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We are in the process of consolidating and moving all of our blogs to a single location. This will make it easier for you to find our content plus it should improve our SEO rankings. We will write at least one post about the experience. It is not a simple... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Manifast Now
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We are in the process of consolidating and moving all of our blogs to a single location. This will make it easier for you to find our content plus it should improve our SEO rankings. We will write at least... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
Thanks Dan. Sometimes we are able to perform multiple roles, but really shouldn't. We don't have enough time to be masters of everything. Great delegation is the Achilles heal of many entrepreneurs.
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Ultimately buyers are responsible for making wise purchases. However, they usually need help. That is your opportunity to understand them and their buying journey. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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Running out of cash is the biggest risk a growing business faces. There are three instances when the risk is much higher. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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If you are on the verge of losing your business should you invest money you don't have on marketing? I always find it sad to hear about an entrepreneur on the verge of losing their business. I’ve been there. When you’ve put years into something, the feeling of loss can be devastating. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
Unfortunately, you appear to be correct on that score.
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— The US election is finally (sort of) over. After one of the most bitterly fought primaries and general elections, the only thing I can predict with some certainty is that volatility is going to continue politically and we are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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The Truth is Out There This month’s theme (Oilfield Pulse) is about conspiracy theories. This theme immediately got me reminiscing about the X-Files television series. It is possible, that somewhere behind all the woes we are facing as a province... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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How Have You Been? It has been a bit of a tough year here in Calgary for many of us, yet we’ve also been quite busy. We haven’t been holding as many events. This means we haven’t seen some of our friends and business colleagues as often as we would... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Sunwapta News & Events
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The reality is that many small and mid-sized businesses in Calgary are facing tough times. Often marketing and sales budgets are the first to get cut as sales drop. Surviving in business without customers is tough, and the downward spiral continues. Cold calling and hitting up your network over and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Sunwapta News & Events
We are postponing this event until after the holidays. Subscribe to our eNewsletter if you would like to know when the sign-up re-opens. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Sunwapta News & Events
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Like many people, I’ve been following the U.S. election. It has become nasty and full of hate. The Internet, the media, and social media are amplifying the effect. A year ago, we watched the Conservative Party try a few... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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What are you doing to innovate how you market and sell your products and services? If you are trying to survive and even thrive at today’s oil prices, these two functions are the key to competing and staying profitable. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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As part of Small Business Week, Shea Nerland LLP is hosting a business building seminar in partnership with Sunwapta Solutions. Cold calling and hitting up your network over and over can be painful. What if you could build a marketing engine that reliably generates qualified leads? This presentation is for business owners and anyone else who doesn’t live and breathe marketing. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at Sunwapta News & Events
Glad you enjoyed it Steve. Thanks for sharing.
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If you are unprepared or desperate, entering a new market can kill your business. Deep pockets won’t always save you either. — Remember Target expanding into Canada back in 2013? They had deep pockets and resources. Then after a series... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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You don’t have to be a Sith Lord to misuse the power of fear in your marketing. But you must embrace ownership of the consequences. — “Impressive. Most impressive. Obi-Wan has taught you well. You have controlled your fear. Now,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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— Earlier today I was reading the Calgary Metro (Monday, June 6, 2016). The story “Albertans see it half-empty” quoted the results of a poll of Albertans that stated: 47% think things are going to get worse before they get... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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Great leaders and businesses have a story to tell. The best understand who the hero should be. — Many men have lost their place in the bigger story. We bought into one narrative that has not worked out and are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
Thanks Michelle, hope you are doing well.
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The Numbers Are Not Pretty “I’ve never been much of a fighter, apologies for what you’re about to see” ~ Ser Davos, Game of Thrones What is the normal price of oil? When looking at this chart, it is evident... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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We can’t anticipate or control everything, but we can prepare our businesses and lives for dealing with crisis with a little less stress. — This past Saturday (in April 2016), a neighbor was cutting their long grass with a lawn... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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The past is gone. It is only an illusion that we can get it back. Good men must make the future great instead. — Have you ever had one of those experiences with other people where the moment was spontaneous, fun, and memorable? Then you try to make it happen... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Manifast Now
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Sometimes you can take a path in your business that isn’t right for you. Your choices matter. — I know more than a few men who’ve started what they thought was the perfect business for themselves. Once momentum kicks in... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta