What is Canadian Food? (Guest Blog by Ian)

as I was getting my coffee in the 18th floor kitchen today about "What is Canadian Food?" We all struggled with that and then later over a meal of Swiss Chalet festive meal deal I was inspired.

Our “Not So Secret Santa” Contest has come to a close – but wait until you see what’s next!

While not exactly a secret Santa gift, we are going to be awarding a few gifts today to some people who were entered into our draw for 1 of 3 Android Tablets. They were entered into the draw because they either started to follow us on Google + or commented or liked one of our social media posts promoting this “No So Secret Santa” contest. The management and staff at Telsec Business Centres want to wish everyone a very happy holiday, even if you do not celebrate this time of the year in a traditional manner. We wish you all the best and safe returns during this festive time of the year. We also hope that if there is another holiday you are celebrating, that you have either enjoyed it or will be enjoying it along with those you love. Recently at our annual Telsec holiday gathering for our of...

General Small Business Tips

So you want to start a small business, we have prepared a few tips to help your small business succeed. While these are just some simple tips, they are often the most overlooked details for starting and running a small business. General Small Business tip #1 – Make Sure You Are Your Ready for Entrepreneurship. It is easy to come up with an idea to start a business, but not so easy to actually launch and build a profitable business. Eighty per cent of businesses fail in the first five years. While planning your business, you need to budget for shortfalls in sales or economic downturns. General Small Business tip #2 – Prepare a Business Plan. By not preparing a business plan, you are preparing to fail in you business. Most small businesses that create a thorough business plan tha...

Small Business Social Media Tips

Social media has become one of the most important networking tools for today’s small business. Companies use social media to not only reach new customers and get exposure, they also use their social media channels to retain existing customers. By keeping your presence on social media, you are keeping your brand top of mind, compared to your competition. There are plenty of free or inexpensive ways to build your social media circles, first by engaging those you know to join your social media business page. Google Plus pages for business are important because these are the pages that Google bases your local information on. Small Business Social Media Tip 1 – Learn how to market your business on social media. Even if you intend to use traditional marketing avenues, social media is...

The Office Christmas Party for Small Businesses

Far too often people who own or work for a small business do not get the priviledge of enjoying that annual tradition of the company Christmas Party (or seasonal gathering for those more politically correct types), These types of events are not just a chance to celebrate a particular holiday, they are events to re-afirm comradship with the people you work with.

Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas? Which is Better for Your Small Business?

From a small business perspective, you have to decide if you want to follow the political correctness that many large businesses participate in by stating happy holidays on your business correspondence or Merry Christmas.

Small Business SEO Tips

Small business are always trying to find advantage over the big guys in terms of being found on the Internet. It used to be the company with the most inbound links were the ones who ranked the best on the search engines.

How Re-targeting and Re-marketing Can Help Your Small Business Website

Ever notice that the ads you see reminds you of websites that you have recently visited or searched out? How did the ads know you were interested in that?

Virtual Office Tips

Companies who do not need a physical office space will often use a virtual office within an office business centre in order to have a prestigious business address to put on their business cards, letterhead, brochures and other business-related material. Some will choose to just have the mail service while others will choose the Mail and Telephone service to give them access to a live professional receptionist who answers their calls based on their instructions. Recently, Telsec introduced a new VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocols) that has an optional VoIP handset that can be used anywhere in the world (provided there is an internet connection). Here are some tips to help you use a virtual office service to its potential as well as some advice to help you find the right virtual office for ...

U.S. Thanksgiving Without the Macy’s Parade?

The same storm that is affecting New York, is also the reason that has started rumors that it may cause the cancellation of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.