KPMG seeking submissions for new book

KPMG is assembling a second edition of That'll Never Work; calling on entrepreneurs to submit their success stories.

Almost every entrepreneur with a great business idea has been told “that’ll never work.”

Last spring, KPMG Enterprise published That’ll Never Work: Business Lessons from Successful Canadian Entrepreneurs, a No. 1 bestseller in Canada that celebrates the stories of 19 entrepreneurs who achieved success when those around them said they were wasting their time.

KPMG is assembling a second edition and is calling on the next wave of entrepreneurs to submit their success stories.

“Entrepreneurial business owners don’t often have the opportunity share their stories of trial and error, luck, and perseverance with people other than friends and family,” says David Adams, office managing partner with KPMG in Vernon.

KPMG Enterprise wants business people to share their successful business stories with entrepreneurs and business leaders across the country in That’ll Never Work 2.

“Vernon has a strong entrepreneurial community with a long history of innovation and perseverance and KPMG Enterprise is looking forward to having local representation,” added Adams.

The book’s first edition focused on entrepreneurs who kept their businesses intact and thriving for years, even decades. The second edition is seeking winning stories from family businesses, young (under 30) entrepreneurs and female business owners.

Those wanting to pass along their wisdom and lessons learned onto the next generation of business owners should visit www.thatllneverwork.ca. The deadline to apply is June 28.

Jim Treliving, owner of Boston Pizza International and panel member on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, said entrepreneurs are a rare breed of individuals courting opportunities and challenges along the way of building their businesses. He added the lessons learned from That’ll Never Work make it a worthy read.

“Often adversity hits them between the eyes yet somehow through their creativity and innovation, they persevere to build wonderfully successful Canadian business stories,” said Treliving.

“The experiences shared in this book are very insightful and practical and I would recommend it to any entrepreneur, business owner or anyone working in a family business today.”