Each month hundreds of businesses come together and network at our Membership Luncheon series.
To make it easy for you, we offer our members season seats to all 10 of our luncheons, which includes our signature events, State of the City Address and State of the Province Address.
As a season seat holder, you’ll enjoy a number of exclusive benefits, here are just seven of them:
Time is money. We know you’re busy and purchasing tickets online each month is just another task on your to-do list. With season seats, you’re preregistered for all 10 luncheons. With that one-time purchase, you’ll receive monthly calendar invites and your ticket with the event program and your table number will be emailed directly to you a few days before the luncheon.
If those savings don’t intrigue you, know that you’re saving 20% off each luncheon ticket with season seats. On top of that, receive 20% off any additional tickets you need for each luncheon.
2. PRIORITY SEATING
As season seat holders, you and your guests will be given priority seating each luncheon. Also, if you’re hoping to be seated with a potential client or if you want to reconnect with an old friend, let us know before the luncheon – we’re more than happy to accommodate any seating requests when we can.
3. BUILD BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS
The key to growing your business is your network. Join us each month to meet potential clients, board members, employees or even your next business partner. Businesses join The Chamber to network. Join us each month and be a part of a community where you’ll build new business relationships and strengthen existing ones.
4. EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEKS
As a season seat holder, you’ll be the first in the know of important initiatives, projects and laws that will impact your business. Our luncheons offer exclusive sneak peeks of what’s happening in our city. For example, State of the City and State of the Province Address is best-known as the platform where the Mayor and Premier announce their newest projects for Winnipeg and Manitoba.
As an added bonus, season seat holders are given first-access to tickets to The Chamber VIP events.
5. TEAM APPRECIATION
Don’t forget - your season seats are interchangeable. This means if you purchase a table of season seats, you can rotate your staff as to who attends each month. Our luncheons allow your team to take a break from their desk, learn from influencers and network with other businesses.
Show your team you appreciate them, and allow them to develop their skills and to network, while proudly representing your organization at our Chamber luncheon.
6. CLIENT APPRECIATION
Personal connections is one of the most important drivers in business today. Show your clients you’re thinking of them by personally inviting them as your special guest to a Chamber luncheon. Your season seats allows you to share your season seats with any of your stakeholders. Treat them for lunch, make them feel valued and maybe even close that deal.
7. FIND SOLUTIONS
Our luncheons focus on topical issues affecting Winnipeg businesses. Join us each month to hear our keynotes share their solutions to your problems in an engaging and two-way dialogue. Or if your problem is more specific, with the 300+ businesses in attendance, you’ll be sure to find someone who can help you find what you need. If you need a warm introduction, let a Chamber staff know – we’re more than happy to connect you to the right people.
Get your 2017-2018 season seats here by Wednesday, September 27.
Season seat rates:
Single seat | $499.20 +GST Table of ten | $4992.20 +GST
Historically Winnipeg was Canada’s garment manufacturing centre.
They were called the ‘glory days’, when local models and photographers were celebrated, people dressed up to go out and fashion was an industry with gorgeous seasonal shows and mail order catalogues from the Hudson’s Bay Company and Eaton’s and advertising photo shoots, giving rise to downstream work for agencies, photographers, advertising agencies, designers and more.
Many parts of downtown Winnipeg were alive with apparel manufacturing. In fact, you could have created an entire collection walking to each factory – from sportswear, outerwear to leather and lingerie.
When Eaton’s and the Bay began to centralize their marketing efforts, and manufacturing went off-shore, Winnipeg fell off the radar, leaving the local fashion industry faltering. If there are any fashion events or any media attention, it is showcased in other Canadian cities, skipping right over Winnipeg.
Some of the remnants of those times remain; isn’t it time to resurrect them? The recent cancellation of Toronto Fashion Week, due to what IMG describes as “lack of finding” initially sent shock through the industry, but then new ideas began to surface. Ideas such as needing to reinvent not just the Toronto Fashion Week, but the Canadian fashion industry as a whole. The internet and social media have already reshaped how we consume information and products – especially fashion. As soon as consumers see something they like, they want to be able to buy it with the click of a button or visit to the store. They don’t want to wait six months.
Maybe it is time to jump out of our comfort zone and try something new.
