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There are plenty of support groups for many different things, but what most small business owners fail to realize is that there are also support groups for small business owners. All a small business owner needs to do is to seek out the help and he or she will find it in many different forms and from different funding groups. There are government-funded programs as well as government and private industry co-funded programs aimed at helping start-ups get on the right track – or to give a new or early-stage business a competitive advantage. Some examples of government support for small businesses are Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) and community-based providers that offer entrepreneurs all the tools they need to start to grow their businesses. There are also organizations like the ...

Still Trying to Explain Coworking Office Space

As much as we have written at length about co-working offices, many others have explained it differently for their own purposes. While the name is relatively new, the concept is not. As far back as the late 70’s and early 80’s, the concept of using a business centre without a permanent desk was explored by entrepreneurs and small business owners. The terms Shared Offfice, Cohousing, Hot Desking, Telecentre and others have been used over the years to describe a shared office environment by different business centres and office rental locations. Wikipedia describes it this way: “Coworking is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, often an office, and independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed b...

When Foreign Businesses See 3 Canadian Cities in the top 3 in the World, They Will Follow the Real Estate Investors!

If you had read our previous blog “When Foreign Real Estate Investors See 3 Canadian Cities in the Top 3 in the World, More Will Follow“, you will recall that we mentioned that some foreign investors may not want to open a traditional office while exploring the market, but still want to have a visible presence in Canada. This is why they choose a serviced office or a virtual office in an upscale business centre. A serviced office means a foreign investor can have a physical office for his or her local representative without the need for capital investment into such things office furniture, telephone systems or business equipment – like photocopiers and fax machines. These investors also do not need to hire a receptionist to answer calls or support staff to help with secretarial...

When Foreign Real Estate Investors see 3 Canadian Cities in the top 3 in the World, More Will Follow!

Private real estate group Grosvenor has come out with a report called “Resilient Cities” ranking Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary as the top three most reliant cities out of 50 cities around the world. When investors read reports like this, they not only look at these cities as places to invest in real estate – they will also look at these cities to put business investments into. The Grosvenor report explains that “vulnerability is a city’s exposure to shocks in terms of both magnitude and frequency. Shocks may be due to changes in the climate, environmental degradation, shortage of resources, failed infrastructure or community strife due to inequality…..So resilience increases when cities have more adaptive capacity and decreases when they are more vulnerable.&...

Office Space Sedentary? There is an App for That!

As we continue this week’s theme of discussing “Sitting is the New Smoking,” through our research we are uncovering more information that we wanted to share with our followers. It is most interesting that the battle against a sedentary lifestyle has even reached the app world, and developers keep finding new ways to keep people active and productive while at work. While for a while there have been apps to help those who want to stay active and stay fit, the newest apps for increasing mobility in the office space have names like “Office Fitness”, “Office Fitness Free”, “StandApp”, “Limitless”, “Health Time Pro”, “Health Time LT” and “Sedentary work PRO”. These apps can range in price from f...

Stay Active Even While Sitting

In our previous blog “Sitting is The New Smoking,” we talked about the health problems associated with working all day sitting down. One of the options we told you about was to work standing up. When publishing that article we fully understood that working standing up may not always be an option for you in your office space. However, you can still exercise at your desk! Here are some ways you can get exercise while working at your desk. One of the best ways to take on the sedentary effects of sitting all day is to make a point of standing up every 20 to 30 minutes, even if is to just take a stretch or to read a memo – or try standing while on you are the phone. Keeping note of how long you have been sitting is also very important. Another way to stay active while sitting is to ...

Is Sitting the New Smoking?

Are you sitting comfortably at your desk? You might be considering standing up by the time you finish reading this. It seems that experts are saying “sitting is our generation’s smoking.” Research is suggesting that we are spending too much time sitting instead of standing and that could have damaging effects on our physical well being. Some business experts like Nilofer Merchant spoke at the TED Conference in 2013 about this issue. Merchant said people now sit for an average of 9.3 hours each day, compared with sleeping an average of 7.7 hours daily. She also wrote an article in the Harvard Business Review called Sitting is the Smoking of our Generation, describing how she was converted from sit-down meetings to walking meetings as a way of staying healthier. Other healt...

The Heartbleed Bug and Small Business

It seems the tech talk around the world over the past week has been Heartbleed. This newly discovered security vulnerability puts users’ passwords at many popular websites at risk of being exploited. Even this morning at our office space for lease, small business owners are talking about this latest security problem and are asking questions. Heartbleed is the name for a vulnerability in the OpenSSL (Open Source Secure Sockets Layer) encryption model that is used by many popular websites, such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo and the Canada Revenue Agency, along with many others. When you connect to one of these trusted websites, the extend “handshake” between your computer and the web server that sets up the secure connection changes the http to https in the address bar and add...

The Real Signs That Spring is Truly Here

While spring officially arrived March 20th, it did not exactly feel like spring that day. The real signs that spring is truly here begin when you start overhearing people around your office space talk about going to a baseball game, spring cleaning, getting out on their motorcycle for the fist time since October or setting a 2 pm tee time on a Friday afternoon. What you do not expect to hear is someone mentioning making an appointment in April to get snow tires changed, especially living in Toronto (Really, you still have snow tires on your car? I don’t think I have even had any!). Just last weekend was the Jays home opener. Friday night brought out 48,197 fans and 300 members of the media to the Rogers Centre. Most of the fans were there for the baseball, but a lot of the media (fro...

Why Does an Office Business Centre Write Small Business Advice Articles?

The question of why Telsec Business Centres writes a blog that mainly gives small business tips has once again been asked in our social media channels.

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