Abi is here to stay!

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Our number 1 Brit just got an extension on her visa and is well on her way to becoming a citizen. We will soon get to keep her forever. The Rostie Group is delighted to celebrate with Abigail!

 

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Rise N’ Shine – It’s Pancake Time!

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The weather is beautiful and we feel that it is time for another networking event. This time we will host a fun breakfast that will allow you to network with our clients. Please be sure to join us for our Pancake Networking Breakfast on June 24, 2014 from 8:00-10:00 AM.

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The Waterfront BIA Hosts a Wonderful Member’s Appreciation Breakfast

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The Rostie Group at The Waterfront BIA Appreciation Breakfast

The kind individuals at The Waterfront BIA hosted a delicious member’s appreciation breakfast on board Mariposa Cruises‘ Captain Matthew Flinders this morning. The breakfast was followed by two informative presentations.  Mark Lebovits and Stephanie McIsaac from Environics Analytics revealed detailed statistics of our waterfront service area. We learned a great deal about our waterfront community including including who the community is, average household incomes and detailed expenditures plus other relevant data on overall activity to help us succeed in our businesses. We really appreciated the insight that they were able to provide and it opened our eyes to the possibilities.

The second presentation provided details about the annual 3-day Redpath Waterfront Festival including their new partnership with the Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival and information on their world-class events such as the North American Flyboard Championships and DockDogs World Qualifying Championships. For more information about the Red path Waterfront Festival, you can read our previous blog post about it here.

Several local businesses also provided great prizes for a raffle. The Redpath Waterfront Festival’s intern Shane was the winner of a Rostie Group branded umbrella. With this unpredictable weather, Shane will always be keeping dry.

The Rostie Group is very thankful to have such an active BIA that is constantly thinking of the members and working on improving our area as well as hosting  informative and creative events. If you are a business in the Waterfront Area, you may want to become a member.

 

 

 

Team Space Now Available at The Rostie Group

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The Rostie Group is pleased to announce that one of our team rooms has just become available. It has beautiful views and can accommodate up to 30 employees. We look forward to discussing your company’s needs and offering you a suitable office solution.

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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.”

 

Getting the right employees for your business is crucial to success

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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 today need to know how their job fits into the organization and what impact it will have—they want to do work that matters.” Including short- and long-term expectations allows a potential candidate to see what his or her value is to the company…

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

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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 Started 

We asked home-based business owners to share their best tips and advice. Here’s what they had to say about organizing a home office, skillfully operating a business from home, and more.

1. Create a work environment you feel good in. And that includes investing in professional office equipment and furniture. “Everyone is vulnerable to repetitive stress injuries from using office equipment,” says Paul Robert Edwards, coauthor of Working From Home as well as a Small Business Development Center consultant. “So take care to get things that fit you ergonomically. Particularly important are your chair and your keyboard.”

2. Keep your overhead to a minimum. “It’s not about how much money you make, it’s about how much you keep, so overhead is key,” says Craig Wolfe, founder of CelebriDucks, a company that creates celebrity rubber ducks. “It’s great that you’re working from home, but you can still bankrupt yourself through ill-conceived overspending, especially in technology.”

3. Create a strong team. “Work with experts on parts of your business where you are not an expert,” says Cathi Brese Doebler, a home-based business owner for 10 years and author of Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family. “For example, if you are not good with computer hardware, hire someone to help you set up your computer network. Or, if you are not an expert on taxes, find a good tax advisor. Focus your business on your areas of expertise and strength, and hire experts to help you with your areas of weakness.”

4. Work where you’re most productive, even if it’s outside of your home. “Sometimes home is not the right place and work is not the right place — even when On laptop in the poolthey are the same place,” says Stephanie Staples, a personal coach and motivational speaker. “I need a third location. For example, a donut shop, library — somewhere that even though other things are going on, I don’t have to pay attention or care about it. It is the power of the third location; I think differently, work differently, act differently there, and it really helps me.”

