Recap! Chili Cook-off 2016

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Chili Cook-off 2016 started off spicy!

8 creative Chili entries geared up for the competition!
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The Mexican theme was felt throughout the afternoon; the unconventionally warm February weather in Toronto helped to boost spirits!
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Thank you to Lone Star for coming out and providing some delicious tortilla chips and salsa!

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Everybody tried the 8 chili dishes and ranked them according to their favourites!

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Food, fun and social networking were had by all!
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Some took the judging very seriously – as you can see Melisa lined up her chili tastings and deliberated who to pick as #1! All the chili recipes were unique, including a vegetarian option and ground chicken option, with delicious cornbread and dips all made by our caring tenants and friends.

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Mike serving up the Chili!

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Miller & Bean rocking the moustaches!

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Congratulations to our winners – First Place for Nathan, Second Place for Charlie and Third Place for John!

Thank you to Tim Hortons for donating chili and bread for the competition, and Los Colibris for the gift certificates!

The 2016 Chili Cook-off was a huge success, thank you to all our clients and friends who came out and enjoyed the afternoon with us!

We are looking forward to some great events coming up for 2016, stay tuned for details!

The Scoop is out for January!

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The Scoop is out – Check out what is happening at The Rostie Group work community for January 2016! Mark your calendars for the annual Chili Cookoff – February 3rd, and don’t forget to test your skating skills at the waterfront’s Natrel Skating Rink! Our featured client this month is Marketing Copilot! Make sure to go to http://marketingcopilot.com/ for tips and resources on content marketing and more.

 

 

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The Scoop is out for December!

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The Scoop is out for December! Check out what is happening at your Waterfront work community. Events, ice skating and eggnog, December is the time for spreading your Holiday cheer!

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Throwback Thursday to the 90’s!

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Do you remember the 90’s?

If you know what Seinfeld, VCR’s, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, flip phones, Tamagotchi’s or Beanie Babies are, then most likely you lived through the 90’s.

In 1991…

This is what the Apple logo looked like 

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The Motorola had a wicked antenna

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Brad Pitt finally got his big break in one of that year’s biggest hits: Thelma & Louise

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The release of Nirvana’s Nevermind signified the start of the Grunge era that would dominate the music scene up to the mid-90’s (We all know what the cover looks like)

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The Internet is made available for unrestricted commercial use and the number of computers on the net reaches 1 million (today there are 3.17 billion people online)

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1991 is when The Rostie Group was founded to provide businesses and start-ups with the option of smaller, more manageable space. There were 2 locations, one near the Pearson airport as well as downtown Toronto.

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Shared workspaces were called ‘hot desks’ instead of ‘coworking’ and boardrooms looked like this:

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Believe it or not, The Rostie Group prices were higher in 1991 than they are today!

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This marketing poster was the first advertisement for The Rostie Group. We still have the same view, and the same phone number. Pretty sure that guy does not work here anymore though.

The Rostie Group office spaces now start at $350. The ‘Corporate Identity Plan’ is now a ‘Virtual Office’ for remote workers and plans are only $69!

Since it is Throwback Thursday, here is one more of The Rostie Group 90’s Reception, one from the 2000’s and finally from today!

There are still friendly fish tanks around the centre, but we have gotten rid of those amazing white leather couches and dark wood. Are the 90’s back in style yet?!

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http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1991.html

http://www.statista.com/statistics/273018/number-of-internet-users-worldwide/

 

 

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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Team Space Office – Move-In Ready

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Join the Waterfront work community today!

20 Bay St, WaterPark Place, on the 11th floor has everything your business is looking for!

You will be minutes from Union station, connected by the PATH – Toronto’s indoor pedestrian walkway that connects the downtown core.

Fully furnished and customizable team space to suit your business, with Wireless Internet and phones included.

You have 24/7 secure access to your space; including the Rostie Kitchen and Lounge, reception and mail services, fax/copier/printer services and use of meeting room space.

Save on overhead costs with flexible terms.

Cleaning, lights, AC, security and more all included.

NEW – On-site WaterPark Athletics Centre – for tenant use only!

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Book your tour today!

info@rostiegroup.com                        416-214-1840                1-800-648-1840

Essential Tips for Small Business Data Security

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FIVE ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESS DATA SECURITY – BY GUY CHIARELLO (Huffington Post)

Given the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks in today’s world, it is more important than ever for small businesses to understand the costly effects of a data breach and develop an approach to mitigate the risks. The cost of a data breach for a small merchant can be catastrophic. The lost business and resulting liability from such an event can create significant financial losses, but the damaged reputation could be even more difficult, if not impossible, to recover from at all.

A recent study from Ponemon Institute shows that 90 percent of data breaches impact small merchants. Given that payment data is the target for 65 percent of breaches, small business owners should be concerned by the potential vulnerability of sensitive payment data used to process transactions every day, in multiple ways — in person, online and even via mobile device.

Small businesses can protect their customers and themselves, even though there is no guarantee of complete immunity to the threat. By staying educated and understanding solutions and best practices that are available, small businesses can reduce the risk of a data breach with cost-effective options.

Read more of this ‘Huffington Post’ article here…

Book your meeting online with one click! The Rostie Group is Toronto’s premier mid-sized meetings and conference centre and boutique provider of fully furnished personal and shared workspaces including virtual offices, team rooms, workstations, coworking spaces and event spaces. Situated at Bay and Queen’s Quay in the city’s thriving south core, our experienced and professional staff are always on hand and dedicated to your business success.