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Jason Kolaski, Constant C

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Jason Kolaski, Constant C

In 1985, three years before graduating with honours from the Computer Analyst/Programming program at Red River College, Jason Kolaski created an innovative software package to help video rental chains across Canada. Jason provided his customers with the software he developed, and the hardware they needed to support it.

As video rental sales exploded, the stores needed more than just one computer to manage customer transactions efficiently. This is how Jason transitioned into computer networking.

A few years later, a large B.C. company started selling software called Rapid Rental. Jason recognized this as a better solution for his customers, so he recommended they make the switch and he transformed his business model to be an outsourced IT department. His company was the first “real” fixed-price managed IT service provider in Winnipeg.

He has continued to evolve his company to be a “single-source” provider of critical business technology. Whether in the cloud or on premise, Constant C provides managed IT services, business telephone systems and IP surveillance.

The Cloud

You’ve probably heard the phrase “The Cloud.” This has become quite the buzzword, but what does it mean? Can it help your business?

Thanks to the revolutionary power of Cloud computing, businesses today are achieving record growth, while more than doubling their efficiencies and reducing capital expenditures. Cloud computing gives your company the ability to mobilize your workforce and take advantage of the newest technologies - with no upfront capital outlay.

Find out what the Cloud is, and how it can specifically benefit your business.


Choosing A Suitable Retail Space

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Ken Jones, ShindicoThis Week in Chamber U:

Ken Jones, Shindico

For more than 13 years, Ken Jones has provided professional commercial real estate services to an ever-expanding network of local, national and international corporate clients. His focus is on tenant representation, corporate relocation, lease negotiation and property acquisition and disposition.

Ken is the former owner and president of the Winnipeg office of what was one of the largest national commercial real estate firms in Canada. His past experience also includes a successful career as a Certified Management Accountant, holding senior management positions within both the public and private sectors.

He is currently chair of the Commercial Division of the Winnipeg REALTORS Association, a role he previously held in 2006 – 2007. He is also a past chair of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and former vice-chair of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.

Choosing A Suitable Retail Space

Location, location, location. Find out what you should know about choosing the “right” location for your type of business.


Time To Review Your Business Plan

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Ken Teramura, Be Positive Co.This Week in Chamber U:

Ken Teramura, Be Positive Co.

For the past 30 years, Ken Teramura worked in one of the country’s largest financial services company with some of the most successful financial planners, focusing on fine-tuning their business processes, examining their staff retention practices and planning/implementing their succession plans.

He started his own business, Be Positive (his blood type is B Positive) to help small businesses understand how repeat clients and dedicated staff can sustain their long-term growth. His world view is pre-disposed to thinking the glass is half full and he continues to look for a bigger glass.

Time To Review Your Business Plan

Most small business owners make a business plan, start their business and then just go. They don’t look back. It’s important to take the time to look at what you’re doing, why and whether you’re doing the right things. Find out how to effectively do this.



Cal Harrison, Beyond Referrals

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Cal Harrison, Beyond Referrals

Cal Harrison is a consultant, author, keynote speaker and university adjunct professor.

He is one of North America’s leaders in assisting the consulting professions and their clients to create better engagements, beginning with better marketing and procurement processes.

His article on hiring professional services firms (CA Magazine - A Decent Proposal) was awarded a Canadian Business Press Kenneth R. Wilson Memorial Award. He has been a speaker for dozens of groups, including Harvard Business School Alumni, the Institute of Management Consultants USA, the Canadian Association of Management Consultants, the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants, Deusto University in Spain and the American Public Works Association.

His first book on professional services titled The Consultant with Pink Hair is available at McNally Robinson and on Amazon.

The Rfp Is Out - Qbs Is In. Is Your Organization Ready?

Make better selections and avoid the legal liabilities that can occur when engaging architects, engineers, management consultants, ad agencies and other professional services firms.

The best way to do this is to shift from a price-based Request for Proposal (RFP) process to a Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) process. The differences are subtle and substantial.

Find out how and why the QBS selection process is mandated in the U.S. by law and why QBS processes should be extended into Canada and also include the hiring of ad agencies, management consulting firms, law firms, market research firms and all other professional services.



Shirley Muir, PR HouseThis Week in Chamber U:

Shirley Muir, PR House

Shirley Muir has taught media relations workshops for 20 years for hundreds of CEOs, presidents and communications directors from a wide range of sectors. She is president of The PRHouse and provides communications and public relations advice to public, private and not-for-profit clients.

She honed her communications skills working for 20 years in the media in print, radio and television. She has taught both journalism and public relations at Red River College.

Her work and community volunteer commitments have been recognized locally, nationally and internationally. Her most recent award is the Wichihéwaywin Award for a non-Aboriginal person who has contributed throughout a lifetime to Aboriginal education and awareness. Other recognitions include the YM-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, The Red River College Distinguished Alumni Award, The Canadian Women in the Media Award, Canadian Public Relations Society Award and WomenAction Award (a UN-designated award).

Media Relations 101 - How To Get Coverage

Ever wonder why someone else's business gets a story in the paper or on the news … and you don't?

Being profiled in the media for the good work you do is worth more to you (and costs less) than taking out an ad. Find out what newsrooms are looking for in deciding whether your business has a story worth covering. Learn how to get on or sometimes off the front page.