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Greening your Office

April 13, 2015 | Raya | Comments (4) Facebook Twitter More...


Greening your office
(image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

With Earth Day approaching it might be a good time to take a look at how "green" we are at work.  Whether you're an employee or own your business, sharing your eco-values at work can encourage others to get involved. Why not start a "Green Team" by recruiting employees or coworkers who can assess your organization's needs and then draw up a plan to go green? Once the plan has been set in motion keep track of your progress and continue to set more goals.

Greening your business can create a positive work environment which will then translate into a happier and more productive workplace. By reducing waste and increasing efficiencies you are not only helping the planet but your bottom line as well.

Start greening your office with these simple steps from the David Suzuki Foundation:

1. Commute smarter

  • walk or cycle to work
  • take public transportation and buy bulk passes to save money
  • carpool or car share
  • choose hybrid rentals and taxis

2. Save energy

  • if you're not using it, turn it off
  • enable energy saving settings on all equipment
  • unplug anything that still sucks energy even when it's turned off
  • plug equipment into power bars and turn them off until needed

3. Live healthier

  • choose foods that are local, organic and sustainable for meetings etc.
  • get rid of toxic cleaners and personal products in your office kitchens and bathrooms
  • add plants to your workspace--they filter the air
  • take the stairs instead of elevator

4. Waste less

  • set "double sided" as the default setting on your printer
  • go electronic instead of printing out hard copies; use web resources, get e-subscriptions.
  • switch to cloth towels and napkins in kitchens and bathrooms
  • compost kitchen scraps

5. Conserve water

  • ban bottled water--use a stainless steel commuter cup
  • keep a pitcher of water in the fridge instead of running the tap
  • scrape dishes instead of rinsing before putting them in the dishwasher
  • don't pour water, tea or black coffee down the drain--use it to water plants

For more ways to green your office, check out these books, DVDs and ebooks:

Greening your office Greening your small busines  The green business guide Financial times briefing on sustainable business

Merchants of virtue Smart green: how to implement sustainable business practices in any industry and make money The business case for sustainability Street smart sustainability the entrepreneur's guide to profitably greening your organization's DNA

Find out about Cold Calling at Fairview Branch

April 9, 2015 | Thomas | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Talking on the phone by Daniel Foster

Cold calling (or the act of soliciting business from a client you have had no previous contact with) is a practice that has both its advocates and its detractors. Criticised by some as a way of drumming up new business that’s heavy on investment and low on return, advocates argue that when done properly, cold calling can be an excellent and effective way to increase your business’ client base.

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Small Business Network: Come meet Henry Chong!

April 4, 2015 | Thanusa | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

What are your plans on April 22nd? Want to attend North York Central Library's Small Business Network event? It is an ongoing networking event for small business owners and for those interested in starting up a venture very soon!

Henry ChongFor this month's session, come meet Henry Chong, CEO of Revelo Electric Corp. In 2014, Revelo was recognized as one of "10 Canadian Startups You Should Know About" by Business Vibes, a social business network and one of "21 Coolest Small Businesses in Toronto" by the website Business Insider.

Henry will speak about his company's mission to revolutionize personal electric transportation through design innovation. Revelo created one of the world's lightest compact electric bikes. Revelo Bike

The session will be held in the Teen Zone (Large Study Room) at 6:30pm. Remember to bring your business cards! 

Register Here


Check out these books that you can read online:

Do Cool Sht  Start Your Own Business after 50  Start your Dream Business  One Hour Business Plan

Michael Hlinka, CBC Business Commentator, Discusses Jump-Starting the Canadian Economy

March 30, 2015 | Christina | Comments (4) Facebook Twitter More...

Michael Hlinka
Michael Hlinka, Business Commentator on CBC's Metro Morning, offers a diagnosis of Canada's economic woes and lays out a roadmap back to growth in conversation with Toronto Star's Ellen Roseman.

Date:        Thursday, April 9, 2015
Time:        7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Length:     75 minutes
Place:       Toronto Reference Library, Atrium, 1st Floor 


If unable to attend, check out Stalled: Jump-Starting the Canadian Economy at the Toronto Public Library.

Michael Hlinka explains what drove Canada's five-decade expansion and what has put us "in the rut we're currently in". 

After the Second World War, Canada enjoyed a period of economic growth for fifty years.  The economy quadrupled in size and the living standard for most Canadians steadily improved.

During the past fifteen years, the Canadian economy has seen persistent stagnation that threatens the results of fifty years of previous growth.  Businesses keep closing and Canadians find it harder to get and keep a good job.  Canadians have relied increasingly on consumer debt to help mask the underlying problems but "for many even that temporary form of relief is no longer an option." 

In his book, Michael Hlinka indicates that "there are solutions for Canada as a country and for individual Canadians, and that we can get out of the rut we're in if we start doing the things that once made us great." 

Meet with a Small Business Advisor

March 27, 2015 | Thomas | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Ready to Start or Grow Your Business?

Book-A-Business Advisor at the Toronto Public Library


Idea Plan ActionAre you an entrepreneur currently researching, starting or running a business in Toronto? If so, Fairview Branch is excited to announce a new pilot project with Enterprise Toronto that you might be interested in!

Enterprise Toronto is a one-stop source to start and grow your small business. Its team of small business advisors can help you make the right decisions during your business start-up and help develop your management capabilities as your business venture grows. The consultations are free and services include: 

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A brief history of the automobile industry

March 23, 2015 | Raya | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...