That’s what we need to accomplish with the Shopology Project — a focus on the local fashion. To be the online resource for specifically for Winnipeggers to shop for fashion locally, to find the latest fashion right here at home, to feature our local designers, photographers, boutiques, share industry news and fashion events in Winnipeg, and help those aspiring fashionpreneurs to build their brand right here in Winnipeg.
Really, Winnipeg as a fashion hub?
Firstly, we are the centre of this continent.
The structure is all there. The Exchange District, Academy Road, Corydon Avenue, Osborne Village, Sherbrook Street, are all ideal places to begin, where Winnipeg’s fashion-forward residents can eschew the big box store and support the smaller, independent boutiques and designers.
We have four schools offering fashion courses and a solid list of brands that call Winnipeg home, the ingredients are there to bring Winnipeg’s fashion industry back to the forefront, creating a buzz locally, across the country and around the world.
Speaking of brands, Winnipeg can brag about many including MPG, (created by the same guys who created Mondetta and who have recently collaborated with Julianne Hough on a collection), Silver Jeans, Nygard, Manitobah Mukluks (who has been featured in a multitude of fashion magazines and worn by celebrities), and Canada Goose (founded in 1957 and recently becoming a household name for fashionable and functional Canadian parkas).
On the independent scale, designers such as Lennard Taylor, Rachel Jones of William Rhys, Alex Espinosa, along with celebrity stylist Kim Appelt and thrift shop stylist Bella McFadden are making waves in the fashion world but are not forgetting their roots. Rachel Jones, the young sensation behind William Rhys, sells her creations online and with the help of social media, but never leaving Winnipeg behind, residents can get first crack at her latest collection locally. This is the kind of endeavour that can bring Winnipeg back as a fashion powerhouse.
Shows, schools and boutiques abound.
While The Costume Museum of Canada was closed to the public in 2010, it continues to offer programs, which make the collection available to the public, including pop up and educational exhibitions. From the ground up, local students can learn and create, developing their fashion along with their entrepreneurial skills, with design programs available at the University of Manitoba, Red River College, Daniel McIntyre Collegiate (Winnipeg School Division) and Murdoch MacKay’s Fashion Technology College. There is a wealth of opportunity available for talented designers and entrepreneurs.
Local brands are committed to supporting local manufacturers. As consumers become more socially conscious of where their clothing is made, and the understanding of benefit to our own economy – locally made is becoming more influential on their purchasing habits. American brands are looking to their northern friends also, especially now with the development of CentrePort, and the value of their dollar. There are a handful of factories here in Winnipeg that see this resurgence and will assist with the design, development and manufacturing of a single unit or entire clothing line.
New boutiques are opening up all over the city, some you may have visited, and some you may not have heard of yet. These boutiques have an incredible selection, either custom created or lines brought to you, to their stores, because of the buyers’ impeccable taste. There really is no reason to go to other cities to shop. These designers and buyers are bringing you all the fashion you need.
35 organizations from across the country have come together to form the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness—a unified voice to oppose the federal government’s tax proposals that would dramatically change the way incorporated small businesses are taxed in Canada.
“These proposals, while intended to target the wealthy, will hurt middle-class business owners from every sector of the economy. These are shopowners, farmers, doctors, financial planners, homebuilders and trades in all sectors—the entrepreneurial families who are the backbone of the economy and responsible for the majority of the job creation in Canada,” said Dan Kelly, President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and member of the Coalition. “Our coming together highlights the urgency of combatting these proposals which, if legislated, would signify the biggest changes to the business tax system in decades.”
“In 10 years at the Canadian Chamber, I’ve never seen an issue that has generated greater concern among our members. To make matters worse, allotting only 75 days for comment in the midst of the summer holidays is not a consultation, it’s a stealth attack on farmers and family businesses. The vast majority of our network’s more than 200,000 members across Canada are SMEs. They will be contacting their MPs to say that these proposals must be scrapped and replaced with measures that support Canada’s entrepreneurs,” added Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
If implemented, the proposals will restrict small business owners from sharing income with family members; limit certain forms of saving in the business, making the firm more vulnerable in bad economic times and less able to innovate and grow; and change capital gains rules which could make it more difficult for business owners to transfer their business to the next generation.
