Integrating Lean Operations and AI in SMEs with Francis Coral Mellon

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In this engaging episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, we’re joined by Francis Coral Mellon, an accomplished entrepreneur and a guiding force in digital adoption and funding for Canadian SMEs. With 15 years of business experience, Francis has a rich history of founding companies, consulting in various sectors, and a focused passion for funding and technological advancements, especially in AI. Currently leading, Francis is dedicated to assisting small businesses in harnessing AI and innovation. This episode covers a spectrum of vital topics, from making businesses recession-proof and integrating lean operating principles to the importance of mental health and enjoyment in the workplace, all through the lens of Francis’s extensive experience and human-centric approach.

Key Highlights:

  • Francis shares his diverse experiences and why he focuses on funding and AI to aid small businesses.
  • Insights into tangible strategies for small businesses to withstand economic downturns.
  • Practical steps for integrating lean operating principles and the role of AI in enhancing productivity.
  • Discussion on the significance of mental health principles in business for sustainable practices.
  • Strategies for rejuvenating work environments in challenging times.
  • An anecdote illustrating the impact of collaboration and investing in people on business progress.
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We express our heartfelt gratitude to Francis Coral Mellon for imparting such invaluable insights. His perspectives, particularly on collaborative growth and prioritizing the human aspect of business, are not only inspiring but also critically important in the current business landscape.

A big thank you to our exclusive partners – RBC, UPS, and Xero – for their continuous support and collaboration, which is instrumental in empowering small businesses. To our listeners, we invite you to explore the services offered by our partners, supporting the backbone of our economy – the small businesses. Don’t forget to subscribe to the CanadianSME Small Business Magazine at  for more insightful and empowering content. Remember, when small businesses unite, we create a significant impact. Stay tuned for more enriching discussions in upcoming episodes.