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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...

The Costs of Moving Your Business as it Grows

As you get your business up and going, you may find that working from your home office might not be the best solution anymore.

Choosing What Kind of Office is Right For Your Small Business

While building your business, you might have to make some decisions about what kind of office space arrangement is best suited for your organization and business model. Before you make these decisions, you not only need to know what your business needs are, but also what types of office situations are available to your small business. Maybe your small business is best run from home or on the road. You will still discover that you need a proper professional business address, preferably one at a prestigious business location. In that case, you may only need a virtual office arrangement that offers mail service for a low monthly fee. Your customers see that you have a real physical business address – and not just a home office or a post office box. Some small businesses need a little more tha...

Not All Toronto Meeting Rooms For Rent Are The Same

Entrepreneurs, small business and branch office people who do not have their own meeting rooms or boardrooms in their offices or who work from home, will often look to rent meeting rooms in Toronto for important meetings.

Happy Canada Day 2015

One of our international office space tenants asked us why we are closed on July 1st, but the fact is we are not closed to tenants on holidays such as Canada Day. Our office tenants have full access to their offices, boardrooms and most of the amenities they are accustomed to, such as network printers, photocopiers and fax machines. The only things that are not available to office tenants who have 24 hour access 365 days a year is reception services and our helpful staff. Our international tenants who need to work on Canadian holidays will often plan to have their calls bypass the receptionist or allow their calls to go to voicemail. One of our USA based office clients that runs the Canadian branch office has their calls forwarded to their company headquarters on Canadian holidays because ...

The Benefits of a Business Centre

In a recent post titled Alternative office solutions we discussed some of the benefits of an office space in a business centre. The truth is, business centres have always been the best bet for any growing business, however, the alternative trend in office space is a juggernaut that has become a staple with mainstream businesses – not just start-ups and tech companies. Resources for the Benefits of a Business Centre Recently we have begun the process of building a community for our business centre clients to “showcase” their services and share their business experiences – which in turn positions the business centre as more of a resource beyond just providing space. Watch for announcements as we begin a to add features to this community. As we recorded these video interviews, we ...