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Maxwell’s Concerts & Events & 107.5 Dave Rocks proudly present Finger Eleven (F11), Friday November 22nd!
Tickets on-sale Friday October 4th at 10am
Doors open at 7:30pm, music starts at 8:00pm
19+, valid photo ID required
$35 tickets plus service charge available at
Support band TBA
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Maxwell’s Concerts & Events is the most versatile, new event space in Waterloo Region. It’s located at 35 University Avenue East, seconds away from both Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo.
Maxwell’s regularly hosts events of all types and sizes including concerts, private parties, corporate functions, weddings and much more.
– Maxwell’s features 3 industrial 14′ x 14′ garage doors that can be used to section off the venue into smaller rooms.
– The entire facility is licensed for up to 700 patrons in a standing room capacity.
– The medium sized room can hold up to 500 patrons in a standing room capacity.
– The front room, The Tank Room, is licensed for 200 patrons in a standing room capacity.
– We can accommodate for up to 350 seats in rows
– We can host up to 260 seated with tables
– 2 large bars featuring draught beer, spirits, tall cans, wine and more
– 2 stages; the main stage is 28′ wide by 16′ deep by 32″ high. The smaller stage is 16′ wide by 16′ deep by 23″ high.
– 250 free paved parking spaces available on site
– Our inventory includes 200′ of pipe and drape, 350 folding chairs, a large assortment of tables
– Catering available upon request from the preferred catering partners: click here for more info
– Private Green Room for bands which includes couches, a fridge and a private washroom with a shower
– Convenient loading bay on ground level
– Maxwell’s is fully wheelchair accessible!
-For a detailed list of the equipment we available for our large room, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
*console choices are left up to the venue and technical staff to decide what is being used for each event*
For booking requests, please email email@example.com.
Full room, both bars
Full room and big stage.
Room with garage doors down.
View of The Tank Room bar.
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Steve Perrin and Greg Stafford’s 1979 booklet Cults of Prax is a source book for the venerable RuneQuest roleplaying game. It was, I believe, the second publication in the RuneQuest line. Cults of Prax outlines the religions found in Prax, a wasteland adjacent to the Dragon Pass region featured in the original rule set. This booklet fleshed out the backstory to the world of Glorantha, the setting used for most (but not all) editions of RuneQuest.
The somewhat dry material was spiced up with comments from a wandering trader with long experience of the peoples of the Prax region.
2019’s Vampiric: Tales of Blood and Roses from Japan, edited by Heather Dubnick, is a translated anthology of Japanese vampire stories.
Daniel Galeano of Sera4 will sit on a panel on Tuesday October 29th at 3:20 pm on Canadian Success Stories: Lessons from companies who […]
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It wasn't the prettiest goal.
But perhaps it's fitting that Jesse Fishman's first Ontario Hockey League marker was scored on a floater.
The Kitchener Rangers rookie picked up a loose puck off a scramble near Windsor's blue line, turned and fired Friday night at the Aud.
"Coaches love pucks to the net," said the fourth line winger. "So, I just ripped it on net and the next thing you know it was in the back."
Spitfires goalie Xavier Medina didn't even see it coming. As it turned out, it ended up being the game-winner in a 3-1 Rangers victory.
The CPNA has a book club for adults (14+ yrs) that meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 PM in Victoria Hills Community Centre. It is designed for people for whom English is their second language. We are always open to new members. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are coming.
The book the group will be discussing on Tuesday, November 12 is "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.
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Our last Firin' Up of the Bread Oven for the 2019 season will be Saturday, October 19th. The fire will be lit at 8 AM and the oven should be ready for baking by 10 AM.
We are always in need more people to lead baking sessions. You would not be responsible for teaching baking, but caring for the fire to heat the oven and cleaning up afterwards. In order to be trained you need to attend a baking session from the lighting of the fire until cleanup is finished (about 4 hours).
If you would like to be trained, the fire will be lit at 8 AM at the October 19th bake session and cleanup should be done by Noon at the latest.
For those of you who don't know where the Oven is located - it is in the middle of Willow Green Extension Garden in the middle of Raddatz Park (which runs between Gage Avenue and Cherry Street). It is not on a street, you will need to walk in from Cherry Street along the creek path that goes out the back of the Old Willow Green Garden or come in from Gage Avenue along the little path that leaves the Iron Horse Trail at Gage and follows the creek.
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Me, Relish Cooking Studio and MP Tours are headin’ out into the wilds of Oxford County on a cheese and beer trek! It would be great if you could come along on October 26.
We will be starting out early (8:30 a.m.) aboard a nice bus for a tour down some country roads to check out the area’s beer and food. There will be lots of both.♦Trout dish by 639 (Photo/Andrew Coppolino).
I’ve been to the excellent SixThirtyNine (639) Restaurant in Woodstock — that’s one of our stops. It’s a great restaurant and Eric is terrific chef who really knows his ingredients and techniques.
The itinerary is listed below, and it all adds up to a great day of “terroir-driven” food and beverage, as well as meeting the great people behind this local goodness.
