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What’s Hot in Employment Law: Making the Case for Employment Agreements and Workplace Policies

In this two-part series, we call on the expertise of two Markham law firms specializing in employment law to discuss common legal challenges employers face and how best to navigate new laws and emerging trends that may affect your business.= Jian Ghomeshi. The Germanwings plane crash. FHRITP: the acronym that shall not be googled. Some of the biggest news stories of the past year have had one thing in common: […]

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Welcome New Members!

Welcome to the newest members of The Markham Board of Trade. AJC & Associates Inc. Alpha Force Security Inc. www.alphaforcesecurityinc.com Aptus Learning www.aptuslearning.ca Aroma Espresso Bar Downtown Markham www.aroma.ca Artemir Digital Solutions www.artemir.com BizMetrics Inc. www.bizmetrics.ca Bluewrist Inc. www.bluewrist.com Broker Financial Group www.brokerfinancial.ca Canadian Blood Services www.blood.ca Caryl Baker Visage Cedar Brae Golf Club www.cedarbraegolf.com DJiZM Entertainment Group www.djizm.org Edward Jones Investments www.edwardjones.com/en_CA/fa/index.html&CIRN=968318 Elan IP Inc. www.elan-ip.com Enterprise Productivity Software […]

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Succession Planning: It’s Your Retirement Plan

You’ve built a sound and successful business – everything is running smoothly. But what are your plans for the future? When do you get to retire? What happens to the business when you’re no longer at the helm? Having a sound business succession plan in place will help reassure not only you, but also your employees, clients, and family and to you. In a November 2012 report, the Canadian Federation […]

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Folco’s Ristorante 2014 Business Excellence Community Relations & Cultural Enrichment Award Winner

Over the past twelve years Folco’s Ristorante has operated in Markham with not only a commitment to traditional Italian dining, but also a dedication to serving its community through charity. “The restaurant is successful today because of this community, and we are proud to be in Markham,” says Deana Folco, chef and daughter of founders Mario and Ann Folco. Children’s charities became especially important to the Folco family after Deana’s […]

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Culinary Trends: In Search of the Exotic

Gone are the days when Thai and Indian cuisines were considered “exotic.” Diners are no longer looking for just the best [insert cuisine here]. “Where is the best Neopolitan pizza in Toronto?” or “What is an Egyptian breakfast?” are the kinds of questions people are now Googling on the Internet. This is a move towards “hyper ethnic cuisine” – foods from specific regions or made with specific regional ingredients. This […]

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Danny’s Fish & Chips: Winner of Entertainment Markham 2015

During Entertainment Markham’s showcase of local restaurants, from May 1 to August 31, Markham residents dug into pizzas, oysters, filets mignons, curries, and gelato. When all the plates were cleared and belts loosened, diners filled out a short online survey to qualify for coupons distributed by other participating establishments. The Markham Board of Trade used the feedback collected to recognize the restaurant that went above and beyond. Danny’s Fish & […]

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Launching 2016: New Business Kick-Off

Rejuvenating and re-energizing, the new year is prime time for fresh perspectives and growth! Whether you’re an independent innovator or a seasoned professional, you can jump-start your business strategy and professional ambitions with these dynamic and inspiring reads. The New Business Road Test What Entrepreneurs and Executives Should Do Before Writing a Business Plan by John Mullins Have an idea for a venture? Want your business to run optimally in […]

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AutoNiche: Your Family Friendly Automotive Shop

by Samantha Sim Sometimes a simple curiosity can take someone down a path they had never imagined. That’s exactly what happened to Emily Chung, founder of the Markham automotive service shop Autoniche, after taking a service technician course while on maternity leave. “I wanted to learn more about my car so I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable bringing it in for service,” says Chung. “At the time I worked in marketing for […]

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Content Marketing 101

Content marketing is the way of now. It embodies creating interesting content, publishing it across your distribution channels (social media, website, blog), and sharing it with your customers and future customers with the sole purpose of generating conversions. Content marketing is proving to be the most effective way to capture and retain the attention of your future customers. But what is it really? Content marketing replaces the traditional method of advertising to your customers. […]

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