaviour and how their business growth was funded.
Gender and Funding the Business
Research recently commissioned by BMO Wealth Management found many similarities between male and female entrepreneurs, while some differences challenged more than a few misconceptions.2 This study, conducted by Carleton University researchers in conjunction with The Beacon Agency, interviewed 100 entrepreneurs of both genders on topics such as their motivation to open a business, their risk-taking behaviour and how their business growth was funded. BMO Wealth Management followed up this research with a survey of 803 entrepreneurs on some of the same metrics to improve their understanding of entrepreneurs and to learn how best to serve them.3