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Women Entrepreneurs and the Challenges They Face

For the past several years, women entrepreneurs have become the fastest growing segment of the small business community. Although creating businesses at this fast pace, there are some significant roadblocks that women business owners have to face that are different than their male counterparts. Women still face the same challenges as their male counterparts, but sometimes they face challenges that men do not have to overcome. When it comes to catching up with their male counterparts, women have made great strides in the business world over the past 30 years. But today’s women entrepreneurs still experience a few major obstacles. Within today’s business world, women’s opinions and advice are still not always viewed as “expert” compared to that of a man. This gender bias is huge hurdle...

Pan Am Games Teams are Using Short-Term Office Space While in Toronto

The Pan Am and Parapan Am Games begin in Toronto on July 10, 2015. The Pan Am Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games, only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games. Many of the teams from the 41 countries will be competing in  51 sports (36 Pan Am sports and 15 Parapan Am sports). With over 7,500 athletes participating, many have already began renting temporary office space in Toronto. For many of the teams, games of this magnitude cannot happen without the help of coaches, trainers and other staff – but finding team headquarters is also a necessity. While the athletes are housed in the Athletes Village, many of their support staff are not even able to stay in the same hotel, so they need space to work together. With any major...

5 Reasons why Every Small Business Should Have a Website

According to (CIRA) the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, only 41% of Canadian small businesses (see CIRA’s 2014 Factbook) have a website at all. The ironic thing about all these sad statistics is that Canadians are the second heaviest users of the Internet globally, averaging 41.3 hours per month online. Lets examine why your small business should have a website. 1) Your customers use the Internet like they used to use the Yellow Pages phone book. Your potential customers are using their computers, smartphones and tablets to decide where to go and who to buy from. If they do not find you, then you have basically lost a sale for your small business. This is especially true if you want to be found in local searches. With mobile technology today, people are doing their local searches...

Why Should Start-ups and Small Businesses use a Serviced Office?

A question that we often hear is “why use a serviced office?” So, let us look as some of the advantages to using an alternative office space like a serviced office over traditional office space – as well as some of the perceived disadvantages. It is important to note that business centres serviced offices offer more than office services. The advantages of serviced offices over traditional offices are: Many business centres’ office-space solutions provide a sense of community for a small business to network and exchange knowledge. Serviced offices have no building “fixed expenses” like taxes, repairs etc. Low or no capital expenditure to open and maintain your office or workspace. Flexible rental terms that facilitate full utilization of space needed for business growth. Serviced offi...

When you own a Small Business, Every Week Should be Small Business Week!

May 4th, 2015, the official start of “Small Business Week” in the United States, yet in Canada Small Business Week is in October. Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. In fact, every year since 1963,  the President of the United States issues a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Having a week of recognitions for small business is important because every day, small business owners are working to grow their small businesses to create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and continue to increase North Amer...

Why is a Mail Forwarding Service Better Than Post Office Change of Address Mail Forwarding?

When you are just starting out your small business, or when your business begins to grow, you will probably need to change your business address once, twice or even more times – depending on the type of business, the type of location, or what your future office space needs and requirements are. If you choose to have Canada Post or the U.S. Postal Service forward your mail each time you move, it will: Cost you hundreds of dollars. Last for only 12 months. Provide no in-person presence or alternate “forwarding methods.” Require government-issued photo ID and authorization to act on behalf of the business. Mail forwarding with Canada Post or with the U.S. Postal Service may not be the best for your business because: Many of your present, past and potential customers may not try to contact you...

How to Create a Great Place to Work

It is no surprise that when a ranking of Canada’s 100 best workplaces was recently released, that Google and AOL Canada (Large and Multinational Category) held on to the their top spots in the annual study by The Great Workplace, which is a global research, consulting and training firm. However, these types of studies usually mean nothing to an entrepreneur who is self employed with a much smaller business and staff. What should a small business owner do to ensure that he or she is providing a great place to work for themselves or any employees they may have? A research study may or may not exist that reveals what makes for the best small business workplaces – or even a list of the best small businesses to work for. However, there is plenty of information on the Internet to help a sm...

Every Small Business Should Have a Procedures Manual

You may already have a disaster recovery plan that will keep your doors open by using alternative office spaces. But do you also have a procedures manual that details all the important plans for keeping your business going? The creating of a procedures manual is often overlooked in disaster recovery plan strategies – but it can sometimes be even more important because minor emergencies are more frequent than disasters. A procedure manual lets everyone know how everything is done, just in case the person who normally takes care of those things is not available. When a problem needs to be solved or a task needs to be performed, others can go to the manual and find the solutions, rather than having to chase down others for answers. A good procedures manual can also be used for training new st...

Small Home-Based Businesses are Moving into “Shedquarters” – but What Does That Mean?

For many years, small businesses have been started and run from home, but then there comes a time when that business outgrows the home office or finds it too distracting, so owners seek out office space for rent. But now there is a relatively new trend, “Shedquarters”, that allows small businesses (especially those with more than one employee) to have a home-base office without actually being in the home. The concept of using a converted shed as a place to work is not new to handymen, artists and musicians – but they are now becoming popular with home-based businesses who want to separate their home from their office. The size of the Shedquarters is only limited by the amount of backyard space the home/business owner is willing to give up, as well as any local building variances and codes....

Small Business Owners Also Have to Remember to be Good Customers

So, we have given our followers advice on branding their product, service, business and even personal branding. But one of our office space for rent tenants told us that we have not touched on tips for being a good customer. In a way, being a good customer is also about your personal branding. Whether you are a customer as an individual or as as a business customer, how you conduct business as a buyer/consumer impacts your brand. The list of how to be a bad customer is long – so long we are only going to talk about some of them. One way of being a bad customer is not keeping up with the terms of payment you agreed to. If you have problems with those terms talk to the vendor before it becomes a problem. Another way to be a bad customer is to give a negative review online in heat of the mome...