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Why Your Business Needs Custom T-Shirt Designs

As a marketing strategy, custom t-shirts can be used for many purposes. When designing your own t-shirt, it can be altered depending on the event or promotion it’ll be used for. You can add your own personal touch to the shirt; choose an image that best represents your brand. Custom t-shirts can be created for the entire team to wear during an event, as a giveaway for a promotion, or to hand out to employees for free. If you can think of another great purpose for a t-shirt – that will work too! This marketing technique is flexible, and can change depending on your purpose.

There are many benefits to creating custom t-shirts, here’s my quick list below:

Walking Advertisement

Having other people, whether they are employees or customers wear your custom t-shirt is free advertising. It shows other people who see this t-shirt that the person wearing it thinks positively about your business enough to put your logo on their backs, and keeps your brand top of mind.

Affordable

Not only is it an advertising strategy, but it is a cheap one! Creating custom t-shirts in bulk is an affordable option for your business.

Unity

By creating custom t-shirts, this creates unity between the business and the people that wear them. Those wearing the shirts will feel a sense of togetherness and shared experiences.

Contact Apex Image Marketing for all your marketing needs!

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How To Maintain Continuous Furnace Repair

To save money on costly repairs, I pay close attention to any potential problems that could occur with my HVAC system. Through regular furnace maintenance, I am able to spot any problems before they get serious and contact Air One professionals to stop by for a visit. I believe furnace maintenance is a team effort! My role as a homeowner is to follow the proper precautions to keep my home’s systems working efficiently, and if any problems do occur I know I can then trust the team at Air One to assist with any repairs.

The following is my to do list with continuous furnace maintenance:

  1. A dirty filter can cause furnace malfunctions. With multiple smokers, 1-2 inch filters should be changed monthly,  4 inch filters should be changed every 2 months, and 5 inch filters can be changed every 3 months. With a one smoker, 1-2 inch filters should be changed every 2 months, 4 inches should be changed every 4 months, and 5 inch filters can be changed every 6 months.
  2. Ensure the airflow is not blocked by any boxes or furniture.
  3. If the furnace starts to smell or make loud noises, contact Air One to have a professional stop in for an inspection.
  4. Set the thermostat to lower during peak times of the day when the family is not home. This will save money and stress on the furnace.
  5. Inspect the fans to ensure they are not clouded with dust and build up.
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Ten Benefits of Softron’s Tax Preparation Courses

The first tax season can be daunting. This is why it is important to be researched in tax preparation, so when the season rolls around there won’t be any lingering questions. By using Softron, this is one way to have these questions answered!

As a single woman living in the city with a full time job, I was fully on my own. I didn’t know anything about filing taxes and wasn’t aware of any tax savings options I could take advantage of. After meeting with the professionals at Softron tax, I was given tips on these options. Learning about starting an RRSP, claiming tuition, rent receipts and more –  I feel I have a better understanding for when I go into my second tax season. Upon recommendation, I signed up for Softron’s tax course to learn the skills I need in order to get the most of my money after filing.

Softron lists 10 benefits of taking their courses, and after taking the course, I feel confident that I can have these benefits.

  1. Save Money Doing Your Own Taxes
  2. Make Tax Laws Work For You
  3. How to Prepare and File Tax Returns
  4. Proven Tax Saving Ideas
  5. Know about New Changes to Canadian Tax Laws
  6. How to Maintain Necessary Tax Records
  7. A Marketable Skill That Will Always Be In Demand
  8. Free Educational Software
  9. Upon Completion, Successful Students will Receive “Certificate of Accomplishment”.
  10. Real Life Case Study To Give You Hands On Experience
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How To Keep Your Interlocking Patios Looking It’s Best

A nice interlocking patio can improve the overall aesthetic of a home. Some of the benefits of interlocking patios are the lack of maintenance involved compared to other patio solutions. With concrete and paved patios, sometimes over time, patios start to develop cracks, misalignment or bulges. When deciding to use Synergy Contracting to install a new interlocking patio for West GTA homes, exposing why the previous patio developed cracks could help reduce the risk of future issues with any newly installed patio.