Please sign up here.*****
Leave Fairview Park Mall at 8:30 a.m. on October 26
Enjoy boxed breakfast, coffee and water compliments of Relish
Travel to Mountain Oak Cheese in New Hamburg for a tour and tasting
Travel to Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese for tour and tasting
Lunch at Restaurant 639 in Woodstock
Dessert at Habitual Chocolate
Tour and Tasting at Upper Thames Brewery
Travel back to Fairview Park Mall for 4:30 p.m. arrival
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A few of us have been talking about starting a weekly potluck for folks in the neighbourhood. We want to know, though, how many folks would be interested, what day would work best for people and if anyone would be willing to host who might have a big enough space to accommodate larger numbers.
If you are interested in a Cherry Park Neighbourhood Potluck please email email@example.com by November 1, 2019. Once we receive enough interest we'll work at finding a day of the week that works best for everyone interested."
When it comes to innovation, the proof is in the pudding. Or, in this case, the app on your phone.
In June, Manulife Financial Corp. rolled out a new, public-facing banking app to support its All-In Banking initiative. The app was built entirely in-house, and with foundational contributions from the team at Manulife’s Red Lab, the company’s corporate innovation workshop housed at Communitech in the Tannery (and more shortly about why the lab, from a company whose corporate colours are green, has “Red” as its handle).
The app and the lab are the latest bonafides of Manulife’s tech-based reinvention, a determination to transform the company from a conventional, legacy insurance and financial firm into what Manulife CEO Roy Gori likes to call “a technology company that sells financial services.”
To appreciate the scope of the task, consider that Manulife is nearly as old as Canada itself – it was created by an Act of Parliament in 1887 and its first president was Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister. It is a company with more than 34,000 employees worldwide and $1.1 trillion in assets under its management as of March, 2019. Revenue in 2018 was nearly $39 billion.
Infusing an agile, tech-based mindset into such a large company, one with decades of established processes and culture, is not a small undertaking, as Gori himself has admitted, but the app and All-In Banking Package make it clear that a shift is well under way.♦
Manulife’s Jim Stirtzinger. (Communitech photo: Sara Jalali)
“Manulife is undergoing a massive transformation,” says Jim Stirtzinger, Manulife’s AVP Innovation and the Red Lab’s director.
The banking app grew from parallel aims aligned with that very undertaking: First, to advance the momentum of the organization’s digital transformation, and second, to produce a product that would engage its millennial customers.
“We see [millennials] as, effectively, our core customers going forward,” says Venki Nayani, Manulife’s Product Director. “[They’re who] we’re looking to build the bank around as we make a big digital transformation.”
The app has some unique features.
- A dashboard that provides a quick glance at the status of an account and its balances. The app tracks spending and can display insights into where a person is spending and how. Credit card information and associated spending behaviour are also available.
- A “sweep” savings feature that automatically takes money beyond a preset limit and moves it from a chequing account to a high-interest savings account.
- A savings incentive feature whereby monthly banking fees are waived if a customer grows their savings by $100 each month.
“We understood that our customers have huge savings goals right now,” says Nayani. “So, they’re trying to save for a first home, a wedding, a new car, a dream vacation, even retirement. They’re really looking for opportunities to save better, to automate that kind of savings behaviour, and to be rewarded for [their] savings.”♦
Manulife’s All-in Banking app. (Communitech photo: Sara Jalali)
An innovation lab and the unique role it plays can be, as Stirtzinger says, “many different things based on the lab and based on the company.”
When Stirtzinger joined Red Lab in September of 2016, Manulife was looking for it to play a more integrated role with the company and “add more value directly.”
So the lab, which opened in 2014, was moved out of the company’s IT group and as the banking project ramped up it began to bring to bear its design thinking, human-centred design and agile methodology capabilities, sketching out the architecture of the app’s user experience.
“So we helped chase down ideas and [discover], ‘Oh, that’s a dead end,’ or, ‘Hey, let’s pivot in this direction,’” says Stirtzinger. “There were lots of pivots from the original conversation to where we ended up with the product today. And I think our role in that was helping [the product designers] narrow in from this very broad sort of idea or collection of ideas into, “Oh, here’s some viable things that we should continue to flesh out with our product team.’
“So we’d hand over our artifacts … and then the bank’s mobile UX team picked that up and then just ran with it, and just completely knocked it out of the park.”
Manulife’s Head of Innovation & Agile, Xavier Debane, describes the experience of the app’s build and the company’s interface with its lab as “a textbook version of looking at innovation.
“From my perspective, we started with the concept and idea, but it was a very vague kind of concept. We spent a lot of time in the lab iterating around different versions of how we bring this concept to life, and what’s relevant for our target demographic, [millennials]. What matters to them when they think about their finances?♦
(Communitech photo: Sara Jalali)
“I think the lab helped us try and test different ideas very quickly.”
It’s a view echoed by Hugh Cumming, Manulife’s CTO and CIO.
“The partnership with the Red Lab team is a big part of the story. A big part of the story is the ability to challenge the current way of thinking and to really force teams out of their comfort zone and move people away from ‘We can’t,’ to ‘Why can’t we?’
“I think having the lab rooted in Communitech, and to be able to really touch and feel all of the best thinking in the industry and then bring that to life through our ideation sessions really challenges the status quo and challenges that fixed way of thinking towards a growth way of thinking.
“The biggest value we’ve been able to extract out of the lab is to create that kind of connective tissue that says, ‘Here’s the best thinking in the industry. Let’s use that, let’s incorporate that, and challenge ourselves to think differently about how we solve problems for customers.’”
