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Gratitude is Contagious! Pass it on!

At ProBiz Centre, we are deeply grateful for our members, colleagues, and community. We wish you a harvest of blessings, good health and good times!

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Expressing gratitude is one way to help your business thrive, and often, it tends to get lost in the day-to-day.

It distinguishes you from a sea of competitors, and even small acts of appreciation can solidify your key professional relationships. It can create a connection that becomes the basis for a powerful alliance you never considered.

One of the ways we like to say THANK YOU at ProBiz Centre, is by providing Educational, Engaging and Empowering Events! Don’t miss OUR NEXT BEYOND BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT, TUESDAY, OCT 15TH, 5:30-9 PM!

We go Beyond Business to bring entertaining & valuable networking & learning experiences!!

Don’t Let Your Business Suck The Life Out of You!

Business professionals have this to say about Gratitude:

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar

“Finding gratitude and appreciation is key to resilience. People who take the time to list things they are grateful for are happier and healthier.” — Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

Gratitude Builds Trust And Promotes Excellence

In many respects, expressing gratitude is the sister to giving feedback. Fortunately, it is easier to be grateful than to give any type of feedback. It costs us nothing, builds our own internal resilience and empowers those around us. 

“Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” —Jim Rohn


Don’t miss the Beyond Business Networking Event, Oct 15th.

  • Inviting collaborative discussion on a variety of topics,

  • Welcoming local business owners to share their stories

  • Providing a space for honest and open discussion that supports entrepreneurs along their journey,

Here are a Few Tips for Saying Thanking to Your Customers

1.     Send a Thank You Note

A handwritten thank you note goes a long way and makes a great impression. The note doesn’t have to be long – just tell your customers how much you appreciate working with them and maybe include a coupon or exclusive discount code.

Don’t feel like you have to sit down and write all the thank you notes in one day – sit down for 30 minutes a day and write just a few.

2.     Host a VIP Event

You can host an event exclusively for your best customers. You have lots of options here, depending on what your customers would like most:

  • keep the store open late so your best customers can shop without the crowds;

  • host a holiday party for your most loyal customers; or

  • host a free lunch and learn to teach your best customers a new way to use your products.

3.     Showcase Your Customers Online

Showcase your best customers on your business’s blog or social media accounts. You can do this by

  • posting your customers’ pictures (of them shopping in your store or using your products);

  • asking a customer to take over your social media account for the day; or

  • including an interview with your customer on your blog.

4.     Start a Loyalty Program

If you don’t already have a customer loyalty program, start one. Then, invite your best customers to join it so they can get exclusive discounts and sneak peaks at future products.

5.     Treat Your Customers to Coffee

Go and buy a gift card to Perks Coffee shop right here in Spruce Grove or Stony Plain. Then, share the code to the gift card on your Instagram account. Let your followers buy coffee on you until the card is empty.

There’s a good chance that your most loyal customers will be the first to see the code, so they’ll be able to go grab their morning coffee for FREE.

OR, better yet, stop by on WEDNESDAY mornings for Coffee Connections, 7:30-9:00 am, starting October 9th, and bring a colleague! Coffee's on us!

6.     Offer a Free Upgrade

Surprise your loyal customers by upgrading their next service for free or throwing in a small gift with their next purchase. (Did they buy a dress for a holiday party? Throw in a lip color that would look great with it!)

7.     Implement Their Suggestions

If a customer suggests for you to change something or add something to your business and you make the change, let them know. By telling them, “I implemented your suggestion”, you’re letting your customers know that you listen to them and that their feedback matters.

MORE Ways We Like to Say “Thank You”!

Through Empowering, Engaging, Educational Events

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Are You a Squirrel When it Comes to Your Business?


Being prepared just makes sense, especially during these tough times. As entrepreneurs it's important to be planning ahead. 

AND If being prepared means needing event space for your workshop or office space for meeting clients, ProBiz Centre has the answer for YOU!

Schedule an APPT to learn more:

Autumn has arrived, the weather is cooler, your kids are back to school, and-- let's hope--your staff is all back from summer holidays!

But what if that back-to-school rush of enthusiasm has passed you by, and despite the change of seasons, things still feel like they're dragging or drifting at your company?

How can you inject a fresh dose of energy and interest into your business for this fall season? And are you prepared for the rest of the year?


TIPS for being prepared for the Fall Season

1. Review and Assess

The last quarter of the year is coming up soon, so take time to plan, review and strategize.

After the busyness of summer, it's time to schedule quiet time away from the office to think, dream, and assess.

Here are some questions to ponder:

  • Have you reached your goals?

  • If so, what attributed to your success?

  • If not, what got in your way?

  • Did you reach your revenue goals?

  • How many new clients did you gain?

  • How did those clients find you?

  • What areas of your business were the most profitable?

  • Are there expenses you need to keep an eye on?

  • Which marketing activities get the best return on investment?

Are there people you need to follow up with that are back from vacation.


2. Make Goal Cards

Once you've reassessed, write down your goals and review them daily. It keeps you from getting sidetracked from things that are not in alignment with your top priorities.

