Is it true that entrepreneurs are born not made?
Are there common traits, attributes, attitudes and experiences among entrepreneurs that appear to lead to success?
What attributes are desirable and acquirable?
SUMMARY OF ATTITUDES/BEHAVIOURS valuable for ENTREPRENEURS
NOT SO LEARNABLE CHARACTERISTICS
Do what gives you energy, have fun, figure out how to make it work, anything is possible if you believe!
Where can I get ideas
for my new venture?
How can I evaluate the conceptual, technical and financial aspects of my idea?
Sources of Ideas for a New Business
NEWSPAPERS: The Wall Street Journal , The Globe and Mail, The National Post
MAGAZINES: Canadian Business, PROFIT:The Magazine for Canadian Entrepreneurs, The Financial Post Magazine,
Inc., Success, Entrepreneur , Fortune
NEWSLETTERS: many newsletters on many subjects; see National Directory of Newsletters and Reporting Services
TRADE PUBLICATIONS: see Canadain Advertising Rates and Data (C.A.R.D.) or Standard Rate and Data Service, Craftlink Magazine
TRADE ORGANIZATIONS:The Ontario Crafts Council
INVENTORS SHOWS: annual shows in major cities
TRADE SHOWS: specific to area; a chance to meet distributors, representatives, view competition, learn trends
CONVENTIONS: panels, speakers, films, exhibits
CRAFT SHOWS: The One of a Kind Show, Arts and Crafts Shows Database, Crafts Ontario/Shows, Signatures Craft Show
PATENT BROKERS AND PRODUCT LICENSING INFORMATION
National Technology Index- Industry Canada
Government Inventions Available for Licensing
The World Bank of Licensable Technology
for information on content of patent files see: Canadian Intellectual Property Office
SOME SPECIFIC IDEAS AND CONCEPTS FOR NEW MILLENIUM
EVALUATING YOUR IDEAS
Questions to ask and answer:
How much money do I have to invest?
Is there a recognized, measurable market?
Is there a need for product/service?
Is there a dependable source of supply? can you provide what you plan to sell?
What kind of government regulations impact on idea?
What kind of labour force is needed?
What kind of gross margin is there/
How frequent do consumers buy or use the product/service/
Are there any tax incentives?
What type of distribution is necessary?
Is it potentially newsworthy?
Is it possible that customers would pay in advance?
Is there any product risk of liability?
Is there danger of technological advance?
How much competition is there?
Is it a fad?
Is there protection against competition?
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