Have you seen our Reservation Portal?

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Here at the Rostie Group, we’re always looking to improve your experience. To that end, we have been working on something that is a long time coming.

A major updated to our reservation portal has made it better than ever before!

We have focused on eliminating the tiresome negotiation process of booking meeting rooms and streamlining the process to be as smooth as possible for our users.

If you’ve booked with us before, you can easily rebook meetings with a single click! This allows your layout, catering and other requests to remain the same as the last time you booked.

Whether you are using desktop, tablet or your phone we wanted you to have the best experience, so we redesigned the layout to be mobile ready no matter what screen you’re on.


If you are a new user, you’ll see how easy it is to view the catering menu and choose an option suited to your needs. Depending on the room size, you will also be able to view the meeting rooms various custom layouts and choose one that best fits your meeting requirements.

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We understand that getting used to any new piece of software can be challenging. Not to worry, we will soon have an online tutorial added to our website to guide you through it and show just how easy it is!

Don’t forget- we don’t just offer Meeting Rooms! Check out our diversified Virtual Offices Packages and start your plan today.

What are you waiting for? Click here to go see the new Portal right now!

Go Back Through Toronto’s History Thanks To Side Walk Labs

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Have you ever wondered what originally stood where your condo stands now? Well now you can find out.

Earlier last week Google Sidewalk Labs revealed their project ‘Old Toronto’ (OLDTO). Inspired by web applications developed in San Francisco and New York, the website maps more than 30,000 photographs from the City of Toronto Archives. Extremely user-friendly, to use the tool all you need to do is search for a location and then browse through the archived images in that area. See below to check out what the area where our building is located originally looked like:

In a statement released by Side Walk Labs they stated that they are also in the process of preparing OldTo for release as an open source tool, so local urban-tech enthusiasts can build on top of it. Engineers say they’re exploring additional features to add to the tool, including an aerial button that will “enable people to see how the city has changed from a birds-eye view”. Clicking on a photo will show any information contained in the description such as the title, date, conditions etc.

Try it out for yourself in the interactive map. (If you want to find us, we’re at 20 Bay Street)

If you’d like to work at such a historical location in Toronto, you can take a look at our available spaces.

The Rostie Group named in Top 10 Virtual Offices in Toronto

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The Rostie Group is honoured to be mentioned in BlogTO’s list of the 10 best Virtual Business Offices in Toronto. Our organization works hard, each and everyday to provide the best possible service and business solutions for our customers and receiving this distinction is a tremendous acknowledgement.

Sign up today for your virtual office and see for yourself why we are among the best Toronto has to offer.

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Introducing Virtual Business Offices – Toronto’s Address for Growing Companies

Do you need a Corporate Identity that reflects your business’s vision?

No matter your time zone, location, or business, there’s a Canadian market waiting for you. Why not have a presence in Toronto – Canada’s financial and business epicenter.

A Canadian presence seems like a no-brainer, but with real estate prices at record highs, it can become quite difficult to secure permanent space for you and your team. That’s where VirtualBusinessOffices.com comes in. With one of our virtual service packages, all of your real estate costs disappear. Give your clients a front-facing Canadian office without ever having to set foot in the country.

In the age of digital content and online industry often eclipsing brick and mortar operations, it just doesn’t make sense to open (and pay for) a physical presence in a new market.

We offer services such as: the use of our prestigious Bay Street address (with mail collection) as well as live reception service and access to meeting spaces.

Serving companies in over 20 countries, VirtualBusinessOffices.com has become accustomed to and excelled in, prioritizing the business needs for each individual company, no matter your location in the world.

At VirtualBusinessOffices.com, the services that we deliver are anywhere and anytime, but most importantly, they’re guaranteed to ensure you succeed.

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How Getting a Virtual Assistant Can Help You Work Remotely

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Summer brings shorter office hours and sunny getaways, but what if you could do that all year round? There are millions of people doing just that, all without sacrificing their income. This is the power of the virtual office. Virtual offices allow digital nomads to have their home base in another country—in our case, Toronto’s downtown core.

