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Business interview with Larry owner of ‘Yes to Fresh’

Interview of an owner of a restaurant Larry owner of ‘Yes to Fresh’ and the owners of Artik, Saul and Rafi. Larry wanted to get a different perspective form business people with years of experience.

We discuss the challenges and experiences of running a restaurant and a small business. Some of the topics discussed:

  • Main challenges in running a restaurant
  • Finding and keeping good employees
  • Developing systems for  a consistent product
  • Managing priorities and managing time
  • Working on the business and not only in the business
  • Learning to delegate, why business owners have a hard time delegating.
  • Marketing, both traditional, online and social media marketing
  • In-store point of sales messages

This video has insights and ideas for anyone in the restaurant or food industry and anyone who runs a small business.

Presented by Artik custom printed T-shirts and promotional items in Toronto

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$50.00 Draw Winner!

‘Just for Smiles’ draw!
Congratulations to Nadiia Fokina.
First prize winner of $50.00.


As part of the Artik sponsorship of the ‘Just for Smiles’ event, we offered a social media contest. All people that liked our Facebook page or followed us on Google+ were entered into a draw.

There were also two ‘Just for Smiles’ T-shirt winners!

Draw by Artik custom printed T-shirts Toronto 

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Interview with Tammy Gunn

Interview with Tammy Gunn

As a company that does custom printed promotional items in Toronto since 1985 I come across many interesting entrepreneurs. I met Tammy Gunn several years ago when we were both doing self-development courses. Over a year ago Tammy took the big leap and quit her full time office admin job and went full time into running her fitness business Live Out Loud Movement http://liveoutloudmovement.wordpress.com

In the interview Tammy and I have a conversation divided into two parts, the first part is from the business point of view, about her experience taking the big leap and running a small business as a fitness instructor full time, Tammy talks about the benefits and challenges. One of the most valuable is her advice on the steps to take before quitting your job and going full time into business for yourself. If you learn one thing from this video, it is the importance of a business coach. If you are a fitness instructor, personal trainer, musician, life coach, or any service provider looking to quit your full time job and go on to running a full time business then you will benefit from Tammy’s advice.

Next we discuss marketing for a small business, Tammy describes her unique gorilla marketing ideas and we go in depth into social media marketing for small business in Toronto. Currently Tammy does a lot of blogging and Facebook work. As the co-owner of Artik I am doing social media marketing with Facebook, Google plus and with a new format which is video and audio pod-casting with this video being the start.

In the second part of the interview Tammy and I discussed Fitness and weight loss, as a fitness instructor in Zumba and Laughter Yoga, Tammy does 20 to 24 classes a week, this means 20 – to 24 hours of fitness workout every single week. Tammy tells me about her personal journey from being overweight, smoking and unhealthy to working on her weight loss and fitness through different forms of training.
Tammy told me about the unique fitness class called laughter yoga, I learned that 20 minutes of deep laughter is equivalent to 40 minutes on a rowing machine and more fun!

It took Tammy several years to find a fitness she loved, dancing! Through Zumba Tammy was able to get fit and have fun this passion became her part time work and now her full time fitness company.

Check out Tammy’s blog here http://liveoutloudmovement.wordpress.com
And for any custom printed T-shirts in Toronto and other items check Artik
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Artik’s Holiday Video

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Thanks for watching the video, it’s a little silly but we had a ton of fun making it and showing it at our Christmas party. If you’d like to see more from Artik, circle us on Google Plus, follow us on Twitter and see us on Facebook.

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5 Ways to Spend Winter In Toronto (inspired by nature)

Looking for something to do when Toronto gets reeeaally freezing cold? Here are some ideas inspired by Mother Nature:

5. Play in the snow

No need for expensive activities, dogs just hit snow.

Winter in Toronto!

Winter Toronto Dog

Chillin’ in a Winter Wonderland

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Brett Wilson gives entrepreneurs key business lessons

In November of 2013, my business partner and I (of Artik Toronto) made our way to Ottawa to attend a Startup Canada event. Three federal ministers and the Mayor of Ottawa gave speeches. The most anticipated event was the keynote address by Brett Wilson of The TV series “Dragons’ Den”.

Just as many others, I had enjoyed his style on Dragons’ Den. Brett struck me as an authentic and fair Dragon with his human side shining through. There were many times I would watch the show and be frustrated by the way entrepreneurs were treated. In one show, Kevin O’Leary twice told the entrepreneur they should be ashamed of themselves. I think that all entrepreneurs should be proud of themselves. Most people play it safe in life, we the entrepreneurs take a risk and try to create something. Although we may need to grow, learn, and adjust our ideas, we should always be proud of what we do.

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The Five Laws of Great Bowling Shirts

To create a legendary bowling team you must go above all others. You must follow the great laws written in stone long ago.

Law 5. Display Your Bowling Team’s Name Clearly.

The Honeymooners taught us the importance of a loving marriage great bowling shirt.

Law 4. Include a Cheesy Bowling Pun.

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6 Things You Oughta Know About Mugs

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Toronto’s Beerfest: A festival of music, sun and beer!

Recently I went to the Toronto Beerfest and had an amazing time tasting beers, listening to music and basking in the sun. I got a chance to speak with Jen Murphy, one of the organizers of Beerfest.
A couple enjoys a brewsky at Beerfest 2013

A couple enjoys a brewsky at Beerfest 2013

Jeremy: Hey Jen, how was your weekend? 

My weekend was fantastic! It was spent at Toronto’s Festival of Beer which is in its 19th year. The festival is put on by Beerlicious Inc. and I work there as the assistant to the president of the festival. 

How many people came out to the Beerfest Toronto?

Roughly 10,000 per day come out to the festival.

Which day was the busiest?

Attendance was the highest on Saturday but it felt like Friday was the busiest day for me. The crowd for De la Soul was so epic and fun and made the place feel packed. 

Over ten thousand people showed up to celebrate Beerfest 2013

A few of the thousands of people who showed up to celebrate Beerfest 2013.

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