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Finding industry information on Research Monitor

November 11, 2016 | Raya | Comments (0)

Research Monitor is a reference resource that offers an introduction to Euromonitor International's industry and country research with reports for 80 countries and daily articles and opinions from industry and country experts. Coverage is global with an equal depth of research for every country. Research Monitor can be accessed in any Toronto Public Library branch or from your home or office with a valid library card.

When first using this online resource browse the list of subjects by clicking on Subject Search:



  • Next click on a product or service and scroll down to the bottom of the page
  • Click on Add Geographies to choose a country
  • Click on a country from the list
  • When finished click on Go to Results




  • By default, industry review will be the first item in the list
  • If any articles are available on the industry they will be listed below
  • to view, click on the title of the article


  • A typical report looks like the one below
  • To view a specific section within the report click on the title in the table of contents




Above the table of contents within the report you are viewing, you will see the options below:


  • The icon on the left adds or removes the table of contents
  • The second icon allows for machine translation into seven other languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese but not French
  • The next icon which resembles an arrow pointing down allows you to download the report in PDF format
  • The next icon allows you to print the item


Want to be a Social Media Star?

November 7, 2016 | Alessya | Comments (0)

Sima Gandhi
Sima Gandhi, Entrepreneur in Residence

New platforms like Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Pinterest have changed the way information is consumed, and given life to experts who, in some cases, have created massive followings of like-minded people, based on very specific knowledge sets. These 'experts' are known as influencers and can be celebrities or unknown newcomers with a passion. Learn from this year's Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Sima Gandhi, as to why an influencer marketing campaign might be the right approach for your start-up!

When: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:30 to 8 pm

Where: Toronto Reference Library - Hinton Learning Theatre 3rd floor

Head into the workshop prepared by looking at some of these titles available at the Toronto Public Library:

Influencer Marketing for Dummies One Entrepreneur's Take On Leadership, Social Media & Self-Awareness Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day Influence Marketing




How to Protect Your Estate

November 3, 2016 | Christina | Comments (0)

Fairview Library

The Fairview Branch is offering three seminars on protecting your estate.

If you are interested in keeping your estate safe from creditors and taxation, the first seminar covers how to:

  • avoid retirees' biggest financial mistakes
  • reduce taxes on your retirement income
  • eliminate the estate tax trap
  • prevent estate distribution nightmares
  • protect your assets and your beneficiaries' assets

There will also be a discussion on tools such as trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and joint accounts.  Part 1 is being held on:

Monday, November 7, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Fairview, Room 3

The second seminar looks at intergenerational wealth transfer.  Topics include how to:

  • use advanced estate planning tools discussed in Part 1
  • reduce taxes on your retirement income
  • project the tax liability on your estate
  • minimize taxes upon death and create a legacy
  • deal with a cottage and/or other properties
  • plan tax smart giving strategies

In addition, this seminar will look at the estate administration tax; aka probate planning. Part 2 will be held on:

Monday, November 14, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Fairview, Room 3

The third seminar is for those who are looking to properly plan a purposeful legacy while preserving family harmony. This seminar will cover how to:

  • take the concepts from the prior two workshops and apply them
  • plan your will and choose an executor

Moreover, this seminar will:

  • look at sections of the will and power of attorney
  • examine the roles of your professional advisors; i.e. estate planner, executor, lawyer, accountant
  • discuss what to consider in drafting a will
  • cover a step by step example of how to plan your estate
  • explore Estate Administration upon death with a case example

Part 3 will be held on:

Monday, November 21, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Fairview, Room 3

All programs are free, drop-ins welcome.  No registration required.  First come, first served basis.