Why have a virtual assistant?

Running your own business can be a time consuming task. You have to juggle strategy, execution, billing and client or customer service. It can all get a little overwhelming and defeats the purpose of becoming a digital nomad.

A major reason people start a virtual business is so that they can free up time to do what they want. That’s just wishful thinking when you’re handling all the details on your own. All of a sudden, you’re spending more time in front of your computer than out on the beach.

Being a new entrepreneur can also be a daunting task because you may not always have the leadership abilities you may eventually need if your business begins to scale. A virtual assistant gives you the chance to learn how to delegate and structure your work.

What can a virtual assistant do?

Virtual assistants can take a lot of tasks of your plate. We already know how much pressure you can face when running every aspect of your business alone. Delegating removes that pressure by eliminating everyday minutiae. But what can a virtual assistant actually do? They can:

  • Manage your calendar and projects
  • Schedule meetings
  • Find contact information online
  • Research and organize information
  • Email management or replying

And those are just to name a few. Many virtual assistants come with their own specialized skillset so finding the right one to help in a different area of business is great.

Where can I find a virtual assistant?

There are plenty of sites online to find high quality virtual assistants. A popular site, Upwork, is the best way forward when it comes to finding an assistant. The site even has a specific section for virtual assistants who range anywhere from about $15/hour to around $45/hour. The site also has plenty of people who work in customer service, data entry or research so if you need an assistant to fit a specific role, you’d be able to find those specifics too.

There are plenty of job boards around the internet like Indeed or LinkedIn.

Managing a virtual assistant

Overseeing employees is hard enough to do when they’re in the room, but to have a virtual assistant who works remotely is difficult. It needs a lot more communication and a lot more organization.

It’s important to properly explain what the job entails, the hours you expect them to work and deadlines they need to keep. Outline all the tasks they will be responsible for and what they need to use to accomplish those tasks. Also give them specific times they need to be available. Nothing is more frustrating than waiting for a response when something urgent comes up.

A majority of your job can actually be handled by a virtual assistant and detailed outlines. But keep in mind that this is a two-way relationship. If there’s something that your VA doesn’t understand, keep a note of it and make those adjustments as you go along. This will help save you a ton of time going forward.

8 Productivity Apps You Need to Use if You Work Remotely

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You could never have imagined working remotely just a few decades ago. It has become more common now and in the future we might even see half of many companies’ workforces working remotely. In fact, that process is well under way. Over 150 companies already use our virtual office plans and we expect to see this number rise over the next five years.

This shift towards working remotely has left the door open for countless apps to help improve people’s productivity and help teams work more effective regardless of where in the world they are. If you’re working virtually, consider these apps:

Slack: Slack has become the go-to app for connecting teams that work remotely. People like our very own client, Jim Latimer of servicePath, uses Slack to communicate with his team in London and Dubai. The app allows you to create different channels so you can have all your teams organized and the right people working on the right things.

Tasks can get easily lost in a string of emails which can also be distracting and time consuming. Slack allows you to connect other apps like Trello to ensure that you’re always sure of what your tasks for the day are and to keep your team up to date with your progress.

Trello:  Trello’s “boards” help you organize your projects and help visualize everything that needs to be done to more effectively track and finish tasks. You can assign team members to specific tasks and connect it to other apps like Slack and Google Drive to help keep all the content and information your team needs in one place. There are also alternative project management tools like Basecamp and Asana.

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Dropbox: Dropbox is one of the biggest cloud storage apps available today. They give you a lot of flexibility by allowing you to create a remote place to store your files and it provides a reliable alternative to backup your data. You and your team then have access to all the information you need, whether you’re in the office or on the go.

