Growing Your Business From Home

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A virtual office is:

All the benefits of a physical office, without having to physically be there! (When you do get lonely though, you are welcome to join us in our coworking space if you need some social interaction and a change of scenery…and coffee!)

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A virtual office is great for:

  • Work from home individuals who would like to maintain a professional appearance and have their administrative duties handled professionally.
  • Small businesses that want to save costs on office space.
  • Medium and large businesses looking to expand into a new market.
  • Business individuals who need to meet clients in a professional environment on a semi-regular basis.
  • Businesses that conduct interviews on an irregular schedule.
  • Independent workers (freelancers, lawyers, and family-run businesses) that want to save time and cut employee costs.
  • When permanent space for all staff doesn’t make sense, but a central address and location for client meetings is needed and will ensure your business runs effectively.

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Virtual tenants can have all their phone calls answered by on-site receptionists, and mail forwarded to anywhere in the world, from our high profile downtown location. Whether your company is located locally, nationally, or abroad, The Rostie Group’s Virtual Office solution can help you build a truly “borderless” business.

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Come visit us to meet your ‘virtual assistant’. We have real people who you will come to know very well, handling all of your mail, greeting your clients on the phone in your company name or in person.

Cut overhead costs by only coming into the office when you need to meet a client who just arrived via Porter airline, for videoconferencing, or having a team meeting. The quaint Baltic, Caspian and Lake Joe rooms boast beautiful views of downtown Toronto.

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At The Rostie Group it is all-inclusive. You receive a discounted rate for meeting rooms, the ability to use coworking space and invitations to all networking events, lunch ‘n’ learns and training sessions. Plus when you are ready to move into a physical office, your transition will be seamless! Your business can grow within The Rostie Group community, from virtual office to coworking to long-term office resident, your business will thrive and grow without having to change your business address!

We love our work community and are involved in local events taking place along the Waterfront all year long! Don’t miss the Spectacle of Lights beginning on November 28th! #itsbetterbythewater

Ultimately the best reason for having a virtual office – at the very least a mailing address –  is that it enables you to focus on developing your business, sales and client base –  avoiding the stress of day-to-day operations .

Check out all of the flexible packages available here. We can custom build a package to suit your business needs! Want 10 hours of coworking with a mailing address and live receptionist? We can build a membership just for you! Need a meeting room every week for 4 hours, plus a Bay St. address for all your packages to be delivered to? We do that!

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Girl Guide Cookies for everyone!

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The Rostie Group is a proud supporter of Girl Guides of Canada.

Classic Girl Guide Cookies are in season and will be available for the next week in all of our meeting rooms!

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Our work community is always looking for ways to support and engage with our community and community members. Thank you to Paola at Slalom for bringing in all the Girl Guide cookies, The Rostie Group is happy to support your community!

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Remembrance Day 2015

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Remembrance Day is observed on November 11th to commemorate the sacrifices of the men and women who have served in both war and peace.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marks the end of the First World War in 1918, after more than four years of continuous warfare. Since the beginning of the First World War, more than 1,500,000 Canadians have served, and more than 120,000 have died for our country’s peace.

 

Starting at 10:50AM on Wednesday November 11th Oxford will be holding a ceremony in the Atrium lobby of 10 and 20 Bay WaterPark Place.

Please join us in reflection and remembrance of those who gave their lives and service so we may live in peace.

 

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Take a moment to remember

WaterPark Place Athletics Now Open

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20 Bay Street, WaterPark Place has its very own Athletics Facilities!

Run by TriFit, this all-inclusive centre is home to a vast array of active living amenities for tenants of WaterPark Place.

Exclusive Features Include:

  • Large Group Exercise Studio with Vaulted Ceilings
  • Full schedule of group exercise classes including Yoga, Indoor Cycle, Barre, Zumba, Kickboxing, Metabolic classes – and our favourite Cardio Dance Party!
  • State of the art Life Fitness cardio and strength equipment
  • Dedicated Free Weight Area
  • Change rooms with showers and day lockers
  • Towel Service
  • Open Monday to Friday 6a.m. – 7p.m.

Monthly Fee only $40.00/month + tax

With a gym at your office, there’s nearly no excuse why you can’t get a workout in!

Studies have found that employees that take care of themselves live longer and don’t become sick as easily as other people. Healthy employees also present a positive image to the people they work with, which helps build a proud and effective working environment.

Sign up today by going to:

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=223410

or calling

(416) 360-4047

 

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Thanks For My Sight Night 2015 Charity Dinner – Eye Foundation of Canada

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The Rostie Group and friends enjoyed a wonderful evening at The Eye Foundation of Canada’s annual charity dinner and dance ‘Thanks For My Sight Night’. The Eye Foundation of Canada celebrated their 26th anniversary on October 23rd, 2015. The independent non-profit organization promotes the preservation, enhancement, restoration of sight through innovative research, advanced education, and improvement of patient care. All of the proceeds from this event will go towards the future of eye care. Please visit www.eyefoundationcanada.ca for more information on The Eye Foundation of Canada and their journey to improve the future of eye care

We began our night at 20 Bay Street, WaterPark Place, loading onto the bus that took us safely to and from Montecassino Woodbridge Banquet Hall.

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Upon arrival, we took a super group photo!

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There were delicious ordoeuvres available and we all participated in the Silent Auction and Raffle.

