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Effective Communication Skills that Gets Results Good communication skills are the key to success in everything you do. Follow these 7 steps to develop communication skills that'll help you get ahead. Communication is everything in business and in all of our relationships.  Honestly, how else would people communicate? In order to enjoy an agreeable business and personal discussion, the communication level has to be excellent. How does one communicate effectively? Simply put, say what you mean, say it clearly, and say it with respect. Step 1: Establish Trust Some people naturally distrust other people, because they do not know
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5 Minutes for Business A Budget for Business or Bust With our GDP at a standstill, businesses need to see a focus on protecting and fostering growth in the upcoming federal budget ahead of this year’s federal election. That being said, while we do not have a crystal ball here at the Canadian Chamber, we do have our ears to the ground in Ottawa and we are unsure the budget will address ongoing business concerns. Despite the fact that businesses, like yours, are the overwhelming creator of middle-class jobs, we tend to see only piecemeal support for small businesses in budgets announced outside of economic
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How to Improve Your Business Reputation for Free As a small business owner, your reputation is everything. It will make or break your business. Warren Buffet understood the value of a good business reputation when he said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.” But protecting your reputation in the days of social media is hard. According to the White House Office of Consumer Affairs, an unhappy customer will tell between nine to 15 people about the incident. This number gets amplified when they choose to do it in a social stream. Sometimes
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BCC Lifetime Achievement 2019 - Alvin Parkhurst ALVIN PARKHURST - PARKHURST TRANSPORTATION LTD. BCC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2019 When we consider Lifetime Achievement, we look at the cornerstones…  citizenship , founder, vision, mentor…  The ongoing theme through almost every story I have the privilege of listening to starts with a bit of “this wasn’t what I planned on “ or “it just kind of happened” – I think we need to recognize this theme doesn’t demonstrate a lackadaisical approach to business, but rather their innate understanding that you always open the door when opportunity knocks, even if
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Cornerstone Visionary 2019 - Rhonda Barriage RHONDA BARRIAGE - Beauty Works Day & Medi Spa CORNERSTONE VISIONARY 2019 In this case, our recipient’s interests centred a bit around her ability to draw and a love of makeup.  When a friend (we should call her that, regardless of the relationship) found an advertisement in the newspaper for a beauty school, she decided to go. Aesthetics and skin care were not top of mind for many women in a mostly rural area.  In fact, upon her return to Belleville following graduation, the ladies at the sales counters at Sears wished her luck in a region where most of their customers came
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Other News
Cornerstone Mentor 2019 - Sandie Sidsworth
From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft
Cornerstone Founder 2019 - Guenther Huettlin
Cornerstone Founder 2019 - Paul Stinson
Media Release January 17
A Competitive Transition
5 Minutes for Business
From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft
From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft
5 Minutes for Business