The 35 business groups—on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of members they represent—have presented a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau asking the government to take these proposals off the table and instead meet with the business community to address any shortcomings in tax policy affecting private corporations.
Signatories of the letter include:
Canadian Association of Optometrists
Canadian Association of Radiologists
Advocis – Financial Advisors Association of Canada
Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance
Canadian Association of Farm Advisors
Canadian Association of Management Consultants
Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Construction Association
Canadian Dental Association
Canadian Federation of Agriculture
Canadian Federation of Independent Business
Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association
Canadian Pork Council
Canadian Taxpayers Federation
Canadian Water Quality Association
Coalition of Ontario Doctors
Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting
Family Enterprise Xchange
Federation of Ontario Law Associations
Grain Farmers of Ontario
Grain Growers of Canada
Independent Financial Brokers of Canada
Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada
National Exempt Market Association
Canadian Home Builders’ Association
Canadian Horticultural Council
Canadian Institute of Financial Planners
Canadian Institute of Heating and Plumbing
Canadian Medical Association
Ontario Association of Radiologists
Ontario Medical Association
Retail Council of Canada
The Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness is encouraging those concerned about these changes to contact their Members of Parliament and use the hashtags #unfairtaxchanges #taxesinéquitables on social media.
On Thursday, September 14 your Winnipeg Chamber kicks off our Member MeetUp series - an evolution of our former Chapters program where we invite members to network at member locations.
Our first host is Jason Kang, the founder of Winnipeg's only craft spirit maker Capital K Distillery.
We asked him to share his advice to young entrepreneurs, plus how he gets the taste of the Prairies into his products.
The Winnipeg Chamber: What spirits do you make – and how are they infused with the taste of Manitoba?
Jason Kang: We have our base alcohol – vodka - which we make from 100 per cent all natural Manitoba grain. Manitoba has really good grain, especially wheat. It gives you that extra creamy, sweet, fruity taste you can’t get from anywhere else.
Most vodkas are made from potato. It tends to be “rougher” tasting compared to the wheat-rye blend we use, which forms a milder base.
We started making Tall Grass Vodka because it doesn’t have an aging process, so we could sell it right away for a cash flow. We’re also already making Tall Grass gin, which is made from our vodka. The biggest gin producers making it from neutral spirits they purchase from other companies, but since we already have the equipment and are already making the vodka, we’re just using the same base spirit for the gin.
Normally gin is very dry and piney, but our gin is not – it's almost a fruity, refreshing gin.
WC: What advice do you have for entrepreneurs who are starting out?
JK: People always say passion is what gets you into business. But passion will only carry you so far – at the end of the day you need patience. Patience will keep you going.
The Winnipeg Chamber: What responses did you hear from attendees of last year’s conference?
Bruce Leslie: Overall the past three years the response from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive with many comments about the depth and breadth of the presentations, the quality of the venue and the networking opportunities were all noted as positives. Delegates have returned year after year and continue to rate the program very highly.
WC: Last year you noted poor job creation numbers in Manitoba hurting overall economic performance. How has Manitoba responded since then?
BL: Job creation has recovered strongly so far in 2017. Aside from manufacturing, the leaders in employment growth this year will be construction, wholesale and retail trade, transportation and warehousing and finance, insurance and real estate.
Employment in finance, insurance and real estate likely benefitted from increased activity in the residential market, with housing starts soaring this year and residential investment spiking.
Employment in the construction industry was largely in part due to peek activity in the construction phase of the Keeyask Hydroelectric Generating Station. It is set to decline 8.7 per cent in 2018 as the project winds down and housing starts drop to more normal levels.
Employment in transportation and warehousing also jumped this year, in large part due to increased activity in the primary sector that demanded transport and storage of equipment and products. The industry is forecast to shed jobs for the next consecutive 4 years, beginning in 2018.
Employment growth will average 0.5 per cent from 2018 – 2021, as the combination of temporary positive factors from 2017 wind down and several metal mines reach the end of their lives.
WC: How will Manitoba’s economy respond to an increasing interest rate?
BL: Manitoba’s retail sales growth has been quite strong historically, as has its overall household consumption. Consumers and businesses have been thriving in a decade of record low interest rates.
