Commercial Food Waste and the Environment

Commercial food establishments today are doing a good job of diverting their waste to private firms who compost or dry the waste into usable product's. Food waste in our landfills while rotting creates methane gas which is thought to be 70% more potent by volume than carbon dioxide.  Landfills are the largest human made source of methane and food scraps are huge makers of it. In fact 1 ton of food scraps that finds its way into the landfill create 5-6 tons of Carbon Dioxide.

Too Much Work & Feel Overwhelmed?

I am very old fashioned in the way I work, I believe in actually "doing" the hard work and not just complaining about it. Sounds harsh, well if the truth hurts maybe close those tender ears.

Believe me I am busy, very busy, and I do have a personal life to take care of, I volunteer for various organizations and I like to curl up and catch up with Coronation Street on the TV. I do take time for "me" without feeling guilty.

Check Out The New Samsung GALAXY S5 Active™ Smartphone

Not everyone needs a smartphone, yes that really is true. But, for those of us who do need and want a smartphone explore all the options before you jump in, ask questions, check out what your business connections think of their smartphones. If you do a bit of extra research upfront you will be happy when you make your final choice.

Vancouver Island Salt Co. wins $100,000 award from TELUS

I love sharing success stories and today I want to share the awesome news that TELUS and the Globe and Mail today announced the winner of the fourth annual installment of The Challenge!

The Challenge contest helps a Canadian small business overcome its greatest challenge with a $100,000 award from TELUS. After reviewing more than 1,000 entries and watching passionate pitches from the four finalists, the judges have selected Vancouver Island Salt Co. as this year’s winner.

Why do Customers Buy From You?

Why do your customers buy from you? Would you believe it's because they like, trust and respect you?

Below is a short list of some simple things you can do to ensure customers buy from you.

Workplace Health: Traditional or Alternative Medicine?

With the world leaning towards alternative and complementary medicine, growing tired of the ongoing prescription of drugs with more and more side effects, it's critical that we look at alternative ways of staying healthy. There is absolutely a place for traditional medicine - this is not my argument.  I believe medicine saves lives every day with doctors and surgeons laboring hard at ensuring the optimal choice of treatment (s) is explained and provided to us. This is the tried and tested and we can't live without it. No debate here.

Online Privacy & Security Made Simple

I do my best to make my life as simple as possible, and where business is concerned, the simpler the better. Do you ever feel the so called experts do their best to make everything seem so complicated that we fear even contemplating trying something for ourselves.

Online privacy and security are the most talked about topics in business today, and everyone is pointing the finger saying it was someone else's fault. Sadly placing blame on someone else won't fix the challenge, so why not take control and be aware of how you can help yourself?

Here's Something That You Should Do at Home!!

Say what?

I have just finished the accreditation process for Navigational Conversations from Leadscape Learning.  This is a workshop that introduces strategic coaching skills for leaders who want to take a coach-approach when working with others.

Not surprisingly, listening is the key element of the Navigational Conversations program.  For a long time, I've felt that listening is the one skill that most of us should improve.

The Importance of a Handshake

I had no idea that a handshake could be so important! That is until I interviewed one of the SBCN Members, Martin Buckland for the SBCN Small Biz Podcast. Martin has a very interesting profile, and here is a tidbit to tempt you to find out more about Martin: "My past includes a distinguished Law Enforcement career, specifically with the renowned London Metropolitan Police, Scotland Yard as a Detective specializing in Anti-Terrorism retiring in 1991.

Social Summit: The Word of Mouth

The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre has partnered with Mad Hatter Technology to host a very cool event this fall. Social Summit: The Word of Mouth event is happening on Friday, September 26th at the Tannery Event Centre. This event will feature insightful stories, strategies, trend predictions and perspectives from some of our community’s most influential social media leaders.