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Eleven Small Businesses in Surrey Nominated for 2014-15 Small Business BC Awards

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The 2015 Small Business BC Awards opened for nominations on October 1, 2014 attracting more than 290 British Columbia-based small businesses who have been nominated so far.

Among the nominees are eleven Surrey-based businesses, including All of Oils, Baobab Inclusive Empowerment Society, Canadian Breath Analyzer Company, Cold Calling Works Consulting Ltd., Going Viral Productions, Good Neighbour, Green Revolution Enterprises Ltd., Hunky Haulers Franchise Corp., Kary Movers Ltd., Kasa Supply Ltd., and Modern Golf.

Since its inception in 2003, the annual Small Business BC Awards have become one of the largest and most widely-recognized contests in British Columbia. Last year, 470 local small businesses were nominated, from 55 communities, across the province.

The awards acknowledge the contribution that over 400,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs in our province make to their local communities and the global economy. After all, 98 percent of businesses in BC are small businesses, and the Lower Mainland is home to 224,700 of them.

Nominations and voting for will remain open until November 30, 2014. Businesses can enter the competition through self- or third-party nomination in one of ten categories:

  • Best Company
  • Best Workplace
  • Best Concept
  • Best International Trade
  • Best Employer
  • Premier’s People’s Choice
  • Best Online Marketer
  • Best Community Impact
  • *Best Immigrant Entrepreneur
  • *Best Emerging Entrepreneur

*This year’s new award categories

To prove that they are truly among the best in BC, nominated companies must gain as many votes as possible. Top 10 finalists will then submit an extended application to narrow down the competition.

The Top 5 will then face a Dragon’s Den-style panel of judges to pitch why they should be named the best in BC. Winners will receive the Premier’s Prize of $1,500 cash, a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education and resources, and one-on-one business mentorship opportunities with notable advisors from the award sponsors.

The public is encouraged to nominate and vote for their favourite small businesses, between October 1 and November 30, for a Small Business BC Award.
More details on the Small Business BC Award nominees can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca.

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I was excited to see our friends at Hunky Haulers on that list, as we’ve featured them several times on this site. Here’s some cool facts about them:

  • Hunky Haulers started an at-risk youth program and refugee work program several years ago. They offer at-risk youth mentorship and gainful employment opportunities.
  • Hunky Haulers is currently working with men and women with limited cognitive abilities (Ambassadors) to offer them a way to contribute to the work force by way of an affiliate referral program.
  • Hunky Haulers’ clutter removal service is unique in that they don’t use the standard open-bin junk removal truck concept. They use a closed in, dry box moving truck operation. This allows them to protect the items they haul away from the outside elements as there is a good chance many of them can be donated, up-cycled or recycled. Their removal and disposal process is based on a four-step hauling process called “Creative Caring”: The first step is the donation centre; the second step is to up-cycle or recycle the items; the third step is the transfer station; the fourth and our absolute last resort is the landfill.
  • Hunky Haulers is all about being the “Giving Brand”; They are so grateful for the opportunity to be in business that they always give back to customers by giving them a WOW Gift, as a way of saying thank you for using their services!
  • Hunky Haulers’ employment on-boarding process differs from other businesses and services in that they emphasize the presentation of their staff – and most importantly – how they conduct themselves with customers. After the initial three month probation is finished, they send staff to Etiquette Training 101 where they learn the fundamentals of professional etiquette.

Best of luck to all nominees!

The creator of Surrey604.com, Daman Beatty (AKA 'Beatler') is originally from Sackville, New Brunswick. A longtime media producer, visual designer, marketing and communications specialist, Daman loves travel, technology and being a Daddy.

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Surrey teenage entrepreneur’s food delivery app boasts of 10,000 users, unique dine-in feature

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Surrey-based entrepreneur Ekam Panesar’s home delivery app DishPal is giving competition to the big delivery companies in the Lower mainland.

Two years after starting DishPal, the app now has 10,000 users and 100 active drivers. The app has partnered with 75 local restaurants already with many more to come.

