Mon, 14 December 2015
Financial Monitoring = More Sleep
Introducing Owen Green
Passionate, driven entrepreneurs often need to focus on what they are good at. This could mean being visionaries, or taking part in the grind of everyday business. For many though, the evening can be filled with worry when they realize that their books are a mess, or they don’t know if they can afford to make payroll AND invest into that new opportunity.
That is where people like Owen Green come into your life and allows you to have sweet dreams. Owen is an accountant and co-owner of Adams Green, as well as the Hemmings House CFO. After years of experience in “big business” accounting, Owen was looking for a change of pace. He began to realize that many small and medium sized businesses didn’t have the resources to afford designated accounting divisions, but was often in the position of needing someone to manage their financial situation. Many of the leaders of these businesses needed to spend the majority of their focus on the day-to-day and couldn’t give the proper attention their books deserved.
The opportunity, as Owen saw it, was to efficiently provide financial divisions to smaller companies of like-minded values. Now, as Canada’s only financial service B-Corp, Adams Green is helping businesses in their community thrive while making it’s own social impact.
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Tue, 1 December 2015
Pounce on your Opportunities
Introducing Ken MacLeod
Sometimes the only thing holding you back from achieving any goal is your own hesitation. No journey has ever happened where someone hasn’t taken the first step. Ken MacLeod and the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra know all about this.
Back in 2002, Ken’s daughter had finally been accepted into the NBYO after applying for her third time. When Ken was dropping her off at a summer camp weekend, when he heard that the NBYO had been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. There was only one problem; the orchestra was not in the financial position to accept the invite. However, Ken thought, “how can we not say yes?” and started working toward raising the $140,000 it would take to join the show. At the time, the orchestra comprised of 70 musicians and one orchestra. They had an annual budget of $25,000 and only two part-time staff members. The orchestra would perform five concerts with a total of 1,000 patrons. Not only did Ken raise the money for the Carnegie Hall concert, but over the years and under his leadership the orchestra now has 800 kids with a budget of $2.5 million, 55 employees, 82 concerts yearly, with 31,000 patrons.
Ken credits the success from recognizing opportunities when they come and pouncing on them. He sees decisiveness as the number one quality of leadership and through his lack of hesitation the NBYO has won an East Coast Music Award, been nominated for three others. They have also been the subject of two nationally televised documentaries (including Sistema Revolution produced by Hemmings House Pictures). Most importantly the NBYO has produced social change for underprivileged children by increasing their focus, cooperation, and discipline, as well as, improving their academic performance and school absenteeism.
Check out this week’s Boiling Point to learn why it is important to jump at your opportunities and to see how a small group of people can make real social change.
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Tue, 1 December 2015
Introducing Jeff Schnurr
The saying goes, “there is more than one way to skin a cat.” The same is true for conservation. The choice doesn’t have to be between jobs and preservation because there is a middle ground. Jeff Schnurr knows this, and his organization, Community Forests International, both aids in the conservation of forests and is a moneymaking entity.
After he completed high school in Sackville, New Brunswick, Jeff started tree planting and traveling the world. He ended up in Pemba, Tanzania (an island in the Indian Ocean), where over the years his efforts led to trees being planted, renewable energy projects, as well as agriculture projects. The goal was to work with the community in Pemba and develop new ways for people on the island to live on the land and make an income. Through the efforts of Community Forests International, over 1.5 million trees, over 100 football fields of agriculture have been produced.
Jeff has since taken what he has learned from the Pemba projects and translated them back to New Brunswick and developed a way practice sustainable forestry while storing carbon and selling carbon offsets. Check out this week’s Boiling Point to see how conservation and capitalism can work in harmony.
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