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Glass Ceilings Are A Catalyst for Women Entrepreneurs

There is an economics term called ”the glass ceiling” which is “the unseen barrier that keeps women and minorities from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications or achievements. This barrier is often sited as a reason for women, especially women who have spent a great many years climbing the ladder as a reason for starting their own business and finding their own office spaces or virtual office solution. According to, a study called “Paths to Entrepreneurship” was done by the National Foundation for Women Business Owners the Glass Ceiling was partly a motivator for self employment and was the most common reason women gave for hitting the exits. It is clear that when 44% of the 650 women business owners surveyed said they decided to start t...

It was Panda-Monium Around Our Office Space Toronto on Monday

Monday was an interesting day around our office space Toronto and maybe yours too. A number of our office space for rent tenants were watching live coverage of the arrival of a pair of giant pandas — sent by FedEx from China and signed for by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The arrival looked similar to the arrival of some rock star celebrities rather than the delivery of two bamboo-eating pandas. People were watching via their smartphones, computers, laptops and even some watched the event on television. It was actually more interesting to watch those who were watching than the actual pandas themselves. While it was kind of hokey that the Prime Minister signed the FedEx waybill accepting delivery, it did remind me how important it is to have someone who is able to sign for packages when yo...

Where Do You Business Network When You Work From Home?

In a recent blog about Balancing Work and Home Life When Working From Home, we discussed the need to be very careful to avoid distractions – such as household chores and television – when chosing to have a home office instead of an office space Toronto at a business centre. We also stressed the importance of taking regular scheduled breaks or even procrastination times. One of the suggestions we made was to try to schedule in a five or ten-minute break once every two hours by taking a walk outside of the home. In that same blog we made the suggestion about breaks and that another thing to use your break time was to check in on Facebook or or Twitter. We further suggested that you set a timer to let yourself know when your break is over. We suggested the timer so that you do not get allow t...

Rotating CN Tower Office Space Toronto?

I recently read about a restaurant barge in Cleveland, Ohio that is undergoing a massive renovation to re-purpose the vessel to become floating office space for its new corporate tenants. A Cleveland-based software firm called LeanDog is looking to be Cleveland’s first “office harbour” visionary to have their office on the water. The are not alone on this venture – it seems they will be joined by a marketing company on the former restaurant and the city hopes that the attention the concept is getting will attract the creative corporations who are looking for inspiring workspaces like this one. This inspired me to think of creative office space that Toronto could use. One thing is for sure, I could not imagine converting the former Captain John’s floating restaurant into Toronto...

The Smoking Area as a Networking Place Around Office Buildings?

In the latter part of the 20th Century, smoking in offices and other public places like restaurants, bars, malls and convention centres was banned in most cities in North America and other countries around the world. These smoking bans forced those who still smoked to go outside their Toronto office space to have a cigarette. Many Toronto office buildings found that people were congregating around the entrances to buildings, so “designated smoking areas” were created away from the doorways and entrances. With smokers forced to congregate in these designated smoking areas started, it made for a perfect climate for people who did not know each other to begin to talk to each other. After all, most people are not going to just stand there and puff while staring straight ahead. They...

Water Cooler Chat Around Our Office Space Toronto Is Often About Business

With March Break coming to an end, there still seems to be fewer people in the halls of our Toronto office space. While there are fewer people, there are a few new younger faces around the office because some office space Toronto tenants have chosen to bring their high-school-aged children into the office to help them with some of their work. There are still those office-space tenants congregating in the 18th floor kitchen who are talking about three news stories that have an effect on Canada  and two of them are involving men seeking leadership roles named Marc. It seems that that Marc Ouellet was not not selected as Pope and the fact Canada’s First astronaut Marc Garneau is dropping out of the race to lead the federal Liberal Party were most talked about during the afternoon. But t...

Immigrant Entrepreneurs often look for office space Toronto at Business Centres

As we have been writing about entrepreneurs, senior entrepreneurs and then women senior entrepreneurs, we have also not mentioned another growing group of entrepreneurs that have office space for rent Toronto within our office business centre – immigrants. A great number of immigrants with unique skills make their way to Canada every year for a new opportunities and a chance of a better life, only to find that the skills they bring are sometimes not recognized or accepted here. Many are Doctors, Engineers, PhD’s and other highly educated people who find themselves with degrees that are not accepted in Canada. While many are forced to take low-paying jobs to survive while trying to acquire the necessary credentials, other are choosing to create their own jobs by starting a business. With li...

Business Centres are a Great Resource for Senior Women Entrepreneurs

The fact is that more and more women entrepreneurs are very much what is driving part of the Canadian economy – and small businesses are crucial to this sector. But more than that, women who are in their forties to sixties are experiencing the biggest growth aa entrepreneurs, as we discussed in our previous blog about how More Senior Women Entrepreneurs Take Office Space for Rent Toronto. While many women have been successful running small businesses from home, others have found it easier to work from an office space Toronto that is more conducive to doing business. They are able to reduce the potential distractions from accomplishing their business goals at home. As well, they do not want their customers hearing children talking or dogs barking in the background while conducting a busines...

More Senior Women Entrepreneurs Take Office Space for Rent Toronto

My Last few blogs have been about senior entrepreneurs, but it was pointed out to me that I neglected to mention that many of the seniors who are entrepreneurs that have office space for rent Toronto at Telsec Business Centres are women. So I’m writing this blog outlining why women are starting businesses at a more advanced age. A 2008 Human Capital and Women’s Business Ownership report from the U.S. SBA (Small Business Administration) Office of Advocacy made some interesting statements that I thought were important to share. Women’s share of total incorporated and unincorporated self-employment is now approximately 35 percent High percentages of the self-employed were in the 40–49 and 50–59 age groups. Self-employed women were also more likely to be self-employed in the previous yea...

Small Business Financing for Seniors

In previous blog entries we have been discussing how seniors are starting businesses, many after they have retired and want a small business not just for the additional income, but also for the chance to do something they always wanted to do. Not every senior wants to dip into, or have the savings to borrow against, when starting a small business. Opening a business is not just about renting office space Toronto and hanging out your shingle saying Open for Business. It takes money to get a business off the ground. One of our office space Toronto clients suggested that the first place that a senior should look for help with business financing is by looking into to government grants. He mentioned that many Provinces and States offer grant programs to help seniors start small businesses. Acco...

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