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Back to School is on the Horizon – but is Your Business Taking Full Advantage?

Every year in August we see TV commercials that promote back-to-school specials. Most come from the big box stores or the business supply stores that are always looking for ways to get you to visit them. It’s called marketing. Yes, not all small businesses are selling products related to returning to school, so how can they cash in on this marketing opportunity? There are lots of ways you can attract back-to-school shoppers to your products and services and increase your back-to-school sales, even if you are not selling to this specific market. If your products or services have no obvious back-to-school tie-in, you can still create one. Your small business has something to offer the parents of children going back to school. Remind them that you are still there for them and maybe they shoul...

How Telecommuting can Work for Your Small Business, Even During Vacation Time!

Searching for office space for your growing small business? Why not consider a flexible executive office space for yourself and have your employees telecommute? You can also think about a virtual office solution for your small business and have everyone telecommute. According to World at Work, there’s been a substantial increase year-over-year in the number of workplaces offering teleworking. In the USA and Canada, teleworking is offered to 42% of the nearly 2,300 employers surveyed – up from 30% in 2007. Teleworking is listed among more than 20 programs to attract and retain employees, ranging from the most popular (a signing bonus) all the way down to paid sabbaticals. Telus (a major Canadian telecom) has found that teleworking can increase employee productivity by about 20%, after revie...

Trying to do Business With Canadian Companies on August 3, 2015?

Calling a Canadian supplier or customer this August 3rd? You might not get through to them if they work in a non-retail business or for the federal government because it is a holiday. Then again, not all provinces have it as a holiday. Public holidays in Canada, known as “statutory holidays,” are legislated at the federal, provincial and territorial levels. Many of these holidays are observed nationwide, but each province and territory in Canada has its own holidays as well. The Civic Holiday falls on the first Monday of August. This holiday is commonly referred to as the “August Long Weekend.” In Ontario, most retail stores are open on the civic holiday across the province, but most other non-retail businesses and organizations are closed. The Civic Holiday is also...

Why Working in an air Conditioned Office can be Awesome!

I primarily work from home, but on hot summer days there is nothing like going into an air conditioned office. Fact is that my apartment does not have air conditioning and most days I do not need it. But the heat and humidity over the past few days have taken their toll on my ability to work from home. I tried to work from the library for a few hours with my laptop and their wifi, but other library patrons were bothered by my cellphone ringing and my telephone conversations. So what was next? Starbucks, McDonald’s or Tim Hortons? They all have air conditioning and welcome customers with free wifi – but still not the greatest places to get work done. During busy periods, most fast food and coffee chains are not that receptive to customers who are buying a single beverage and taking up...

The Impressive new Financial Hub At 1 Yonge Street Officially Opens

Three of Toronto’s leading financial specialists have joined forces to launch a new Banking Centre at 1 Yonge Street (Toronto Star Building) on the Toronto waterfront. Luminus Financial (formerly Toronto Star Credit Union), Interchange Currency Exchange, and CWP Financial Services Inc. (a Sun Life Financial Advisor) have partnered to create a new, amenity-laden, full-service banking experience. This means that small business owners at Telsec Business Centre (on the 18th floor of the Toronto Star Building), now have a convenient, welcoming place to handle all their financial needs without even leaving the building! According to George De La Rosa, CEO of Luminus: “The hub is designed to foster an environment where individuals can interact with the staff through large open spaces and me...

Bassem Ghali of Green Lotus Video Interview

Bassem Ghali of Green Lotus Interview A few weeks back we interviewed Bassem Ghali of Green Lotus as part of our “Meet the Telsec Business Centres Community” program. Our hope is that through these interviews we can provide some business tips and networking opportunities for our current and future clients. Transcript 0:10 Ian: y Your name and your role in your organization? 0:13 Bassem Ghali: My name is Bassem Ghali. I’m the founder and head of clients strategy at Green Lotus. Green Lotus is an online marketing company. The major benefit of using Green Lotus service are the insights and strategies that we provide for our clients. The most important thing that we do is track and measure every conversion and every lead from every source that we get – so that at the end of t...

Canadian Entrepreneurial Trends: The GEM Global Entrepreneur Monitor

I often find myself reading long reports such as The GEM Global Entrepreneur Monitor in order to gain insight into markets I am working in – especially if it is an industry I am not familiar with or I am looking for a need not currently being be met. As the online marketing and community manager for a business centre, entrepreneurs are an important target audience for most if not all of Telsec’s services. This yearly report is based upon over 16 years of data consisting of 200,000+ interviews a year. The GEM website provides more information about the report including: “GEM began in 1999 as a joint project between Babson College (USA) and London Business School (UK). The aim was to consider why some countries are more ‘entrepreneurial’ than others. Sixteen years on, GEM is the ...

Working From Home can get Very Lonely, so how can you Fight it?

Working from home is on the rise, and more companies are trusting their employees to be more productive in their own home offices than they might be at their workplace. Yet the biggest complaint from people who work from home and home-based small businesses is loneliness. This is often due to the fact that many people who volunteer to work from home and those who start small businesses from home are unprepared for an isolated working environment. Faster broadband speeds, innovative video-conferencing systems and avoiding long commutes are big contributors to this trend of working from a home office. According to a YouGov poll, researchers found that 21% of office workers now regularly work from home at least one day a week. However, the vast majority of home workers (who do not go into an ...

Virtual Office Services Can Be Great For International Entrepreneurs

When international entrepreneurs are looking to open shop in Canada, they often will often look to an office business centre in the city that they want to open up shop in and make arrangements for an international mail service that will forward their mail to their home in the country they live. But what about that globe trotting entrepreneur that is exploring various places? The great part of having a centralize business address in Toronto at a recognizable and iconic business address is that it is a great place for international entrepreneurs to start up with in Canada. Recently, a new mail address client from Brazil, upgraded to a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) virtual office solution because they not only wanted a Toronto business address, but they also wanted a Toronto telephone n...

Pan Am Games and the effect on Toronto Small Business.

Today’s blog was supposed to be about entrepreneurial trends and list some statistics, but instead we are going to talk about some issues that our office space clients are talking about regarding the Pan Am Games in Toronto. With the Pan Am games in Toronto, many of our office clients have chosen to either work from home or to take public transit to the office. This is mainly due to the added road congestion caused by the temporary HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes on the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardener Expressway. The intent of these lanes is to allow official Pan Am Games vehicles, buses, taxi cabs and vehicles with more than 3 persons to move along the roadways faster and avoid traffic. One of our office space tenants mentioned this morning that they would try using an Uber c...

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