First Auto-Mobile
(image courtesy of Wikipedia)

In 1769, French inventor Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot built a three-wheeled steamer (see above image) to help the French army haul artillery pieces. Although his contraption was considered to be too slow and impractical, Cugnot is still regarded as the creator of the first motorized road vehicle. In 1805, Oliver Evans, who built an incredibly slow machine designed to work on both land and in water for the City of Philadelphia Department of Health, is considered to be the first American to create a motorized road vehicle. Commercial production of automobiles began in 1896 in the United States, ten years after Karl Benz received a German patent for his invention of the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine. Along with his wife, Bertha, he founded the German automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz.

The early 1900s boomed with various types of motorized vehicles being developed around the world. In the United States Ransom E. Olds and his Olds Motor Vehicle Company (later known as Oldsmobile) dominated this era of automobile production. As a result of superior promotional and marketing efforts, sales of the Oldsmobile approached 5,000 in 1904 which, at the time, was unheard of in the industry.  The Thomas B. Jeffrey Company developed the world's second mass-produced automobile called the Rambler. In 1902, 1,500 Ramblers were built and sold, and by 1904 production reached 2,342 units. 

Perhaps the most famous car of all time is Henry Ford's Model T. In order to keep costs low, Ford focused efforts on improving production methods. His moving assembly line began operation in 1913-1914 making it possible to lower the cost of the Model T and, as a result, increase sales and potential customers. In response to consumer demands manufacturers have reinvented the automobile numerous times over.

From the development of  anti-lock braking systems, to hybrid vehicles, to the first highway-capable all electric vehicle, the automobile industry continues to create, innovate and transform the way we live. To read more about this fascinating industry, take a look at these books, ebooks and DVDs:

The Great Race Driving Honda Arsenal of Democracy Henry Ford

Mondo Agnelli  Autonomous State  Once Upon a Car Cars that changed the Automobile Industry

Get Income Tax Tips for Small Businesses

March 19, 2015 | Thomas | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Income tax
For small business owners, tax time can be pretty overwhelming. Fortunately, the Fairview Branch's Small Business Network is here to help!

Join the March 26 session of the Small Business Network to get tips and tricks for filing your income tax. An accountant from Brightstar International Group will be joining us to talk about topics including maintaining good records, planning, preparing and filing your taxes as a small business, and avoiding CRA audits (or dealing with being audited).

For more information or to register for the Small Business Network Income Tax seminar, visit the Fairview Branch or call 416-395-5750 


Fairview-library-01Small Business Income Tax Seminar
Fairview Branch, 35 Fairview Mall Drive
Thursday March 26
6:30 - 8:00 PM

Fairview Library's ongoing Small Business Network is meant for both current small business owners or those thinking about starting their own business.

Meet and learn from other business owners, share your own experiences, and soak in the collective wisdom of the group. 

Bring your business cards!

Small Business Network: Come meet Stuart Browne, CEO and Founder of Pycap Venture Partners

March 14, 2015 | Thanusa | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Have you registered for our Small Business Network event for this month?

It's not too late!

Come join us on the evening of March 18th at North York Central Library for another great networking session. These events are for existing small business owners or people who are thinking about starting their own business.  

  Stuart Bio Pic
Stuart Browne, CEO and Founder of Pycap Venture Partners


This month you will be meeting Stuart Browne, CEO and Founder of Pycap Venture Partners. He will discuss how and why he launched Pycap and will provide businesses with a way to decipher if they are "VC fundable".

Pycap is a Venture Captital fund that provides accredited and retail investors with a diversified accountable way to access the high return potential of the startup tech sector and the exclusive deal flow of institutional investors.

Check out Stuart's interview on CTV's Nationally Televised Business News Network (BNN) on September 10, 2014 below: 




Click here to reserve your spot to hear Stuart Browne on March 18th at 6:30pm in the Large Study Room (Teen Zone). 

Don't forget to bring your business cards!



Money Matters during March 2015 at TRL

March 9, 2015 | Christina | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Personal Finance:  Your Money Matters programs continue during the month of March.  At the Toronto Reference Library, three programs are upcoming. 

Money Matters

Knowledge: The True Path to Financial Freedom
Guest Speaker:  M.D. Henderson, retired University of Toronto professor
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library

M.D. Henderson explains fundamental economic ideas and some historical data which suggests what is the simplest, fastest, and safest way to make your investment grow over a minimum, ten-year time frame.

Ellen RosemanInsurance: A Consumer's Guide
Guest Speaker:  Ellen Roseman, personal finance and consumer columnist at the Toronto Star
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library

Ellen Roseman talks about how to evaluate different kinds of insurance, how to shop around, and how to handle claims.

Helaine OlenPound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the
Personal Finance Industry
Guest Speaker:  Helaine Olen, contributing editor for Pacific Standard
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library

Helen Olen takes on some of the central myths of the personal finance industry.  Drawing on her book Pound Foolish, Olen takes a compelling look at how we think and talk about money.

For more indepth, personal finance information written by TRL's March 2015 Money Matters programs' guest speakers, check out the following titles at the Toronto Public Library: 

Money 201     Fight Back     Pound Foolish
Money 201 Fight Back Pound Foolish


Free Income Tax Clinics at Fairview Library

March 3, 2015 | Thomas | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Income tax

Soon the snow will begin to melt which means one thing; it's time to get your income tax in order! If the thought of sitting down to do your taxes fills you with dread, have no fear however - Toronto Public Library is here to help.

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