The app was started by Ekam Panesar in Grade 12. The Seaquam Secondary School graduate is proud of its success so far. “This is only the beginning”.

“I was 16 at the time, when my father while eating lunch at one of the restaurants shared a concern of restaurants that they make very less profit on their orders from third-party food delivery platforms because of higher commission fees,” Panesar said.

“That’s when I decided to create DishPal, a smart app for ordering food and delivery online that helps local restaurants earn more by offering a lower commission of 10%.”

Panesar worked relentlessly to transform the idea into reality. After research, trials, and surveying the restaurant industry, DishPal was launched with a unique dine-in feature.

Dishpal

It is a mobile reservation, payment, and menu planning app that enables you to make reservations, order online, pay at the table, and tip. This contactless service helps you ditch your wallet.

DishPal also has a subscription plan called “DishPal Plus” which offers cashback/credit on every order, free delivery, and other benefits which helps you save while you shop.

Users may use the online credit or go to one of our partnered locations in person to pick up the order.

Panesar attributes his success and positive work ethic to his family. “My parents always taught me not to compare myself with anyone as everyone is unique in their own way.”

About the Founder-CEO:

Ekam Panesar is a solution-driven young entrepreneur who balanced his academic life with entrepreneurial dream and community work.

Ekam currently attends classes at Simon Fraser University. His drive to expand his business to the next level is fired by his vision. He wants DishPal to be a name brand in Canada and India that stands for trust, transparency, reliability, and quality.

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How Businesses Are Prioritizing Appointments As They Open Their Doors Again

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Restaurants and retail stores have finally reopened their doors after months of closure. As they reopened, shoppers have lined up and flocked to stores in record numbers, even amid recent Covid-19 surges.

The reopening has been a welcome occurrence for many, not least because of the 24,000 jobs recovered in Surrey. However, while consumers are eager to support their favourite clothing brands, small businesses, and other non-essential businesses, owners and management have had to strike a fine balance between maximizing customer footfall and prioritizing customer safety in-store.

Getting the balance right between generating income and deciding which clients get the first appointments can be a tricky decision. Thankfully, each business is adopting its own ways of prioritizing appointments and maintaining great customer service at the same time.

Dental And Medical Institutions Turn To AI And Scheduling Software

Based on safety guidelines from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, dentists are relying on a prioritization scheduling approach for patients. The organization recommends physical spacing between appointments to allow for appropriate sanitization measures between patient visits, along with pre-appointment screenings.

Dental practices are also encouraging patients to practice good dental care at home, and take note of the signs of gum inflammation early on to avoid more severe consequences, such as periodontal disease, which can occur if gingivitis develops and is left untreated.

Patients with urgent dental concerns like a severe dental infection are being referred to emergency dental clinics or earmarked for emergency clinic hours. Dental practice management software like ACE Dental and DentiCon are also being used to schedule and track appointments.

Scheduling software such as these also offers useful scheduling hacks like the ability to group patients as family members – and possibly group their appointments to minimize the spread of infections.

Other dental practices are using AI to prioritize urgent patient appointments, similar to the UK’s NHS approach to working through the patient backlog. Booking and patient interaction software like Dr. Doctor relies on predictive algorithms to help hospitals and dental care surgeries prioritize appointments by urgency instead of seeing patients on a first come first served basis.

Patients are given a patient questionnaire to complete, and graded using a colour-coded charting system. These and other dental booking software systems help to reduce the administrative burden on clinicians, which leaves them with more time to focus on patient care.

Pre-Booked Appointments And Outdoor Dining Feature Heavily For Restaurants

Due to a recent surge in cases across British Columbia, restaurants are closed to indoor dining until April 19, 2021. However, takeaways and outdoor dining are still permitted. Most restaurants have taken their appointment booking and takeaway services online, allowing customers to make reservations based on table availability, or pick up their meals to go.

The use of online appointment scheduling software such as Zoho Bookings and Yocale are popular amongst food establishments to keep track of bookings.

