12 Dec 2012

Toronto Christmas Market could get the Grinch in the holiday...

The spirit of Christmas is captured at the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District. The location features thousands of Christmas lights, spruce trees, handcrafted jewelry, toys, ornaments and more.Those celebrating Christmas know that the holiday season can bring on high stress levels as family members return home for the occasion. Self storage units are available to ease some of that stress by offering storage for seasonal items, including that fake Christmas tree that is only in the home for a few weeks out of the year.The Toronto Christmas Market will get even the biggest Grinch in the spirit of Christmas as the location also features family entertainment including brass bands, carolers, a gingerbread house, a fairytale forest maze, storytelling, Grimm's Brother characters, Santa's house and an Elves Workshop and rides to the south pole, according to the Toronto Sun.Self storage can be a smart way to hang on to valuable items without taking up room in a house or…

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11 Dec 2012

The Toronto Star recently issued some offbeat job interview questions that can help small business owners find the right fit for their companies.These same business owners are encouraged to utilize the money saving option of self storage. Facilities are available in the Toronto area for small business owners and entrepreneurs to store critical documents that are at a liability being left around the home or office.According to experts, unconventional questions can help employers find the right person for the job."It's all about the “fit factor,” Chris Kulbaba, career development practitioner with the London, Ontario, told the news source. “It's a way an employer can look at the behaviours or attitudes or values of a job seeker.”Offbeat questions include "If you…

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10 Dec 2012

Businesses are rejoicing in the current economic climate and holiday parties are an indication of this. A recent survey by Challenger Gray Christmas showed that 83 percent of businesses plan to have a Christmas party, up from 68 percent last year.Small business owners are encouraged to build morale with a holiday party. They can make up for the costs later on by utilizing the benefits of self storage. Units are available to clean out an office and streamline business operations.While holiday parties are not the strongest indicator of an improving economy, experts do say it's a good sign.“Consumer confidence is a big part of what happens economically, and the holiday party is the canary in the mine shaft for consumer…

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10 Dec 2012

Following weak gains in October, Canada's job market recovered as November posted the highest gains in eight months. According to Statistics Canada's Labor Force Survey, the economy added 59,300 new jobs in November and the jobless rate fell to 7.2 percent, down from 7.4 percent in October and accounting for the lowest level since March. The economy only added 1,800 jobs in October.With many Canadians starting their own businesses, contributing to the uptick in job creations, small business owners are encouraged to utilize the money saving options of self storage to help continue the positive economic trend.According to the report, service sectors created 65,700 new positions, only to be offset by the goods-producing sector losing 6,200 jobs and the manufacturing…

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7 Dec 2012

Sheldon Schwartz has a two year waiting list for his handmade guitars that cost between $8,500 to $12,500, according to the Toronto Star. Sheldon can only have help in some aspects of making the guitar but the "nitty gritty," has to be done by him, so he can only sell about 10 a year.Small business owners, like Schwartz, looking to cut down on their own costs should consider the money saving options of self storage in Toronto. Units can streamline office operations, while making them look more attractive to customers.“When you start building guitars, you can simply go by the 'standard' dimensions and thicknesses,” Schwartz told the Toronto Star. “But if you really want to refine the sound and the…

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6 Dec 2012

Home prices in Toronto have slowed but are still up 1.6 percent since this time last year and home sales have fallen 16 percent during the same period of time, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board.Business owners looking to supplement the expensive price of renting office space in Toronto should consider conducting business operations out a self storage unit.“Transactions have been down on a year-over-year basis since June, after being up substantially in the last half of 2011 and the first half of 2012,” said Ann Hannah, president of the Toronto Real Estate Board, the Toronto Star reported. "Some buyers pulled forward their decision to purchase, which has impacted sales levels in the second half of 2012.”The land transfer…

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5 Dec 2012

A staff of 75 volunteers is feverishly working to organize bags of food that will be given to 12,000 families throughout the Greater Toronto Area, in a project that began as part of the Santa Claus Fund.Any Toronto residents looking for a place to put all their holiday decorations that are only used for a couple weeks out of the year should consider self storage to free up space in their homes for any number of possibilities.The Santa Claus Fund food bags contain various food items including rice, instant oatmeal, fruit cups, pancake mix, pancake syrup and peanut butter. Bob Mrozek, director of charities and philanthropy at the Toronto Star, said the idea was to give food that can be…

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4 Dec 2012

Three Toronto theaters are asking taxpayers to dig into their own pockets and cover $4.3 million to keep them afloat as business is slow.Cheap storage in Toronto is available for small business owners who are worried about their own tight budget. Units are available to streamline office efficiency and cut costs in more ways than one.The three theaters asking for help are the Sony Centre, the Toronto Centre for the Arts in North York and the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. The theaters are claiming they are doing what they can but the demand for their service is just not there.“Corporate events are becoming a major part of our business,” Dan Brambilla, of the Sony Centre,  told the Toronto…

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3 Dec 2012

In order for small business owners to be successful, they need to display the qualities of leader, as entrepreneurial traits and leadership traits might overlap, they are not all the same. Small business owners looking to save on the high price of office rent should considering conducting their business operations out of self storage units, as these provide adequate space at a low price.Most business ventures fails, so in order to have success. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to find mentors and educate themselves at conferences on what it means to lead a business.“Many entrepreneurs not only don’t like being told what to do, they also dislike telling other people what to do,” Jamie Gruman, a professor of business from the University…

