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Business Advice for Startups and Small Business Owners
When you enter a business, you enter a venture where learning never stops, new opportunities always rise and new competitions always enter the scene. Whatever the size of the business does not matter when it comes to new knowledge, yet somehow, being a startup and a small business owner has its own disadvantages obviously. Take us, for example. Axis Capital Group ( ), a credit source offering small companies loan options located in Nebraska and now expands to Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia ( ) has had tough times. Even when we are starting, we compete with large credit companies with big names in the industry. We set ourselves apart from others through traditional methods which up until now has been very helpful in how we do our ways.

1. Define yourself and your business’ culture

Authenticity is key – be yourself. You cannot keep your business when you act all fraudulent about things. This frame of mind is essential in helping define your business’ culture. This can also be one of the factors in leading and setting the tone for your employees.

2. Keep track of your Long Term Goal

At the outset of your new venture, you will likely spend all of your time with your nose to the grindstone, which can make it tough to see the big picture. While getting through daily operations matters, you should never lose sight of your long-term goal. When it comes to this, think big. Sure, you may have a sense of where you want to go in a two- or three-year plan, but think longer term.

3. A journal can be helpful

It may be very hectic to run a small business firsthand and adding another task to the unending to-do list is typically an added stress. Nevertheless, take time to write down things you have done during the day. It may help you build a concrete outline of your thoughts and priorities.

4. Take a Leap and a little Risk

Review what you have already achieved and what is left to achieve. In order for you to expand your business, you have to take a leap and look into the risk involved without putting those involved in jeopardy. Empower your employees to do the same. Let them make decisions and grow the business, and good results will follow. It will likely help foster your business’ culture and your reputation as a leader as well.

UofT is taking soo long!
Hii! I'm an international student currently applying to the University of Toronto and I still haven't gotten an admissions decision! I honestly don't know why it's taking so long. They received my last package on April 13th, and then they didn't update the documents received tab until May 12th. My application status says "Not yet reviewed", and I'm freaking out because I got into UBC and Waterloo and I need to accept or decline those offers by June 1st.. I only have 7 days left! Needless to say, UofT is my first choice.. How long does it take UofT to review applications once documents have been updated? And then how long does it take them to make a decision? I feel like it's a terrible sign the fact that I still haven't heard anything from them! Help :(
UTM Commerce vs. Ryerson Accounting and Finance
Hey, I am truly torn between these two programs. I know UTM is more prestigious but it does not have any co-op opportunities and also i have heard that it is very difficult to move on to second year where the Commerce program truly begins. For Ryerson, I see that alot of people on these forums bash TRSM but I have heard that the Accounting and Finance program has made huge strides and is an up and coming program and it also has co-op.

Which program should I choose and why? Please help! I only have a few more days to decide.
Since everyone is becoming an engineer...
Since everybody in my school is wanting to become engineers because of the money it pays and the demand for it would it not be smart to major in something else? I always wanted to become a lawyer and I enjoy classes like law and philosophy but a lot of people have told be that the legal market is stale right now and it would  be a bad decision. Won't all of these huge tech companies need lawyer to defend them? I just want to make the right choice and not be screwed for my future.
Should I go to DeGroote or Western BMOS w/o Ivey AEO?
How hard is it to get into Ivey without AEO? What's a wiser choice? I like westerns campus better than mcmaster
Western Residence
I'm having trouble choosing a residence, I definitely do not want a residence that is known for "partying" and being loud but at the same time, I want to live in a residence that has "spirit" and fun! Any suggestions?
Western Residence - Ask Anything!
Hey everyone,

I thought I'd make a residence thread for any questions you may have about residence at Western! I am very involved with residence this year, and I will be a residence Soph and on council next year. Feel free to ask me about the meal plan, different styles, leadership opportunities, themed floors, whatever! 
What's the best business program in Canada?
My dad really wants me to attend Queen's Commerce, but I live in Kingston, and hate Queen's.
PLZ HELP!!!! CANT DECIDE!!! ivey AEO or mcgill arts?!?!

hey all, im really stuck right now between mcgill arts and bmos with AEO. i really love montreal, french, the courses that arts offers, and the colour red... but at the same time i really really want to study business (i've been pretty set on doing so for a while now) and i LOVE the school spirit/energy that western has. pls help

ps i wasn't smart enough to get a 94.3 average or whatever the heck the cutoff was this year for desautels so plz dont pitch in desautels as an idea

Nursing Hopefuls 2015!
Hey everyone!

