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Wanted: A summer vacation

The warmer weather is on its way (we hope), bringing with it school-free days for kids and hopefully some well-earned vacation for yourself. It may be difficult to pry yourself away from the confines of your cubicle, but some experts argue it’s essential to our well-being and productivity. Cornerstone Dynamics president Adriana Girdler says working…

Applications open for 1Awards

Are you a Hamilton or Burlington area small business that’s been up and running for at least two years? Do you have 50 employees or less? If so, FirstOntario Credit Union’s 1Awards might be for you. To be eligible for the fifth annual awards, businesses have to demonstrate “measurable growth” like an expanding workforce and…

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Strong, not bossy

A girl starts to put up her hand in class to answer a question but quickly decides against it. It’s not that she doesn’t know the answer or has forgotten what she was going to say. She doesn’t want to be called the “B” word — bossy. A recent story in The Mash — The…

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Beep, buzz, ping

With all of the tweets, beeps and buzzes distracting us while we work, it can be hard to stay on task. CornerStone Dynamics’ president Adriana Girdler of Burlington – an entrepreneur herself – has penned some productivity hacks to make sure you don’t lose your focus and fall behind. To start, silence it all, Girdler…

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Sustainability in the workplace

Local businesses looking to inspire their employees to get on board with a sustainable workplace need not look past the doors of McMaster Innovation Park. Next week, Sustainable Hamilton Burlington is bringing in experts to talk sustainable companies to local organizations. On the agenda are president of the Sustainability Learning Centre Kathryn Cooper and Refocus…

Now: Mark Korcyznski is a creative blacksmith. Then: He shifted from previous careers in grahics, automotive, and food industries.

Careers 2.0 – starting over

Does your career need a reboot? Here’s the place for inspiration. Hamilton Business reporter Natalie Paddon talks to 10 brave people who completely reinvented their work lives. She finds out: Why they did it. Where they succeeded. Where they failed. Here are  some of the lessons learned. “I went from the frying pan to the fire…

Sixteen varieties of tomato grow in the Cillis garden.

How Oliver’s gardens have grown

Oliver Allen-Cillis was six years old when he saw some kids in the Sherman-Barton-Street area picking through recycling bins.   When his mom Stacey explained they were probably collecting bottles and cans for money so they could buy necessities, including food, Oliver had a suggestion. The family was trying to raise funds for a trip…