If unable to attend, the following titles at the Toronto Public Library may be of interest:

Canadian Guide to Will and Estate Planning 50 Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes Estate Planning Guide for Ontarians
 Canadian Guide to Will
  and Estate Planning
           50 Biggest
Estate Planning Mistakes
  Estate Planning Guide
         for Ontarians

From Idea to Scale

November 1, 2016 | Entrepreneur in Residence | Comments (0)

There is no roadmap to growing a start-up, but there are several stages you will go through along the way to scaling your business. Stages Pyramid

Librarian Alessya here again. Networking is a great way for entrepreneurs to paddle through the murky waters of all that is involved to take an idea from concept to a successful product or service. Toronto Public Library offers a monthly Small Business Network in seven library branches across the city, where like-minded individuals can informally meet and chat about the various stages above and to offer support and knowledge to each other. Check it out!



Consumer Reports online: Five Things You Need to Know and More...

October 27, 2016 | Ranald | Comments (1)

Note: this post was updated in October 2016.

It’s almost the holidays and that means shopping. Or maybe your fridge just stopped working or you can’t go any longer without a car now that you have kids. We can help.

Consumer Reports online and its parent magazine Consumer Reports are two of the most important and frequently-used publications of consumer information available to Toronto Public Library customers. They provide ratings of thousands of products that have been tested by researchers and technicians. 

The magazine from which the online resource originates has a long history: it has been helping consumers evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of products and assess their potential dangers and health hazards since 1936. 

The following are some of the online publication’s most important capabilities:

1.    Searching

From the home page, you can search for a product (e.g. washing machines) by using the search box.

Information on the product page is organized under the tabs Overview, Ratings & Reliability, Recommended, and Buying Guide.

CR 1 Washing machines

2.    Comparing and filtering

Click on the Ratings & Reliability tab for a list of ratings of the product’s different brands and models, with ratings ranked from best to worst.

To compare up to 3 brands or models, first select the ones you want to compare by clicking on the plus sign under the rating, then click on “Compare” at the top right or bottom right of the list.

CR 2 Washing machines comparing

To filter, select filters from the menus on the left side of the page. Filters include:

  • Product type
  • CR Recommends (to limit the list to recommended models)
  • Brand
  • Overall score
  • Price

Click on “Show More Filters” at the bottom for these additional filters:

  • Specs, i.e. specific features of the product
  • Ratings, i.e. ratings in a specific rating category

3.    Canadian ratings       

You can view Canadian product information by going to the bottom of the home page and selecting “Canada Extra” under “Our Site.”

4.    Buying-guide videos

Short buying-guide videos offering quick tips highlighting the importance of certain features when searching for the best model are available under the Overview tab on product pages.  For in-depth information of this kind, click on the Buying Guide tab.

Click on “Video Index” at the bottom of the home page under “Our Site” to browse or search all of the videos in the resource.

5.    Browsing

From the home page, you can easily browse products:

  • by product category (e.g. cars, electronics, appliances) by first clicking on “Product Reviews” and then on a category
  • alphabetically, by clicking on “All Products A-Z”

CR 3 Browsing

Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted consumer-information publications in the world. This publication empowers people to make better and informed choices about products and services.

You can always access the online version at a library computer; and, if you have a library card, you can access it in the comfort of your home at your own computer.

This information sheet (PDF) is a quick guide to accessing and using Consumer Reports online. Should you have any questions about accessing or using it, do not hesitate to ask staff, by telephone or in person, at any Toronto Public Library branch or to call Answerline at 416-393-7131.

Crowdfunding basics seminar at North York Central Library

October 24, 2016 | Raya | Comments (0)



On Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016, from 6:30pm-8:00pm, Sima Gandhi, TPL's Entrepreneur in Residence will be hosting a free seminar on crowdfunding basics.

This session features special guest, Adam Paulin. Adam was able to raise almost $800,000 on the crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo, for his wearable weight-loss technology invention, Thin Ice. He has gone on to run and advise further crowdfunding campaigns that have raised 100s of thousands of dollars to jumpstart businesses. Adam is passionate about crowdfunding and loves to help inspire others to use it to achieve their dreams.