Low borrowing costs have changed the behaviour of the Canadian consumer; according to Statistics Canada, total household debt reached 174 per cent of disposable income in the first quarter of 2017. In order to service this debt, households currently use around 14.2 per cent of their disposable income per year, a figure that could rise to an all time high of 16.3 per cent should the Bank of Canada raise interest rates to 3% by 2021, according to the Parliamentary Budgetary Office.
This heavy consumption is responsible for a large chunk of the economic growth in Manitoba over the last two decades; and therefore, by increasing the rate of borrowing and debt servicing, it is possible that this important avenue of economic growth will slow.
In the immediate future, an impact will likely be felt by exporting industries, which now face a less favourable exchange rate as the dollar has gained strength. On the flip side; however, many of the primary industries that are reliant on imported machinery and equipment will gain some relief from the dollar appreciation, and this could stimulate business activity.
Although employment will cool in the province, Manitobans will still experience wage gains over the next few years. Unfortunately, their willingness to continue going further into debt will cease; according to The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index survey, consumer confidence in the prairie provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan is below the national average. This is increasingly concerning for Manitoba, where in 2017 we forecast the household savings rate to turn negative.
WC: How vulnerable is Winnipeg’s housing market to rising interest rates?
BL: Housing prices in Winnipeg will not necessarily face the same struggle as in larger urban centres such as Toronto and Vancouver as interest rates rise this year. As it is a relatively affordable market, a minor interest rate hike should not disrupt the market with much significance.
Overall economic growth in the province is expected to flatten in 2018, and will remain low over the medium-term. Although this will affect employment in certain industries, the slowdown will not occur so much in Winnipeg as it will in other parts of the province. Despite minor setbacks in the economy, population growth in Manitoba will outpace the national average, fuelling demand for housing accommodations.
With the resale price of single detached homes expected to grow steadily, increasing rates will likely deter a number of first time buyers that are seeking more expensive accommodations; but in Winnipeg this will likely be offset by robust demand for condominiums, where the supply has grown considerably over recent years.
WC: How high do you see the loonie going in the next year?
BL: The Canadian dollar rallied strongly in mid-2017, climbing towards 80 U.S. cents. This move reflected higher oil prices and financial markets being surprised by the decision of the Bank of Canada to raise rates. In the coming year, the Canadian dollar is likely to remain close to, or slightly below, the 80 U.S. cent market. Financial markets have fully priced in a modest future rise in commodity prices, while interest rate spreads are unlikely to change significantly as both the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Bank of Canada nudge interest rates slightly higher.
WC: Does the Conference Board think Manitoba’s recent credit downgrade was justified?
BL: The government of Manitoba have racked up a number of large deficits in recent years, and will likely continue to do so over the medium-term. Although the most recent budget announced it would be increasing expenditures only slightly, and shrinking the deficit every year, this will be highly dependent on the available revenue stream.
In the 2017/2018 fiscal year, over $900 million will be spent on government appropriations for principal, amortization and interest relate to capital investment. With interest rates poised to increase over the next five years, this figure could grow, should fiscal health remain weak in the province.
The Conference Board is forecasting subdued economic growth in the province, growing by only 0.3 and 0.8 per cent in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Combined with relatively low consumer confidence, and inflation expected to dull the gains in wages and salaries, there are material downside risks to the government revenues needed to chip away at the deficit. A weak economy may also run the risk of demanding government stimulus spending, which in turn would require further increases in spending.
Given the weak outlook for the province’s economy and the downside risks to government revenues, the most recent credit downgrade is understandable.
WC: Do you have a sense what Canada should be not only protecting, but trying to achieve in NAFTA renegotiations?
BL: The Conference Board released a detailed report on how NAFTA should be modernized, which is available on our website. Canada faces a balancing act between defending existing market access outlined in NAFTA as it exists now and updating the agreement to meet the requirements of a 21st-century economy. There are five broad objectives for Canada as it sets out to renegotiate NAFTA:
First, adopt a transparent, trilateral approach to the negotiations. Second, facilitate cross-border mobility of business people. Third, maintain and enhance access for goods. Fourth, encourage innovation and digital trade while protecting intellectual property and culture. And finally, modernize the agreement to today’s business realities and standards.
