What’s New — Innovation Strategy

Global competition has made innovation more vital than ever. But how can small-business owners – especially those launching a new product or service – be innovative and sustain that momentum over time? The first step is to implement an innovation strategy, then make innovation part of a continuous process. To find out how, read my latest piece for Rogers’ Business Forum, link here or on the icon above.

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What’s New — Cher Jones’ Social Strategy

For social media trainer and personal branding coach Cher Jones, technology is “hard–wired” into her DNA. She’s been using social media, she says, since before Myspace was the hottest new thing. Today, as head of Socially Active Training, Jones teaches organizations such as the City of Toronto, Lean In Canada, CBC and SheEO how to create a powerful, personal brand; nail effective social media content; and avoid becoming a “procrastepreneur” so you can fully propel your business now. To read more in my latest piece for Rogers’ Business Forum, click here or on the icon above.

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What’s New — Emerging Technologies

It can be challenging enough to keep on top of all that your business demands, let alone keeping abreast of all the new tech tools that pop up every year. Knowing which emerging technologies will benefit you – and how – can be confusing and even a bit daunting. But benefit you they will, from boosting your productivity to helping you stay connected to your customers. Saul Colt, founder of Toronto-based The Idea Integration Company, breaks it all down in my latest piece for Rogers’ Business Forum. Click here or on the icon above to read all about it.

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What’s New — Playing With Lasers

Three years ago, Jonathan Moneta merged his background in theatre and his interest in technology to launch MakeLab, which puts professional tech equipment into the hands of amateurs, just for fun. “I was interested in innovative ways you could engage people with technology,” says Moneta of his interactive pop-up business. So he and a group of designers and technologists took eight 3D printers to a Toronto bar and taught design to the patrons. Pretty innovative. “We loved how the more inebriated people would get the more beautiful their designs would get,” he says. To find out what happened when he branched out into lasers and graffiti walls, click here or on the icon above to read my latest piece for Rogers Business Forum.

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What’s New — High-Tech Hockey

Long gone are the days when a hockey player strapped on a pair of skates, donned a sweater purely for warmth, and lurched down a rugged outdoor rink. Today’s hockey technology encompasses state-of-the-art data mining on players, and uniforms that not only keep them warm and dry but also protect them head to toe, as well as plenty of in-arena features to enhance the viewing experience. For more on high-tech hockey, click on the icon above or here to read about it in my latest piece for LEAFS Magazine.

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What’s New — Maple Leafs’ Good Works

Those who devote their time and money to charitable causes know they get back as much as they give. And there is no clearer example of that than the good work done by the Toronto Maple Leafs and MLSE Foundation. Last year alone, the foundation contributed more than $4 million to causes across the Greater Toronto area. And while they can’t possibly accommodate all requests — they receive between 2,000 and 3,000 a year — they participate and partner in countless fundraising events. To find out more, click on the icon above or  here to read my latest story for LEAFS Magazine.

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What’s New — Meet the Raptors’ SuperFan!

There’s the fan, there’s the super fan, and then there’s “The Superfan.” Scan the stands at any Raptors’ game and you’ll see the typical fan cheering the play. The super fan, on the other hand, is on his feet, horn blowing, fist pumping, placard waving. Then check out the courtside seats: there’s The Superfan, Nav Bhatia, a blinged-out brown guy in a turban and beard, jeering and gesturing at the players, the coaches and the refs. Rather than take offence, the team takes time to shake the man’s hand. Some will even dine with him after the game. How did an unassuming Indian immigrant score entrance to such a rarified club? Click on the icon above or here to read all about him for my latest piece in Raptors Magazine.

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