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Membership has SME Benefits

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Oct 2020

Membership has SME Benefits

The road is still rocky, but we’re getting back to business. Shopping local right now could be the difference between businesses staying afloat or going under. As we carefully begin the climb back up the profit-margin ladder, it’s good to know that we have the support of our communities and local, provincial and federal governments that agree SMEs help fuel the Canadian economy and create...

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Embrace Uncertainty

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Sep 2020

Embrace Uncertainty

How entrepreneurial thinking might outwit coronavirus Are entrepreneurs better equipped to manage the uncertainty of COVID-19? Is being able to navigate the unknown a factor in resiliency, or simply a necessary evil of business independence? It’s impossible to know the answer to these questions right now, but historically, philosophers believed that embracing uncertainty had its own reward. Let’s take the pandemic out of the equation...

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Company Culture = Future Resilience

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Aug 2020

Company Culture = Future Resilience

“Culture matters because it has a direct effect on people factors such as employee engagement and motivation; and productivity factors such as product and customer service quality. Basically, organizational culture has a direct impact on the long-term viability of the organization.” That’s according to Allan M. Stewart, President of Human Synergistics Canada. But in the last five months, few small business owners have been focusing on business priorities outside...

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Stress-Less Tips for Returning Employees to the Workplace

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Jul 2020

Stress-Less Tips for Returning Employees to the Workplace

It’s finally happening. The moment small business owners across Ontario have been waiting for: Stage 3. While all of us aren’t there yet, we’ve been preparing for the transition to reopening since we first went into isolation. Things will be different when we return to our daily routines. Not everyone will be coming back into the office / storefront whether it’s due to social distancing...

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Flexibility has its Benefits

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Jun 2020

Flexibility has its Benefits

Management didn’t want it. The job function wasn’t a match. Technology needed to support it, unavailable. And productivity would suffer, without a doubt. Put a big red X through flexible working arrangements and file it in the round bin. Yet less than two years after the Conference Board of Canada survey found the previously mentioned roadblocks to flexible working options, we’re all doing it, all...

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Is Your Data Remotely Safe?

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May 2020

Is Your Data Remotely Safe?

Simple tips to keeping your small business data digitally secure in remote environments Working from home started out as a short-term fix to comply with the Ontario government’s physical distancing laws. Unsure of how long the new rules would be in place, many employees packed up their personal belongings, their laptop computers if they had them, and headed home. As the weeks stretch into months,...

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Benefit Plans – Lifelines for Employees and Employers

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Apr 2020

Benefit Plans – Lifelines for Employees and Employers

Right now, we need to pull together and support one another, yet we find ourselves working remotely or facing decisions as to whom to keep on staff and whom to lay off. At a time like this, the way you respond as a leader will set the tone for how your company will weather the crisis, and what the organization will look like on the...

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There is Help and Hope for Small Business

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Mar 2020

There is Help and Hope for Small Business

The outlook for small business seems bleak right now. The implementation of self-isolation and social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19 started affecting businesses with fewer customers in our stores or clients in our chairs. With the resolution last week to close all businesses except for essential services, the tough situation got exponentially worse. Small businesses—in fact all businesses—are facing some of the toughest...

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Boosting Morale – Finding Benefits That Matter to Keep Staff Productive

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Mar 2020

Boosting Morale – Finding Benefits That Matter to Keep Staff Productive

The workplace is undergoing major changes right now. Staff, especially in smaller businesses, may be feeling insecure. When toilet paper becomes the hottest commodity in the marketplace, you know something’s just not right. Staying a metre away from colleagues and customers, working from home, self-isolation, and staycations pretty much sums up life in Ontario now, and for the foreseeable future. It’s easy to see how...

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Stability in Business: More Than Dollars, It’s Sense

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Feb 2020

Stability in Business: More Than Dollars, It’s Sense

When talking about stability as it relates to business finance, the Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “a situation in which prices or rates do not change much.” From raw materials to employee benefit rates, managing and controlling expenses is important to maintain financial stability and viability, especially to small business owners. But there is another meaningful stability owners may overlook, one that can affect the...

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