Business Blitz- South Albert Edition

Small businesses are the building blocks of Regina, Saskatchewan. They are everywhere! And thriving too. The BST 20 students took the initiative and created our first field trip of the year where the BST 10 students split into groups and walked to The French Press and Cade Style Lounge.

The French Press started out as a part of the Java chain in 2004 and then went independent. The name was a struggle to come up with though. Owner Laurel Dupuis, assistant manager/head chef Amy Hutchison, and a few other individuals brain stormed and came up with three names. After still not being able to come to a consensus on the name on this new coffee shop, they decided to let the customers decide the new name. After a few days, the customers chose…The French Press Coffee and Tea Co. This adorable coffee shop appeals to all ages and all demographics keeps everyone coming back for more. Not only do they make their brews locally, but are currently working on an original French Press brew as well. Also, they are famous for their latte art. The French Press is the perfect place to grab a coffee on the go or to sit down with old friends and chat over a frappe or two. Whatever the occasion, The French Press is your destination.

Amy Hutchison (left), Laurel Dupuis (right)

Amy Hutchison (left), Laurel Dupuis (right)

Cade Style Lounge, the sister shop of Coda Clothing and Shoes, has the perfect mix between trendy clothes and investment pieces to wear everyday. Colter Wood owns Coda Clothing and Shoes, which used to sell men’s and women’s apparel but an expansion was needed because of all the business Coda was receiving. That is when Cade Style Lounge was created and Amy bought into the business. Cade sells a lot of local designers from 22 Fresh, Alexandra Jewellery, and many more. Cade’s taget audience is about ages 15-25, and boy did they nail that audience on the head. From street style to the office, Cade Style Lounge has it all! Tops, bottoms, jackets, shoes, and jewelry galore. This is a store where you can purchase extraordinary pieces at an affordable price. It is a woman’s one stop shop!

The inside of Cade Style Lounge

Cade Style Lounge

The Business Blitz was a great success and I learned so much. It’s a shame that Earls was not a part of the mix this time. It would have been great to see how a successful chain restaurant ran its business. Other than that minor set back, it was a wonderful experience and I cannot wait for the 13th Avenue Business Blitz.

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Résumés- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Everybody knows the crucial role a cover letter and résumé play in your current employment status. This piece of paper is an employers first impression on the type of person you are. Résumés are an excellent way to highlight your skills and qualifications that would make you a key player in their company’s success. Unfortunately, some people have not realized this yet.

 

 

 

 

Can we just take a moment to understand why these will be placed directly into a paper shredder? First off: spelling. Personally, it is my biggest pet peeve when reading ANYTHING. If a grade 10 student does not even want to continue reading after seeing “Puletsur Prize”, why would a respected employer read on? Second, do not ever, ever, say you have no references because they burned up in a fire. No one is buying it. Also, if you have no real achievements or accomplishments, do not make up an imaginary school that you got an imaginary degree from. That is also not going to be bought.  Again, your résumé and cover letter should be the epitome of professionalism with just a sprinkle of character. It is okay to try and grab a future employers attention with your people skills and remarkable qualifications, but saying Languages: “Fluent in English. Also I have been heard muttering Gibberish in my sleep.”  is just not going to cut it. Not only should the information be up to date and without grammatical errors, but should be relevant to the position you are applying for. “Under “job related skills” – for a web designer – “can function without additional oxygen at 24,000 feet”.” is great, but unless you are testing a new underwater web designing program, this should not be included in a résumé.

Now hopefully these résumé’s, bloopers, and these  have scared you into the proper way to write a résumé cover letter.

The Art of Critiquing Presentations

As most of you know, business is all about interacting with others. Face-to-face, video chat, email, texting, tweeting, and the ever present presentation. Most people would like to think that you can slap together a presentation using PowerPoint or Prezi in a matter of minutes. Those people are what I like to call wrong. Creating a visual aid to go along with your words is a very effect method to get ideas across smoothly to your audience. Some presentations are marvelous and are very memorable, while others obviously fall short off this goal.

Not only is important in business to know the power presentations have. Not only must you be able to deliver presentations, but you must also be able to see other peoples mistakes so that you know exactly what NOT to do. In class, we were to choose a presentation on slideshare.net and critique it based on factors like: color scheme, visuals, use of text and font, their main point, and quality of their overall work. My favorite presentation was 12 People Proving That Content Marketing Is More Than A Buzzword.

The introductory slide.

The Introductory Slide

In this presentation, I really admired the authors use of high quality images to capture the readers attention. Also, the presentation was kept consistent on its theme of using dogs and having a city snapshot as their background. Although they did not use much white space to emphasize their words, none of the slides were distracting. The visuals and the text worked in unison with each other. Each picture used was relevant to what was being said on the slide, and they were able to slip some humor into it, which I also liked. Every slide was concise while still being clear on what the point was. Something that may have otherwise been overlooked is the fact that, fonts and the backgrounds changed when the presentation reached its critical point (ei. slide 12 and 13).

There was a lot of effort put into this presentation, and the end result really displays this effort.

Tweetchatting in the Twittersphere- A New Way to Collaborate

As of late, our Business and Social Technology 10 class participated in a tweetchat with Hoover High School as a part of our collaboration project. What exactly is a tweetchat? A tweetchat is basically a virtual gathering using a specific hashtag to identify the tweets belonging to the chat. It sounds scary and slightly intimidating, but is really a fantastic way to voice your opinions on a topic that you are passionate about while seeing other peoples opinions on said topic.

