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ActLabs opens new global HQ: The 200,000-square-foot, $20-million Ancaster facility gives it room to grow

Activation Laboratories Ltd., opened its brand new global headquarters in the Ancaster Industrial Business Park Wednesday. Lisa Grace Marr The Hamilton Spectator For a business based on micro-particles, Actlabs is pretty big. On Wednesday April 23, the company opened its global headquarters, providing dizzying tours of its sweeping 200,000-square-foot, $20-million highly automated facility. Its Bittern…

Not your daddy’s remote

A new program called Apptui can turn any smartphone or tablet into a wireless mouse and universal remote for the Internet, says its inventor. Apptui president and founder Dan Clark was inspired in 2009 by the launch of the iPad, and envisioned the impact that touch devices could have if intermingled with traditional computers. “The…

20 questions: Kevin Browne

WHO: Kevin Browne COMPANY: Software Hamilton/Mohawk College TITLE: Founder/Professor LOCATION: H amilton 1. Who is your business hero? Bill Gates 2. Other than your own, what is your favourite company? Khan Academy 3. What business book would you most recommend? Startup Communities. It’s a must-read book for anyone in Hamilton interested in developing a stronger…

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Is the city open for business?

If ‘yes’ then rezoning applications should be subsidized   By Arend Kersten Executive Director, Flamborough Chamber of Commerce Is Hamilton open for business? I mean, really open for business? It’s a question I have posted before in this space. And it’s a question the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce put to council recently regarding the 2014…

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The best and worst of entrepreneurship

Anyone who makes a career of it needs an extensive hat collection By Chris Farias “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” I’ve never read A Tale of Two Cities, so I’m not sure what this quote refers to. I know a little bit about a lot of things, so…

An Act Labs worker tests a sample at the company's Mexican facility.

Testing the global markets

By Lisa Grace Marr, The Hamilton Spectator If Activation Labs had not gone global, it likely wouldn’t have gone far. The analytical services company does testing for mineral exploration, metallurgy, environmental analysis, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. While there is a solid market for such services in North America — particularly resource-rich Canada — there was…

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The Rug Rebuilder

Alexanian Carpet and Flooring first opened in 1925, and is opening its 19th store this month. While the business has changed over the years, one element has not — the ancient art of hand making and repairing beautiful Persian carpets.  By Kathy Renwald The tools don’t seem to have names. There is a knife with…

Going global 101

Some advice from local businesses that have gone global:  COMPANY: Sunrise Metals, scrap metal dealer operating in several foreign markets, particularly India and Southeast Asia. About 70 per cent of the company’s market is offshore, 30 per cent is domestic. ADDRESS: 42 Keefer Court, Hamilton EMPLOYEES: 18 PRESIDENT: Amandeep Kaloti VICE-PRESIDENT: Ajai Lahore LESSON No.…