Oh, and that “Red Lab” moniker? Stirtzinger explains:
“‘Red’ is an acronym,” he says. “It stands for research, empathy and design, because those are the three pillars or components of the type of work that we do. Here’s the meta part: on the colour wheel, the complementary colour to green – Manulife’s corporate colour is green – is red. So we’re a complement to Manulife as an internal resource. “
An internal resource, bringing external value through innovation.
L. L. McKinney’s 2018 A Blade So Black is the first volume in her Nightmare-verse urban fantasy series.
Teenage Alice has a full plate: a father struck down by heart disease, an over-protective mother, and a secret life as a monster-hunter.
Thanks to local baker and food entrepreneur, Aura Hertzog, I discovered the kouign-amann a few years ago. It’s simply a divine pastry.
When you make a bread, pasta or pizza dough, you use water to integrate the particles of the flour. With some elbow grease and some time, the activity produces quite a delicious result, as eating freshly baked and still-warm bread will tell you.
However, when you add fat to the flour, then you have something that is even more magical – pastry.Laminated dough
Into that magical category falls the little-known Breton pastry kouign-amann (pronounced “queen amahn”), the flakey cake that is likely made in only one bakery in Waterloo Region, Ambrosia Corner Bakery, a business that moved from Waterloo to the Central Frederick neighbourhood of downtown Kitchener a couple of years ago.
The kouign-amann is a member of a class of pastries called laminated doughs. Essentially a croissant with yeasted dough and butter, the kouign-amann has lots of sugar which helps produce a thick, chewy-crunchy and caramelized morsel.
“Traditionally, it’s about eight to ten inches in diameter and flat. The first time I had it in Montreal, I said, ‘Whoa! This is a really different taste and texture because of the caramelization,’” says Ambrosia owner Hertzog.
So, she started making them in a smaller version than that of Breton.“Way more butter”
The difference in the ingredients comes down to ratio. “There’s way more butter,” says Hertzog. “There’s a lot more sugar too, so that when it cooks you still get a lot layers but not the big open layers like a croissant. You get that caramelization.”
The dough is shaped into a circle and then Hertzog pulls over the edges in four spots and gently pushes down on the pastry after it proofs. “It then looks like a flower,” she says.♦Heavenly butter and caramelized sugar (Photo/Andrew Coppolino).
Other true bakers in the area could make kouign-amann, but Hertzog cites a camaraderie and a network among them, perhaps like the ancient guild system. “There’s a respect that’s given,” she says. “I’m not making a cruffin, for instance, because that is Golden Hearth’s territory, and they’re amazing. But we sell their bread here on Thursdays.”
Customers unfamiliar with the pastry are immediately impressed. “You can’t really describe it until you’ve had one,” she says. “People are familiar with a wide range of croissants, but this is very different.”Difficult, time-consuming, delicious
However, kouign-amann are difficult and time-consuming to make, which is one reason they’re only available Thursday to Saturday. “We start making them on Monday with a pre-ferment,” says Hertzog. The many folds in the dough-making process are done by hand rather than with a dough sheeter. “Not to mention how expensive butter is now,” she adds.
As for whether she prefers the kouign-amann to the croissant, Hertzog won’t say. “They both have their place,” she says, answering as if she’s been asked to choose her favourite kid.
“The kouign-amann is definitely more of an indulgence. It also has a longer shelf life and tastes great even a couple of days later, unlike a croissant.”*****
Ambrosia Corner Bakery
324 Frederick Street
Kitchener, ON N2H 2N8
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♦Jason Willms lives for the draw.
"It's something I take pride in," said the Barrie Colts centre. "It's a stat I look at after every game."
He's fixated on faceoffs. Always has been, ever since his days coming up with the Kitchener Jr. Rangers.
The 20-year-old Ontario Hockey League veteran even keeps a diary of his dealings on the dot.
Faceoffs aren't glorious but a good draw man can be a real difference maker in the OHL.
Three of the league's best give their secrets on life in the circle.
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We consistently hire Tutor-Mentors across Waterloo Region for the following areas:
-Early skills (Pre-school & JK/SK)
-Elementary subjects (k-8 math & English)
-High school Math and/or Science
-High school English / Essay Writing
-All levels of French
-A high level of flexibility around scheduling - YOU chose the schedule that works best with your life!
-Generally, tutoring occurs between 3pm-9pm on weekdays, and on weekends
-Weekly commitment of anywhere between 2-20 (or more) hours as desired by you!
-A post-secondary degree in a field relating to what you'd like to tutor - may consider upper-year university students with strong resumes
-Previous experience working with youth in a mentorship role, such as teaching, tutoring, coaching, or camp counselling.
-Must have a strong passion and enthusiasm for helping students unleash their potential!
-Access to a vehicle REQUIRED to travel to students homes
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There is little else better than slathering good, fresh butter on good, fresh bread. It is its essentiality, its long, long historical reach back into humankind’s relationship with food which we enact each time we apply knife to butter.
Butter is roughly 80 percent milk fat and 15 percent or so water. If my math is worth anything, that means there’s five percent left kicking around for various proteins, lactose and salts. French butter must be at least 82 percent fat and has less water, which is often why a croissant from Paris, France, is likely quite different in terms of flakiness than a croissant from Paris, Ontario.For room temperature butter
The butter you plunk into your cart on your weekly route through the grocery store is either salted or unsalted. Salted butter can have up to two percent added salt in the pound; it acts as a preservative and antimicrobial. This is the reason why salted butter can sit out on the counter—at a useful room temperature—a bit longer than unsalted butter.