Currently, no more than six people are allowed to sit together when booking a restaurant reservation in order to maintain social distancing, according to reopening guidelines by Work Safe British Columbia. Therefore, larger parties are either being spilt into separate dining reservations (if outdoor space permits) or offered an alternative date.

Retailers Continue To Rely On Crowd Control, Navigation Signs, And Queues

Other retail stores have also implemented crowd control techniques instead of an appointment system. Retail stores in malls are now limiting the number of shoppers in-store at any one time, and have implemented navigation signs for customers to help with the flow of traffic in-store and outdoors.

Doormen and security staff are a common feature, as they maintain the number of shoppers in-store and regulate the flow of traffic in a bid to prioritize social distancing.

Stores are also incorporating an omni-channel approach as a way to stagger in-store traffic. Caposhie in South Granville has continued to keep a focus on online operations to balance demand.

Owner Adelle Reynaud said, “We sort of spent our time kind of building the back end up, and hopefully through this our online sales will grow and we’ll kind of figure out new and improved ways to figure that out.” Other retailers have embraced the use of the click and collect model, and are encouraging customers to use their virtual services where possible.

Jewellers like Tiffany’s in Vancouver now allow consumers to book their virtual appointments online, or book a time slot for in-store consultations. Golden Tree Jewellers in Surrey has done the same, providing a dedicated contact number for appointment bookings.

As business resumes, companies are having to find new and innovative ways to balance their profitability and customer safety. Deciding how to prioritize appointments is a crucial part of that.

The basis of prioritization and appointment models differ greatly according to businesses, but one thing that remains consistent is that businesses in BC are finding ways to rise to the challenge.

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New Device Repair Service On Wheels Launches In Surrey, Bringing Residents Contactless, Convenient And Professional Repairs Right To Their Doorstep

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Mobile Klinik goes mobile: Innovative smartphone and tablet repair service on wheels is now available in more than 100 cities and towns across Canada

Mobile Klinik waiving $29.99 convenience fee to support Canadians with safe contactless customer repair support amid Covid-19

Today Mobile Klinik, Canada’s leading chain of professional smartphone and tablet repair stores, launched Onsite Repair Units, the first van service of its kind to offer consumers and businesses nationwide the convenience of professional smartphone and tablet repair at the location of their choice.

With more Canadians working and learning from home and physical distancing protocols in place, it is more important than ever for their devices to be working without issue, and now residents and businesses in more than 100 communities nationwide can conveniently access Mobile Klinik’s Onsite Repair Unit service.

“The launch of Mobile Klinik’s Onsite Repair service is our latest initiative to make smartphone and tablet repair a more accessible, cost effective, and convenient option for Canadian consumers,” said Tim McGuire, CEO of Mobile Klinik.

“Because we are spending so much time learning, working, and seeking entertainment at home, having reliable smartphones and tablets is paramount. We are proud to bring our services right to our customers’ doorsteps – at no extra charge – so they can resume using their device, often in less than an hour.”

As a leader in professional smartphone and tablet repair, Mobile Klinik is committed to providing Canadians with flexible and affordable options to keep their devices for longer, servicing common issues like cracked screens, broken cameras, software updates, and battery replacements using high quality parts and state of the art diagnostics – right from inside the Mobile Klinik service van, outside their homes or place of work.

To further support Canadians throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, for a limited time, Mobile Klinik is waiving the $29.99 Onsite Repair Unit convenience fee.

Customers in the following communities can book today either online or by phone to have a Mobile Klinik technician arrive at the location of their choice and service their repair in 60 minutes or less.