Renowned Business Coach, Author and Entrepreneur, Bob Proctor, talks about why we need goals to further our potential and success. Why do we need goals? How do I make goals? Watch this brief VIDEO and apply as much information to your own business journey.

3. Be a Business Squirrel

Adorable forest creatures are looking ahead to winter around this time of year and using the threat of the lean months to spur them into a frenzy of preparation. You're unlikely to run out of nuts to eat this winter, but perhaps you could tap into the same impulse to get yourself moving again after a lazy summer.

"See where you can trim the fat, get a better rate, or often get a free upgrade of services, just by making an inquiry," suggests the blog of bookkeeping firm Benay Enterprises.

This can include reviewing the deals you have with service providers, insurance companies, your payroll services company, office-supply sellers, equipment lessors, or credit card and bank companies--basically anywhere you could save yourself a couple of dollars.


4. Go Beyond Thanksgiving

Fall suffers no shortage of well-recognized holidays--including Thanksgiving, Halloween, Remembrance Day...

Your business might benefit more from thinking a bit outside the box this fall. Find an odd occasion that'll give you an excuse to offer a sale that targets more price-sensitive customers like, Sept 26th, National Coffee Day or Oct 6th, National Noodle Day!

Visitors to your website will appreciate your quirky nature for celebrating an unusual holiday--they'll revel in the savings. Also, when you offer promotions outside of regular holidays, you won't compete with other retailers since they only discount during the main holidays.

5. Planning for the Holidays is a MUST

There’s still time to have a back to school sale. Plus, Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas are just around the corner.Many people start holiday shopping early.  So, plan your seasonal promotions and plan out your marketing calendar accordingly.

Organize your plans and promotions such as:

  • Put your summer items on a clearance sale.

  • Create a new product or program launch around a holiday theme.

  • Get extra visibility by signing up for Fall events and trade shows.

  • Schedule your Cyber Monday shopping specials.

  • Write and pre-schedule your email marketing, and social media, and blog posts now so you can kick back and relax with your family during the holidays instead of slaving over your business


6. Offer Gift Cards and Top Holiday Gift Ideas

Make it easy for shoppers looking for gifts for those hard-to-buy-for individuals.

  • Make a landing page just for your gift cards.Add a navigation button on your website.

  • Make social media graphics to promote your gift cards and top gift items.

  • Write a blog post with the most popular gift items you offer.


Lucky for YOU,
ProBiz Centre - Your Place for Success
Is here to help you do just that!

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Those Lazy Dog Days of Summer!

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Those lazy “DOG DAYS of SUMMER,” I always thought, were summer days so devastatingly hot that even dogs would lie around on the asphalt, panting.

Many people today use the phrase to mean something like that—but originally, the phrase actually had nothing to do with dogs, or even with the lazy days of summer. Instead, it turns out, the dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens.

To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July and early August. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year.

Whether the stars are aligned or not, your business can stay cookin’ HOT with customers during this late summer season!

Let’s make sure to remind your customers and clients that there’s nothin’ lazy about YOUR desire to

BRING ON the Products and Services that meet their needs!


We have a few suggestions to keep your marketing cookin’ hot during the Dog Days of Summer!


SECONDLY, it’s a big month for vacations – but there’s more!

  • Parents are prepping for school to start.

  • Families are thinking about a last-minute trip.

  • Businesses may be getting ready for Fall’s more serious mindset.

  • Retailers are preparing for Christmas.

Do any of these resonate with your business and audience? We suggest you plan a month-long promotion that might include blog posts, sales, social media posts, contests and more around these fun Dog Days of Summer ideas!

August Monthly Holidays

  • What Will Be Your Legacy Month

  • Happiness Happens Month

  • Kids Adventures Month

  • Artists Appreciation Month

  • Children’s Vision & Learning Month

  • Get Ready for Kindergarten Month

Here are some favorite minor holidays:

  • August 1: World Wide Web Day

  • August 3: National Watermelon Day

  • August 4: World Friendship Day

  • August 8: International Cat Day

  • August 9: National Book Lovers Day

  • August 10: National Lazy Day

  • August 12: IBM PC Day

  • August 15: National Relaxation Day

  • August 18: Serendipity Day

  • August 19: World Humanitarian Day

  • August 22: Be An Angel Day

  • August 25: National Kiss and Make Up Day

  • August 26: National Dog Day

  • August 27: National Just Because Day

  • August 30: National Toasted Marshmallow Day

PLUS! Don’t miss out on our upcoming events!

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Make a Splash this Summer!

Lucky for YOU,

ProBiz Centre - Your Place for Success

Is here to help you do just that!

Combine social relaxation with business revitalization regardless of whether your summer is the slow or busy season!

Regardless of what time of year it is for you, there are things all small business owners can do this summer to be proactive and productive!

Tip 1: Snap away

“Take or collect fun pictures of your customers or members enjoying the summer weather. Then, share those pictures on your social networks during the cold days of winter to give them something to remember fondly of or look forward to. You’ll have fun doing it and create some great engagement with your loyal followers.”