While in most cases, the cause of the issues stem from the patio being installed a long time ago, sometimes the problem comes from below the surface. First, if it was a previously installed interlocking patio, remove one or two of the stones. Using a screwdriver will help wiggle the stone out of place without disrupting the rest of the design. Next, in order to find out what is happening underneath, remove some of the leveling base sand. This will help with determining if there was a ground shift, sand shift, growth of new roots, eroded gravel or sand, or if there were any systemic problems. After finding out the cause of the problem, this will help the professional installing the new interlocking patio ensure the same issue won’t occur again.

Synergy Contracting has amazing reviews online from customers praising their services with interlocking patios West GTA. With professional and courteous staff, I always recommend their services to my neighbors looking to freshen up their patio’s overall look!

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Tips to Start Preparing Your Pool for Closing

If you’ve decided it’s time to say farewell to your pool until next season, than it’s time to book your appointment for your pool closing date. Dive in and enjoy the luxury of being a pool owner while you still can because once the pool is closed, it’ll be a few long months of winter before we feel warm weather again in the Niagara region.

Here’s what you can do to help prepare for your pool closing appointment:

  1. SKIM, VACUUM, BRUSH

Remove any dirt or debris that could be floating at the surface of the water.  Be as thorough as possible as it is the last time you’ll be cleaning the water before the Spring.  Any dirt or debris left behind can be a real hassle when it comes time to open the pool. Vacuum the bottom of the pool and brush the walls to remove any build of grime and algae.

  1.  LOWER THE WATER LEVEL

Bring the water level down to below the return jets to prevent any damage during the winter however, be careful not to reduce the water level too much!  You need enough water to weigh down the pool if or when the soil beneath the pool freezes and expands over the winter.

  1.  CHECK THE CHEMISTRY

Your pool water should be treated at least 5 days prior to closing.  The pool’s water chemistry before closing is very important to reduce any risk for corrosion and to prevent scale build up.  

Total alkalinity should be between 80 and 120ppm, while the pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.6

To book your pool closing in the Niagara region contact Total Pro Pools.  For all your pool needs, trust a total pro!

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Why You Should Find an HVAC Contractor To Clean Your Air

Other than ensuring a home’s HVAC systems are efficient and up-to-date, there are other systems which can improve the air quality in a home. There are humidifiers, air cleaners, and heat recovery ventilators, each focus on clearing out the home’s air toxins. Air One is not only an HVAC contractor, but also offers a variety of these air qualifying systems.

There are many benefits to HVAC cleaning, that will help improve the home’s air quality and overall health of those who live there. HVAC cleaning improves energy efficiency, as it removes contaminants that are reducing the functionality of the system. After the cleaning is done, more energy can be used, improving its efficiency and overall reducing the monthly costs. Cleaning the HVAC system also removes the regular contaminants that are constantly re-circulated throughout the day, eventually leading to buildup in the ductwork. HVAC cleaning removes this result from occurring.

Air One is a great solution for HVAC cleaning needs. With its 24 hour emergency service, professional and experienced staff, they will ensure any questions are answered and quality service is delivered. Serving Ontario since 1990, they are a trusted by many homeowners in the area, which can be proven by amazing customer reviews found on their website.

Steps to Resolving Franchise Disputes

There is no such thing as a long-lasting relationship without any disagreements. However, as time passes, things will inevitably change. The original relationship entered into gets altered one way or another, and people involved tend to want different things the other party may not. This is when disagreements can occur. The same idea happens with franchise agreements, and it’s a very common thing. So, don’t let it get you down if you’re experiencing a dispute with your franchisor.

Here are steps you can take to try to resolve your franchise dispute:

Step 1

Let the franchisor know what the incurring problem. Write a summary that is factual, clear and concise. Advise the franchisor how the problem has affected certain aspects of the business and what your proposition to solve the disagreement. This proposal has to be documented in writing, properly dated and provided to the franchisor in this manner.

Step 2

Speak to the franchisor about the issues raised in the written request. Attempt to reach a resolution and written agreement.

Step 3

If you are unable to solve the dispute and reach a mutual agreement with the franchisor, speak with your franchise lawyer about handling the case – some legalities may be too complex with contractual disagreements. Your franchise lawyer will work for your best interests and fight for the best possible resolution that you may be entitled to. Allow your lawyer to carefully examine your franchise agreement and determine the next course of action.