British Columbia

  • Vancouver
  • Surrey
  • Richmond
  • Burnaby
  • Delta
  • North Vancouver
  • West Vancouver
  • Coquitlam
  • Pitt Meadows
  • Maple Ridge
  • Langley
  • White Rock
  • New Westminster

Alberta

  • Calgary
  • Chestermere
  • Airdrie
  • Edmonton
  • St. Albert
  • Spruce Grove
  • Beaumont
  • Leduc

Manitoba

  • Winnipeg
  • Selkirk

Ontario

  • Toronto
  • Mississauga
  • Brampton
  • Oakville
  • Milton
  • Caledon
  • Ottawa
  • Nepean

Quebec

  • Gatineau
  • Montreal
  • Pointe-Claire
  • Kirkland
  • Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
  • Laval
  • Longueuil
  • Quebec City
  • Levis
  • Saint Jean Sur Richelieu

To find out if Mobile Klinik’s new Onsite Repair service is available in your community or for more information, visit us:

About Mobile Klinik

Mobile Klinik is Canada’s leader in professional smartphone and tablet repair, refurbishment and resale with more than 90 convenient locations from coast to coast, Onsite Repair Units in over 100 markets across Canada and an online store.

We are committed to providing Canadian consumers and businesses with flexible and affordable options to repair, buy, sell, protect and connect their wireless devices.

For more information about Mobile Klinik, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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Attention Entrepreneurs: This Could Be The Ideal Time To Start That Business

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Every business has been impacted in one way or another by the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, this has led to layoffs, reduced hours, and other major changes for workers. While the economy is struggling to bounce back, entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity to push their business dreams forward.

There is more talent accessible on the market than ever before, and you’re not constrained by geographic location. It’s easier to be nimble and succeed with a small team (even just yourself) than it used to be. And if you need a small business loan to get your company up and running, interest rates are expected to remain low for several years.

Many of the world’s most successful companies were started in the midst of a financial crisis. It all comes down to whether or not you can provide consumers with something they need or want. If you decide to start your business in the near future, however, you’ll need to ensure that you manage your capital well so that you can stay in a strong position for long-term success.

Surrey604 is here with some ideas. From conducting a market evaluation to saving up a healthy financial cushion, here are a few key practices for stretching your startup capital in the early stages of your entrepreneurship:

Evaluating the Market

Assuming you already have an idea of what type of product or service you want to offer, you will need to do a thorough market evaluation to ensure there is demand for it.

How big is the market? What are potential competitors offering and how is your product different? What are the price points like?

Writing a Business Plan

Once you’ve assessed the market, you’ll need to create a business plan. Much can be said on this subject, but to keep it short: Your business plan should contain all the information pertinent to the launch and growth of your company over the next five to 10 years.

Some examples of what you need to include are your mission statement, a description of products or services, financial projections, the kind of staff needed, and your marketing strategies.

Outsourcing Time-Consuming Tasks

It might seem counter-intuitive, but hiring people can be a cost-effective method of growing your business. Think about it: If you try to do everything yourself all the time, everything will take longer to get done. And chances are they won’t be done properly and you’ll get burned out in no time.

Consider any tasks or roles that will distract you from your vision as the business owner, and start looking for qualified workers to fill them. For example, you can easily hire professional accounting, legal, and branding services through freelance job platforms.

Using Financial Management Tools

A lot goes into managing finances when you’re a business owner. It’s easy to get overwhelmed keeping track of your taxes, expenses, payments, invoicing, and other factors.

Fortunately, there is a slew of software tools on the market (e.g., Freshbooks, Xero, QuickBooks, etc.) that can simplify this process. Use them.

Saving Up

Just like with personal finances, saving up a contingency fund for your business can provide you with security and peace of mind. You never know what is going to happen tomorrow — or even today! — and having money saved up can help you avoid significant financial hardships or the loss of your business.

Start setting aside money each week, and try to put away at least six months of expenses. If you’ve been thinking about opening a business, why wait?

There are many reasons why now is a great time, and if you prepare beforehand, you can take advantage of the moment and establish a stable foundation for long-lasting success.

Along with considering the tips above, keep researching to see what others steps you can take to build a healthy, thriving business from the ground up!

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Things You Need To Know About Disputes, And Arbitration As A Consumer Post Covid-19

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As said in my previous article, (#2021 Plus-1-Post Covid- 19) Arbitration is a private process, whereby disputants resolve their disputes out of the courts. The process is run by the Arbitrator who is an expert in disputes, but at the same time influenced by the participants. In this setting both sides have a better deal as compared to litigations, which can take years and sometimes months.

