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How Branded Apparel Creates Better Company Culture

Branded apparel has many benefits for your business! Marketing experts like those at Apex Image Marketing, highlight the importance it has on company culture and image, as well as loyalty, professionalism, community and recognition.

Creating branded apparel can be done in multiple different ways, whether it is an at-work uniform, or additional apparel for employees to wear during their time off. For the purpose of this conversation, I’m focusing on the benefits of offering employees additional company ‘swag.’

Community & Culture 

By offering employees additional sweatshirts and t-shirts, employees feel a sense of community and stronger culture amongst other employees. It creates a sense of positive inclusivity, for employees from that company to all share that apparel together.

Loyalty

Branded apparel also creates loyalty amongst employees who are a part of the team and with all of these additional benefits, want to stay on the team. Everyone loves a fun workplace, and by offering company apparel this shares that with everyone.

Recognition

If employees choose to wear company apparel in appropriate settings, this creates recognition for potential new customers as well as staying top of mind for old ones.

For my branded apparel needs I always use Apex image Marketing for help. If you’re looking for branded apparel contact them today!

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Top Ways To Improve Your Brand Image

Promotional products are an effective way to highlight your business’s primary image and project that onto customers. Even though marketing has expanded to beyond traditional ways, and onto unique digital sharing. It doesn’t mean that the method of traditional giveaways has become obsolete. There are many ways which promotional products can be implemented in order to emphasize customer loyalty and engagement.

Below are the reasons why you should be considering using promotional products:

Social Media Contests

This is one way which can help your social media presence grow. Having a lot of followers gives an incentive to other Instagram users to press the follow button as well, when they come across your page. On social media you can do a contest, where users can tag up to 2 friends in a post and the winner will be chosen for a prize! This is an effective way to get users to spread the word about your business.

Employee Example

Use your employee to spread an example for your business, by giving them promotional products. Having employees wear company t-shirts, hats, sweater, and more in appropriate settings is an effective marketing technique to spread brand awareness.

Sponsor an Event

Check out local sports teams and events, and see if there are booth opportunities. Make a bunch of pens, t-shirts, stickers and more using the company’s logo. Attendee’s will be more likely to visit your booth… because who doesn’t love free stuff?!

Thank You Notes

Use promotional products as a thank you to past customers, by sending them in the mail to show your appreciation for your business. This adds a personalized touch, and will increase the likelihood of them coming back.

Contact Apex Image Marketing for all your marketing needs!

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How To Handle Franchise Disputes

Disputes used to be dangerous for those involved: both individuals fought to defend their honour with a sword or pistol and this type of resolution clearly marked one the winner and the other the untimely loser.

Luckily today, the mitigation of disputes is not life threatening but this does not mean that it goes without potential harm; as any dispute, especially a business one, can impact the livelihood of those involved. Franchise disputes in particular can arise for many reasons: if a franchisee feels they are not receiving value from a franchisor; a franchisee looks at ways of selling products outside the franchise system; when or if a franchise fails.

These are some of the potential disputes that can arise in the franchise system, and despite the sometimes volatile nature of broken trust or economic loss, it is important for both parties to seek resolution over a fight. If a commercial resolution is not possible, nor is mediation, than arbitration or litigation may be the answer.

When dealing with a franchise dispute in Vaughan, Law Works is a business and franchise regional law boutique with expertise in: franchise law, international and ‎domestic business disputes and arbitration in niche industries. In both scenarios of franchise litigation and franchise arbitration, Law Works represents parties through the entire process (initial assessments, drafting pleadings, representing on all steps including final hearing). If you find yourself in a franchise dispute in Vaughan, contact Law Works to ensure you have the most capable experienced team representing you.

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Stop Basement Water Leaks With E-gress Windows

Have you noticed large watermarks on your basement walls? or puddles forming? Your basement windows may be the problem. Perhaps your old windows are no longer getting the job done right – and it’s something you can’t ignore. The water leaks can cause extensive damage, including mold. In older homes, basements weren’t necessarily designed to be lived in, so it’s not unusual after a long period of time the windows just aren’t up to par for what you need right now.

