The recent Target closure announcement in Canada came as a shock to many and is the centerpiece of conversation and case studies on international retail and market expansion. I found the unexpected reactions of most to be surprising – as it took just one visit to my neighborhood Target to foreshadow the company’s inevitable retreat.Read More
For me, Product Management had a lot to do with entrepreneurship. Ever since I completed my MBA, and for most of my professional career, I’ve worked as a Product Manager for various semi-conductor companies. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reflecting on how being a product manager assisted me in starting my own business,Read More
The company that I started, Sinai Maple, is nearing its third year anniversary. Because I’ve received so many questions regarding the name and how it was chosen, I thought that now is a good time to write about the importance of naming and branding.
The naming of any organization is one of the most importantRead More
Late October 2014 I got a phone call from Marc Skulnick, the Editor of BIZ Hamilton Magazine. He wanted me to be featured in the magazine as a Small Business which operates out of Hamilton. I felt so fortunate and happy to get this invitation. As a small business owner, I do a lot of networking and it felt good that it paid off. Sinai Maple wasRead More
Warning! Yes! This is a Sales Pitch!
Have you ever been in a sales meeting where everything went smoothly with the client? You found it easy to build rapport, to connect; and in fact, you even predicted the client’s objections and were prepared to respond. It is likely that you came out of thatRead More
On September 19, 2014, the Chinese e-commerce giant, AliBaba Group, had the largest initial public offering in U.S. history. They raised $25 Billion! North American investors and consumers who were not familiar with Alibaba were taken by surprise regarding the sheer volume of e-commerce that the company does. Alibaba’s founder, Jack Ma, stRead More
While working in corporate Canada, I noticed that project teams were assembled mainly according to technical skills and time availability. Nobody paid attention to the personality mix available or whether or not the team structure had a complementary balance of personalities.
Maybe some readers will wonRead More
For most of my working career, I had to commute and therefore I spent a lot of time driving. One summer, my daughter commuted with me as she had a summer position with the same company where I was employed. On our way to work one day she asked: “Why do you always take this winding road? It’s longer and slower. Why don&rsRead More
As a small business owner, and as part of a Hamilton Small Business panel, I was asked by Marc Skulnick, the Editor of the BIZ Hamilton magazine to answer the following question:
“What one piece of advice would you give to a small business owner that you wish somebody had given to you?”
Hoda KamelRead More
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