I saw this thread last year and thought it was worth while to do! For anyone applying to 4 or 2 year programs.

1. Which school(s) are you applying to?
2. What other programs are you applying to as your back up?
3. What average are you aiming for your final year?
EXTRA - I want current Nursing students to be included as well! Tell us where you go, where you applied to and what your GPA in Grade 12 was or post secondary if thats what your doing right now. Also, a few pointers, tips and guidance is always great!:cheers:

1. I want to go to McMaster (4 year), Queens (4 year or 2 year), Western (2 year), UofT
2. Nursing, and nothing else!
3. I had mid 80's in high school and currently have a 3.1 from Uoft B.A second year

So common guys, reveal yourselves! ;)
lol i got rejected from guelph with a 93% avg for landscape architecture. 
U of T conditions not met
Did anyone else get conditional offer from U of T saying that all prereqs must be minimum 70%? I finished off calculus with 65% but I got the offer, do I have to repeat it again? But why did they offer me an acceptance? I'm confused at what to do, anyone know anything about this?
Rip School Strike 2015
How does everyone feel about our one month May summer vacation ending?
McMaster Integrated Science - Ask Me!
Hey, if anyone is interested in applying for McMaster's iSci program, I have info on that! I'm in first year, and just finished about half of my end-of-term exams (i.e. it's officially procrastination time), so if you have any questions about the program, or other Mac programs, or Mac in general, I'll do my best to answer them!

Supp apps for iSci are due on Feb 1!!

Good luck on your applications!
Mac Eng
rejected with an 88.83
feeling on the absolute bottom of the world, as a 70 student i struggled all year with the goal and to be 1 percent off fucking sucks
Can you still apply to Laurier ????
Do you guys know if laurier is still taking applications?? like if i apply now through OUAC will they take it??
Mcmaster iSci's Reputation?
Just wondering why not very many people on the site talk about Mcmaster's integrated science program as a possibility for Med School? If anyone has any experience with the program it would be helpful, as there is limited information about it available I have been finding!
McMaster iSci (Honours Integrated Science)
Hey guys,

I hope you have all heard of the iSci or "Honours Integrated Science" at McMaster. It's a relatively new program focussed on group-work and inquiry-based learning that runs a 4-year integrated learning scheme. Only 40-45 students are accepted each year (making it dare I say, more exclusive than Health Sci at McMaster).

Check out the website at: or the student forum at to ask questions to the student community,

Or feel free to ask me here, I'm a second year in iSci concentrating in Earth Sciences (others can 'concentrate' in biology, chemistry, physics, math, psychology, medical radiation, geography, and more).

If you are a high-achieving student who wants a high-level science program that will mean something later on, check it out!
Have any 105 applicants received a conditional offer to Life Science?
I recently got a conditional acceptance to Life Science and I'm just wondering if anyone knows the average you need to maintain? Cause I'm kinda .4 below what the admission average was...HELP!!
Admission Questions? Ask a Current UBC Student!
Hi guys,

I always remember finding this forum really useful back when I was applying for universities in 2012, and I'd like to offer you the opportunity to actually get some hard knowledge about admissions rather than just hearsay. Though I'm in Sauder, I can answer any questions regarding direct entry to all UBC programs, Sauder transfer applications, and general university stuff.

You should all also take a look at the holy grail of UBC admissions, specifically table 18 where all admission averages for all programs for entry in 2013W are outlined.

Hope to see you all at UBC in September!
Networking Tips
Next year is my first year at university. I have heard about the importance of networking for both my academic and real life career, but I'm not sure how to go about doing it. 

In an honest self-assessment, I am not too bad socially. I party, though not excessively. I generally get along with older kids and adults well. My Kryptonite is larger social settings, like events or group discussions, and meeting important people for the first time. I kind of blend into the background as the group gets larger and I don't know how to pace the conversation when it comes to someone who I'd really like to get to know.

Anyways, I am interested to know about general tips and maybe some advice for my specific situation, too! Thanks!
New layout
Anyone not fond of the new yconic layout? I prefer the old one.. So much easier to navigate.
Ryerson Architecure Wait List
Hi all, 

   I got waitlisted for Ryerson's Architecture Program and I'm honestly worried because I haven't gotten accepted for any Architecture Program (I've either been rejected or waitlisted). I really want Ryerson but I want to know if its even likely I'll get in. Approximately how many people get on the waitlist? And how many people actually get in? 

Thanks :)