About BizAcademi

Where Business Development & Personal Growth Strategies Combine

Lana Sheppard

am mission driven with a servant’s heart to help clients maximize their success through a better understanding and more effective communication of their unique strengths, abilities, passions and values.  I believe that everyone has the ability to be an authentic representation of who they truly are. 

In 2006, the creation of Checks n Balances Business Services started me on the journey of working with 1300+ entrepreneurs initially in the capacity of a bookkeeper.  After 25+ years of working in various industries along with my personal journey of relationships, single parent to 3 children I learned that I had a lot of information and solutions to many challenges that my clients were facing. 

The year of 2017 was a memorable one with attending two events that changed my life!  I attended Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within (UPW) event with my two daughters and Mary Morrisey’s Dream Builder Live Event.  As some would say “I drank the Kool-Aid!”.  After the weekend events, I enrolled in their certification programs.  Over the next 2 years, I completed Certification as a Dream Builder Coach, Life Mastery Consultant and 2 courses left to complete Tony Robbins Mastery University.  This journey has been incredible in learning and also meeting amazing individuals and surrounding myself with like-minded persons. 


Among the many skills I developed through my professional years , my clients describe my strengths I bring to their coaching experience as my positive attitude, high energy level, and ability to help them clearly identify and focus on reaching their goals.  I combine my ability as a creative problem solver with my passion to help clients develop and execute their strategy for achieving success. 

Nothing motivates me more than seeing the “light bulb” moments of my clients!  Through life or business coaching, I am here to support you in making the changes you want for your life or business through methods, strategies and ideas that will move you in the direction of your vision. 

Lana’s Achievements

Education/Training Diploma in Business Administration (Honours), Diploma in Accounting, Certified Life Consultant, Certified Dream Builder Coach, Business Mastery – Tony Robbins (business development), Mastery University – Tony Robbins (personal development), ProAdvisor – Intuit (Quickbooks), Member – National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers, Member – Canadian Payroll Association, National Philanthropy Day  –  Honoured supporter 2017, Founder/Past Owner – ChecksnBalances Business Services Inc., Past Board Member – Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan, Public Appointed Director – Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Saskatchewan 


Linda Prafke FCMC

Linda Prafke is President of BMG Business Management Group. BMG is company that specializes in Business Development, Training and Evaluation to individuals and organizations spanning private, public and the not-for-profit sectors. BMG has extensive experience working with Aboriginal peoples and associations, government ministries and agencies as well as charitable organizations. The BMG team has assisted over 800 people open a business, 20 years helping over 1100 women of Saskatchewan make informed business decisions, worked for 5 years with Entrepreneurs with disabilities, delivered 1000’s of hours of training, and evaluation of several projects. As an authorized Inscape distributor, BMG provides assessment tools to assist individuals and business develop critical interpersonal business skills to be more productive and successful.

Linda has over 2.5 decades of experience as a consultant specializing in strategic planning, market research, business assessment, planning and development. Linda specializes in the development and growth of small to medium enterprises. She has 10 years prior experience as an Executive Director in the not for profit sector. In addition to years of management consulting experience, Linda has been facilitating for 21 years, and is experienced in both classroom management and online-training. 

For the past 20 years she has offered specialized training in the field of entrepreneurship, to which she brings both theoretical and first-hand hand experience. In 2001, Linda brought together 24 Aboriginal businesses and organizations for the Aboriginal International Business Development Committee in her role as Saskatchewan/Alberta coordinator for the Canada Consultations on Aboriginal Opportunities in International Development.

With a commitment to the profession of management consulting, Linda has earned her Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation and in 2008 she was conferred the Fellow Certified Management Consultant Designation.

Linda is an active volunteer in the community. Linda served on the Canadian Bar Association National task force for civil justice reform, chaired the Mayor’s Committee for Aboriginal Concerns and joined the “Women Crossing Borders—Canadian Women in Business Trade Mission to the UK.” Linda is Past President of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Saskatchewan and a member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants.

 She is Past President of Business and Professional Women-Saskatoon and has chaired the Membership, Bursary, Silent Auction and IWD committees; Past Saskatchewan Provincial President and BPW Canada Trustee. She also volunteers with Junior Achievement Program and Canada Youth Business Foundation as a mentor and coach. In 2011 she was appointed to the Enterprise Saskatchewan Entrepreneurship Council.

In 1999, Linda was awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in recognition for her contributions to entrepreneurship. In 2008 was a recipient of the BPW Canada Leadership Award and was a finalist for the CANDO Economic Developer of the Year Award

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