I’d prefer to use the unsalted version, and I don’t like keeping one of my favourite ingredients in the fridge but butter—especially unsalted butter—goes rancid when not kept cold. Exposure to the air and sunlight harms butter and disrupts those cute little fat molecules, breaking them down in a stinky kind of way.♦Delicious butter (Photo/Andrew Coppolino).
So how does one spread fridge-cold unsalted butter on that hearty rye, tangy sourdough or luscious epi bread without ripping the crumb mercilessly? Well, I’ve taken to using what I’ve discovered is called a French butter dish, a quite boring moniker which sounds poetically much better as its “Butter Bell” trademarked name.
Ding dong: it has proven to be a good answer to the question of whither butter: unusable in the dairy compartment or rancid on the counter?Beurrier à l’eau
Butter has been around for as long as humans have been in the dairy business, but the butter crock contraption is thought to have originated in France in the late-1800s. A town by the name of Vallauris in southeastern France takes credit for its birth, while Brittany and Normandy butter aficionados make the same claim. It is called variously a butter crock, a butter keeper, pot a beurre or beurrier à l’eau.
Its simple ingenuity works like this: the bottom chamber is partially filled with fresh water to about a third of its capacity. (You can call me a bit precious, but I use spring water, rather than tap water.)
The second chamber of my butter keeper is shaped something like half of a very large egg with enough room to stuff into it one stick of butter (what is that, about one-half cup?). You pack this chamber very tightly so that there are no gaps and buttery crevasses for air to seep in and do molecular damage.Make an airtight seal
Now, this is the cool part (if you are food geek like me): the top chamber is then turned upside down and submerged into the water that sits in the second chamber base. It’s a truly brilliant hydro-mechanical invention in a bells-and-whistles-age of immersion circulators and molecular gastronomic wizardry.
The water acts as an airtight seal that keeps the evil oxygen and devilish sunlight away from the butter, so you can store it at room temperature for up to a month with regular water changings every few days (all bets are off, however, if you keep your kitchen hot).
When you need some of what Irish writer Seamus Heaney called “coagulated sunlight,” simply lift the lid, let the water drip a little bit, dip in your knife and spread butter to your heart’s saturated fat content.
Earlier this year, BlackBerry announced its acquisition of Cylance, an artificial intelligence and cybersecurity company, positioning themselves as one of the world’s largest cybersecurity firms.
BlackBerry’s security business was back in the news last week as they announced the development of a new cybersecurity research and development lab based out of their Waterloo operations centre.
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We are currently hiring for Full Time, Part Time, Relief and Weekend Personal Care Attendants!
The Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region is a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities who live in their own homes achieve independence through offering a full suite of consumer directed services.
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- Personal care such as bathing, dressing, grooming, transfers (similar to PSW)
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♦Earlier this year the Uptown Waterloo Business Improvement Area (BIA) embarked on a quest to update its 47-year-old brand.
The BIA’s choice to rebrand coincided with decisions reached after an in-depth, strategic planning refresh last fall. “Under our new strategic plan we are working to build a bolder brand that is distinct, demonstrates our leadership and innovation and clearly tells people who we are, what we value and why we are unique,” shares Executive Director, Tracy Van Kalsbeek. “Uptown Waterloo has also experienced tremendous growth and change in the last ten years and we are looking to tell our story in a new and exciting way.”
Working alongside advertising firm STC, professed “storytellers” who have worked with other cities, BIA’s and a few Waterloo Region entities including Wilfrid Laurier University, the comprehensive process included one-on-one interviews with BIA Board and staff members, discussion and feedback from the BIA’s diverse Marketing committee, roundtable stakeholder sessions and membership surveys.
♦The new branding includes horizontal and vertical logos in two different colour palettes and letterhead, newsletter, business card, advertising, website, social media and brochure templates. The new tagline “come on up” creates a simple, yet strong call to action as well. Adds Van Kalsbeek, “the end result is an updated identity for the BIA that embodies the current essence of Uptown – the heart of our city that is welcoming, safe, vibrant and evolving.”
Mayor Dave Jaworsky is pleased with Uptown’s new look. “The BIA’s new branding is bright and engaging and will help us tell the story of opportunity and change in our growing community. Kudos to the BIA for undertaking this important initiative and I encourage everyone to “come on up” to work, live and spend more time in Uptown Waterloo.”
The BIA will be adding the new branding’s look and feel to their communications, advertising and storytelling over the coming months with a hard launch at their Annual General Meeting in the new year.UpTown Waterloo News
- Uptown Waterloo Gets a New Identity
- Uptown Waterloo Celebrates Phase 2 Streetscape Completion This Weekend
- Uptown Waterloo Kicking Off 41st Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race
- Annual Waterloo Rib Fest is Back
- Welcome to Uptown’s Newest Beauty Bar
- Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival Announces Jazz After Jazz
- Taking in the “Sights & Lights” of Uptown Waterloo and Downtown Kitchener
- Cheering on The Raptors in UpTown Waterloo
- Kicking Off Summer Solstice in UpTown Waterloo
- Beating the Winter Blues in Uptown Waterloo
Two of Waterloo’s top tech lawyers, Todd Bissett and Ahsan Sadiq, have joined Gowling WLG as partners in the firm’s Waterloo Region office.