If you’re next home improvement job includes waterproofing your basement, to make it a more livable area for your family to enjoy, then egress window replacements should also be included on this list! Here’s why:

Better Safety

Egress windows give the home that added safety by providing an alternate route of escape in the case of fire or emergencies. An installed egress window in every room in the basement ensures that every person in the home has access to a safe exit at all times.

Brighter Light

Egress windows will replace the dingy old windows and allow natural light to pour into your basement, turning an otherwise dark room into a well-lit and functional area.

More Open Space

If you’re planning on finishing your basements, an egress window makes for a great addition to the open space a basement provides.

Prevents Basement Leaks

Your brand new egress windows will replace your old, leaky windows and stop unwanted water from entering your basement.

For more information on the cost of egress windows, designs, and installation contact Custom Window Designs. Their experienced window and door professionals can provide you a full assessment based on your homes unique designs. Book an appointment for a free quote today!

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What It’s Like To Be In A Franchise Dispute

Before becoming an owner of a  franchise, I think it is important to know everything I can about possible problems and issues that may arise over time. A friend of mine in the franchise business recently had to deal with a franchise dispute in Mississauga, so I felt it was necessary I learn about what’s involved in case if I ever experience something similar.  

This is what I found out about a franchise dispute in Mississauga:

Franchise agreements are complex, commercial contracts, and because of this, franchise disputes arise frequently. Disputes often arise when a franchisee feels that he/she is of more value than the franchisor is compensating them for, and then chooses to find ways of working or selling the products outside of the system. These issues also arises sometimes if a franchisee fails and feels that part of the failure is due to neglect/lack of support from the franchisor.

In either cases, the ideal solution is a commercial solution rather than a fight in court. If this is the decided action, it is important to have a mediated between both parties.

When it came down to the franchise dispute, it was very important that my friend had contacted Law Works to represent them in their franchise dispute Mississauga. Law Works assisted them with all their questions and needs, and they had a positive experience with the lawyers who communicated with them all of the important details as the process moved along.

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Spring Showers, Brings May Landscaping!

With all of this rain we’ve been experiencing so far, I’m expecting some beautiful May flowers to flourish. Even though rainy days can put a stop to fun plans, this means for better chances that my garden will start to come together earlier in the summer.

This season, I’m hoping to make some changes to my home landscaping, and add new flowers and designs that will set it apart from my neighbor’s’ homes. Below are some tips and ideas for creating the ideal landscape design.

Flower Power

One powerful landscaping technique to improve the home’s exterior is with beautiful and bright flowers. I decided to pick my favourite: The Iris. With its nice blue and yellow colouring it will go great with my home’s tan coloured front door.

Planters & Baskets

I personally love the look of hanging planters, so I decided to add a few along the walkway to my front door. I also added 2 to my backyard right above my deck. I choose the Latana flower because it is perennial, meaning it will regrow every spring!  

Interlocking

Adding an interlocking patio and driveway will add more textures and shapes to my overall outdoor aesthetic. It is a great way to add colour, artistry, and a personalized touch to my home.

Professional Services

With all of these changes in mind I’ve decided to call Synergy Contracting to complete the interlocking design and landscaping needs. This will save me time and energy on my outdoors, where I can spend more of my time off having fun with the family… and you can too!

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How Efficient Are Your Energy-Efficient Windows?

The warm weather is here! As much as we love the idea of hot sunny weather, some of us dread the cost of energy bills to keep our homes cool all summer. It brings to mind the question of whether or not your home is as energy-efficient as possible, or is the money you pay for energy bills just seeping out the cracks of old windows and doors in your home?

When it comes to energy-efficient windows, they consist of a vinyl window frame and are usually made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with ultraviolet light (UV) stabilizers to keep sunlight from breaking down the material. Essentially, you can enjoy the natural sunlight coming through your home without it completely heating the area it reaches. A vinyl window frame is a strong, durable, yet low-maintenance option. It effectively reduces heat transfer and helps insulate your home better. Another way to amp up the efficiency of windows is to choose a window type with multiple panes. With this option there are two panes of glass, with an air or gas-filled space in the middle. It insulates much better than single pane glass.