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Johnny Bower gave a great speech, along with the Directors of the Board for the Eye Foundation of Canada.

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Dinner was served over 3 courses. In between courses we enjoyed watching exciting dancing couples and belly dancing.

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The night continued with dancing, fundraising and making new friends while connecting with old ones.

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for the event, and recognizes what an amazing job the Eye Foundation of Canada does for so many people.

We are looking forward to next year already!

A big Thank You to David Silva for taking so many great photos.

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For more photos check out:

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This is our Waterfront

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Welcome to our Waterfront work community!

We love being a part of Toronto’s vibrant and fun Waterfront.

From June 19-21, 2015 the Redpath Waterfront Festival helped launch Toronto’s newly revitalized waterfront with 5 Events in 4 Parks over 3 Days along 2 Kilometres, making it 1 Giant Party!
Events included Party on the Promenade, DANCE Pan American Style, DockDogs & Ultimutts, Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival and Sweetness Pride Beach Party.

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The promenade never looked so good!

We are looking forward to 2016!

Workplace Fraud 101 Rise & Shine Breakfast Seminar with David Malamed from Grant Thornton

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Join us for a very special and important Rise & Shine Breakfast Seminar

Workplace Fraud 101:

With the typical organization losing 5% of its revenues to fraud each year, it is paramount to learn how to prevent, deter and detect issues. David Malamed will present on the realities of internal fraud using real life examples and stories. The presentation will focus on:

  • Victim mindset
  • Preventative controls
  • Techniques to identify and qualify red flags
  • Reduce risk and exposure
  • Avenues for recovery

When: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – 8 a.m.

Where: Pacific Room, The Rostie Group, 20 Bay St. WaterPark Place, Toronto, Ontario

Email rsvp@rostiegroup.com to confirm your attendance.

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Presenter Profile: David Malamed CPA,CA.IFA, CPA (IL), CFE, CFF, CFI
As a Forensic Accounting Partner with the Grant Thornton Specialist Advisory Services practice, David works with clients helping them understand, investigate and manage their risk. He is the Canadian Chartered Accountant Magazine’s Technical Editor for Fraud and a regular columnist. In 2012 and 2013 David’s column was awarded the Kenneth R. Wilson award. David has investigated, reported and managed numerous fraud investigations involving both civil and criminal allegations. He also works with clients in establishing and implementing anti-fraud controls that reduce risks and maximizes detection of potential issues. David is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Chartered Accountant specializing in Investigative Forensic Accounting, a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiners and a Certified Fraud Investigators. David has qualified as an expert and provided testimony numerous

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Millennials – Challenges in the Workforce

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Everyone knows that the millennial workforce thrives on coworking, coffee and flexibility in their chosen career path(s). There is even a study called NextGen to support this! “Where Generation X values control over work, development opportunities and pay satisfaction, Millennials are driven by the more social needs of flexibility, appreciation and team collaboration” (PwC, 2014). Many millennials identify their work habits as multifaceted; calling themselves entrepreneurs, tech-pros, freelancers and bartenders all at once. A one track career path is seen as boring or lacking in opportunity these days. Life-work is connected now more than ever, and everyone wants a personal experience, and to work for a brand that represents them (think Coca-Cola’s name bottles).

The challenge is this:

How can I merge my personal goals with my career and income generating goals?

You could take the advice ‘follow your passion and the money will come’. Well what if your passion is watching full seasons of ‘Friends’ on Netflix, with no breaks, all week long?

Or follow the trend right now and become an insta-famous tech startup! Maybe move to Silicon Valley, wear awesome Chive t-shirts and have a man-bun.

It works for these guys —-> https://www.pinterest.com/explore/man-bun/

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Ultimately you should start by envisioning and outlining what you expect in a job – any job! Salary, type of coworkers and boss (if any), environment (office, home, coworking space, the jungle or the beach) and specifics of what you will actually be doing!!

Just saying “I want to start a business” won’t start the business. Usually taking action and getting out into the world is better than spending hours planning and talking about what you are going to do.

Millennials are not ‘lazy’ or too ‘entitled’. Most millennials, like any other generation, want to work hard; they just want to work hard at something that they believe in. Young people have tons of great ideas, sometimes it is just hard to know where to start.

A good place to start is with a virtual office and coworking membership.

You get the best of every world with these packages.

A professional business address will give you an edge in any field – especially when writing to potential investors/donors/funding opportunities.

Also it will save time and money – all your mail and packages are collected for you and arranged nicely for pick up or delivery! No more waiting around for deliveries or worrying about cheques being lost in the mail. You won’t need to hire a receptionist or assistant either!

Coworking and coworking spaces are in generous supply around the world today. Providing an alternative to busy coffee shops; like-minded individuals and teams can bounce ideas off of one another or work quietly without the restrictions of a coffee shop or distractions of home.

Before signing up to any ol’ space on the block, explore your options! Be sure to make a list of what you envision your coworking experience to be.

Is free coffee important?

Can you have a dedicated, personalized space with a locked filing cabinet?

Is there 24/7 access?

You may have a day job and want to work on your other ventures by night!

What about when you have guests, coworkers or potential investors stopping by…is there meeting room space available on the fly?

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There are a variety of workspace cultures available. Be sure the one you choose aligns with your goals and expectations in your career and personal life.

Coworking and Virtual Office Memberships – http://www.torontomeetings.com/cowork.htm

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