For the Love of Networking – Valentines Day Contest

We LOVE YOU!  And we LOVE networking!  So we just HAD to run a contest to share some networking LOVE.

There are two events going on Valentine’s Day!

Our first event is right here on this page!  Enter a comment below telling us about a great experience you had networking or how networking has helped your business.  It can be online or in person networking, and it doesn’t have to be one of our networking events.  You can also share your networking tips or any upcoming networking events in the GTA.  We will draw for an Online Membership on Friday from all of the comments entered here on this page!

You have until MIDNIGHT on FEB 14, 2013 to enter!  You’re already here.. enter a comment below now!



Sandra will be at Symposium Cafe in Thornhill from about 10am – 2pm on Valentine’s Day.  Come by to say hello, learn more about us, or just have a coffee and chat!  Please RSVP on FACEBOOK so we know to expect you.




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Snow Day Contest

Pasted_Image_13-02-08_6_19_PMWow!  We finally have snow!  I hope you’re enjoying (or enjoyed) our Twitter Party on “SnowDay!”.  I’m amazed at all the amazing prizes we’ve collected in just a couple hours!  It’s a great way to connect with other local businesses!

We are so excited about all of the snow, that we’ve come up with a great idea for a contest!  Get outside this weekend and have some fun in the snow before it all melts!  I heard they’re calling for rain on Sunday or Monday !


How to enter:

1. Build a snow sculpture that represents your business.

2. Take a picture

3. Email it to contest(at) by Tues. Feb 12th at midnight.

4. All photos will be posted on our blog on Wed. Feb 13th.

5. Get your friends to vote for your photo by leaving a comment on the blog page.

The business with the most votes will get first year of Online Membership for FREE!


We only had one entry!  So, congrats to Kal Makawy from Baba Good Nosh Catering in Newmarket! Check out the amazing snow cinnamon bun!


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#BIZCLUB Snow Day Twitter Party 2pm!

It’s messy today!  Let’s stay inside and tweet!


snowdayWhat is the Topic?: Networking for your Business

Where is the party?: Online on Twitter at #BIZCLUB

Why are we partying?: To connect Small Businesses together and to help learn from each other. and because it’s snowing!!!

How do you attend?:

  1. Make sure you have a Twitter account. Sign up on Twitter.
  3. Use #BIZCLUB in all your tweets during the chat

New to Twitter, Check out these resources:


We will be giving a free first year of an Online Membership!  If you would like to donate a prize please post it in the comments below and be sure to include your twitter handle!  You are responsible for getting in touch with the prize winner to make sure your prize is received!  We will tweet you and the prize winner to make the connection!

If you have any questions for discussion for the chat please post them below as well!


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Our #YRSBizMC #MentorsCAN Tweetup

We had a blast last week at our #YRSBizMC #Mentorscan Tweetup !  Not only did we have over 60 people attend in person, but we also had many participating online using our hashtags.  Our online engagement went beyond the walls of our gracious hosts at Alice Fazooli’s in Richmond Hill.


It was a great evening of hearing some amazing stories from fellow small business owners who have used Twitter to help grow their business.  Everyone had a different experience, background or lesson to be learned.

A great start to the night with stories and advice from Jim Pagiamtzis and Mike from FS Local.  We are still waiting for those videos to be available.. but you can catch the rest of our speakers on our YouTube channel.

Chris Donnelly from Pixelbrand

Sandy Avvari talking about Social Media

Christian Anderson from Alice Fazooli’s

Gemil Lacroix from G1000 Home Inspections and YRSBiz

We also had our special guest Tweety show up and make his way around the room.  Check out the rest of our pictures on our Facebook Album!


Big thanks to all of our mentors, everyone who showed up and everyone who followed online and supported us!


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Entrepreneurs’ Journey – Be Inspired

You wake up one day and you’re two years shy of 40. You’ve reached a point when it’s no longer about the pay check or title. You know something is missing: You want significance, to make a difference, to give back, to connect, to grow, to be fulfilled, to have time-freedom, to ‘work-to-live’ and not merely ‘live-to-work.  You want to thrive and not just survive in this new ‘Empathy-driven’ economy! You come to the realization that you would have to give up something to get the time you need to pursue the life of your dreams.

And so, you give up a six-figure `safe` world, you take up a part-time, minimum wage job, and as you go through the repetitive motions of ‘work’, you hone your ideas and spend your lunch hours scribbling them on now tattered papers. Of course, the people in your life look at you and even though they don`t say it aloud, you know what they`re thinking: `Are you absolutely crazy! ` You learn to practice selective hearing and ignore the pitying glances.

