The Rostie Group is proud to sponsor office space for the Redpath Waterfront Festival staff

The Rostie Group has been excited about The Redpath Waterfront Festival for some time now. The festival is going to be taking place from June 20 to June 22, 2014. There will be activities for everyone; a Kids Zone , Wine and Spirits Festival, Emerging Artist Showcase, DockDogs Championships, and Flyboarding. The entire event will take place along the waterfront from Sherbourne to Spadina.  Daily, several events will be taking place simultaneously. As if that wasn’t enough to excite us, we … [Read more...]

What type of meeting is it again?

Understanding the type of meeting that you are planning should help you make it even more effective. The type and purpose of getting this group of participants together will determine the timing, preparation and follow-up expected. Amanda Schneider says "Not all meetings should follow the same template. Using a variety of meeting techniques helps people focus, feel productive, and helps teams keep projects on track. Knowing your "meeting type" and following these best practices can keep … [Read more...]

Redpath Waterfront Festival

From Kwan Films "If you were to stand in one spot in downtown Toronto for the past one hundred years, what would you experience? Journey through the architectural history of Toronto. See familiar landmarks from the first days of photography transform to full-colour modern day. Some things change, some things stay the same."   … [Read more...]

Great meetings result in something tangible.

Do you know what it takes to have a great meeting? Or, how not to ruin one? Making sure that you have certain rules when it comes to the preparing for and running a meeting is critical to ensuring that your team emerges from the meeting room on the way to something valuable and tangible. "No agenda should include the words information, recap, review, or discussion. Great meetings often have agendas that are no more than one sentence, like "Determine the product launch date" or "Select … [Read more...]

How does your meeting room arrangement affect participants?

Are you guilty of overlooking meeting room logistics. The layout of your meeting room is secondary only to the meeting agenda and info. Here are some results of a survey conducted on meeting room participants, to think about before your next meeting. "Meeting participants gave the highest ratings to the speakers, the opportunity to ask questions, the responses to questions, and topics about how the company was doing, especially about recent successes. The lowest rated items were the … [Read more...]

Getting the right employees for your business is crucial to success

Getting the 'right people on the bus' is crucial to the success of any business but how do you ensure you are recruiting the right people with the right skills? Here's a list that can help: 1. Re-examine your job listings. Is it just a canned description of the company with a list of required skills? Mike Ganiere, manager of talent acquisition, North America for Johnson Controls, says, “You can’t just post a position with a list of duties and expect to connect to the perfect match. People … [Read more...]

Keep your business competitive with good eMarketing

Being able to connect with your audience online is important to your business' survival in the long term. Maximize Your Google Presence Google offers many tools to aid small business marketing strategies. Whenever a customer uses Google to search for your product type, you want Google to lead the customer to your business. To appear on Google search, Google Maps, Google + and millions of customers’ mobile devices, you need to list your business with Google Places. Simply sign into your Google … [Read more...]

101 Secrets to Running a Successful Home-Based Business in Toronto

Originally posted by Sara Wilson According to the Small Business Administration, more than 50 percent of small businesses are home-based. Home-based businesses offer low overhead, helpful tax incentives, and the opportunity to work in your pajamas, among other benefits. But before you get started, there are some things — 101, to be precise — that you should know about running a company from home. Here is our list of top tips, lessons, pitfalls, and more to get you on your way. Getting … [Read more...]

Seven tips for a great home business

Original post by Tony Featherstone A friend recently asked how I have managed to work from home for so long and stay sane. Good questions. As appealing as it sounds, working from home does not suit everyone. Doing it for years requires discipline, self-awareness and careful planning to avoid key traps. Comments about working from home usually fall into two categories. Some say a home-based business must be a terrific lifestyle with all that supposed extra time and flexibility. Others ask … [Read more...]

Bike to Work Day kicks off Bike Month (May 26-June 26, 2014)

Bike month is soon approaching. The month long event will be kicked off with Bike  to Work day on May 26, 2014. The initiative started off as a Bike to Work day and has now gained momentum and is considered one of the largest cycling promotion events in Canada. The event is hosted by an organization called Cycle Toronto. Bike Month brings together families, artists, commuters and community groups to promote cycling at hundreds of events all month long. The Rostie Group will be participating … [Read more...]