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Greg is a third generation entrepreneur and consultant with clients throughout the US in California, Texas and Ohio plus South Africa and the UK. He has owned photography, advertising & design and entrepreneurial training businesses. In addition, a health education business in Western Canada and a web development business in Houston, TX.

After selling the Houston, TX. business in 2003, Greg returned to his passion – business planning. Recently, he wrote Tips and Traps When Buying a Business that provides the first timers and experienced business owners with the knowledge they need to buy a business.

Greg brings a unique perspective having worked with 100’s of business owners in more than 30 different industries including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, oil field, manufacturing, retail and wholesale to name just a few.

He has been profiled in national magazines, newspapers and as a guest on radio shows. As a keynote speaker to public companies like Tesco Corporation, seminar facilitator and consultant, his advice and experiences reflect an in-the-trenches, street savvy flavor with a practical edge.

Since 2000, he has been on the Board of Experts at bplans.com where he provides expert advice on business planning and development issues to business owners from around the globe.

In 1998, Greg began sharing his knowledge and experience at sbishere.com. Today more than 10,000 people a month from all walks of life, rely on Greg to help them start, buy or expand a business. Employees and managers of Fortune 500 companies subscribe to his newsletter and read the more than 600 tips, guides and down-to-earth articles.

Married for 28 years, he lives in Western Canada with his wife and son.

Do Business Blogs Need Help Pages?

By Greg Balanko-Dickson I was wondering what might happen if a blog or website had a set of help pages? We expect help pages when using a software or web application. We see About pages and FAQ on blogs but how often do we see a set of “Help” pages on a business blog? Never? […]

Nine Years Writing: How I Generate Writing Concepts, Tools, and Strategies I Use

By Greg Balanko-Dickson Lorelle mentioned in an email today, “I’ve been asked by many readers that they would love to crawl inside your head and find out how you write content.” I have long thought about sharing my approach. Lorelle’s email got my attention today and I decided that it would be as good a […]

Observations on The Economics of the Blogosphere

By Greg Balanko-Dickson I came across an essay titled Economics of the Blogosphere, authored by David S. Evans who is co-author of the book Catalyst Code: The Strategies Behind the World’s Most Dynamic Companies. The blogosphere is one of the biggest and most influential global industries created in the last decade. Technorati tracks almost 100 […]

How to Avoid Mental Gymnastics While Writing Your Blog

By Greg Balanko-Dickson A reminder to keep it simple. While awaiting the arrival of Lorelle’s blogging book, I flipped open What No One Ever Tells You About Blogging and Podcasting by Ted Demopoulos. In writing his book, Ted Demopoulos interviewed a bunch of people about blogging. These gems come courtesy Guy Kawasaki: Evangelizing your blog […]

Top 10 List: Just Say No To SEO

By Greg Balanko-Dickson Courtesy Tadeusz Szewczyk of onReact.com by way of GoogleBlogoscoped, ProBlogger tipped me off to Tadeusz post titled 10 Steps to Success on the ’Net Without SEO: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as we know and detest it is obsolete in this day and age. When some while ago Philipp asked me to write […]

If I was to start writing & blogging today I would…

By Greg Balanko-Dickson I have been writing online daily since 1998 and only converted to blogging in 2005. In the last two years things have changed considerably and I would do things differently. This all started with reading a post courtesy Steve @ Micro Persuasion: …the world now tuns faster. The blogosphere has transformed from […]

Business Blogging Strategy: Build Trust and Rapport

By Greg Balanko-Dickson, Professional Business Coach Own a business? Have a blog? As a business owner, you are writing and blogging as part of your marketing and online promotion. There was a time when a blogging purest might have said that business and blogging should never mix. Today, blogging and business go hand in hand. […]

Relationship Geeks Building a Relationship 2.0 Network

By Greg Balanko-Dickson  I am not a 'relationship geek' but I have been thinking a lot about how a 'information geek' can build relationships online and in the process identified a trend that is growing. Sunday I posted my thoughts and observations in Relationship 2.0 and Why Link Love is Dying and judging by the […]

When was the last time you read your own blog?

By Greg Balanko-Dickson Often forgotten when writing for your blog is getting the word out and promoting it. Phil Gerbyshak (via Make It Great!) makes five points and states you should: Post Often. Join a Blog Network. Sign your posts in the blog network Comment on other's blogs using your URL and a valid email. […]

Prevent Blog Pollution

By Special Guest Greg Balanko-Dickson – Remote Control CEO Sometimes we pollute our blogs, albeit unknowingly. I originally got the idea for this article over at Newsome.org, where Ken writes about The Real Reason Blogging is Hard and he states: “And just like any other upward climb, it’s not just about moving up the hill. […]

True Confessions of Early Adopter Turned Blogger

By Special Guest Greg Balanko-Dickson – Remote Control CEO I have been a business coach since 1991, I started surfing the world wide web in 1993 and built my first website in 1997. Then I transformed it into a small business portal where for five years I wrote a daily ‘business tip’. I had between […]

Writing a Blog and Engaging Readers

By Special Guest Greg Balanko-Dickson – Remote Control CEO I have been writing online since 1998 I can tell you that blogging transformed the way people interact with a website. But there is far more to it than just technology, it is about: Solving a Problem, Your Readers Do Not Care About You Know Who […]

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