Widely recognized for their ability to deliver advanced solutions to an array of complex corporate and financing challenges, both domestic and cross-border, Bissett and Sadiq will work closely with their new Gowling WLG colleagues to meet the evolving needs of Waterloo’s thriving tech and startup sector.
“Together, Todd and Ahsan bring Silicon Valley intuition, first-hand industry experience and broad international perspective to our top-ranked local tech and corporate practices – while also serving to complement the already formidable bench strength of our global tech platform,” said Bryce Kraeker, managing partner of Gowling WLG’s Waterloo Region office.
“As Waterloo’s tech market continues to grow more sophisticated and globalized, these new additions to our team further underscore Gowling WLG’s reputation as the go-to firm for companies looking to launch, scale and compete confidently — wherever their business takes them.”
Dual qualified in Ontario and California, Todd Bissett is recognized by Lexpert as one of Canada’s top corporate commercial and technology lawyers. He possesses particular strength in startup and emerging growth financing, as well as venture capital, private M&A and cross-border transactional work, particularly involving China.
Having spent his formative years in Waterloo before living and working in Silicon Valley and in both Beijing and Shanghai, China, for nearly a decade, Bissett returned home several years ago. He has since become a sought-after adviser to tech companies in Waterloo Region and to companies across Canada focusing on China-related business activities.
Ahsan Sadiq has extensive expertise helping emerging growth companies meet their commercial and corporate needs — including technology licensing, financing and M&A — and assisting mid-sized and large enterprises with technology and service acquisition.
Clients benefit from Sadiq’s international experience in industry, including assisting companies in M&A integration, negotiating outsourcing and tech acquisition contracts, and leading sales for a publicly listed multinational high-tech equipment vendor. Sadiq has longstanding ties in Waterloo Region, having assisted startups at the Communitech Accelerator program in its early days.
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As an entrepreneur, you are filled with energy, passion and a drive to succeed, but it’s likely safe to assume your dream didn’t involve crunching numbers and creating spreadsheets. Although budgeting may not be the reason you became an entrepreneur, it is a necessary part of creating and maintaining your business.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of budgets and budgeting methods. There are operating budgets, cash flow budgets, financial budgets, static budgets, etc. The list goes on and on.
Budgeting is all about predicting what your future finances will look like based on your previous revenue and expenses, as well as an educated guess of how your business will fare in the upcoming months. It’s not possible to see into the future, but with the help of an effective budget, you can gain a pretty good idea of what lies ahead.
When speaking to entrepreneurs, it’s obvious when someone has a clear sense of where their business stands financially as opposed to someone who doesn’t. Without a short-term monthly budget and a long-term annual budget you’ll be going into each fiscal period blind. Do you have enough cash on hand to pay back suppliers? What about taxes at year-end? At what point do you become profitable? How much excess cash do you have available to reinvest?
Taking it one step at a time makes the process manageable. Determining your revenue is a good way to start. Look at your previous revenue sources and track where the money was coming from. Remember, you’re trying to identify revenue, not profit. Once you’ve figured out all your revenue streams, calculate your monthly income for at least 12 months.
Seeing how your revenue fluctuates month-to-month is a good way to identify the peaks and patterns that your business goes through. Maybe your ice cream store has higher sales in the summer, or your Christmas product experiences low sales when it isn’t holiday season. Understanding consumer behaviour and why sales change can help you prepare and adjust your production as needed.
The number you’re looking at is only gross revenue. Sadly, this isn’t the amount you will get in your bank account. Every product or service comes at a cost, which can either be fixed or variable.
Fixed expenses are the costs that don’t change month-to-month. Examples are rent, or insurance. An easy way to think about fixed costs is this: if you shut down production for a week, what would you still need to pay?
Variable expenses are the opposite. They fluctuate based on circumstances and usage. Examples of variable expenses are salaries, supplies or utilities. Generally speaking, the more products you produce, the higher your variable expenses will be.
So you’ve determined your revenue and calculated your expenses. Subtracting your fixed and variable expenses from your revenue will give you net profit. This is money in the bank.
Before you start reinvesting or using that money, don’t forget to set aside cash for taxes as well as a contingency fund. Many entrepreneurs don’t think about the taxes they will incur at the end of the year. By putting aside some cash, you’ll avoid the stress of wondering where the money will come from to pay them and potentially avoid late fees, as well.
Using the numbers you’ve calculated, you can extrapolate the data to predict a budget for the upcoming months. Look for trends and consider any anticipated big purchases, such as equipment, and incorporate them into your budget.
If you do not have previous financials to look at or if you’re starting to create a forecasted budget, follow the same process but with estimated numbers. Estimate your monthly revenue and expenses by determining the following: How much do you think can be sold in your first year? What is the cost of producing each product? How many employees will you need? What about facilities, equipment and training? Which expenses are fixed and which ones are variable?
Keep all of your receipts – every single one; doing so will save you a lot of time down the road. Don’t be afraid to negotiate prices with your suppliers to cut costs. It doesn’t hurt to ask – the worst they can say is no.