(Check out Hoover’s business educator on twitter @GerriKimble)

With the topic of our tweechat being based on digital citizenship and how our social media presence affects our personal and professional lives, there were a variety of different perspectives that needed to be taken into consideration. Should potential employers or colleges be allowed to view our social media sites to determine whether we are qualified? What do we want our personal brands to say about ourselves? Subtweeting: yay or nay? As a new member of the twittersphere, it was fantastic to see how everyone’s views were put into 140 characters. Learning to collaborate via Twitter was a blast!

The best part of this tweetchat was watching as community members got involved on the conversation. It was not solely directed toward business students a part of the class project, but towards anyone on Twitter who may have stumbled upon our hashtag #camhoobiz.

A fun thing that our business classes  could do for the next tweetchat is to have the moderator answer their own questions at the end of the chat, or to have some of the students take turns hosting a tweetchat on a topic they are interested in to really get a handle on both sides of a tweetchat. Knowing how to be both a leader and a follower breaks the barrier created by misunderstanding and shows that there it is hard work needed by both parties for any business interaction to work.

 

 

 

Digital Citizenship Infographic

My Business and Social Technology 10 class has recently been discussing digital citizenship and created an infographic on the topic on easel.ly. Learning about how your digital footprint can result in either positive or negative repercussions in our day to day lives really opened my eyes to how essential media is to every single person. Interested in this idea, I researched some of the ways that your social media can increase your chances on scoring your dream job. Although these are not the only things that can be done to become a good digital citizen, these were MY top picks. It’s always essential to remember the golden rule of the internet though…would your boss, teacher, pastor, or grandmother be pleased with what you post? If you follow that rule and my tips, then you are all set for the digital exploration ahead of you!

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Started With a Necklace, Now We’re Here!

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Wascana Lake in Regina, SK

The capital of Saskatchewan, the 16th largest city of Canada, is unique from any other city. Regina is nestled in the south central region of the province, surrounded by farmland, agriculture, and an abundance of oil and gas. Our population of 194, 971 residents and temperature of approximately 22 degrees Celsius in the summer and -11 degrees Celsius in the winter months (not exactly, as of late) attracts many workers and home owners to our quaint city. This makes for a great combination because a rush of workers plus a bounty of new jobs being created equals a booming economy.

In Regina, the economy is growing and growing strong. Even though the city is growing, the small town charm and optimism is not spared. If the anticipation of 7000 new jobs being created by the end of 2016 isn’t enticing enough, then the estimated job growth rate of 2.3% in 2014 just might be. Moreover, if you want to live in a city with the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, then Regina is the  metropolitan city to be! But with low unemployment rate comes great waves of newcomers. 4750 newcomers in the year 2012 to be exact. Regina specializes in some of Saskatchewan’s most important industries such as business, arts, finance, public administration, etc. The over-looked aspect of Regina that has single handedly built this city’s economic advantage are the small businesses. Regina is rated the 3rd overall best entrepreneurial city in Canada for 2012 as stated by the CFIB (Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses). Entrepreneurs drive the job creation, productivity, and economic growth. This is true for every community.

Tori Dundas- Entrepreneur/Owner of Alexandra Jewellery Co.

Tori Dundas- Entrepreneur/Owner of Alexandra Jewellery Co.

Tori Dundas, the owner of Alexandra Jewellery Co., has done this for the community of Regina. Tori has had a passion for jewellery since a very young age when she sold her first piece of jewellery at a Sunday flea market for 50 cents. After graduating from the University of Regina, she was to attend a networking event and needed a necklace to wear. In order to have an original and unique piece, she created her own. And this was the start of a successful career for Tori as a jewellery designer.

In the spring of 2011, the Alexandra Jewellery Co. was born. Realizing that this was her passion, Tori attended the Gemological Institute of America in Manhattan, New York to further her knowledge and skill in jewellery design. As a woman working in a competitive field, Tori needed to have an advantage to draw potential customers to her designs. Fortunately, this subtle supremacy has been with her all along. The power of women and encouraging confidence in women of all ages is a not only good for building a self esteem, but it is apparently good for business. Tori has displayed that if you are passionate about something and follow your heart, great things will happen.

Running a business is great for yourself, but when you prosper, it is good to give back to the community that helped build you up. Sticking to that good conscience, Tori Dundas has volunteered as board director for the Globe Theatre since September of 2012. She was also a Bilingual Basketball Announcer for the Jeux du Canada Games since 2005, a Co-Chairperson for the Black/ White Fashion Night for MS Society for five years now, and a Ride for Research volunteer for JDRF Canada. Even her business has made a partnership with Red Cross. Each year, Alexandra Jewellery Co. designs a bracelet where all the proceeds are given to the Canadian Red Cross. As Tori would say…why not give back to the community, and help others look beautiful doing it?

Red Cross Partnership- Shop Red Cross to give back.

Red Cross Partnership- Shop Red Cross to give back.

You can find Tori Dundas or Alexandra Jewellery Co. on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Remember, passion and determination will always work in the end!

Love At First Spike

As a 16 year old girl, my life revolves around a few things. One of them is volleyball. For five years now, this has been my favorite sport. I play competitive volleyball with both my school and the Rhino’s Volleyball Club. No other sport has given me the same rush of emotion as volleyball has given me. Your team isn’t just your team anymore; they become a part of your family.

Rhino's Volleyball Club

LVC Rhino’s 15U Division 2 Provincial Champions-2013

In volleyball there are six positions needed. Basically there are two or three hitters, a setter, and two or three players passing. The goal of playing volleyball is to pass the ball to the setter, the setter sets the ball to a hitter, and the hitter spikes the ball to the other team over the net. Even though it sounds simple, there is more to it than the fundamentals. Volleyball is a game of chess…you need to know what your opponent will do before they know what they’re doing. You know you’re watching a good volleyball game when it looks a little something like this.