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When a Members Voice Counts

In many membership based organizations, especially in the non-profit and non-profit charity organization, the members who remit an annual fee for the benefit and value of the membership as well as to support the mission of the organization may feel left out in the decision-making process. Of course that is why there is an elected board of directors in place, to, on behalf of the membership, guide the organization according to the mission, vision and values.

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Winnipeg startup company helping families communicate

Kindoma Co-Founder Carly Shuler used Manitoba resources to build her business.

Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away. On my way to where the air is sweet, can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street.

One person who can help you find the way is Carly Shuler.

Shuler is the CEO and Co-founder of Kindoma, a kids’ video and messaging app helping to break new barriers when it comes to communication for children and families.

So what exactly is Kindoma?

“Think of skype for kids with an interactive twist,” says Schuler from Kindoma’s Winnipeg office, who is a transplanted Calgarian but has made Winnipeg her home with her husband and two kids.

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Cost-Wise wants to put your money back in your pocket.

New local business says chances are you’re overpaying for your telecom services and they can help.

Have you looked at your phone bill recently?  Like really looked at it?  If so, you may actually notice that everything looks right and you’re paying exactly what you were told when you signed your contract.

Between cell phones, office phones, and internet costs, many of the telecom companies are vying for your business.  Each one is offering the best possible price for your needs.  Without a background in the industry, it’s easy to just agree and assume it’s the best deal.  As time goes on and your needs change, the original services may no longer be appropriate or cost effective.  This is where Cost Wise Business Consulting can help. Continue reading Cost-Wise wants to put your money back in your pocket.

Learning about business and life from three fur babies

The Corporate Climb Laura Wittig
The Corporate Climb
Laura Wittig

After a long morning at the office, a client presentation gone poorly, and two board meetings (that obviously ran late), it’s no surprise that the highlight of my days (both the good days and the bad) is coming home to be greeted by my furry best friends… my three dogs.
Three dogs, you say? Well that’s just plain crazy! Maybe you’re right. But not only do these goofballs provide me with unconditional love, laughs, and cuddles, but they have taught me some very valuable life lessons along the way.
Lesson #1 – Never dismiss the power of your intuition and instinct
Everyone, humans and animals alike, has these magical gifts. They are that little jolt you get when something just doesn’t feel right, or alternately, you just KNOW something was meant to be. How many times do we stop and say, “I should have listened to my gut” or “I wish I had gone with my first instinct?”
My dog loves almost everyone. So on the odd occasion when somebody is introduced into my life that he visibly doesn’t seem to care for, I take it for what it’s worth. These people generally enter and then exit my life for good reason. Almost always, my dog was correct with his first instinct.
As human beings, we need to learn to trust our instincts and recognize just how powerful they can be. We must have faith in the fact that although it may seem confusing, we generally do know what is wrong or right – whether it is a new relationship, a new job offer, or just a very tough decision.
Lesson #2 – Don’t take anything for granted
My dog likes to go to the park. My dog likes to go for car rides. My dog is happy when I wake up and give him a good pat on the head.
Dogs never become too busy, or caught up in small details. They care little about something bad that may have happened last week (like punishment for chewing my favourite flip flop, ahem). Instead, they live in the moment and appreciate the really simple – but really wonderful – things that are offered to us every day.
Don’t forget to celebrate those small wins in life. Maybe you brought on a smaller, but still meaningful, account to your firm. Maybe you get to go for a long walk outside in the sunshine when your meeting gets out early. Maybe you decide to turn your phone off for a weekend and head to the lake. These are all reasons to celebrate and reflect on just how awesome your life really is – and how LUCKY you are to even have these opportunities.
Too often, we get caught up in the bad things or negative experiences that sometimes get tossed our way. Amidst the chaos of life, don’t forget to appreciate just how wonderful the little wins can be.
Lesson #3 – Loyalty trumps all
Sometimes I have really busy weeks and my dogs and I don’t go to the park as much as we should. Sometimes after getting home from work I quickly feed them and have to run out to another appointment. Perhaps these situations aren’t ideal for them, but they have still pledged to be my best friends, through thick and thin.
I make sure to give them a nice home, healthy food, lots of exercise, tons of love, and as much attention as I can. In return, they give me their undivided love and attention.
It’s a seemingly simple relationship and yet a very powerful one. Never underestimate the power of loyalty – whether it be a mentor in business or life, a good friend, or even a client. Go above and beyond to do the little things. Call to check in, say thank you, and let the important people in your life know how invaluable they are to you. The benefits of a loyal relationship of any kind will far outweigh the benefits of those relationships that will come and go in your life.
A little love as you walk out the door
The next time that you are running out the door, late for work, briefcase in hand… don’t forget to stop for a second and give your furry little friends a quick hug or scratch on the behind (yes, they love it). They will more than give back in return.

Athena Leadership is a Manitoba-based, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing young women in leadership. Laura Wittig currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Director of Communications. She is a proponent of helping other women advance in their careers, and seeks to share her perspective on how we can always keep learning personally and professionally.

Are you ready to fly solo?

Employment opportunities will favour individuals and small firms in the new high-tech economy.

By David Seymour

What do a 100 year old Nobel economics laureate and one of the granddaddies of the silicon chip have to do with your career? When you put them together they offer a deep insight into what the economy and workplace will look like over the coming decades.

First, some introductions.

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