Yet the ideas won`t leave you, you simply light up when talking about your vision, time flies when you work on your business plan. You know in your gut that this plan is also your life plan. And life doesn’t stop; commitments to Mr. Rogers, Madame Bell and Ms. Enbridge still need to be kept! So you make sacrifices, cut off cable, stop eating out, become a coupon collector and a bargain shopper. You build a strong bond with the local library and develop inhuman radar for store-wide ‘sales’ and get on every thrift store’s mailing list.

Yes, the ideas keep you up at night and so you pray harder and cry to the universe for guidance. And finally one day, you finally take the plunge! You start small, you tell a friend, and a family member and you ask them to tell others. You find a network of fellow ‘crazy’ people to motivate and guide you. But even with all the passion, fire, hard-work, the butterflies won`t leave you, the nerves hit you again and again. But you just keep going…a little step each day.

You worry about monetizing what you love. Will the clients ever come? You worry if it makes sense at all, and wonder if they’re right and you’re just wasting your time and throwing your life away. You begin to question if you missed the easy turn to ‘Reality-Land’ and took the enticing but difficult turn to ‘La-la Land.’ You look around for resources for small businesses and stumble upon an amazing life-business coach Mike Klingler and his unique approach to ‘Attraction Marketing’ in his School of Online Business.

And then suddenly, after years of slugging away, you wake up to find strangers calling you, emailing you, texting you, begging to buy your products and services. They`re now your biggest and most passionate advocates and are happily spreading the word for you. You know you’ve hit the sweet spot when they`re actually PAYING you to speak, to share, to collaborate with them. You begin to glow, and radiate that unique light of success.

And like a miracle, you, who begged and bugged friends and family to refer clients, utter these magical words: `I am not currently taking clients at the moment, but is it okay if I put you on my waiting list?` And as soon as the words leave your lips and you hear their excited voices saying: ‘yes’, you begin to sweat, to tremble, to shake and you double over with joy, with humility, with gratitude, with love and so you fall on your knees and as the tears roll down, you whisper again and again: ‘I am grateful, thank you, thank you.’

And with clarity, you realize that you must share this. You must tell other budding Entrepreneurs like yourself, those crazy souls around the world, who are busy with the balancing act, chasing dreams, pursuing passions, going against convention, staying up at night with ideas…You must encourage them to keep going, to never let up, to never, ever give up because one day soon, they too shall say: “I am not currently taking clients at the moment, but is it okay if I put you on my waiting list? ”


The preceding is a guest post from Juliet Ume, MBA –Wealth Management Consultant & Lifestyle Coach at Whole Woman Network. Juliet is an avid Life Connoisseur and a passionate advocate of WomEntrepreneurship, Investment & Financial Literacy for women. Follow her on Twitter: @wholewomaninc


Photo credits: sidewalk flying and waynesutton12 via photopin cc


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Let’s talk Business . . . Books

Our first Business Book Club meeting for our re-launch was a huge success!  It was great to see so many people come out to discuss and share their favourite business books.  There was some great conversation about the various books and business topics in general.  Of course, I was so busy talking I forgot to take pictures!  Below are some of the books we discussed.

The following books are available from Kobo.  Click the cover to get it!

Subramanya shared this great book that anyone who is having difficulty embracing change should read. It is an easy read that makes it simple to understand why we not only need to embrace change, that we should always be on the lookout for when things are changing so we can anticipate it and ensure we are ready to adapt when it happens.



Malek brought her favourite book by the son of the author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective people.  This great read show how trust is so important in business and relationships and how your negative actions can impact the trust others have in you.  Many of the prinicples outlined in the book are also applicable to your everyday life with your family and friends as well.


 Dr. Brian Keen shared his thoughts on Kevin O’Leary’s book.  This autobiography is filled with business tips and suggestions to help entrepreneurs.  This one generated some interesting debates as we argued whether or not he wrote it himself, and of course his personality on Dragon’s Den.  An interesting fact we learned was that Kevin O’Leary is dyslexic!



We were also fortunate to have Dr. Brian Keen with us as he was the author of the Applied Business Ethics: Volume 1 which his wife Jean brought with her to discuss! Click on the cover to purchase the book on Amazon!  Or visit to get it from the library!  They ordered two books during the meeting for their collection!



Anita shared with us The Power of Why by Amanda Lang (from the Lang and O’Leary exchange).  Asking the right questions can fuel innovation and inspire curiosity.  She shared a short excerpt from the book that included a list of what most business owners do wrong!  We could all relate to at least some of those points!


Sandra brought her recent favourite, Getting Things Done by David Allen.  It was also the first book read at the original launch of the Business Book Club a year and a half ago when YRSBiz was first founded! Getting Things Done provides a concept with concrete steps on how you can be more productive and stress-free on a regular basis.  This method works not only for business, but is most effective when you apply it to your whole life.  Sandra’s also a huge fan of using Evernote, which is a software program that let’s you implement the GTD principles in your every day life!

What are your favourite business books? Share below or join us for our next meeting, coming up in January!

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