– Dennis Nations, Senior Content Strategist

Tip 2: Discover something new

“Take advantage of the potentially slower summer months and try out one of the ‘hot’ visual social media platforms like Instagram, Vine or Pinterest. Set a reasonable goal for yourself (i.e. upload 2 new photos a week) then, in September, decide if you want to continue to grow your presence on that channel.

You could also experiment with a new type of social media post. Consider trying a Facebook quiz/trivia question, a caption contest, an ‘if you could…’ question or feature a customer story.

Definitely change your Facebook cover photo to an image that reflects summer and your brand too!”

– Danielle Cormier, Corporate Community Manager

Tip 3: Boost your website and deals

“When adding an email sign-up to your website, be sure to have the “Join My Mailing List” feature at or near the top of each page of your website.

When offering a local deal, don’t discount too deeply and set a limit to the total number that could be bought.”

– Justin Tryon, Education Development Specialist

Tip 4: Grow your list

“Summer is a great time to grow your email list, especially if the summer months are the busiest of the year. Something as simple as a paper sign-up sheet can go a long way in helping you stay in touch with people after they visit your store, eat in your restaurant, or come into your office.

It’s also a great chance for you to personalize your sign-up experience a little more than you may have in the past. In addition to asking for their name and email address, you could also ask for their hometown to find out whether or not your new contacts are local or discovered your business while on vacation. You can use that information to better target your messages throughout the entire year.”

– Ryan Pinkham, Content Developer

Tip 5: Take advantage of Yelp and Google My Business

“People rely on Yelp reviews and trust them just as they would a personal recommendation. This summer, take advantage of Yelp, especially if these next few months are busy.

Setup a Yelp page and then simply put a sign near your cash register that gives customers a discount if they write a Yelp review for your business on the spot. This is a great way to boost your visibility on Yelp in just a few short months.

AND make sure your Google My Business page is actively engaging your audience with regular posts. – Leanne Kennis, Content Editor/Writer

Keep these 5 tips in mind this summer and you’ll reach new customers, continue to engage existing customers, and just have a little extra fun!

Excerpts from Constant Contact

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Keep Your Summer Sizzlin'

With these Hot Marketing Tips!

Host a BBQ

A BBQ is a great way to get people to come and spend some time at your store, office, or business. If you organize activities for their kids, people will be inclined to stay longer. You can even partner up with non-competing businesses close to you to offset some of the costs and draw in more people. BBQ’s are excellent ways to build positive brand exposure among your existing and potentially new clientele. Plus, who doesn’t love a good ol’ BBQ on a hot summer day?!

Take the Heat off the Street!

During exceptionally hot days, you can give away frozen treats and small fans to customers entering your place of business or even people walking by on the sidewalk. This kind gesture will not only be much appreciated, but it will boost your brand equity and potentially garner you some new clients. If you have A/C, you can place a sign out front that offers a chance to cool down no strings attached. Once they’re in the store, they will usually look around and potentially buy something.

Create Unique Promotions for Holidays

Take advantage of local and national holidays! Canada is celebrating 152 years, so why not create an in-house draw to win up to $152 in store credit? In addition to the actual statutory holidays, there are hundreds of silly, little, unofficial “holidays”. For example, June 7th is National Doughnut Day, while June 21st is Take your Dog to Work Day, and June 26th is Chocolate Pudding Day.

Consider collaborating with a local store and give out doughnuts, hotdogs, and pudding cups to customers and passersby on those designated dates. Fun, quirky promotions like this can go a long way to help small businesses favourably raise their profile.


Run Your Own Mini-Event or Workshop

As many of you already know, The ProBiz Centre has the perfect meeting room to suit your every plan whether your gathering is limited to a few fortunate attendees engaged in one-on-one training or open to everyone interested in a much more-the-merrier style of instruction. Our knowledgeable staff members would be happy to answer all your questions.

Just because some people are out of town on your preferred date doesn’t mean everyone is gone, and the ones still at home are probably only too thrilled to enjoy some adult interaction after a whole day of constant “kid”.

Attend Local Events

Local events are great places to network and introduce your company to new customers. You can walk around talking to people, offering them a cold, refreshing treat like a Popsicle, for instance. Wear branded merchandise, so people know exactly who you are. Carry a small fan or spray bottle to cool willing people down during the hotter days. You could even give out stickers, pencils, or little toys, preferably branded, to the kids.  Make sure you have plenty of business cards to hand out!

Another “must have” for any networking opportunity is an effective elevator speech ready to answer the inevitable question, “So what do you do?”, in a way that will inspire all those potential clients you’ll meet to ask for further information. Don’t let the hazy days of summer make you lazy!

Follow up! Follow up! Follow up!

Some examples of local events coming up:

·      Cultural Campfire at the MultiCultural Heritage Center - June 13

·      Tri-a-Taste Regional Food Fair - June 15

·      Summer Sessions - Free Outdoor Concert - June 19

·      Evening in the Orchard - June 27

·      Canada Day in Spruce Grove - July 1


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