Moveon Consulting and Arbitrations is your solution, if you make that call today. As compared to the judicial process whereby you have no control, in Arbitration you can exert some control of the process. Yet some people who consider litigation spend more money, time, and energy.

Why does this happen? Why are some people not aware of alternative dispute resolutions? Well there are so many reasons which I will discuss below, but one thing Covid-19 Pandemic has thought us is, nothing is permanent, and we are all living an a kind of asylum, filled with lots of unknown. You can only find it if you seek and request. So let us dig into it.

“Questions wake people up. They prompt new ideas. They show people new places, new ways of doing things. Michael Marquardt”

Why does it happen that most people consider litigation of which Arbitrators such as Moveon Consulting and Arbitrations can resolve their disputes?

  1. People know very little about Arbitration in our communities.
  2. Some people think the only way to resolve a dispute is through litigation in Courts.
  3. People don’t even know where to find Arbitrators in our communities.
  4. Even though as a profession it’s been around for decades people are still not aware that Arbitrators deliver awards which are legally binding in our Courts.
  5. Most consumers are not researching on better options before resolving disputes.
  6. The pandemic has created uncertainties in our community, and people are tired mentally to research legal options available at their finger tips.

Make sure you take that lip, and use Alternative Dispute Resolution experts to resolve your legal disputes such as Moveon Consulting and Arbitrations MoveOn Consulting and Arbitrations – Home Page or ADR Institute of British Columbia Experts . Anyone can open a file or start a dispute by  contacting us.

Post Covid-19, people will become more sophisticated, and if some are not aware, most of our economy will depend on distance and online activities. If not true more than ever homebound working, has become the norm for some workers and at the same time, distance or online dispute resolutions.

Thus placing local business like Moveon Consulting and Arbitrations as a go to place for resolving your legal conflicts and disputes.

If there is another lesson that this Covid-19 pandemic has shown us, is that, some of our institutions and systems are not equipped to handle rapid changes like, what most people are experiencing now. The pandemic has taken a huge tool on our livelihood, jobs, education, mental health, health, you name it….

Therefore, it is vital for consumers and systems to adaptable and the internet provides the opportunity for Arbitrations like Moveon Consulting to handle cases from a distance, more flexibly and efficiently to complement our traditional judicial process, which now is saturated with cases, and backlogs of hearings.

A picture of a traffic court in the 1920, in the USA, which brought the judges to you, something you can expect from Moveon Consulting and Arbitrations. You get the best at the comfort of your own space or meaning the Arbitrators come to you. Won’t it be great, if you receive a timely, efficient, quality, and affordable Award for your case or dispute, Post Covid-19 from the comfort of your home or online?

MoveOn Consulting and Arbitrations is committed to offering individuals, families, businesses, and organizations, alternatives to dispute resolution. You can resolve disputes out of the courts, stress free and liberating manner at Moveon Consulting and Arbitrations.

What type of cases does Moveon Consulting and Arbitrations, handle?

Consumer Contracts

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Business Disputes

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Family Disputes

Renovation Disputes

Sales Disputes

Workplace/HR Disputes

Rental/Tenancy Disputes

IN ADDITION, Such as Small Business and Non-Profit Consulting Services. Book a Meeting today.

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“The greatest distance between you, and your success, is what you don’t understand or know at the moment,
Felix K”

Have you ever thought of using an Arbitrator Post Covid-19?

As said before, one thing the Covid-19 Pandemic has showed us, is that we shouldn’t take things for granted? Anytime you acquire a new skill or information, your life gets better. It only gets better when you can become open, innovative, decisive, resilient, teachable, coachable, to acquire something which can make your life better.

Using Arbitrators, such as Moveon Consulting and Arbitrations, will only get you better legal results and the process is less stressful. Five% of my fees are donated to local charities, and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable children, youths, families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Every time you use our services, you are giving back to the community.

Author: Felix Ngalla K,
BBA, MA, Q.Arb.
Lead Consultant and Founder

Email: felixk@moveonconsulting.ca

Website: www.moveonconsulting.ca

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