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Rocketing Ideas!

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STARTING a New Venture?  Are Your Ideas Rocketing or Ricocheting?     

Entrepreneurs are rocketing with ideas and especially so when building a new technology.  There is so much to do!  Design, proof of concept, technology build, commercialization, go to market, competitive analysis, market research, customer research, testing, demonstration, business planning, investor presentations, grant funding, angel / debt financing, hiring R&D people, hiring staff, getting a board….  It’s mind boggling, confusing, time consuming, and costs a lot of money!  Good ideas start ricocheting instead of rocketing!  Stop the ricocheting by building a framework & timeline with a realistic budget for what needs focus and when it needs action.  Do this and you’ll have a strategic timeline to guide the timing of your decisions, gain traction and stay on track so that you are rocketing once again!  For more information  consultation@StrategicTimelines.com.

 

STARTING a New Venture?  Are Your Ideas Rocketing or Ricocheting?      Entrepreneurs are rocketing with ideas and especially so when building a new technology.  There is so much to do!  Design, proof of concept, technology build, commercialization, go to market, competitive analysis, market research, customer research, testing, demonstration, business planning, investor presentations, grant funding, angel / debt financing, hiring…

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Funding Innovation: A Workshop on Grant & Contribution Programs @ ARTC

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Would you like to significantly increase the odds of receiving grant funding?  Come out on Friday, May 10th – Noon to 1 PM at 3553 31 St NW to learn about the main provincial and federal programs supporting the development and commercialization of innovation.  Learn about your eligibility, when to access these programs and pointers on how to write the applications. (Pick up lunch at ARTC’s lunch bar.)  Register@StrategicTimelines.com.

If you are an accounting, legal or technology advisor to technology driven businesses, call for a workshop presentation tailored to fit the requirements of your team & clients.  

Would you like to significantly increase the odds of receiving grant funding?  Come out on Friday, May 10th – Noon to 1 PM at 3553 31 St NW to learn about the main provincial and federal programs supporting the development and commercialization of innovation.  Learn about your eligibility, when to access these programs and pointers on how to…

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Highlights of the 2013-2014 Alberta Budget!

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Here are the highlights of Alberta’s 2013/14 Budget! Revenues are estimated at $38.6 billion, $36.4 billion in expenses (0% increase) with a $2.2 billion deficit. Last year, the government was projecting a surplus of $1 billion and $49 billion in revenues in 3 or 4 years with a surplus of $5 billion with surpluses to be added to the Sustainability Fund.

The 3rd quarter report shows revenues at $28.064 billion – $763 million lower than budgeted. Note that resource revenue was $2.431 billion lower due to a rapidly changing energy market, discounted bitumen prices by 23% (!), lower land sales, higher exchange rates and global uncertainty & impact on oil and gas prices. Note that the Disaster / Emergency Assistance program budgeted $26 million and due to severe weather insurance claims and forest fire fighting, $587 million was expended! Lastly note that Doug Horner has indicated that about $600 million has partially offset revenue expectations due to higher corporate income tax, stronger investment income, and, higher gaming and liquor sales. Also note that Ministry expenses were $447 million lower. The deficit stands at $1.98 billion – $498 million higher than expected. The 2012/2013 deficit is estimated at $3.5 – $4 billion. As of Dec 31/12 the Sustainability fund was at $3.4 billion. The Heritage Trust Fund stands at $16.5 billion with $286 million added in 2013/2014.

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Here are the highlights of Alberta’s 2013/14 Budget! Revenues are estimated at $38.6 billion, $36.4 billion in expenses (0% increase) with a $2.2 billion deficit. Last year, the government was projecting a surplus of $1 billion and $49 billion in revenues in 3 or 4 years with a surplus of $5 billion with surpluses to…

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Summary of Provincial & Federal Grant and Contribution Programs

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Provincial Grant Programs 

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures – Capacity Building Programs 

Did to you know that if a business was able to access all of the Industry Capacity Building Programs offered through Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, this would add up to over $400,000 in grants! The programs are:

1. The $15,000 Alberta Voucher for conducting an Opportunity Assessment

2. The $50,000 Alberta Voucher for technology development, business planning, market studies, etc.

3. The R&D Salary grant for hiring Ph.D or Masters’ graduates for R&D work, and

4. The Commercialization Associates Salary Program for hiring a Marketing / Business Development Manager to take the technology to market.