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30 Nov 2012

A high turnover rate is never any good for a business, but for a small business, it's effects can be devastating. A recent report by the Toronto Star said that a high turnover rate affects employee morale, reduces productivity, increases training and hiring costs and takes owners away from day-to-day responsibilities.Small business owners in the Toronto area on a tight budget should consider utilizing self storage facilities. Units can be used to store documents and streamline office operations.“Eventually it creates costs,” Knud Jensen, professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Business Management, told the news source. “If you have a person who’s been with you for ten years quit, it leaves a gap in a small…

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29 Nov 2012

Joe Pennachetti, Toronto's city manager, recently recommended that the city increase property taxes by 1.95 percent, up from Mayor Rob Ford's goal of a 1.75 percent tax.For small business owners in the Greater Toronto Area looking to skip out on costly property tax, self storage units are available. These units do not have property taxes and many business operations can be run out of them. Not to mention, utilizing the storage skips out on the costly price of office space altogether.“The budget is balanced and we are moving towards fiscal sustainability,” Pennachetti said at the budget committee meeting on November 29, the Toronto Star reported.The city would bring in nearly $46 million with the increase, which could offset the police…

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28 Nov 2012

Startup Canada recently presented in the Centre for Social Innovation, offering plans on how to increase job growth, stimulate the economy and encourage innovation.Small business owners looking to cut costs should consider running business operations out of Toronto public storage. Cheap units are available to supplement the high price of office space. “It’s our job to instill in young people, not only to get a good job, but to create those jobs themselves,” Brad Duguid, minister of economic development and innovation, at the presentation, told the Toronto Star. “We need to create a world where dreamers can succeed and where innovation rules. That would make us absolutely unstoppable.”The focus of the presentation was to cultivate a better environment, through tightening the…

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28 Nov 2012

The Toronto Argonauts Grey Cup victory in the Canadian Football league and the celebrations following have boosted small businesses in the Toronto area. More than $100 million was contributed to the local economy and small businesses were the primary benefactors, according the Toronto Star.Small business owners in the area should make sure they are prepared for the next big event to hit Toronto. Self storage is a good option in cleaning out and office or streamlining business operations to make sure an office is well suited for an influx of people.One small business that benefited from the Grey Cup victory was the Madison Avenue Boutique Hotel and Pub.“We were booked quite in advance of the Grey Cup,” Kelly Cane, the…

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27 Nov 2012

The Toronto Argonauts recently won the Canadian Football League championship with a win over the Calgary Stampeders, and in celebration, the Grey Cup parade is in full swing.Individuals in the Toronto area are encouraged to utilize self storage for their sporting goods and equipment, especially for items that are only used for a few months out of the year.A fleet of 28 pickup trucks and a convertible carrying Argonaut quarterback Ricky Ray began at Union Station and continued up Bay Street towards city hall. City officials declared it Toronto Argonauts Day and the Canada Post even created a stamp for the first Argo Grey Cup victory in eight years.“It was good for Toronto to win, with fans packing the stadium,”…

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27 Nov 2012

Canadians are turning to owning their own businesses more everyday as online tools are providing help on endless levels.Small business owners in the Toronto area are encouraged to use self storage to free up space in the office, helping to streamline operations and make space more organized and clean when conducting business.Entrepreneurs are also reminded not to forget the importance of networking and putting a face to their services.“While we are blessed to have the internet, nothing replaces the 'face' time," Karen Hoffman, a consultant with KWA Partners, told the Toronto Star. "The return on investment provides opportunity and insight as to who your competitors are, information about tradeshows, conventions and potential leads."  Hoffman added that staying in touch with peers…

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26 Nov 2012

Small business owners preparing for retirement need to have a plan laid out when selling their businesses.Entrepreneurs who are undergoing a move should consider running business operations out of a self storage unit, to replace the high price of office rent with the low price of a storage facility.Larry Wasser, entrepreneur at the Rotman School of Management, recently conveyed to the Toronto Star the emotional toll that selling a small business has on the owner.“I don’t know that you can prepare," Wasser told the news source. "But in every entrepreneur’s DNA is the burning desire to be successful, and they tend to be good at change. They need to adapt the skillset they’ve used at business and now use it…

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26 Nov 2012

A recent Forum Research poll indicated that 59 percent of Toronto residents believe they are well prepared for a natural or man-made disaster, like a hurricane, flood or fire.Those in the Toronto area should consider self storage as a valuable way to prepare for such events. Storage containers are available to keep valuables and critical documents secure.“While it appears Torontonians are well-prepared for a catastrophe like Hurricane Sandy, what this reveals is that there are significant minorities who are woefully unprepared for a disaster,” said Forum Research President Lorne Bozinoff.The poll did show that individuals with lower incomes are more likely to not be prepared. Of Toronto residents with an income under $20,000, only 34 percent said they were well…

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21 Nov 2012

There are a wide range of reasons why someone might utilize self storage.Self Storage units are commonly used  for those who are moving homes and are in need of storage units to help make a move as easy as possible, while others use the containers to keep items out of the way while undergoing renovations in the home.Storage can also be used if homeowners simply want to free up space in their homes or need to store seasonal items that are just taking up space throughout most of the year.Business owners can also greatly benefit from self storage in the Toronto area. Like homeowners, units can be used to free up space in an office, streamlining business operations and making…

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20 Nov 2012

Water rates will be going up in Toronto starting January 1, after the city council's executive committee agreed to the 9 percent increase, the Toronto Star reported.Homeowners looking to free up space in a cheap way should consider self storage in the Toronto area. Units are available to keep valuables secure. Document storage is also available with climate controlled facilities to ensure materials are unchanged from the day they were dropped off.This year marks the eighth consecutive year where the city has raised water prices by 9 percent, the news source reported. With the city's current plan, Toronto residents can expect to see one more year of a 9 percent increase, then in years following, the price of water will…

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