Creating short-term monthly budgets for the upcoming fiscal year and long-term annual budgets for the next three years is ideal. It’s up to you to decide if you want to keep your budgets static or if you will adjust them as necessary. Say you get an unexpected purchase order or a machine breaks down. Adjusting your budget helps your forecasts stay accurate and reliable, but a static budget will show you how much you deviated from the initial plan.
Starting a new business is exciting, but hard. There are a lot of unknowns and things you have to learn along the way. Budgeting early and consistently will remove part of that stress and give you the assurance that your financials align with your goals.
For more resources and tools, check out BDC’s website or come visit our lab at Communitech.
Banknotes is an occasional column offering financial advice to startups.
As K-W celebrates Oktoberfest season – a time of beer, polka and all things Bavarian – it’s the perfect time to pick up the Sloan Krause cozy mystery series by Ellie Alexander. The series is set in a small town known for its own Oktoberfest celebration and focuses on the growing culture of craft beer.
The first book in the series, Death on Tap, introduces readers to the town of Leavenworth, Washington. This Bavarian-inspired tourist town has a colourful cast of citizens including Sloan Krause, whose life revolves around her family-owned brew house and restaurant. When a murder occurs at one of the small craft breweries, Sloan finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation.
While the mysteries in the first three books of this series are at the forefront, Alexander also provides readers with interesting tidbits on craft brewing and its growing culture. As someone who enjoys craft beer, I found the info on the brewing process, flavours etc. quite interesting. But it was the underlying mystery surrounding Sloan’s murky past that kept me coming back for more. Since this mystery about Sloan’s early life builds over the three books, I highly suggest reading the books in order.
Book 1: Death on Tap
Book 2: The Pint of No Return
Book 3: Beyond a Reasonable Stout
Whether you’re a craft beer aficionado or simply not a beer person, I think fans of lighter mysteries will enjoy cozying up this Fall with this series.
— Laurie P.
The Rainbow Community Council (RCC) is pleased to present the findings of our survey of local candidates for the federal election.
A working group surveyed the candidates, who were asked 10 questions on various issues, as identified by RCC members. We wanted to understand where local federal candidates stand on 2LGBTQIA+ issues and what kind of involvement they have with our community. Which of the candidates can our community count on to support 2LGBTQIA+ rights?
Visit our 2019 Federal Candidate Survey page to view the results.
We wanted to understand where local federal candidates stand on 2LGBTQIA+ issues and what kind of involvement they have with our community. Which of the candidates can our community count on to support 2LGBTQIA+ rights?
This upcoming election is an important one for marginalized communities across Canada. Great strides have been made in recent years to enshrine and protect our most vulnerable populations, alongside an increased presence of populist views that have threatened the safety of marginalized communities. This candidate survey aims to spark a conversation where candidates can discuss their personal and political party’s stances on various issues that affect the 2LGBTQIA+ community.
The survey provides us with the opportunity to ensure candidates are aware of their constituents within the 2LGBTQIA+ community, prompts candidates to take steps to educate themselves about the concerns and needs of our community, and sets the foundation for eventually engaging our elected representatives in our community building efforts. In addition, by providing the results of the survey to the general public, we are providing an opportunity for members of our community to understand where candidates stand on these important issues – helping us all of us to make informed decisions.
Many thanks to Kalyna Horocholyn for her dedicated efforts to produce this report.
After 10 days, Team Canadian was proud to come home victorious: 5 medals, 15 top 8 finishes, 4 Canadian records and numerous personal best performances. As a nation, we tied our best ever performance on the IAAF World Championship Placing Table.
With part 1 earlier this month, this report concludes our track & field updates for a while, until we start to gear up for Tokyo next year.
Despite the air conditioned stadium, the track (and field) were hot all week, and numerous world records and world leading performances pushed competitors in all events, from the 10,000m to the 400m, the javelin throw to the long jump, to area, national and personal records.
At the end of Day 6, first day of the decathlon, Damian Warner and Pierce LePage were sitting first and second overall, but less than 50 points separated first from fourth. Unfortunately, neither of the 3rd or 4th place men, including world record holder Kevin Mayer, were able to complete the events of Day 2. However, there were other surprise performances that kept the Canadians from walking away with the top hardware. After some tough luck in the pole vault and javelin events, Warner and LePage were sitting 2nd and 4th, respectively, heading into the 1500m final. After a huge javelin throw that launched him into third, the young German Niklas Kaul pulled out all the stops, running a 4:15 (very competitive by decathlete standards) to take the win, relegating Warner to the bronze medal position yet again. LePage finished 5th.
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Wow what a race! So honored to be part of the fastest race in history. Coming out of this year with a Canadian Record and another Championship final! Thank you everyone for all the support. A huge congrats to @dalilahmuhammad_ for breaking the world record!! #worldchampionships #teamcanada #nike #xendurance #aftershokz
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The men’s 4x100m heats on Day 8 were so fast that despite running season best times, both Canada and Jamaica missed out on qualifying for the finals! Sage Watson was 8th in the 400mH.
In what is widely considered the fastest 1500m ever, 9 women ran faster than 4 minutes, including Gabriela Debues-Stafford, who broke her own Canadian record by almost 3.5 seconds (3:56.12) to finish 6th. This performance was immediately followed by an equally hot 5,000m final, where 11 out of 15 women ran PB times, not the least of which was Andrea Seccafien‘s first sub-15.
