Raye Ackerman – ITS Dispatch
|Raye Ackerman - ITS Dispatch|
"Since becoming involved with the Toronto Entrepreneur Mastermind Group, it has truly been an eye opening experience to see that other business owners like myself, are struggling with the same daily challenges. Our group is quite balanced and we have some members that have already dealt with many of my current issues and offer great input and advice on how to work through them. Ultimately, the group acts as a great motivator to keep me on track and accountable for financial targets and to ensure that issues that I plan on dealing with are dealt with... (No later than the next meeting!)"
ITS Dispatch - Finding a Niche in Trucking Software
ITS Dispatch is a completely web based Trucking and Freight brokerage software package. We developed the application after discovering a need in the market for a cost effective solution between high priced, server based systems and low cost but ineffective web based applications. Our goal in designing ITS Dispatch was to ensure that all the features that users have come to expect in a server based application, were present in a web based version. At this, we succeeded and our customers are quick to tell us this.
In addition to the application being web based, which negates the requirements of servers for smaller operators, it is also very cost effective. Pricing starts at a fraction of the cost of a server based program and all pricing is done on a monthly basis, with no large up front costs. By doing this, our membership can sign up and start using the trucking software all in the same day.
For the beginning of 2008, we have seen tremendous growth in our customer base and our target market of Trucking companies with fleets of 5 to 30 trucks. The first quarter of 2008 also saw the release of the full Freight brokers software which has been very well received thus far.
For more information on ITS Dispatch Trucking and Brokerage software, please visit our website at http://www.its-dispatch.com.
|Members go to Google's Toronto HQ to learn about online marketing and get their questions answered directly by Google's staff.|
|Members meet FreshBooks founder Mike McDerment who explains how he went from 0 to over 1,000,000 users through SEO, social media, and referrals.|
|Cosmic Bowling Night|
|Members join together for a night of cosmic bowling at O'Connor Bowl.|
|Brett Wilson Event|
|Members meet with Brett Wilson from CBC's the Dragon's Den. Brett shares his personal success story and answers questions in an insightful session with the members.|
|Mastermind Pool Night|
|Members get together at the Charlotte Room in downtown Toronto for a few rounds of pool and fun.|
|Jeffrey Dennis Event|
|Members meet with Jeffrey Dennis who is Canada`s advisor to CEOs of fast growth companies. Jeff is a columnist with PROFIT Magazine and has advised four of Canada`s fastest growing companies.|
|Razor Suleman Event|
|Members meet with I Love Rewards Razor Suleman who was BDC Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2007, #12 on the PROFIT 100, and one of Canada's Top 100 Employers and the GTA's Top 50 employers.|
|Mastermind members relax and get to know each other's families at a Peterborough lakehouse. Activities included dinner, canoeing, Wii, puzzles, and trivia games.|
|Harry Rosen Event|
|Toronto members have intimate meeting with Harry Rosen who shared his wisdom on how to achieve entrepreneurial success and answered questions from our group.|
|PROFIT Magazine Event|
|Toronto members meet with PROFIT Magazine editor Ian Portsmouth who shared strategies on how to get media attention for your business.|
|Frank Cianciulli Event|
|Members meet Enunciate's Frank Cianciulli who grew sales 17,298% in 5 years, took 2 firms to the PROFIT lists, won the E&Y Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, and is one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40.|