Google Drive: The G Suite of services helps boost collaboration by allowing team members to work together on a document, spreadsheet or presentation file at the same time and edit it live. The files are also constantly saved after each change, ensuring that there’s a reliable backup of everything you’re working on.

IDoneThis: When working remotely, it’s difficult to keep a track of when a person is working and what tasks they’ve completed. IDoneThis solves all those problems by giving you a platform that lets your team check in virtually and plan out their tasks for the day. IDoneThis also has other features, such as analytics reports and full integration with apps like Slack. Alternatives include Wunderlist and Todoist.

JoinMe: Meetings are an important part of running businesses. It can help get a team on the same page or help define new goals. JoinMe allows remote teams to still be able to conduct meetings without being in the same space via videoconferencing. While JoinMe is made specifically for these types of meetings, other programs such as Skype and Google Hangouts are also available.

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Rostie CRM: Sometimes virtual meetings aren’t enough. It helps to have a physical space to get together with your team or to host your clients in a professional setting. When that time comes, our proprietary CRM service helps you book one of our many, fully-staffed meeting rooms in Toronto’s Waterfront area.

Zapier: Even though most of these apps are able to integrate with one another, Zapier automates the process and connects even more apps together. Zapier picks up information from your different connected apps and then, based on your specifications, can compile the data in a single location. For example, it can automatically move your email attachments into Dropbox and share the link on Slack.

Working remotely means that you have to be a lot more organized and be able to coordinate with people all over the world. The apps in this list help you do just that by helping you track your projects and meet with your team whether virtually or face-to-face.

Watch the World Cup of Hockey at WaterPark Place!

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In partnership with NHLPA, WaterPark Place and Oxford Proprerties are excited to bring to you the World Cup of Hockey games at WaterPark Place.

Please join us in the Atrium of the 10/20 Bay lobby to cheer on your favourite teams. They will be showing all afternoon games starting today as well as replays and highlights from evening games. See full schedule below.

Be sure to join us this week, starting today until Thursday for the 3PM games for great giveaways, compliments of NHLPA.

On Wednesday at 3PM, look for your WaterPark Place team in the lobby to buy your raffle tickets for your chance to win an authentic signed jersey from Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin! All proceeds will be donated to Jumpstart, a charity which helps kids in financial need to participate in sports and recreation activities of their choice.

Let the games begin!

World Cup of Hockey schedule

Sep 19, 3 p.m., Group Play: Europe vs. Czech Republic
Sep 19, 8 p.m., Group Play: Russia vs. North America
Sep 20, 3 p.m., Group Play: Finland vs. Sweden
Sep 20, 8 p.m., Group Play: Canada vs. USA
Sep 21, 3 p.m., Group Play: North America vs. Sweden
Sep 21, 8 p.m., Group Play: Europe vs Canada
Sep 22, 3 p.m., Group Play: Finland vs. Russia
Sep 22, 8 p.m., Group Play: USA vs. Czech Republic
Sep 24, 7 p.m., Semifinal one
Sep 25, 1 p.m., Semifinal two
Sep 27, 8 p.m., Final: Game one
Sep 29, 8 p.m., Final: Game two
Oct 1, 7 p.m., Final: Game three (if necessary)

Video Presenting Rise & Shine Breakfast Recap!

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This morning we had the amazing opportunity to engage with thought leaders and begin to understand how Video is the way of the future for business and development!

In just under an hour, Kunle Bristow inspired everyone in the Rainy Lake room to get out of their seats and get into action. Video action that is! We learned how to create ‘the hook’ and then separated into groups to meet new people and come up with our own video intro. Oh yeah, we began the workshop by staring into each others eyes to get comfortable and realise what video is all about – connecting with people.

Thank you Kunle for coming to The Rostie Group, and thank you to everyone who attended and had an amazing start to their day!

Keep in touch for more free events like this at The Rostie Group!

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For more information on Kunle Bristow’s workshops click here! 

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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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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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Check out some more of the benefits of having a virtual office here,

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