Ms. Gandhi will also be on hand to answer any questions regarding her new product and the process of bringing it to market.

Click here to register for this program.


The Entrepreneur's Dictionary

October 24, 2016 | Entrepreneur in Residence | Comments (0)

Starting a business?  Here are some terms you will want to get a handle on ...

Learn more at our upcoming Small Business Series of Seminars.

Get one-on-one small business help from the library's new Entrepreneur in Residence, Sima Gandhi. Application details here.  Applications close Monday, October 31, 2016.

Vocab List

Having some trouble finding definitions for the words above? Try one of the business dictionaries available for free at the Toronto Public Library:

The Ultimate Business Dictionary       Dictionary of Business & Management        The International Business Dictionary & Reference

Wondering how to make your business idea a reality?

October 21, 2016 | Alessya | Comments (0)

bright idea

Toronto Public Library's Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Sima Gandhi, founder of riince, held two sessions titled "From Idea to Innovation" where she discussed how to go about taking the idea in your head and bringing it to fruition. These were held at Albion and Fairview library.

If you missed the workshops but are still interested in her insights and suggestions, feel free to look at the Powerpoint slides of her presentation: Download Idea to Innovation

Sima is also available to meet one-on-one with aspiring entrepreneurs, if you would like to discuss a business plan or idea and receive guidance from her. Applications for the one-on-one sessions can be found here.

Get your opportunity to meet and ask Sima some questions at her upcoming workshop about social media and influencer marketing. This workshop will be held at the Toronto Reference Library on Thursday, November 10 from 6:30-8:00pm.

Entrepreneurs Share Experiences and Ideas through Entrepreneur in Residence Program

October 19, 2016 | Entrepreneur in Residence | Comments (0)

Thanks to the entrepreneurs who came out to share their experiences and ideas at Toronto Reference Library's Meet the Entrepreneurs program, part of Small Business Month at Toronto Public Library.


The audience was able to hear from, and ask questions of, the following participants:

Eaton Donald - CEO of Tri-D Technologies, makers of ExactFlat, a Toronto-based technology company serving global, national and regional manufacturers of sewn or resin impregnated products.

Mona Datt - Founder of eDecree, a legal and insurance transcription company with offices in Toronto, India and Europe.

Aamar Khwaja - Inventor of modgarden, Aamar is a health advocate and on a mission to see everyone eat healthily.

Adam Paulin - Creator of Thin Ice, a wearable weight-loss technology. Raised almost $800,000 through crowdfunding.  

If you weren't able to attend this workshop, come and meet Adam Paulin at Toronto Reference Library on October 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm. Adam will also be running a session at North York Central Library on Wednesday, November 23 at 6:30 pm.


Tax and Business Best Practices Workshop for Medical Professionals

October 18, 2016 | Christina | Comments (0)

Stethoscope  Blood Pressure  Medical      

Photo credit:  WerbeFabrik

Join us for a discussion on tax-smart planning strategies for medical professionals (or soon to be graduates). Veteran CPA Canada speaker and business advisor David Duong, CPA, CMA, B.Comm, CIM®, shares complex strategies to defer, reduce, minimize and eliminate taxes via prudent, proactive planning.  This program is being offered: 

Dufferin St Clair Library   
   Tuesday, November 8, 2016
   7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
   Dufferin/St. Clair Branch  


If unable to attend, the Canadian Medical Association has information on financial planning and advice.  Topics covered under their website's menu tab are:  MD Financial Management, Incorporation, Banking, Investments, Insurance, Managing Student Debt, MD Private Investment Counsel, and Estate & Trust.

The following titles at Toronto Public Library may be of interest:


              Preparing Your Corporate Tax Returns Start & Run a Medical Practice
       Preparing Your 
 Corporate Tax Returns
Start and Run a
Medical Practice

Welcome! We are specialized librarians in our business department and we write about current issues for small business owners and those interested in personal finance matters. For more information and resources see our Small Business & Personal Finance page.