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Introducing the CORExperts Business Directory

One of the mandates of CORE Business Centres is to provide unique networking opportunities to our customers. We’re excited to announce an initiative to enhance that mandate with the CORExperts Business Directory. You can sign up on the CORE website, and list your business, expertise, social media channels and anything else that would help potential clients find your business.

Making connecting our customers easier than ever.

  • Sign up to list your business and gain more visibility and customers
  • When CORE customers are looking for your type of business,  you will  be easy to find and easy to contact
  • Find other local small businesses to reach out to
  • Completely free, completely secure

Add your listing today!


September Artist of the Month: Jessica Auer

CORE Monkland is proud to feature a local artist in-store and on its blog every month.

Jessica Auer b. 1978

Jessica Auer is a documentary-style landscape photographer from Montreal. Her work is broadly concerned with the study of cultural sites, focusing on themes that connect place, journey and cultural experience.

Jessica received her MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 2007 and is the recipient of several awards such as the W.B. Bruce European Fine Art Travel Fellowship and the Roloff Beny Prize. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and abroad, and is held in various private and public collections, including the Musée des Beaux Arts du Québec, the Canada Council Art Bank and the Cirque du Soleil. Her first book, Unmarked Sites, received several mentions as one of the top ten photography books published in 2011. Jessica is a co-founder and a board member at Galerie Les Territoires in Montréal and teaches photography at Concordia University and Champlain College St.Lambert. She is represented by Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Ottawa.

CONTACT [email protected]

A Suite Address : A Necessity for Small Businesses or just Vanity ?

I'll have to forgive us if we are big fans s a reason so many small businesses s worth the modest investment to have a suite address. Number one, a mailbox is a lot cheaper than a real office. Second, women appreciate the extra security that comes from not putting s helpful for small business people working on the road to have a place where they can receive packages and courier deliveries.

Talk to your CORE owner and they’ll be glad to tell you all the other reasons why a suite address makes sense for your business.

The need to network

It’s been said that the best way to find a new job is to network effectively. That is to say, you need to get the word out to all your friends and business contacts that you’re looking for a job. Hopefully, your direct contacts will let their personal and professional networks know about your search as well.

It’s no different when you run a small business and you’re looking for clients. Tell everyone you meet (in any setting) what you do and what kind of clients you service. And remember to reciprocate : make sure you ask people you meet what they do and if there’s any way you can steer business to them. This is the principle that small businesses must live by : scratch-my-back-and-I’ll-scratch-yours.

Marketing at your fingertips (literally)

Whatever e-mail server you’re using, they most likely store the addresses to which you have sent or from which you have received e-mail messages. This means that you have at your finger-tips a list of hundreds if not thousands of names of past clients. Some may not have actually done business with you but in that pile of names will be a large percentage of real and potential clients. So what are you waiting for ? Mine that list with regular specials and haven’t-heard-from-you-in-awhile tweaks. Don’t forget that the single best source of future business is existing (or previous) clients. And regular e-mail blasts are one of the least expensive yet most effective marketing tools at your disposal.