Posted by: WPL | 2014/04/07

Your Network Is Your Net Worth

ImageSome people take to networking like a fish to water. For others, “working the room” is like getting a root canal. If you’re on the root canal side of the equation, the tips and tricks in our Your Network is your Networth seminar may help. Teresa Shaver of the BACD will help you take the fear out of networking by teaching you how to share your message effectively and how to engage people and hold their interest. You’ll also learn tools that will help you to become a natural connector.

We still have space, so come on out! We’ll be holding this seminar at 7 PM on Wednesday, April 16 in Meeting Room 1A at the Central Library. SIgn up online or simply contact any Whitby Library branch.

This event is brought to you in partnership with the Business Advisory Centre of Durham. The BACD is a non profit organization in partnership with the Regional Municipality of Durham and the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade & Employment offering support to the small business owner in the Durham Region.

Posted by: WPL | 2014/03/28

The Big Picture

It’s very easy to get caught up in the day-to-day minutiae of running a business. But you shouldn’t forget the big picture. For example, StatsCan recently released its Food Services and Drinking Places report for 2012. It’s true, the data is over a year old, but it takes time for them to compile and study the data. The study provides big picture data for the huge restaurant industry. For example, the restaurants and bars brought in $50.7 billion in 2012, an increase of 4.5% from 2011. Revenue, expenses and profit margins are all up, and revenue increased in every province. So as tough as the restaurant business is, it’s good to know that at least the big picture is looking good. 

Check out StatsCan’s The Daily to learn what’s new. Maybe you’ll learn about the big picture for your business.

Posted by: WPL | 2014/03/10

Connect Women

Connect Women 2014 flyer.The Whitby Chamber of Commerce is holding their third annual Connect Women event next week. Connect Women is a day for Durham’s women entrepreneurs to learn, share ideas and experiences, and hear inspirational discussions from successful female business leaders. Guest speakers for the 2014 edition are Pakistani pro squash player Maria Toorpakai Wazir, federal Labour Minister and Simcoe-Grey MP Kellie Leitch and keynote speaker Rose Reisman, a bestselling author and caterer. In addition to these inspirational speakers, Connect Women offers networking opportunities, lunch, a beauty bar and raffle.

Connect Women will be held on Wednesday, March 19 from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Ajax Convention Centre. Cost is $65 to attend, and (as of March 10), vendor tables are still availableRegister online.


Posted by: WPL | 2014/02/25

We have lots of books specific to starting certain kinds of business (for example, starting a pet business or a home-staging business), perfect if you’re looking for a single comprehensive guide in your chosen field. Now the Canada Business Ontario website has done something similar for regulatory requirements. Their How to Start a… website outlines the licences, permits and registration requirements for thirteen different business types, from a B&B to an Event Planning service. Some of the information provided is common to every business – taxation, bookkeeping, financing, etc., but other categories relate to the specific type listed. For example, How to Start a Restaurant or Catering Business in Ontario talks about food safety, liquor licences, smoking and more.

The How to Start… page is a good place to start – you may find a detail you overlooked – and when starting your own business, every little bit helps!


Posted by: WPL | 2014/02/15

Save the date!

Picture of the BACD logo.This is a couple of months away, but we wanted to let you know that we’re working with the good folks over at the BACD on another program. In Your Network is Your Networth, you’ll learn how to take the fear out of networking. The BACD’s Teresa Shaver will talk about how you can share your message effectively. You’ll learn tools, tips and tricks to help you to engage people and become a natural connector. Collaborating with others will help you move your business for ward, and this event will help you get started.

We’ll be holding this two-hour session at the Central Library on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 PM. We’ll mention it here periodically between now and then, but be sure to save the date. And if you like, you can register now,

Posted by: WPL | 2014/01/29

Sort of business-y. Or maybe not.

Picture of Cypress Resume logo.
We’ve launched a couple of new services in the last month. Neither of them are specifically aimed at small business, but both are worth mentioning.

