One of the early lessons I learned from a client of mine, Manu Kumar who had owned Harvey’s, Swiss Chalet and Maurya in Calgary was that whenever you meet with a prospective business or anyone for that matter – Have complete confidence in yourself and what you believe and stand for. Be genuine, and your passion for your product or service will exude and people will feel this energy. Believing plays an integral role in getting you through the entrepreneurial journey and it’ll sure help you close deals along the way. In my first year, I also made sure I found a mentor in my industry. I worked with Michael Caron, who had previously run Canada’s largest barter exchange, BarterPlus, in Toronto. Why reinvent the wheel when it’s already been successfully done before. I also got plugged into a few networking organizations, and being apart of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce was one of them. I recollect exhibiting at the Business After Hours Tradeshow and this certainly helped to build our credibility. In 10 months, we were able to operationally break-even and it sure felt like a huge accomplishment, considering I started eXmerce with only a few thousand dollars and primarily funded the business through credit cards and a line of credit. I never once thought of failing and only continued to push because I loved what I did – and that was serving local businesses through our barter program and building relationships with members of our community.
I would love to earn your vote for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce People’s Choice Award because I sincerely with all of my heart love what I do and only want to continue to build and grow the eXmerce community so that we can help more local businesses in Calgary overcome the real struggles of finding new customers and cashflow issues. Your vote would mean a lot to us.
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