Volume 4 Issue2
Issue: Holiday ,06 edition

News Release
Brampton business owner named “Best Business” for 2006

Brampton, December 8, 2006 – Bowman Training Initiatives, (BTI), of Brampton has been named “Best Small Business for 2006” by The Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre and The Economic Development Centre.

BTI President, Jeff Bowman, accepted the award at a ceremony in Mississauga. In January of this year, BTI was named Small Business of the Month with the Brampton Board of Trade.

Bowman Training Initiatives, a company specializing in Sales and Productivity Training for small to medium sized businesses has been in business for 4 years and has developed an impressive list of clients including the Brampton Board of Trade, Construction Safety Association of Ontario, Canadian Coffee Association and The Brampton Real Estate Board.

Jeff Bowman also does volunteer work for the United Way of Peel, mentors summer student entrepreneurs at The Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre and small businesses at the Brampton Small Business Enterprise Centre and is a local hockey coach.

Mr. Bowman is also a partner in a new company, The Marketing Pad, which is a full service Marketing, Sales and Design firm. He also instructs at Sheridan College in the Continuing Education division.

Mr. Bowman will be appearing on Daytime on Rogers Cable on Wednesday January 10th.

Photo – Heidi Brown of The Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre presents Jeff Bowman with the “Best Business For 2006”.

Sign up for Bowman Training Courses at Sheridan College
“Cold Contact to Hot Sale”, a staple of the BTI course selection and “Creativity to Rejuvenate Your Business” are now part of Sheridan College’s Home Based and Small Business Workshop Series. Both Brampton and Oakville Campuses have upcoming dates for both courses. Please log onto www.sheridaninstitute.ca and click on the Continuing Education link to register for these courses and others.

Register Now!
Feb 10th – 9am to 1 pm – Creativity – An Open Mind – Oakville
Feb 17th – 1pm to 4pm – Creativity – An Open Mind – Brampton
March 31st – 12pm – 4pm – Cold Contacts – Hot Sales - Brampton


NOTICE!!!!
Expect a quick call in January. I will be calling everyone on the mailing list simply to find out if you would like to continue receiving the BTI Newsletter in 2007. There comes a time in every business, when lists need to be updated, e-mail addresses purged and corrections made. After 2 years, my time has come. I look forward to saying “hello”.

Jeff Bowman is back for another year of Business Mentoring with
The Brampton Small Business Enterprise Centre

Stabilize or grow your business. For small business owners with existing businesses 2 years or longer in operation, any sector, suggested maximum of 5 employees and $500,000 in annual sales.


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February through June 2007
- Three hours per month
- Mid-month telephone consultations
- Dates decided by the group
- Value: thousands… but just $299 for 5 months
- Contact us for your Application

Meet the Mentors!
January 2007
RSVP 905-874-2667
or sbec@brampton.ca


Planning
Stephen Rhodes

Strategic Planning
Positioning and targeting
Marketing Plans
Marketing toolkit
Communications
Media Relations and Training
Writing services

Attitude
Jeff Bowman

Sales Strategy
Sales Training and
Customer Relations
Customer Service Training
Leadership Training
Team Building Creativity

Design
Khaled Iwamura

Website Initiatives
Branding and Packaging
Print Production
Creative Solutions
Graphic Design
Advertising consulting
Advertising design and creation



Sales Tip for Winter
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. As business owners we must keep in mind that we have certain expectations of our clients, and rightly so. Sales are based on relationships, and as in any good relationship, there are certain things that are understood to be “ground rules”. For instance we all expect prompt payment of our invoices, and we expect our customers as part of a 360 feedback program to let us know how we are doing as business partners. Now the “do unto others” part. Do you pay your bills to your suppliers on time? Do you follow the accounting rule of keeping your money in your pocket for as long as possible? Do you belong to business associations or trade groups that have annual fees or membership dues? Do you pay these on time, or wait 30, 60 or even 90 days? Do you ever give an explanation as to why you are paying late, or not paying at all in the case of memberships? Step back and ask yourself what effect it might have on your operation if all your customers paid late and provided you with little or no feedback.
We all appreciate our clients paying on time and providing us with valuable feedback when required. Just as we have clients, we ourselves are clients of our external suppliers of goods and services. Nothing says “I value our business relationship” more, than playing within the “ground rules”.


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