Step 4

At this point, if a resolution has not yet been reached, your lawyer may recommend taking your issues with the franchisor to mediation. This is a mandatory process that is required by the rules of the court.

Step 5

If a resolution is not reach through mediation, your lawyer will determine whether or not arbitration is an appropriate procedure. They will determine the next course of action based on the enforceability of arbitration and the cost with your best interest in mind.

If you haven’t done so already, speak to a franchise lawyer about any disputes you are experiencing. Receive legal advice to help you reach a satisfied resolution you are happy with.

Contact a Franchise Lawyer in Mississauga at Law Works, it never hurts to speak to someone who has real experience in franchise business matters.

How To Easily Remove Odours in Your Car

Your vehicle is something you use multiple times every day. According to Harvard Health Watch, a recent study found the average person spends approximately 101 minutes in their car driving every single day. This is equivalents to an average of 37,935 hours a person will spend driving a vehicle in their lifetime. That is a lot of time spent in an enclosed space!

Spending all of this time in your vehicle means that you don’t want to be stuck in a gross smelling place for that amount of time. The POG is an amazing solution, it is a fast-acting odour remover and it’ll destroy tough odours within minutes. I suggest placing The POG on a 3-hour cycle, and within a few short minutes you will already begin noticing the difference… and refreshing smell!

Try it in your car. It’ll keep your vehicle smelling fresh and clean, leaving no stench behind. Your vehicle can still accumulate a stale smell. One of the best ways to keep your car always smelling fresh is by using an odour remover.

This is a great solution whether you are commuting by yourself every day, driving coworkers or friends, or even employed as a taxi or uber driver. The POG will help keep the air fresh and clean for everyone that steps in your vehicle!

Happy driving.

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Why Promotional Products Still Matter For Small Businesses

In an era where practically everything is viewed, marketed, purchased, and shared online –promotional products are still relevant as a means of marketing for small businesses.

For one, it offers a whole new perspective to people. When you’re so used to browsing new offers and brands from the glowing screen of your mobile device, tablet, or desktop, it’s refreshing to see something in “real-life”; a tangible version of something for a change.  In some ways, it’s an old tradition that’s becoming new again. Like they say, fashion comes back around. Well, I guess the same is true for marketing trends.

Another way of strengthening your brand is through brand recognition. The only way people will get to know and recognize your brand is if it is out there. Promotional products is a great way to get in the minds of prospective customers and increase brand awareness.

Promotional products also act as an alternative business card. One that may have a better retention rate because a product the customer can actually use everyday, like a mug, notepad, or pen that is more memorable than a simple card that may wound up in a pile of other cards or the trash.
Apex Image Marketing creates lasting impressions with quality promotional products that suit almost every business type. Visit Apex Image Marketing to view all the promotional products available.

What You Need To Know: Franchising in 2017

What You Need To Know: Franchising in 2017

Over the last year, there have been many legislative changes that will affect how franchisors conduct business in Canada. The Canadian Franchise Association outlined some of the top changes that will affect us in 2016. We’ve compiled a list of other upcoming changes to help if you’re experiencing the possibility of any future franchise disputes in Vaughan.

  1. Joint Employees: predicted as a game changer in the franchise industry, this status allows for franchisors to be subject to any claims under the employment and labour laws.
  2. Bill 38: Coming into force in the new year, British Columbia will introduce the new Franchise Act to protect franchisees. Ontario’s legislation was introduced in 2000 as the Arthur Wishart Act, whereas Bill 102 was created in 2010 to make changes to its claims.
  3. Duty of Good Faith: this status ensures both parties will practice with honesty in regards to the contract agreed upon.
  4. Control vs. Rights: the Pillar to Post decision outlines the differences between a franchisor’s control versus the franchisee’s rights.

These legislation changes have effects and influences the bases surrounding franchise disputes. At Law Works, their professionals are experienced and knowledgeable of these changes and can help you with any consultation or representation needed. Focusing on franchise disputes in Vaughan, their expertise goes beyond the law itself by remaining on top of current changes all around the industry. Contact them for more information about their previous work and how they can help!