This op-ed first appeared inThe Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Five Minutes for Business August 22, 2017
These are not tweaks! The government has just proposed the most radical tax overhaul in 50 years. We’re particularly worried about the impact on business from (1) a new tax on investment income in a corporation and (2) tough new rules for compensation in family businesses. Why is the government doing this?
The Minister says it’s all about “fairness,” and his consultation document compares the tax treatment of a business owner with that of an employee to point out corporations have “unfair” advantages. But, the comparison makes no sense—there are good public policy reasons for why owners are taxed differently.
Because unlike an employee, a business owner doesn’t get a pension or health benefits or vacation pay. She invested her own money to get the business started. Or, she pledged her personal assets (house, car) as collateral for a loan. She has employees who depend on her. And, if nobody wants her goods or services next month, she does not earn a penny.
That’s why in every advanced economy in the world, businesses can accumulate and invest after-tax retained earnings so they have money to get them through an economic downturn or to make big capital investments. One owner told us, “I keep most of the earnings in the company because we’re trying to grow and because in construction, we go through tough cycles when business dries up.”
The government wants to tax “passive” (invested) income. It says it’s a crackdown on “high income individuals,” but the rules would apply to all incorporated businesses in Canada, most of whom are restaurants, retailers, farmers and consultants—to punish them for saving and investing. It gets worse!
Finance Canada also expects to raise $250 million by cracking down on “unreasonable” salaries paid to family members, which it says diverts corporate income into lower tax brackets. But, to pull in $250 million, CRA will have to tax over $1 billion in salaries and audit hundreds of thousands of businesses. Imagine the litigation! You’re paying your spouse $80K, but the CRA believes he or she should only be earning $50K. Do you go to Tax Court? An owner told us, “if my son had not worked 12 hours a day, my business might not have succeeded. Painting us all as cheaters is unfair and discriminatory.”
Incredibly, Finance Canada has managed to design a set of tax measures that would hit the maximum number of businesses in the most complicated way for a small amount of revenue. The expected $250 million is less than 1% of the federal deficit.
Nobody supports tax evasion or loopholes. But these changes will punish legitimate businesses. And, they come after the government cancelled reductions in the small business tax rate, tightened rules on partnerships and started taxing work in progress. That’s on top of new carbon taxes, raised CPP premiums and an increase in the EI rate. Our members are asking why this government keeps raising taxes on business.
We’re not sure what to tell them, but there is an important test ahead. Finance Canada has launched a consultation even though it is clearly determined to move forward—the legislation is already drafted. So email or call your local MP to tell him/her the government is proposing to hammer business with tax changes that will hurt families and punish entrepreneurs. Only MPs have the power to slam the brakes on Finance Canada’s runaway train.
As industries change with technology, innovation and time, certain things still stick around. With four full-time consultants on staff and several others engaged as subcontractors, Dooley Communications is Winnipeg’s largest public relations (PR) agency, advising clients from local startups to Fortune 500 companies. We have been around for a decade and watched the industry evolve and grow. The saying “public perception is reality,” isn’t going anywhere, and neither is PR.
Fewer reporters, more content creators
These days, PR professionals can’t just have contacts in newsrooms — they need a whole list of bloggers, influencers, and social media stars to pull from to help their clients get a message out to the world. On the flip side, reporters get more noise in their inbox than ever before. Real relationships and creative pitches that stand out are more valuable than ever.
More news, faster
There’s no debate that people still look to news outlets for breaking stories and information on what’s happening. In the past it was the newspaper on the doorstep and the evening news at 6:00 PM. Now it comes from an e-newsletter, an app, live Tweets or a post shared by a friend on Facebook. News still travels fast, and getting in front of it before it’s too far gone is more important than ever. Tools like Meltwater (Dooley uses this), allow a company to track targeted mentions on the web and social and get updated every day to keep tabs on what’s being said at all times.
Brand journalism, newswire services, social media accounts, e-newsletters and videos all help a company get the word out without a media outlet. Now there’s the advantage of using social media or video to issue a quick, but thoughtful, statement in crisis situations. There are also more options in the case that your story didn’t get picked up by the mainstream media. With newsrooms shrinking, and reporters stretching themselves thin, even newsworthy stories can fall through the cracks. There are many ways to get your message out and spread the word — the journalist isn’t the gatekeeper anymore. At Dooley, we always look for the right channel to get the job done. We’re not tied to one tactic or strategy, because every client and situation is different.
