About Gerald Hunt

After graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Gerald joined KPMG (Formerly Thorne Riddell) as a Computer Accounting Customer Service representative. In this position, Gerald installed accounting systems in over 200 different small to medium sized companies over a 6 year span. In 1989, Gerald left KPMG to continue to work with small business clients in his own corporation installing computer accounting systems. While in this role, he was engaged by the DeVry Institute of Technology in Calgary to teach various courses. In time, Gerald moved up through the ranks of DeVry until he attained the position of Director of Finance for the Calgary Campus. He also acquired his Masters of Business Administration from City University of Seattle, Washington in 2001. Gerald’s career has always been focused on small business, accounting and education.

How to Be Effective When Making Collection Calls

Making collection calls is not something that most people relish. It is never easy chasing someone for money, and chasing debt can take up a lot of time. However, if a business does not keep a tight rein on its accounts receivable, it could find itself in a cash flow crisis. So, if you find Read More

By |October 15th, 2020|Small Business Tips, SmallBiz Builder|

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Your Business is in Financial Difficulties

It is easy to miss the early warning signs that a business is in trouble. Lower than usual sales volumes might be put down to a seasonal variation. The cash flow getting a bit tight might be blamed on a few late-paying customers. If the downward trend continues, though, then you will know that action Read More

By |September 15th, 2020|Small Business Tips|

What You Need to Know About Startup Financing

Any new business needs funds to get it off the ground. For most startups, that means using a business loan provider. As with any financial service, there are many things to consider when deciding which loan provider is best for funding your new business.

How Much Money Do You Need to Start?

Just as there’s no set Read More

By |August 31st, 2020|Small Business Tips|

The Small Business COVID Shift to a Flexible Office Space

Are you an entrepreneur or freelancer preparing for a new way of doing business? As lockdown conditions ease and economic activities resume, practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will continue. A safe workspace where employees can focus on responding to market changes is thus vital. Opting for a flexible workspace is a way to Read More

By |July 15th, 2020|Small Business Tips|

How to Prepare Your Small Business for a Post-Coronavirus Recession

Many people are hoping for an economic bounce-back once the coronavirus threat has receded. However, it is more likely that the world will enter a period of recession. With many people out of work and the world’s supply chains disrupted, consumer demand will be low, and getting products to market will be challenging. Some economists Read More

By |June 15th, 2020|Small Business Tips|

Eight Tips to Help You Negotiate Better Deals with Your Suppliers

From your office supplies to your raw materials, the price you pay for the goods and services you use impacts the net profit of your business. All business-to-business suppliers have some leeway to give you a deal, but you must negotiate with your suppliers if you want to get the best terms. Here are ten Read More

By |May 15th, 2020|Small Business Tips|

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Helping Businesses Redefine Employment

The coronavirus pandemic has brought a great deal of upheaval to the work place. For many employees, their regular job now entails the use of remote work environments and the use of new skill sets they have never used before.

In the past, well-defined jobs and job locations were central to the way people thought of Read More

By |May 1st, 2020|Small Business Tips|

Financial Help for Small Business Owners & Individuals Due to COVID-19

The current COVID-19 environment is challenging for everyone. In addition to health implications, there is also concern about financial effects on the economy and many small business owners and their employees are enduring financial difficulties due to shutdowns. While government agencies are committed to helping individuals and businesses deal with the Coronavirus, the pace of Read More

By |April 15th, 2020|Small Business Tips|

5 Smart Ways Entrepreneurs Can Prepare for Recessions

Recessions or economic downturns are just like death and taxes – they’re inevitable. They may not happen soon, but they will happen eventually. Smart entrepreneurs won’t just be aware of this – they’ll prepare for it. Here are 5 ways they should do so:

1. They Must Treat Their Networks with the Same Value They Hold Read More

By |March 15th, 2020|Small Business Tips|

Four Hidden Costs of Starting a Small Business

If you are thinking about starting your own small business in the not too distant future, you have probably already begun to budget for the large and obvious expenses, such as equipment and rent. However, there are also a lot of hidden costs associated with starting a new company. If you aren’t careful, these expenses Read More

By |February 15th, 2020|Small Business Tips|