It’s an exciting time to be an entrepreneur. When I say “entrepreneur” I could just as easily mean a for profit business owner as a nonprofit leader, as the point here is entrepreneurial spirit vs. governance structure. I believe we’re just at the start of the sustainable business revolution, but I think there is more that we can — and must — do to accelerate that movement. Here’s why.Read More
On December 30th we had the joy of sharing our love of Star Wars with a planned 600+ guests (to read the why please visit Sharing Star Wars). We were treated to a festive environment, with characters in costume greeting the kids to make the event extra-special.Read More
The community fundraiser to support “Prom Queen” at The Grand Theatre was an outstanding success. We nearly doubled the goal of $30,000 - ultimately raising over $58,000. Many people cheered the success of the financial results of the campaign - but I’m afraid an important part of the narrative was missed.Read More
This year, we’ve forgone some of the typical activities you’d see from a business around a holiday season. Instead, on December 30th, we’re taking 700 people to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We are inviting children from all different backgrounds (and their families) who may not have the means to experience the wonder and joy of the films as I did as a child. Here is the why.Read More
This story may appear, at first glance, to be about me. It is actually about the team that I have built. Truly, it is a team of superheroes. I can credit one overarching skill that has brought me whatever success that I have had - my greatest skill is hiring good, smart people. To be clear, I don’t mean ‘good’ just from the technical skillset perspective; I mean ‘good’ in a far more impactful way -- I mean good-hearted.Read More
On November 29th, we got to spend some time with the Youth Opportunities Unlimited team at their annual Open House. This year, the Open House had a little something extra to celebrate… and we were proud to be part of the story.
Since starting rTraction, we’ve always had a community lens and a strong corporate social responsibility program - but we have only recently looked inwards to see how we can use our assets, skills and people to focus on making a positive impact in our community versus a separate program or values set. The businesses at the accelerator will start with their social purpose firmly entrenched.Read More
I recently wrote about our change back to using the rTraction brand, and the outcomes of the process that led to that decision. What I did not write about, at the the time, is how damned hard it was to come to those conclusions.Read More
I have some exciting news I would like to share about some organizational changes at rTraction.
I think that one of the great revolutions of modern business theory is the shift from getting the right people on the bus to getting the right people on the bus and in their right seats.Read More
I had the pleasure of moderating a panel with Andrea Halwa, Andrew Chung, Emma Donoghue, and Kathy Navackas. It was an exciting evening that explored the ups, downs, and challenges of London’s arts and culture community.
I came away from the evening with a few notes about the state of arts in our community and I thought I would share those thoughts.Read More
We are rTraction. We always have been. Learn about our journey through brands and time back to our core purpose.Read More
Baseball references are often applied in business situations. Our President, David Billson, shares his take on how the two are more similar than we might realize.Read More
A few takeaways from the PHP Unicorn online conference that our dev team had the opportunity to participate in. Sessions ranged from code review to mental health in the tech industry.Read More
A recap of the first ever BLD Ontario event held in Guelph. Certified B Corporations and those who are interested in becoming B Corps came together to hear from engaging B Corp leaders and share information and ideas.Read More
The London Community Foundation's Engage! London program provides a unique learning experience for local professionals. Here's a summary of the experience from a recent graduate!Read More
Check out Fanshawe College business student, Michael Dales', blog post on how he's been spending his time at rTraction and what he is learning while he's here!Read More
Our President and CEO, David Billson, sheds some light on the pitch process and how to connect with your prospect effectively, even if your forte isn't sales.Read More
March 8th marks International Women’s Day, where women are globally recognized and celebrated for their achievements. Although there are many successes that women have accomplished economically, politically and socially, we wanted to highlight a few particular individuals in the arts, culture and mental health space. This year’s IWD campaign theme is #BeBoldForChange, and it’s clear that the following women have made bold actions in their fields to foster inclusion and gender-balanced leadership.Read More
I suspect that 2016 will be remembered as a year of significant change… for lots of reasons. We are no different. As I reflect on 2016, the first term that comes to mind is ‘change’. Change always presents businesses unique opportunities to adapt to better serve their customers. In our case, we changed in three significant ways:
We became a B-Corp.
We focused on our impact areas.
We saw a change in our ownership.
Did you miss one of our limited runs of shirts? We're offering another limited run of all 4 shirts. Honouring our hometown of London, Ontario, these t-shirts celebrate local landmarks of past and present.Read More