First, we have a new online resume builder. Cypress Resume is a new online tool that helps you create a new resume quickly and effectively. Cypress takes care of the formatting and offers tens of thousands of crafted professional statements specifically related to the job you’re searching for. You don’t have to worry about the sometimes tricky business of formatting and Cypress also helps you with the equally (or more) difficult chore of composition . Simply enter your basic information, choose statements that best reflect your abilities and let Cypress do the rest. Resumes are created in RTF (compatible with Microsoft Word), PDF and TXT formats, making them suitable for editing, printing, emailing, uploading and posting online.

Check out Cypress on the Careers and Education section of the Research portion of our website.

Picture of Zinio Online magazines logo.

Second, we’re very proud of our new Zinio online magazine service. Zinio is a service that allows you to download magazines to your computer, tablet and other devices with your Whitby Library card. There’s no limit to the number of magazines you can download and there are no return dates or late fees. You can even download titles for offline reading, so you can access your magazines whether or not you’re connected to the internet.

We have all sorts of popular magazines. At this point, none are specifically business related, although Economist is available. Published in the UK, Economist is well-known and excellent source of news and business information from around the world.

Check out our Zinio page to get started!

Posted by: WPL | 2014/01/17

Keeping up with the BACD

ImageDid you know….that the Business Advisory Centre Durham has an online newsletter? Subscribe and keep up with their seminars and events, special offers and other cool features. You may even see a business book review or two….

Posted by: WPL | 2013/12/19

Business Books Galore!

Book cover for The Best 100 Business Books of All TimeWe often post here about individual titles in our extensive collection of business books. Today’s post is similar, but a little different – it’s a post about a book about business books. The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter and How They Can Help You is exactly what it describes. Divided into twelve chapters (including Leadership, Strategy, Classics, Entrepreneurship and Big Ideas), each of the 100 books in the title gets a two or three page review that tells you about the book and why you should read it. It’s a terrific way to find the best business book to suit your current needs – as well as a way to discover some great and inspirational reads. 

All the best for the holidays, and have a happy and prosperous 2014 from the staff of the Whitby Public Library.

Posted by: WPL | 2013/12/18

New Business Books

Every week, we add new titles to our collection. Here are a few of the business books we’ve received within the last few weeks:

Innovation As Usual book cover.In Innovation as Usual: How to Help Your People Bring Good Ideas to Life, Paddy Miller suggests that instead of treating innovation as something done by a certain level of people at certain times, businesses can create an ‘ecosystem’ where regular employees innovate all the time. Innovation, he suggests, should be at the core of business.




Book Cover for Think and Grow Rich Stickability.Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich is the bestselling business book of all time. In Think and Grow Rich Stickability, author Greg Reid talks about overcoming the inevitable obstacles that life throws in the way and capitalizing on hidden opportunities.





Book cover for Straight Talk.Many of our business books are about the bigger picture. R. Douglas Williamson believes that Canadian businesses are at risk of falling behind the rest of the world due to complacency, lack of leadership sophistication, and an inward focus. In Straight Talk on Leadership: Solving Canada’s Business Crisis, Williamson provides strategies, tools and techniques for reframing thinking about leadership and reforming leadership strategies.



Check out these titles and many more!

Posted by: WPL | 2013/11/28

PCensus again!

pcensus graphicWe talk a lot about PCensus because it’s our ’boutique’ product. We’re one of only four public libraries in Ontario (that we know of) that offer it. However, for all of the posts we write, the best way to describe what it can do is to show you. To do that, we’ve created two sample reports and uploaded them to our website. Both are profiles of the area within a 10 minute drive of the Central Library in downtown Whitby. The 10 minute drive profile shows how you can use PCensus to look at custom areas – this 10 minute drive includes portions of Whitby, Ajax and Oshawa.

PCensus Sample 1 shows the consumer spending of the people within this area. All categories are given, including our additional info on food (Lemons & limes! Baked beans! Pickles!). Each category shows a total of the spending tracked in the area, as well as an average per household.

PCensus Sample 2 shows the more typical census demographics that we know and love, including population, age, gender, family type, dwelling and more.

Take a look and drop us a line to learn how PCensus can help your business!

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