If you’re on a tight budget then energy-efficient windows would be the wisest choice that will save you costs. ENERGY STAR rated windows can save you approximately $126–$465 a year when replacing single-pane windows for an average home in Ontario.

To get a free quote on brand new energy-efficient replacement windows in Mississauga, contact Custom Window Designs. Our experienced window and door professionals can provide you a full assessment based on your homes unique designs. Book an appointment today for a free quote!

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Cruise Your Way To An Enviable Driveway

After the cold months of winter, there is nothing better than enjoying more daylight and taking in the sight of seeing green grass and budding trees. With all the excitement building around the first few days of spring often time we forget that the cold winter and ice can wreak havoc on the outside of homes, yards, and driveways.

During the winter months, driveways in particular, can be damaged by plummeting temperatures, a cycle of freezing and thawing, and the use of chemical ice melting agents. Depending on the type of driveway, these factors can weaken the surface of a driveway, and seep into cracks to potentially corrode or weaken any steel rods that may be in place (especially with concrete driveways). A general rule of thumb when trying to determine if repairs can be a DIY project or a job for experts, is to measure the cracks in your driveway. If it’s less than one-quarter inch in width: it’s a DIY job. Anything more than that, you’re looking to hire a professionalA professional driveway repair will  ensure your driveway is in the best condition, and can handle any complex repairs.  

Another option is to invest in interlocking driveways. Interlocking driveways not only give your home curb appeal, they are all-weather functional and durable for long lasting use. Interlocking driveways require minor maintenance and the design can be tailored to your preferences. Synergy Contracting is an expert at driveways in the GTA. Using the highest quality products and an expertise in the design and execution of interlocking driveways makes Synergy Contracting the top choice for your all your driveway needs.  

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Taste The Fresh New Flavours of Summer!

Flowers aren’t the only thing that’s blooming this season. Applebee’s is springing forward with fresh new menu items that will satisfy your taste buds just like feeling of the first warm and sunny days of summer. It’s getting easier to waltz out the door and enjoy an outing with the family without all the fuss of winter gear and snowy roads.

Treat your family to great food at Applebee’s and try their favourite Springtime picks from their menu:

Fiesta Lime Chicken

6 oz. grilled chicken breast, mexi-ranch dressing, cheddar, tortilla chips, mexi-rice and pico.

Honey Pepper Chicken and Shrimp

6 oz. grilled chicken breast with fried shrimp, honey pepper sauce, crisp red potatoes, and seasonal side vegetables.

Crunchy Thai Salad with Sauteed Shrimp

Fresh asian greens, cilantro, rice noodles, cucumber, roasted red peppers, red onion, tomatoes, and tangy thai vinaigrette.

All of these flavours are so tempting, it’ll be hard to choose just one! Along with these picks, you can also choose from all of their Applebee’s family classic menu items, like shepard’s pie, grilled burgers, fish and chips, and more!

Applebee’s is the best place to dine-in, if you’re looking for a family-friendly restaurant in Ajax, as well as a great social environment to get together with friends and coworkers. Visit after work, the big game or shopping! Come by Applebee’s anytime at 155 Kingston Rd E in Ajax.

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Emergency Egress Windows For Bedrooms

In Ontario, an Egress window is not required in a bedroom. However, it is still a preference for most homeowners to want an egress window installed in all the bedrooms of the home.  In the case of a fire, the bedroom window is not typically the the ordinary escape route but if the only escape route leading from the bedroom to safety is filled with smoke or worse, blocked with fire, having an Egress window in the bedroom could mean the difference between life and death.

According to the International Residential Code, a bedroom window can be between 24 and 44 inches from the floor, it needs at least 5.7 square feet for the opening, and it must measure no less than 24 inches high and 20 inches wide.

If you’ve been considering upgrading your home’s overall aesthetics, as well as providing your family with added safety in the case of emergencies, get in contact with a professional window installer at Custom Window Designs. They can show you all the design options available for Egress replacement windows. They offer financing options as low as $28 a month, so that you don’t have to hold off on a home improvement project that would provide you the security every home needs.

Contact Custom Window Designs today for more information on financing your new egress windows and to get a free quote.  They’re located at 3495 Laird Road. Unit 1 servicing Mississauga and the surrounding areas.