5. The Product Demonstration Fund – $100,000 to $300,000 in matching grants.

The following section provides a brief description of these programs and key criteria for successful application.

Email us at info@strategictimelines.com for the most recent copy of the full PDF- Subject Heading: Full Grant PDF Request.’

Provincial Grant Programs  Alberta Innovates Technology Futures – Capacity Building Programs  Did to you know that if a business was able to access all of the Industry Capacity Building Programs offered through Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, this would add up to over $400,000 in grants! The programs are: 1. The $15,000 Alberta Voucher for conducting…

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Conducting an Opportunity Assessment

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An Opportunity Assessment assists a company to assess the opportunity of its new technology, product or service.  An Opportunity Assessment doesn’t have the in-depth research and financial assessment of a market feasibility study but it does provide insight into whether you need to conduct more research to determine market feasibility and financial viability.

 

Here are the 6 parts of an Opportunity Assessment as outlined by Alberta Innovates Technology Futures:

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An Opportunity Assessment assists a company to assess the opportunity of its new technology, product or service.  An Opportunity Assessment doesn’t have the in-depth research and financial assessment of a market feasibility study but it does provide insight into whether you need to conduct more research to determine market feasibility and financial viability.   Here…

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MARKET FEASIBILITY STUDY

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A market feasibility study provides a go – no go decision for starting a new venture by determining if there is sufficient market demand, and, that the product or service can be sold such that the company makes a profit.

There are 3 main consulting activities involved in conducting a marketing feasibility study in order to provide in-depth information about market opportunities and threats as well as determine the financial viability of the venture.

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A market feasibility study provides a go – no go decision for starting a new venture by determining if there is sufficient market demand, and, that the product or service can be sold such that the company makes a profit. There are 3 main consulting activities involved in conducting a marketing feasibility study in order…

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10 Costly Online Marketing Mistakes

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With the tremendous success of many internet companies like Google & Facebook, many businesses are looking for ways that they too can reach hundreds of new customer and perhaps thousands of new customers every year.

What does it take to become savvy with online marketing?  Here of the 10 common mistakes that businesses make:

  1. A clear and succinct online marketing strategy is not outlined or written down as to the purpose of the strategy or the results expected.  As a result, the business spends thousands of dollars on online marketing techniques without being able to measure results and course correct as needed.
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With the tremendous success of many internet companies like Google & Facebook, many businesses are looking for ways that they too can reach hundreds of new customer and perhaps thousands of new customers every year. What does it take to become savvy with online marketing?  Here of the 10 common mistakes that businesses make: A…

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CASH FLOW TRUTHS!

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A monthly profit & loss cash flow forecast has many truths – it is a management tool to:

  1. Realistically forecast anticipated revenues and expenses as per the Annual Plan goals and objectives.
  2. Build a Best Case/Worst Case forecast to assist Managers when it is difficult to forecast revenues.
  3. Show monthly revenues and expenses so that Managers can see:
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A monthly profit & loss cash flow forecast has many truths – it is a management tool to: Realistically forecast anticipated revenues and expenses as per the Annual Plan goals and objectives. Build a Best Case/Worst Case forecast to assist Managers when it is difficult to forecast revenues. Show monthly revenues and expenses so that…

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`Execution! The Art of Getting Things Done’

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        (authored by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan)

Part 1:  Why Execution is Needed

One of the first things that Larry Bossidy makes clear is “Putting an execution environment in place is hard but losing it is easy.”  In 2000, 40 of the top 200 Fortune 500 executives were removed – they were either fired or asked to resign.

Part 1:  That’s 1 out of every 5 leaders!

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        (authored by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan) Part 1:  Why Execution is Needed One of the first things that Larry Bossidy makes clear is “Putting an execution environment in place is hard but losing it is easy.”  In 2000, 40 of the top 200 Fortune 500 executives were removed – they were either fired…

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