Vacation Gadgets You Can’t Do Without

by Jennifer Albert Whether you’re looking to escape the winter weather or travelling for the holidays, you’ll want to plan ahead for this season’s jaunt. These travel-geared gadgets will help you travel safer, smarter, and more stress-free at this hectic time of year. Smarter Luggage Bluesmart is kicking off the future of travel with their line of smart suitcases. They come equipped with GPS tracking and a 30-day battery life, […]

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The HELIX Summer Institute: Students tackle problem on behalf of Markham Stouffville Hospital

By Sophia Reuss Several years ago, Dr. George Arnold, chief of innovation at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH), met Chris Dudley, director of HELIX, Seneca College’s entrepreneurship incubator, in the lobby outside an event hosted by Markham’s mayor. With Dudley were three students who were planning to showcase HELIX at the event. Under Dudley’s mentorship, each of the students had developed a health-related app. The students were eager to share their […]

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Voice – Winter 2017 Issue – New Members of the Markham Board of Trade

9Round Fitness 9round.ca Alpha Eagle Group alphaeaglegroup.com Ashgrove Spa ashgrovespa.com Asset Digital Communications Aviva Canada Inc. avivacanada.com Barber Stewart McVittie & Wallace Insurance Brokers Ltd bsmw.ca Edward Jones edwardjones.com ExpoSystems exposystems.com Ferro Hair Art ferrohairart.com Global Industrial MRO Procurement & Services gmrop.com HeadStart Copywriting headstartcopywriting.com Insightful Financial Connections Inc. InsightfulFinancial.ca JD Fashion JDF Realty Ltd. KEYVRIX Inc. keyvrix.com Made 2 Measure Signworks Ltd. m2msignworks.com Marketing Kitchen marketingkitchen.ca Markville Dental markvilledental.com […]

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Marketing Guru Bill Sharpe Talks about Going Digital

By Karina Sinclair At the beginning of his career, when he was still a lowly copywriter writing about technology, Bill Sharpe, co-founder of the marketing firm Simmons Sharpe, was taken down to Cupertino and shown the Macintosh before it was introduced to the public. It was the beginning of a career that saw him build the first analytics engine for Dell Computer, work for clients like Microsoft, Xerox, IBM and […]

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How Your Business Can Benefit from Influencer Marketing

by Daniella Postavsky It’s no secret that influencer marketing has become a major way to convert traditionally hard-to-reach audiences into customers. In fact, according to a Tomoson survey, a business can make $6.50 for every dollar they spend on influencer marketing. Influencer marketing works because it emphasizes engagement over sales pitches and capitalizes on the trust that an influencer has built over time with their audience to sell a product. […]

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The Inside Scoop from the Man Who Helped Make Delta Hotels a Top 50 Employer

By Kathryn Willms When a management team sets out to build a corporate brand, it considers many things. Its customers are. Its mission. Its opportunities for growth. These become the focus for a strategic plan to build and communicate the brand. When human resources guru William Pallett works with companies, he finds that they are often quick to offer up these plans. “Oh my gosh, they’re so detailed,” says Pallett. […]

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Meet 2017 Anthony Roman Award Winner Pyarali Nanji

by Kathryn Willms The first thing one notices walking into the headquarters of Belle-Pak Packaging Inc. is the sign above the company name declaring it to be one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. Then you notice that the walls of the reception area are covered in plaques. A set of shelves displays awards and framed pictures. Look closer and you see that those photographs include a premier, a governor […]

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Welcome to the Age of Crowdfunding

Businesses and individuals are catching onto crowdfunding faster than regulators can keep up. By Carolyn Camilleri In October 2016, Markham resident Chris Prendergast spent a lot of time at ventureLAB, Markham’s regional innovation centre, attending business workshops and looking for guidance on how to proceed with his brainchild: JamStack, a guitar amplifier that attaches to a smartphone. Chris Cory, senior analyst in venture services at ventureLAB, directed Prendergast to Cortex […]

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Coach’s Corner

  A Stairlift… Really? There are no “RSPs” (Registered Stairlift Plans) – nobody ever saves for a stairlift. It isn’t exactly the dream purchase for your retirement. But once you’ve made the realization that you need some help navigating the stairs in your home, you will need to ensure you are making an informed decision. Why Stannah? Our reliability and safety allow a Stannah stairlift to simply become a part […]

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Not All Backups Are Created Equal

By Alex Lachine Twenty years ago, choosing a data backup was simple. You could copy files to a disc or back up to tape, and that was it. Today, we have a lot more data, and as businesses learn to better analyze and use that data, it becomes a lot more valuable. This increase in data has yielded more ways to back it up. But beware: not all backup solutions […]

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