A Bigger and Better Shop Small Biz Directory is Coming Soon!

ssb_laptop_en-cropped-2-coming-soonWe have some fabulous news for Shop Small Biz participants – both businesses and consumers. We will soon launch a new and improved Shop Small Biz!

There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to bring you a value added online experience. The new and improved Shop Small Biz will continue to offer you many of the same great features, like:

  • Exclusive promotion and access to independently owned Canadian businesses
  • High impact campaigns to connect local businesses with the people who love to support them
  • Downloadable imagery

Here is a taste of what we will be adding:

  • A better design that will be easier to navigate
  • More options for businesses to customize their profile
  • Ability to target other businesses and/or consumers
  • An opportunity for shoppers to review and comment on their favourite shops
  • An events calendar

CFIB members will get additional benefits, including:

  • Access to free premium ad space on the Shop Small Biz homepage and social media
  • A member-only section that lets your business promote exclusive deals and events to other CFIB members
  • Customizable, downloadable posters and imagery

Our directory overhaul will be complete in time for our annual Small Business Saturday event, which will take place on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016. Make sure to stay tuned for our brand new website and announcements of more exciting stuff to come on Small Business Saturday!

Featured small biz – Shopgirls Gallery Boutique

shopgirlsShopsgirls Gallery Boutique was established in Parkdale Village, Toronto, Ontario in 2007 by Michelle Germain. It carries women’s clothing and accessories that are stylish and creative from over 80 Canadian designers and includes the most figure flattering jeans in the world! Shopgirls Gallery Boutique offers expert advice on making all women look and feel incredible.

They are the largest retailer of C’est Moi clothing and Second Denim’s Yoga Jeans. C’est Moi produces a wide selection of those basic pieces that every woman should own in the most durable, breathable, and comfortable fabrics, guaranteed to solve many a wardrobe woe. Yoga Jeans are a staff and customer favorite.

shopgirls2By buying Canadian, you’ll not only look great, but feel great about your choice to support our economy and designers that wouldn’t be able to exist otherwise.

For more information about our featured small biz visit the Shop Small Biz directory.

Featured small biz – Hill Top Motel & Restaurant

hilltopHill Top Motel & Restaurant overlooks the majestic waterfalls and gorge in beautiful Grand Falls, New Brunswick. It features spacious comfortably furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi, digital cable TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, a fridge and microwave provided in all rooms. Hill Top Motel & Restaurant Grand Falls offers on-site dining and serves a variety of Canadian and Acadian dishes including seafood, pizza and an extensive wine list. Grand Falls city centre is a 15 minute walk from the motel. If you would like a closer look at the Grand Falls gorge, Zip Zag zip line tours are offered a 5 minute walk away.

hilltop-2For more information about our featured small biz visit the Shop Small Biz directory.

Featured deal:

A full hot breakfast is included in your stay. Senior and commercial rates are also available.

Featured small biz – Kinetic Auto Service Ltd.

kineticKinetic Auto Service Ltd. is a full-service auto repair and preventive maintenance center that strives to be one of the best in Regina, SK. They specialize in brakes, suspension and automotive computer diagnostics and repair and perform maintenance services on most makes and models of foreign and domestic vehicles.

Kinetic Auto Service Ltd. invests in the tools, equipment and software programs to help diagnose, service and repair vehicles efficiently and accurately. They install only quality parts so there is a significantly smaller chance of having to come back for warranty repairs. If there is such an issue, Kinetic Auto Service Ltd. provides a “peace of mind”, 12‑month, 20,000‑km warranty, which is honored at all NAPA AutoCare and NAPA AutoPro shops nationwide.

For more information about our featured small biz visit the Shop Small Biz directory.kinetic-2

International Beer Day + Friday = Small Biz Love

It’s happened, folks! The fates of fortune have collided to bring us International Beer Day on a Friday. Friday, the king of the work week!

We suggest you celebrate by rounding up a couple of coworkers or friends and heading to your favourite local pub, bistro, restaurant or even a local brewery! If you’re looking for suggestions on places to go, visit the Shop Small Biz directory and search BEER. A few dozen establishments popped up in my area.

While you’re celebrating, when you’re sharing those selfies, don’t forget to show your small biz love by mentioning by name where you are!

We’ve also created some fun imagery for you, which you are totally allowed to steal and share.

For Facebook:

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For Twitter

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Oh, and here are 10 fascinating facts about beer in Canada, according to Global News.

Happy International Beer Day!

Travel Tuesday: Galito’s Chicken – the perfect Toronto-to-Guelph pit stop

My husband and I set out on a lovely Saturday afternoon to visit some friends in Guelph. They had just bought a new home AND a giant sofa that they claimed would easily sleep two. Obviously, we needed to check out this magical sofa and test their honesty.

Along the route to Guelph, we stopped for an emergency sandwich.

Yes, you read that correctly: an EMERGENCY sandwich.

If you have a spouse who gets grumpy from hunger, you’ll totally understand that consistent feedings are the glue that holds your relationship together.

We needed something quick so we could get back on the road again and arrive at our friends’ house at an appropriate time. We could have participated in the typical road trip ritual of rolling into the drive-through of the first recognizable fast food chain that catches your eye. Instead, we decided to try out somewhere new.

We detoured off the 401 via exit 324 and followed James Snow Parkway for just a couple of minutes. This is where we found a chicken joint called Galito’s.

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Galito’s is a franchise with several locations in Africa but only one or two here in Canada. So of course we want to see what all of the fuss is about on the other side of the Atlantic!

My husband ordered a spicy chicken sandwich (they had three options: mild, spicy and extra spicy). It was fast, cheap and, most importantly, delicious! I snagged a few of his fries and wow, they were great. So good, in fact, that I didn’t wish I had my standard side of gravy, or even ketchup.

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So if you are travelling between Toronto and Guelph, or you’re in Milton for any other reason, I highly recommend that you support a local business owner while eating a fast and delicious meal! Here’s the info:

Galito’s Chicken

81 James Snow Pkwy Milton, ON,  L9T 0R3

905-875-0033 (yes, they deliver, and it’s free on orders over $30)

www.galitoschicken.com

 

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Oh, and btw, is this what they meant when they said the sofa fits two – my husband and their two year old?

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Just kidding, the sofa was SUPER comfy. I’m ending on that because I know you were just dying to know.

 

Discount Codes to Small Biz Networking events in Toronto

CFIB is happy to offer discounted pricing to two upcoming networking events for small business owners in Toronto.

The first is the Summer Networking Bash, which takes place on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Atlantis, Ontario Place. To learn more and get your discount admission code, click here.

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The second event is the Develop Your Personal Brand Conference, which takes place Aug 12-13 at the Telus House – 25 York Street. To learn more about this event and get your discount admision code, click here.

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CFIB business counsellors will have a booth at both conferences so we hope to see you there, and come armed with your small biz questions!