The Art of Small Business Conference

Wow…. you are going to LOVE this.  Especially if you’ve been with us since we started way back in 2011.  As you may know, The Biz Club started off as a Business Book Club while I was on maternity leave.  We’ve shared our experiences and favourite business books over some great conversations.

I was so excited to learn about this amazing conference with seven amazing authors speaking!  It’s really a business book club’s dream come true.  We are passionate about business books because it’s an affordable way for entrepreneurs to learn insightful information from people who have ‘been there, done that’.  When you all come together and share your experiences related to what you’ve read, it makes them that much more powerful.

I have heard some great things about the other conferences in “The Art of…” series and I’m sure this one won’t fail to dissapoint with such an amazing lineup:

Conference Speakers:

1)      Michael E. Gerber, Small Business Guru & Author of the Mega-Bestseller, The E-Myth Revisited

2)      Chris Guillebeau, New York Times Bestselling Author of The $100 Startup & The Art of Non-Conformity

3)      JJ Ramberg, Host of MSNBC’s Your Business & Author of It’s Your Business

4)      John Jantsch, Small Business Expert & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of Duct Tape Marketing,

5)      Jonathan Fields, Award-Winning Author, Entrepreneur, & Founder of The Good Life Project

6)      Stephen Shapiro, Innovation Consultant, Speaker & Author of Personality Poker & Best Practices Are Stupid

7)      Mitch Joel, President of Twist Image & Bestselling Author of Six Pixels of Separation & Ctrl Alt Delete


Special Offer!

I was also lucky enough to get YOU a special offer!  The only catch is you need to network a bit to get it!  How fitting!  If you’re interested in going, enter a comment below and group yourselves into groups of 3 or more to save $100 per ticket!

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The Art of Small Business, presented by Visa

Date: Monday October 21, 2013

Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Website: or the direct link to event info is

Twitter: @TheArtOf

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Let’s talk Business . . . Books

Our first Business Book Club meeting for our re-launch was a huge success!  It was great to see so many people come out to discuss and share their favourite business books.  There was some great conversation about the various books and business topics in general.  Of course, I was so busy talking I forgot to take pictures!  Below are some of the books we discussed.

The following books are available from Kobo.  Click the cover to get it!

Subramanya shared this great book that anyone who is having difficulty embracing change should read. It is an easy read that makes it simple to understand why we not only need to embrace change, that we should always be on the lookout for when things are changing so we can anticipate it and ensure we are ready to adapt when it happens.



Malek brought her favourite book by the son of the author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective people.  This great read show how trust is so important in business and relationships and how your negative actions can impact the trust others have in you.  Many of the prinicples outlined in the book are also applicable to your everyday life with your family and friends as well.


 Dr. Brian Keen shared his thoughts on Kevin O’Leary’s book.  This autobiography is filled with business tips and suggestions to help entrepreneurs.  This one generated some interesting debates as we argued whether or not he wrote it himself, and of course his personality on Dragon’s Den.  An interesting fact we learned was that Kevin O’Leary is dyslexic!



We were also fortunate to have Dr. Brian Keen with us as he was the author of the Applied Business Ethics: Volume 1 which his wife Jean brought with her to discuss! Click on the cover to purchase the book on Amazon!  Or visit to get it from the library!  They ordered two books during the meeting for their collection!



Anita shared with us The Power of Why by Amanda Lang (from the Lang and O’Leary exchange).  Asking the right questions can fuel innovation and inspire curiosity.  She shared a short excerpt from the book that included a list of what most business owners do wrong!  We could all relate to at least some of those points!


Sandra brought her recent favourite, Getting Things Done by David Allen.  It was also the first book read at the original launch of the Business Book Club a year and a half ago when YRSBiz was first founded! Getting Things Done provides a concept with concrete steps on how you can be more productive and stress-free on a regular basis.  This method works not only for business, but is most effective when you apply it to your whole life.  Sandra’s also a huge fan of using Evernote, which is a software program that let’s you implement the GTD principles in your every day life!

What are your favourite business books? Share below or join us for our next meeting, coming up in January!

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