More competition for people’s precious attention
Point blank: it’s hard to get people’s attention these days (yes, this includes reporters). It takes a really sticky message, or a lot of exposure, for something to “take.” Our inboxes are overflowing, and our attention only goes so far — that’s why a concise and carefully crafted pitch is even less likely to stand out than ever before.
Brands are trying harder than ever to make big statements to get noticed. In those cases, you only get good mileage out of it if you consider how the media is going to hear about this cool thing you are doing.
It’s not enough to do just PR, advertising or marketing anymore. Developing a mix that incorporates all three is crucial in the digital age.
Warren Buffet said “it takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it,” reminding us that PR is no less relevant today than it was a decade ago (luckily, we were around then too).
Our 2017-2018 event season kicks off this September, with one of the most dynamic keynote lineups in our history.
Just like you, we’re constantly looking for ways to innovate. This year we have ambitious plans to create new and memorable experiences.
Here are just a few things to look forward to this season:
1.Not your typical luncheons
This year, we’ve taken your Chamber luncheons to the next level – think food stations, entertainment, selfie backdrops and even an instrument petting zoo.
2. Enhanced networking
Our events bring together 1,300 business and community leaders in one room – that’s 1,300 potential clients, partners and suppliers. This year we’re making it easier for you to network and get those business cards.
3. More two-way communication
Our speakers are experts in their field and they often have the solutions you’re looking for. In order to help you get answers, our program will include more two-way communication through expanded fireside chats and Q+A sessions with the audience.
4. Technology trends
Winnipeg is a hub for innovation. In November and April, we’re bringing you two of Canada’s top technology leaders (GE and TELUS Health) to get you up-to-speed with upcoming technology trends.
5. Rethink Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Our city’s philanthropic spirit is one of our best qualities. In January, find out how to best invest your dollar in the community from one of the most well-known corporate social responsibility campaigns, Bell Let’s Talk.
6. Small business love
Keep an eye out for more small businesses incorporated at our events – from our small business panelists in October, to local gift giveaways and custom menus including local products and desserts.
Season seats are available until September 27, 2017. Purchase your 2017-2018 season seats here.
This article first appeared on the Bell MTS Business Hub March 1, 2017
As a writer and television producer, my tablet is my most important business tool.
I use it in place of a computer to write proposals, create presentations and pitch ideas. I do my accounting and invoices on it, craft project budgets, create website templates and even edit videos. This device has saved more than time. I travel a lot for work, so my tablet’s small size is as magical as its technology. (In fact, I don’t think I’ve carried a laptop bag in years). And since I’m usually working with different teams on four or five projects at once, it lets me stay in touch seamlessly.
Because of their relatively low cost, lightweight and easily adaptable touch-screen technology, tablets make perfect sense for a number of business applications. So if you haven't already taken the plunge into tablets for your company, think about investing in a few that can be used to assist your front office, back office, factory floor or retail space. With that in mind, here are eight essential uses for tablets in business.
Whether you’re working with a team across town or around the world, collaboration tools like WebEx can make it easy to set up group video chats, share information and collaborate. Many of these apps let you record meetings for posterity, and they come on a sliding scale of price and services to meet the needs of a variety of businesses.
2. Project collaboration
Collaboration apps let you organize your notes, create to-do lists, save links to websites or videos and anything else you want to keep close at hand. There are many popular options out there, so give them a try to find your favourite. You can share them with your team and work seamlessly together, which is a necessity in today's work environment. And other document sharing apps will also let you send large files to collaborate together in real time.
3. Creating presentations
Who hasn’t done a PowerPoint presentation at some point in their career? Now it’s even easier using Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple’s Keynote for tablets, and displaying a presentation on the device can also be handy in offsite meetings or guided tours of factories, warehouses or the like.
Adobe Spark is another of many tools in Adobe’s suite of tablet apps that let you create professional looking presentations using video, photos and text. Plus, with an Apple TVattached to a display screen in your boardroom, it’s easy to just ‘throw’ your presentation from your tablet right up onto the screen — no setting up a computer or dealing with confusing wires ever again.
