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Founder of South Calgary Dreambuilders, your renovation specialists

Small businesses are always a challenge to manage for their owners, regardless of what sector they are in. Often the business owner wears many hats as they walk through their day to day business. Most small business owners manage at least some portion of sales and marketing, PR, human resources, day-to-day financials, often hands-on in daily operations, and so on, and so on.

Just as important as attracting new business and satisfying your clientele is your ability to work and partner with other businesses that can help make your life easier.

For each small business owner, that will mean something different. While there is some common ground regardless of what you small business is, the scope of your partnerships can vary dependent on your business, your marketplace, the service you provide and where your own strengths are within your type of business. For example, you may know your product line extensively, but perhaps do not have the skills to market it. Or maybe you lack the polish or confidence to speak with those decision makers who sit where the air is thin.

I think all small business owners will agree that there is great importance in partnering with a financial institution that will allow and support your growth. Or with an insurance company that understands your business. Having a great accountant as part of your power team is key, and can save you thousands of dollars each year. A lawyer can generally be worth their weight in gold as well. Regardless of your small business, your power team can, and should, be a benefit and not a hindrance. If a member of your small business power team is holding you back, it is time to go shopping!

How about your suppliers? If you do not have reliable suppliers who can provide pricing and service that works for you, it becomes more challenging to hold on to customers. We search out suppliers who possess the same attitude towards their clients and their business as we do. Our suppliers go above and beyond to ensure that their customers are happy. We look for suppliers who understand the challenges of, and work with, small businesses. Often they are a small business themselves, perhaps family owned or a business with a history of long-term employees. Generally if a business has been able to hold on to their employees, they have long-term relationships with the companies they work with.

Small Business is challenging, and often the foundation of that business is a love for the industry or sector they are in. Ask any small businessman you know what hours they work. Why would they work the way they do? Because they love what they do. That love should, and can, be enhanced by surrounding your business with great business partners. It pays to revisit those partners on a regular basis to make certain that they are being an asset to your business, and assess where you might be able to do better.

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A month or so ago South Calgary Dreambuilders asked their clients and followers on Facebook, Linked In and Twitter, as well as our Blog followers, to weigh in with their thoughts on the importance of Better Business Bureau accreditation for renovation companies.  While some responded that it did not matter much to them, others stated that it played a role in their decision making.
Fair enough!  Our clients and potential clients had spoken, and we listened.  We are pleased to announce that, as of today, we have been upgraded from standard BBB members to accredited members.  What this means is that the Better Business Bureau has researched our methods of doing business, our professionalism and our conduct within the industry and we have passed with flying colours!

We look forward to our relationship with the Better Business Bureau, and are pleased that our future clients will now be able to check with the BBB as a reference of South Calgary Dreambuilders.

We would like to thank our clients and followers for their feedback, as it certainly helped shed light on the importance of the BBB’s role to the consumer.

 

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Enjoyed the #OpenHouzz @houzz in #yyc last night. Thanks for the invitation to attend – learned a lot and met some great folks.

As a small business, it is always a challenge to stay on top of social media.  There are so many choices, and we get contacted almost daily by somebody with the ‘next best thing’ to help get our presence out there.  A business has to decide what will work for them.  For South Calgary Dreambuilders it is important to be able to reach our prospective clients, and allow our existing and past ones to interact with our company.

As we have built our business, we have chosen several avenues to reach our potential market.  They have included our website, and our blog

Other social media we use includes Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and the one that has the potential to have most impact, Houzz.

Houzz is the site that allows us to create ideabooks with our potential and/or existing clients for their projects, where we can provide expertize in discussions and share our experiences.  It allows us to network with other renovation professionals and suppliers around the world, to source those specialty items that will make your project unique!

Earlier this week we received our first confirmed lead from a client who found us on Houzz, linked to our web page, liked what they saw and contacted us for their project!  If you are not yet on Houzz, we invite you to join and to connect to South Calgary Dreambuilders.  Like any of our social media pages, any of the interaction we have with our clients helps us better serve your needs.

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Watch for us at the McKenzie Towne job and career fair on Saturday, March 22nd, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.!

South Calgary Dreambuilders is excited to be able to partake in our first community job and career fair.

If you are interested in available jobs in the area, in a career in construction or just want to come say say hi, please come down to the McKenzie Towne Hall just off the traffic circle on the 22nd!

With March peeking around the corner, that time of the year when folks start thinking about giving their homes a facelift, building that new deck or upgrading windows or siding is here in full force! Our phone is starting to ring more and more for outdoor spring projects.

Often the smaller projects are jobs that homeowners may consider doing themselves. With a little savvy and a bit of experience, a couple of searches on You Tube, or a little encouragement from your better half, many dive in to test their abilities. This is something that can be very rewarding (if it wasn’t then why would we provide such services to our terrific clients?) if you use the proper approach.

If you take on a project yourself, remember that safety should always come first! Often you might have children running around your work area, or you may be using power tools you are not completely familiar with. Extra precautions are imperative! As well, do not cut corners to save $$$. This will only cost you more in the long run.

That said, if you are thinking of a summer project, or know of someone who is, but are too busy working … or perhaps you would rather spend that valuable time with the family … or maybe you would prefer to crack a cold one, sit back, and watch us slave away on your behalf … then by all means get in touch with us and lets build you something you can enjoy for years to come!

‘Tis the season to soak up the sun, one way or another!

Founder of South Calgary Dreambuilders, your renovation specialists