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Ellis Orlan

Key Challenges Young Entrepreneurs Face While Growing Their Business

Ellis Orlan, CPA (IL), CGMA, Partner, Fuller Landau LLP, Toronto, ON,, Futurpreneur Canada Mentor All successful young entrepreneurs eventually face the issue of handling business growth and expansion. With business growth and expansion, comes both opportunities and perils. On the one hand, business growth often carries with it a corresponding increase in financial fortunes […]


The Most Important Lesson Learned From a Mentor

Ellis Orlan, CPA (IL), CGMA, Partner, Fuller Landau LLP, Toronto, ON,, Futurpreneur Canada Mentor The most important lesson learned from a mentor, was that it was acceptable to admit that I didn’t understand what he was saying and to explain the direction or concept further. In other words, I had to communicate with him even […]


Why Start a Business?

Ellis Orlan, CPA (IL), CGMA, Partner, Fuller Landau LLP, Toronto, ON, Futurpreneur Canada Mentor Why would anyone want to start a business in the first place? The risks associated with starting a business are not the types of risks most people are used to. Starting from scratch can be stressful and discouraging. You might feel […]


Promoting Entrepreneurship in Europe

Ellis Orlan, CPA (IL), CGMA, Toronto, ON, Futurpreneur Canada Mentor With a few exceptions, both economic growth and job creation have been anemic across Europe even before the current economic crisis. Moreover, unemployment is alarmingly high and continues to rise. A big reason for these problems is that Europe partially lacks a highly dynamic technology […]


Nurturing an Entrepreneur: My Mentoring Experience

In celebration of National Volunteer week happening from April 6 – 12, 2014, CYBF is celebrating mentors’ valuable contribution to young entrepreneurial success! Here’s what Ellis Orlan of SF Partnership LLP had to say about her mentoring experience. Over the past three and a half years, I have had the pleasure of assisting my mentees with […]


Tips on face-to-face networking – How to stand out from the crowd

Sometimes the best way to stand out is to blend in.  When “working a room”, here are a few tips for success (in no specific order). If you really mean business in networking, don’t drink at events that serve alcohol. No one was ever offended by an abstainer. Ask a lot of questions and turn on […]


How much professional help is too much professional help?

As a professional, I have all kinds of different clients who rely on me with significant variance. I have heard my clients say things like, “Oh, that’s why they have lawyers” and others respond with, “You will have to call my accountant and get him to talk to you about that.” Don’t get me wrong, it […]


Three characteristics of successful entrepreneurs

Direction, Drive and Discipline Having met many new business people over the years, sometimes initial meetings make me cringe. That’s because so many people start dropping dollars before writing a plan; they don’t consider the major issues and often they get killed by the minor ones. Here are three concepts that I wish a lot more people […]


The key to a start-up is to be active

When launching a new business, cash is always tight, and establishing your first client relationships is difficult and arduous. Subsequently, prudent investments of time and financial resources are imperative. The problem is that there are many variables in terms of making these choices including, but not limited to, the size of your market, competition, marketing […]


Commercial lease trends

Many things are trending in the retail and commercial office lease market but here are a couple of significant considerations of importance. The days of big executive offices with lots of windows and space to conduct in-office meetings are gone. Smaller offices are replacing them, utilizing more boardroom space and smaller meeting rooms (to meet with […]