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Bye Doha!♦♦ It was so special to share these champs with this superstar, my old pal @gabrielastafford. We’ve both come a long way since our first major games in Rio. We were two very green gals from Toronto just trying to hold it together in the qualifying rounds. Fast forward a few years, and we’re both World Championships finalists, Gabriela placing 6th in a mind blowing National Record. I’m glad we’re still on this journey together, even though we train in two separate corners of the world now. Here’s hoping we continue it in Tokyo! . . . #likeaG #GalPals #UTTCAlumni #AthleticsCanada #TeamCanada #IAAFWorldChampionships2019 #Doha #MiddleDistanceRunners #TrackWomen #WorldFinalists #Tokyo2020
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Field events round-up: Brittany Crew was 8th in the women’s shot put, while Tim Nedow was 9th in the men’s competition. Michael Mason finished 7th in the men’s high jump.
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Left it all on the track and field ♦ #WorldAthleticsChamps
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On the final day of competition, Mohammed Ahmed hung with the lead men in the 10,000m until the final lap when he just lost touch. But his perseverance was rewarded with a 6th place finish and a new Canadian record of 26:59.
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NEW CANADIAN RECORD ♦ ♦ @moh_speed23 runs a time of 26:59.35 to finish 6th in the men's 10,000m final, breaking his own Canadian record of 27:02.35 ♦ #WorldAthleticsChamps
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Up next month: a recap of the fall’s world marathon majors and STWM!
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This fundraiser features faculty members from the renowned Beckett School of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University’s prestigious Faculty of Music. Featured musicians include guitarist Dan Beackock, pianists Rebekah Jordan Miller, Nichole Robertson, Marnie Van Weelden, and Peter de Sousa, percussionist and vibraphone player Dave O’Neill, and Danielle Beck, who teaches saxophone, flute and clarinet.
The Low Vision Clinic Centre for Sight Enhancement is located at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science’s Optometry Clinic, and provides a comprehensive range of vision rehabilitation services. In order to make comprehensive vision care resources available to all of our citizens, the Low Vision Clinic is able to offset the cost of vision care, including low vision assessments and devices, through fundraising, and donations for the Centre for Sight Enhancement’s Share the Gift of Sight programme.
Sunday, October 27th ~ 3 pm
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Hello all and welcome back!
With the closing of Suburban Motel on the horizon, I just wanted to take a moment to recognize and thank everyone that was involved in the creation of this great show! Shout out to our esteemed crew: director Leonard Mario Zgrablic; Stage Manager Heather Stonehouse; ASMs Matt Mustin and Min Ling; Technical Director Matt Walsh; Props Master Alex Schmidt; Costume Designer Esther Aitchison; and co-producers Nicole Lemieux and Chris Lolas. Give it up for our wonderful cast: Nike Abbott as Shirley; Peter Aitchison as RJ; Tim Finnigan as Rolly; Brian Fox as Phillie; Stephanie Kraus as Amanda; Nicole Lemieux as Helen; Karly Snoddon as Denise and Shawn Vincent as Stevie. And lastly, special thanks to everyone that helped out with set build, front-of-house, etc. and to all of you who saw the show! You are all rock stars! Thank you!
And now let me introduce you to the man who stars in both shows as the lovable drunk Phillie, Mr. Brian Fox! Brian has been a member of our community for many years and this is his first main role in a KWLT production!
♦ (Meet Brian Fox as Phillie)
What is it like working on both shows? Is Phillie the same throughout or different?
“I find that in both [shows], he’s kind of the comic relief. He comes in, says a few lines to kind of break up things, and then everybody else says their thing[s]... and in scene 2 [of Criminal Genius] I’m laying on the floor for half the scene, which I did not expect. In Problem Child he’s a little more serious. In scene 6, [he] and RJ have a one-on-one that’s kind of serious, but when rehearsing, we added a little more comedy to it. Criminal Genius is pretty much all comedy! Problem Child is the downer, very serious, and Criminal Genius is suppose to lighten everything up; this is the screwball dark comedy kind of thing.”
What are Phillie’s motivations in each show?
“In the first [show] he’s sympathetic to [Denise]; he’s sympathetic to her cause and what she’s trying to do. In the second [show] he just wants to get paid! ‘Hey guys you wanna stay one more night? PAY ME!’ And then he gets… sucked into the world of these not very good criminals... He’s along for the ride... which leads to hilarious consequences. The show is called Criminal Genius but no one actually is one!”
What kind of tactics or methods did you use to get into the mindset of Phillie?
“Well, most of the time, he’s drunk! So, I’m just trying to play him spaced. Just kind of wander off; play it light-headed. Through out a lot of it it's, ‘Oh, he's a brain-dead drunk’, but in Problem Child, I’m only really drunk in the first scene. Whenever I come out after that, I’m a bit more sober, so I’m just kind of more angry with the world.”
♦ (No more booze. Brian as Phillie)
What kind of backstory did you create for Phillie? How does that relate to him being sympathetic to Denise?
