The Future Lives Here: The IBM Innovation Space

Markham Convergence Centre Opens at IBM’s Markham Headquarters By Jen R Albert There is much talk today about “innovation,” “collaboration,” and more specifically “disruptive collaboration,” which creates a new market and value network, eventually displacing established market-leading firms, products and alliances. To build on this phenomenon and Markham’s growing tech cluster, IBM approached the Markham Convergence Centre (MCC) to move into their new IBM Innovation Space. As members of the Markham […]

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The Bubble that Won’t Burst: Markham’s Sizzling Residential Real Estate Market

By Sarah Sweet Everyone knows that real estate markets in Toronto and Vancouver are sizzling: prices are sky high, and properties are selling for tens of thousands over asking. But there’s a piping-hot real estate scene even closer to home – right here in Markham. The most recent statistics from the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) reveal that the benchmark price for a single-family detached home here was $1,167,100 this […]

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Get to Know Markham’s New Councillors, Part 2

We spoke to Markham’s newest councillors – Karen Rea, Amanda Collucci, and Nirmala Armstrong – to get their thoughts on transitioning into their new roles, as well as to get to know them on a personal level. In this second installment, you’ll meet Ward 9 Councillor Amanda Collucci and Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong.   The Voice: Describe the City of Markham in one hashtag. Colucci: #Diverse&Vibrant Armstrong: #DreamsCanBecomeAReality   V: […]

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Microsoft Feature – How to Start up a Start-up

This article originally appeared in Microsoft’s SMB Advantage newsletter—sign up here for more insightful and educational posts. What could be more exciting that starting your own business? You finally have the opportunity to go out on your own and build an empire, or at least, to work on your terms. Having a fresh business concept is a must, but any entrepreneur who’s been down this road will tell you that getting a […]

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NEW UNIONVILLE HOME SOCIETY – 2014 Business Excellence Accessibility Award Winner

In their mission statement, the New Unionville Home Society (UHS) emphasizes that long-term care is not just about providing a needed service to the community, but to each individual. UHS strives to promote wellness and independence, and ultimately improve quality of life for every client. It is about aging well and living better. Living better means having access to quality facilities and compassionate care, but also ensuring that innovative developments […]

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Shimco: Peter Voss Is the Perfect Fit for Precision-Parts Manufacturer

Peter Voss, a CPA with degrees in physics and economics, had a varied career in audit and industry before deciding he wanted to own and operate his own business. As CFO of a public company in Waterloo, he was doing M&As, scouting out high-tech companies, rightsizing, and integrating them into existing operations. “I spent a lot of time helping others become successful, and I wanted to do the same for […]

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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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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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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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Building Robots, Changing Futures: Preparing Today’s Students for the Jobs of Tomorrow

Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate. Today’s teenagers are scratching their heads over rotary dial phones and tape cassettes; twenty years from now, they could be parents to children who are bewildered by desktop computers and cars that can’t drive themselves. Preparing our newest generation for jobs of the future is a vital and complex challenge. Journalist Sarah Sweet talks to Markham entrepreneur Ramy Ghattas about robots, hands-on education, […]

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