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...]

Keep your office space in Toronto organized with these 25 tips

25 Tips to keep your office organized and running smoothly by Janet Taylor  1) Clean out each desk drawer, to free up even more valuable storage space. 2) Clear off the top of your desk, then wipe off the surface of the desktop. 3) Keep essential items on your desktop (computer, phone, fax, card file). 4) If you work with more than one person create an in box for each person. 5) Have a master to-do list for each day at your desk. 6) Pre-Sort the mail.  To-File, To-Read, … [Read more...]

Magic Johnson’s business tips

By Jason Q Freed Early on in the process of opening 125 Starbucks locations in urban communities across the U.S., Earvin “Magic” Johnson decided to take out the traditional coffeehouse tunes and replace them with albums from Lionel Ritchie, Smokey Robinson and other African American artists. He ditched the scones and instead stocked sweet potato pie. The NBA legend, entrepreneur and philanthropist learned early on in his business career that a clear understanding of his customers would be … [Read more...]

Tips every startup can use

FAST GROWTH IS A GOOD PROBLEM, BUT WITHOUT GUIDELINES AND STRUCTURE, CAN BE A DETRIMENT TO YOUR NEW STARTUP. HERE'S HOW ONE FOUNDER GREW HIS COMPANY, AND WHAT HE LEARNED IN THE PROCESS. BY MATT EHRLICHMAN Over the past eight months our company has tripled in size, expanding from 25 employees to 125. During this time we transitioned from working in the basement of my home to a 17,000-square-foot office in Seattle, outgrowing two other temporary spaces in the process. Growing so … [Read more...]