4. Booking meetings spaces
Is everyone always fighting over the boardroom in your office? If you don't have an existing room reservation tool in place, you can buy a low-cost Android tablet for under $60 to mount on the wall outside the meeting room. Then set up a shared calendar on the tablet and let people use that device to book the room. By creating the shared calendar and giving access to the entire company, anyone in your office can check availability and book the room right from their desk.
5. Accounting and invoicing
There are dozens of tablet apps available to help small businesses do their accounting, payroll and invoicing from a tablet. Some of the more popular include Invoice2go, QuickBooks Accounting, FreshBooks and Kashoo. Be sure to get your accountant’s advice, as many pros have a preference on which one integrates into their workflow.
6. Factory management & inventory control
Apps like Production Manager integrate with wider systems in order to help companies that have multiple manufacturing facilities manage production and sales. They can track your inventory, e-commerce transactions, discounts, taxes invoices, shipments and deliver
Several tablet apps are available that work with a barcode scanner to help you keep track of inventory in your warehouse or retail storefront, like StarCode, Inventory + and Retail Store Manager. Choose from simpler systems if you have one location, or more robust applications that can track inventory and sales across multiple locations.
7. Retail point of sale
The cash register as we know it is a thing of the past thanks to tablet-based point of sale solutions. Such systems like Square, ShopKeep and Shopify POS can be invaluable tools at a brick-and-mortar or pop-up location, letting you easily create inventory and product lists, keep track of customers and take payments by debit, credit card or cash. These systems are often much more affordable and can be hooked up to a variety of digital cash register drawers, tablet stands and scanners.
8. Environmental controls
“Smart home” applications that let you control the furnace, lights and other functions have as much of a place in the office as they do at home. Consider integrating smart devices into your office like light switches, thermostats and automated blind controls that you can monitor and control remotely. You’ll save money on your operating costs, and have more peace of mind.
For a local option, check out the Lyric Premium Home Automation System from AAA, an MTS company. Control your lights, thermostat, locks and more with the Take Control app, and create a custom “scene” that can make everything happen at the same time — so you always arrive in comfort and never leave forgetting to lock-up or switch off a light.
The best way to determine how tablets could improve how you do business is to think about the problems and challenges you currently face — then search for that word on the app store to see if someone has invented a tablet app to solve it.
There are 3 simple things you need to build a wellness program and a healthy living culture in your workplace. Keep the building blocks simple, and watch your workplace change it's view on health.
It is critical in any corporate structure that people know "who to talk to". In most circumstances, dealing with wellness isn't part of anyone's day to day objectives. That means it gets pushed to the side. If it isn't prioritized then one of the largest benefits of a wellness culture is lost, and that is engagement. Creating a wellness board ensures priority is placed on creating ideas, implementing events, and engaging staff. It's a very simple process, and it allows a few members of your team to demonstrate leadership ability outside their typical day to day job. The board itself can serve to be an engagement tool for some.
The next piece of the puzzle is the budget. You will need to spend money on your program to make it connect with staff. There's a lot of options out there, ParticipACTION has just introduced a not for profit program designed by leading experts to focus on getting staff that are the most sedentary, active. No matter the program, there will have to be incentives, and those will carry a cost. I'm sorry to break it to some of you out there. Incentivizing your team with key chains, t-shirts or water bottles with a company logo is not a solid incentive plan. They are great tools to build pride in your workplace, but you're going to want to get more creative on prizing for wellness changes.
The biggest piece of the puzzle, and critical to success is a benefits program. Benefits need to be communicated on a regular basis, along with places and experts to utilize. I've had success with OneFitCity by coming into workplaces, speaking to employees, exciting them to prioritize their health, then giving them a tool and news letter to connect with local experts to use their benefits with. It doesn't take much for a benefit plan to be successful, but there are some critical points to consider. It's always best to engage an expert in the field to build a plan for your team. Benefits are the fastest way to care for your employees, and make them feel like a priority to management.
Start opening up lines of communication with staff on taking care of their health. Get options for your team, and create a group of staff who can monitor and implement change. Build a culture, and watch your productivity levels change. Without our health, we can't produce. Implement a few small changes, and if you're lost contact the Winnipeg Chamber office, they'll be happy to assist you to build a culture of wellness and high productivity.