Ask For Directions Business Training is now launching!

An online training program… real, practical guidance on how to set up and grow your business… through live weekly coaching calls. It combines the best of self-paced learning withcommunity, help and advice on implementing best practices. We help new entrepreneurs launch their business, and established entrepreneurs pivot their business in this new environment. http://Go to…

Wellness Portal

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create stress and anxiety for many of us. particularly those who do not have ready access to their regular support networks. Through the Wellness Together Canada online portal, people of all ages across the country can access immediate: Mental Health and Substance use support. Free and confidential resources 24 hours…

2021 Canada Federal Budget: Industry Highlights

Insights for you and your business Know the key takeaways and impact on major industries from the Canada Federal Budget released on April 19, 2021. Click below to learn more.Learn More about Industry Highlights and more detail Topics include Business and Professional Services Consumer Products Energy Industrials Real Estate Technology For other videos and articles,…

The Future of Work For Women (Trans and Cisgender) event Video

Attached is the video of presentation made by 8 speakers as an introduction to the collaborative effort to gain feedback from our participants. A virtual Idea Exchange is a workshop to compile the experience and struggles of women in their working environments whether employees, self-employed or employers…). 500,000 women who are out of work as…

Start up and Grow your business… Facebook Group

We’re Grow…ing with a new Facebook Group! www.facebook.com/groups/startupandgrowyourbusiness We’re dedicating a new Facebook group to our community, to offer each other additional support and information. Join your GV colleagues from Group 1 to Group 51… The group opens officially on Wednesday March 24th. Anyone who requests access will be admitted as soon as the group…

BDC Webinars – one just passed on economic outlook, one coming December 1st on optimizing for online

Economic Outlook I was able to attend the BDC economic outlook – and did take notes. The presentation was a joint presentation by chief economists Marie-France Paquet from Global Affairs Canada and Pierre Cléroux from BDC with insight into the global and domestic economic outlook. If you would like to have a copy of my notes…

Business Resources – from the Chamber (referrals, advertising and expert advice)

At the Chamber town hall last week, we learned about the following resources: the Canadian chamber representative talked about the CBRN organization and a referral network that has been established at bbrn.ca. Access to Expert Advice:   The Canadian Chamber noted that businesses could access their business resilience service which is free to users. They…

Do I pivot or stay the course? Checklist for Marketing in Uncertain Times

Today I spoke to one of our colleague’s groups about marketing during uncertain times. This definitely is a time that qualifies, when everything is disrupted and you may or may not be able to work. Here are some guidelines to help: When times are uncertain we need to take another look at two areas of…

Letter to our MPs and MPPs Urging Support for a segment of unsupported entrepreneurs from Grow Vantage

April 5, 2020 John Brassard, MP Barrie-Innisfil Doug Shipley, MP Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte Andrea Khanjin, MPP Barrie-Innisfil Hon. Doug Downey, Attorney General, Ontario, MPP Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte Dear Ministers: You may know me as a past president of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce, and you may be aware I am a business coach. However you…

Webinar Link & Resources: What Do We Do Now: Advice on Doing Business in COVID-19

First a huge thank you to: The speakers who gave their time and expertise this morning as well as resources (see contact information below). Please note: the recording did not automatically turn on and I’m arranging a follow up interview with Jeff Nixon and Chris Adams. I’ll put out those interviews separately. Also to our…