Last week, I had an opportunity to attend the Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference at the Mississauga Convention Centre. What an amazing experience to be able to meet so many business owners, including many CFIB members, and start-ups! The event drew over 1,000 people, showcasing business opportunities from 20-plus booths.
It is extremely important for business owner to familiarize themselves with networking events happening in the city and across many other communities. Through these events, you can:
- Hear from speakers that have overcome many small business struggles
- Connect with individuals from different organizations who can help you manage your business
- Get inspiration and motivation to start a service or product
Of course, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business was in attendance. As I was visiting the many on-site booths, I was excited to cross paths with a CFIB member who I have been helping throughout the year. I’ve had the opportunity to answer the business owners’ questions on employee job descriptions, employment standards and much more!
This is what they said about CFIB’s Business Counselling service:
“It was definitely a good decision for us to join CFIB; I only wish we had been approached years earlier. I have found that CFIB counsellors such as yourself provide detailed explanations and relevant resources.”
– Arie Pekar
Most recently, Joy reached out to me about compliance questions, as an inspection was due to take place at her business. With the assistance of CFIB’s handy “Compliance checklist for Ontario”, Joy said: “Thank you again for this information. It was extremely valuable. Within 15 minutes she (inspector) had a letter to us that we passed. Thank you for your help.”
Running a small business is rarely easy. We at CFIB appreciate this reality! Our Business Counsellors are continually fielding questions that can help business owners navigate their way through government regulations. We strive to:
- Help you save time on complex compliance matters
- Keep you free of penalties or fines
- Give you peace of mind, by providing you information, solutions or direction
We do not provide legal advice, however we can provide sufficient information that you can check with your legal advisor – to avoid any harm to your business.
The story behind Arie and Joy Pekar
Interested in learning more about how Arie and Joy made their way as entrepreneurs? Check out their story!
Inforce Security Corp was founded in 2005 by Arie Pekar. Arie was running a restaurant in 2001 and needed to perform certain tasks remotely. His background in IT inspired him to seek out surveillance technology that would allow him not only to watch his business from home, but also to interact with its security features from a distance. This was extremely progressive at a time when surveillance cameras were still largely using VCRs as recorders and were only used for playback purposes.
After selling the restaurant, Arie recognized the opportunity to help other like-minded business owners obtain remotely viewable and interactive surveillance technology for their businesses.
Inforce Security was born!
Inforce Security Corp stayed ahead of the pack when it came to surveillance technology. Arie’s background in IT equipped him with the skills needed in a fast-changing industry. His background in retail and hospitality business ownership provided him with the knowledge of what business owners would value most.
“A rewarding aspect of this business” says Arie, “is delivering a quality installation that helps customers meet needs they didn’t even know a surveillance system was capable of helping with.”
Over time, Arie turned Inforce Security Corp into a family business that values customer relationships, quality installations, ongoing customer support and continuous learning for its technology team to stay at the forefront of a quickly changing field. As the team grows, it now employs technicians, project managers, accountants and business developers, with a combined 200 years’ worth of experience in the security and technology fields.
Author: Cesar Gomez, CFIB Business Counsellor
Cesar Gomez Garcia has been with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business for six years. His current role at the CFIB is helping our members, which are small business owners with their question on compliances. These questions can range from Employment Standards, Health and Safety, as well as complicated red tape situations that small business face today. His passion is reading and writing about entrepreneurship. Learn more about Cesar.