“So the backstory I created, a lot of it was trying to figure out where this guy came from, like how did he get here? How did he end up being the manager of this place? What lead to his circumstances? I played around with a lot on that. So [I’m] thinking something traumatic happened in his past. Maybe he was in the military and has PTSD. Maybe he was in the service, something happened, he came back… and now he’s back in the real world and he can see [injustice] all over the place. He’s whole stick is that [he believes] there’s no justice in the world. He talks about his cousin Edward giving him the job, and maybe [Edward] just wants him to run the motel to kind of keep him out of trouble. Like, [maybe] Edward is doing this as a favour or just a way to keep him out of trouble. That’s kind of the backstory I created; he saw things and when he came back he couldn’t handle it, so he hid in the booze.”
You have been with this theatre for a while. Is this your first time acting on the stage?
“First time as the main player on the stage.”
What other things how you done for the theatre?
“It’s been a lot of builds! I’ve done a LOT of set building. I starting in I believe 2012 or 2013. I just kind of got roped into doing a lot of set building. In 2014, it was the first time I did acting, I was in Dover Road. It required four serving characters: two female, two male. They just kind of go around [the set] and don’t say much. We were also tech crew as well, so we were also on headset at the back, and [making sure props and things got to places on and off stage]. I had to wear this very snug [waiter] vest, so we were the best looking tech crew. I liked doing that; it was fun being a part of that show. I saw the work that [the actors did], like learning their lines and I was like, ‘Wow, I don’t think I can do that. It seems like a lot of time and a lot of work’”.
So now with this show being your first big role, how has that been?
“It is tough! It is a heck of a lot of work! I kind of expected that, but I still find myself surprised like, ‘Wow, this is a lot of commitment and a lot of work’. At my job, I use my brain all day… so when [I] get home and [I] want to turn [my] brain off, [I can't]; I got to go over lines… I got to remember those lines! But I managed to find [the balance]... I got to it in the end.”
Do you prefer one show over the other? Is there a side of Phillie you like more?
“I’m not sure which side I like… Honestly, my exchange with RJ in scene 6, I really like. I really like the whole [thing] and that we put in little bits of comedy into it. But I feel like it's really serious and dramatic; and I really like that whole exchange that we have. I really like the little comic relief bits too… I dig comedy more… But this one time I have this dramatic exchange [...] I really dug that as well. I don’t know which one I’d rank over the other.”
♦ (Karly Snoddon as Denise, Brian Fox as Phillie)
Would you ever want to play another character from these two shows?
“I read for Rolly at the audition… Rolly is a really interesting character. If I got to do it all over again, I can see myself [playing] Rolly.
Now that you’ve been a main character in a show, did you see yourself acting more or just staying in tech?
“I will always do tech! I’ll tell you, the bathroom side of the set, the whole setup, I did that entire thing, and that sucker is solid! And for it to stay up during the run of the show… I’m very happy with that. Just to toot my own horn because I’m very proud of that. I can’t see myself not doing tech.”
With the acting part, right after this show, it’s going to be a long period of do nothing. I’m going to sit down and chill and figure out what I’m going to do after that. With rehearsing three times a week for ten weeks and then tech weekend and the run… I find I’m kind of drained. I don’t know [when I will do this again].”
Would you do it again?
“It depends…. If I do another show, I’d want to be more familiar with the text… This show I came in a little cold… In the future if I audition for something, I’d like to be more familiar with the text, before going ahead.”
What kind of advice would you give someone who wants to do community theatre? (Crew, acting etc).
“For acting part: find the time! You really got to find the free time. Realize the commitment. For tech: I’ve done so many builds, and every time I do a build I learn something new. If you really want to get into the set building or just building [set pieces] for the show, [my advice] is to just go to a build day. Go to a build day and do stuff and see how things are done, and just watch and help. It’s always good to have handy people. The more help the better... For anyone who’s unsure, just come out to a build day and help and watch.”
♦ (Pay the man! Brian as Phillie)
Good ol' Phillie! Standing up for justice and listening to whatever harebrained scheme the other characters come up with! You should check it out for yourselves! Problem Child/Criminal Genius has three more shows this week until it is gone forever! Tickets are on sale at eventbrite (www.eventbrite.ca/e/kwlt-presents-problem-child-and-criminal-genius-tickets-69261177045) or at the door! For more information, please check out our facebook page (www.facebook.com/KWLTheatre/) or continue searching this website. You can also find my other blogs at www.kwlt.org/blog and be sure to check out more blogs to come in the future!
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That about wraps up my Suburban Motel blog series. It's been great! Now I leave you with Brian's final remark:
“Let me tell you a story. In FASS 2006, I got the character that had the most stage time; I was the main antagonist, the blowhard, thespian actor, and I really hammed it up. A lot of people afterwards told me. ‘Dude, you should be doing more mainstage productions. You should go out and audition for stuff.’ But I had other things going on, and I always was like ‘I’m not familiar with the text’; I didn’t feel comfortable auditioning. Fast forward many years later, now I’m finally kind of [ready]. I auditioned for something, even though I wasn’t familiar with it, and I got in both! There’s a part of me that’s like ‘Maybe you should have done this sooner.’ But you know ‘Better late than never!’ It’s been a tiring experience; a little stressful at times, but I don’t regret it. I’ve enjoyed my time doing all this. The one thing I’ll take away from this, is the people I’ve worked with. I mean, it’s too separate casts and I got to work with both of them, and I love them all! They are great people!”
In short: “Better late than never!”