5. Work on your business, not in your business. “There’s a big difference between working in your business and working on your business,” says Jeannel King, a visual facilitator and coach, and founder of her own home-based business, Big Picture Solutions. “A home-based business typically translates into being a small operation of one: you! In that situation, it’s easy to focus only on product or service delivery. However, it’s essential to make time to work on our business, and that means focusing on the finances, the marketing plans, the vision and strategy, the systems and processes that provide the infrastructure for our businesses to be not just successful, but thriving and sustainable.”

6. Have the attitude that you work from home, not at home, says Edwards.

7. Don’t hide it, flaunt it! “Don’t try to shy away from the fact that you run your business at home,” says Maria Rapetskaya, cofounder of Undefined Creative, a home-based design and animation studio. “Give your potential clients the rundown of why it benefits them — like low overhead.”

Seven tips for a great home business

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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 how you can work from home when there are so many distractions.

Both comments are off the mark. I don’t know too many home-based business owners who have oodles of spare time, unless they are struggling for work. And home distractions are usually the least of your problems when work is busy and deadlines are pressing.

A bigger challenge, in my experience, is maintaining networks, developing new skills, and maintaining energy and enthusiasm. In some ways, the routine of corporate life forces you to develop professionally, and stay productive. In home-based business, it’s all up to you.

Your goal as a home-based business owner should be to build a thriving, profitable venture – and have a great lifestyle at the same time. Or put another way, have more money and more time with family and friends – and for yourself.

You won’t achieve it unless you become super disciplined and productive, are ruthless with your time, and understand the nuances of home-based businesses.

What’s your view?

  • Do you find it hard to work from home for long periods?
  • What are the biggest traps when working from home?
  • What advice could you give others to make the experience more enjoyable?
  • For those who have worked from home for many years, what has been your biggest learning?

For the record, I still love working from home. I couldn’t imagine being stuck in traffic each day commuting to work, being bound by a 9am to 5pm lifestyle, or wasting time in useless meetings and office politics. But like anything, you have to work at running a home-based business.

As I approach my seventh year of working from home, I have decided to share seven tips so new or prospective home-based business owners can avoid some key traps.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/small-business/managing/blogs/the-venture/seven-tips-for-a-great-home-business-20140522-38piu.html#ixzz32Rs8ITYN

Keep your office space in Toronto organized with these 25 tips

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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, To-Contact(write or call).

7) Use a variety of containers to organize office supplies, paper clips and pens.

8) Use a variety of desktop organizers or trays to organize papers that come across your desk.

9) Create a separate drawer for personal paperwork, items, etc.

10) Use storage boxes to store dated files.

11) Purchase Magazine boxes to store booklets, magazines, catalogs you want to keep.

12) Create a file for magazine articles or scan them into your computer.

13) Filing system should be simple easy and manageable.

14) Color-coding your files makes it faster to find information.

15) Do not over stuff folders.  It may be time to toss some of the information in the folder .

16) Never overload filing drawer.  It will make it difficult to retrieve information in the drawers.

17) Sub-divide larger files with interior file folders.

18) Tab hanging file folders in the front.

19) Return calls in batches.  Leave specific messages and the time you called if the person you’re trying to reach isn’t available.

20) Empty workspace of everything but the project you’re working on to cut down on distractions.

21) Keep an assortment of all-occasion cards and stamps in your desk.

22) Keep takeout menus from favorite restaurants so you can  order ahead and pick up dinner on your way home.

23) When using more than one checking account, color coded checks are an easy way to identify each account.

24) At the end of each project or event, organize paperwork and file or store it.

25) Straighten desk at the end of the day and especially at the end of the week so that you can start each morning with a clear desk

 

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Magic Johnson’s business tips

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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 critical to success

“I understand what minorities want and I deliver it to them, and that’s been the key,” Johnson told a packed ballroom of National Restaurant Association Show attendees during his keynote address Sunday. “Everything I do is about the customer. It’s never about me; it’s always about my customer.”

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