Category Archives for "Business Coaching"

Oct 09

Ottawa Property Tour with Prof Bruce and Spirepoint Wealth’s Paul Blacquiere

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Design , Entrepreneurship , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

From time to time, Paul and I take students on a property tour to teach them what works in terms of real estate investing (and what doesn’t). Saturday October 19th, 2019 is the next opportunity to join one of these road-trips… we start at 10 am ET and will be done by 4 pm. We […]

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Oct 07

Think you know real estate investing?

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Finance , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching

Try answering this question. The list price for a duplex at 1234 Any street, Anytown is $575,000 and its NOI (net operating income) is estimated at $30,150 pa (per annum) based on its existing leases and revenue streams. You expect to incur some additional closing costs including land transfer tax estimate ($7,975), legal fees on […]

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Oct 05

Pizza for the people by the people

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

So, you think you know something about modern-era business models? Well, test yourself by examining what chief executive officer Michael Lastoria has done with his fledgling chain of tiny (300-square foot) &Pizza restaurants, which now number 36 locations on the US east coast. Here’s his secret sauce in which he invokes crucial elements of the […]

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Oct 03

How to get free labor to build your next home

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Green for Real , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

[Negative Cost Labor (And Low-Cost Finance)] Sometimes, you can turn a cost into a negative cost. A former architecture student of mine, Dominique Tonetti and her husband, Frank Dutton, are managing to do that on their new project, Solisterra in Québec. Dominique and Frank are building wonderful straw bale structures on a 150-acre property they […]

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Oct 02

Longyards grand opening

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

While it is a long march from humble beginnings to a continent-spanning business operation, if anyone can do it, it’s my friend and coaching client, Chris Long, pictured here with his oldest daughter, Lily, at the grand opening of Longyards at 6571 Bank street in Ottawa Canada on October 1st, 2019. Chris is a trained […]

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