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Closure of the Notre-Dame Street Store

We're sorry to announce the closing of our Notre Dame store. If you had a mailbox at that location, any of the other CORE stores will honour the term of your contract. Please contact the respective CORE member directly to arrange a transfer of your address. All clients of the Notre Dame store should be assured that their needs can be met by any of our other outlets. We apologize for any inconvenience this closing may have caused you and we look forward to serving you at another CORE location.

CORE Business Centres Association Announces First New Member in Ontario

The CORE Business Centres family is pleased to announce the addition of its' newest member, the Glengarry Business Centre in Lancaster, Ontario.  This newest CORE outlet now brings the total of CORE stores to seven, five in the Montreal area and one each in Ontario and New York State.  You can now obtain a business address in Ontario simply by contacting the new Lancaster location directly.

“I welcomed the chance to join the CORE network because I had long heard good things about their organization and we share a similar vision as to what a small business owner needs to succeed in today’s economy,” commented Snyder on joining CORE.

“Being firmly established in my local community, joining the CORE network was the next logical step to expand my business. Being just off the 401 highway in Lancaster, my location is ideal for Montreal business owners looking for satellite or virtual office space in Ontario, while remaining within arm’s reach of the city. It trust the Glengarry Business Centre brings value to the CORE network”, Snyder concluded.

“This newest member is the perfect addition to accelerate our growth in Ontario,” said Henry Roth, founder of the CORE Business Centre Association. “Gary’s experience and strong track record will add value to the entire network of CORE locations, and most importantly, to our customers.”

About the CORE Business Centres Association

The CORE Business Centre Association is a network of independently-owned retail outlets offering a wide range of products and services to small and home-based business. Copying, printing, shipping, mailbox rental and so much more; CORE is the service provider and networking facilitator for a fast-growing number of Canadians. The associative model affords its members the advantages of franchising with none of the enormous costs or inflexibility. For more information about this alliance of business centres and how your copy/business centre can join the Association, please visit www.corebizcentres.com/about/join.php

How does a small business survive in an era of economic downturn, i.e., reduced discretionary spending?

This is the dilemma facing small business owners in every sector of the economy. Consumers are reducing their personal debt and purchases, saving money any way they can. Unfortunately for those of us running small businesses, that means customers are not spending as much money on our products and services as they did previously.

What to do ? The conventional wisdom says we should use creative marketing techniques and increase our product line to add new revenue streams. Good advice, but an important part of the equation is missing : your bottom line is affected by costs as much as it is by revenue and you probably have more control over costs than income. So concentrate your efforts for the next quarter on REDUCING YOUR COSTS !

Look at every single cost item on your balance sheet and ask yourself what can be done to reduce that expense. Are there suppliers in your marketplace (or on-line) who might be able to save you money ? Will your existing suppliers work with you to make you more competitive and ensure your (and the supplier’s) long-term financial health ? Can you move or down-size to reduce occupancy costs (a CORE mailbox is a lot more cost-effective than a small office) ? Have you consulted with friends and colleagues about your cost structure and potential savings ? Helpful advice may come from unpredictable sources.

And don’t forget to talk to your CORE owner because he deals with the same problems that you confront every day and he and the other CORE store-owners have worked collectively to tackle this cost issue aggressively and effectively.

We’re in this together and CORE is doing everything possible to provide the most economical bundle of products and services available anywhere in our market area.

CORE Business Centres Association Announces New Member

The CORE Business Centres Association is proud to announce the addition of its newest member; Groupe Repro Desmarais in Town of Mt. Royal. This brings the number of stores in this industry-transforming trade group to seven outlets across the Montreal area and New York, with expansion plans across Ontario and the rest of Canada.

Located at 8495 Decarie Blvd. (near the Metroplitan), the newest CORE location is a specialist in the design / architectural sector.

“We are pleased to welcome Groupe Repro Desmarais to the CORE family,” commented Henry Roth, the Association’s founding member. “The store has a long history of providing project-management services, and we look forward to working with this strong local business.

About the CORE Business Centres Association

The CORE Business Centre Association is a network of independently-owned retail outlets offering a wide range of products and services to small and home-based business. Copying, printing, shipping, mailbox rental and so much more; CORE is the service provider and networking facilitator for a fast-growing number of Canadians. The associative model affords its members the advantages of franchising with none of the enormous costs or inflexibility

For more information about this alliance of business centres and how your copy / business centre can join the Association, please visit www.corebizcentres.com.