Offering sound business advice, training and consulting services to creative entrepreneurs and business owners to rapidly and securely grow their businesses, develop their management potential, increase profits and find a work/life balance.

What We Do
  • Coaching

    Building your own creative firm is not easy; it’s a labour of love.  You don’t have to do it on your own.  We specialize in working with principals, owners and partners of creative firms providing guidance, experience, accountability and support to help you shape a successful future.

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  • Consulting

    As a smart hard-working entrepreneur you will no doubt have recognized areas in your business where you need external expertise to overcome specific obstacles.  As businesses grow, they outgrow their business skills.  This isn’t something to hide away but to accept and address.

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  • Courses

    Wherever you are in your career, fresh out of college, a freelancer, starting your first design firm or preparing for a graceful exit we believe you should have access to quality information to make running your business easier. Not everyone needs full-time coaching or specialised consulting so, we offer a variety of free and paid options.

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From the Blog

3 Tips For Boosting Summer Income

July 18, 2016 | Sales & Marketing

3 Practical Tips for Boosting Summer Income Boosting Summer Income for Design Firms It’s that time of year again. Summer is here and many design firms see a drop in income. Here are 3 tips for boosting summer income. Seasonal income for design firms sucks … but what can you do? Either you accept that this is just […]

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Get Fit For Business

April 18, 2011 | Strategy

Get Fit For Business One of the most frustrating experiences as a business coach is to be called in to help failing businesses.  I often wish I had been called in a year earlier. A staggering 66% of micro businesses in Canada fail within 5 years.  Here are some of the symptoms of upcoming failure: […]

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As small business owner with no *actual* business education, I always wondered if I was “doing it right”. I had a deep knowledge of what my business did, in our case Web Development, and had a good relationship with clients and a natural gift for sales, but running a multi-employee business requires a lot more. Things that are at the surface are common sense but that require special training to do well.

Nick has validated what I’ve done well, and helped me focus on what can be improved or potential pitfalls I need to keep in mind for the near and far future. In relatively few sessions I already feel I have a clearer vision of where the business needs to go, what my role within it should look like, and how I might be able to navigate the business to achieve.

He’s done it all with a trustworthy and affable manner that has made me quite comfortable from day one. He’s equal parts mentor, business expert and coach. I look forward to continuing to grow my business with him around to consult with.”

Shawn Johnston, Founder and Principal of Forge and Smith

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Whether you’re an independent designer or an international marketing company, every business planning on moving forward needs a strategy. The growth of your business can start today with our one hour free consultation.

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