2014 Business Blitz

On Tuesday May 13th our business 10/20 class went on a south Albert business blitz in Regina Saskatchewan. What is the business blitz? The business blitz is where cadewe go to store in the south Albert area that are locally owned by Regina entrepreneurs.  For our classes business blitz we visited The French press and Cade Style Lounge. The group I was in went to Cade Style Lounge first. We met the owner of the Cade store, Chelsea O’Connell. She was great, and was willing to answer any questions we had at all. She informed us that Cade is the female version of Coda. Coda was first opened in Regina selling both male and female clothes. When the company started to become more popular they separated the female and male sections. That’s when Cade opened. We also met the owner of both Cade and Coda, Colter Wood, who came up with the idea of selling international brands in small city Regina.

frenchThe second local store we visited was The French Press. The French Press is a local coffee shop, it started off in 2004 as a Java Express, then realized that they wanted to have there own menu ideas so the branched off as The French Press. The coffee machines and beans they use are all made in Regina. Soon they are also using a Regina tea brand, Tea Time. They are also creating there own unique coffee that is limited to the french press. Along with that they are changing there menu entirely.

Some changes I would make to the business blitz are that I would enjoy to have more store to go to and more time in each store. I would also want to venture out to different stores in the city than just Albert street stores.  Since we only have an hour I would make the business Blitz longer and maybe have it go over lunch or throughout the day. Overall I did enjoy the business blitz and it would be something I would enjoy to try again and visit more local stores in Regina.

 

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Building Your Resume

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Example of a poor resume.

The next unit in our business 10 class is looking into building resumes. Before we begin this new unit our teacher wanted us to research before hand and take a look at the do’s and don’ts of resumes. To begin I’m going to write about the don’ts  of resume writing. While looking through sites many had the same key points.  One point that couldn’t be stressed enough is to not talk about your own personal life. Examples of this include, personal characteristics (ex. height, weight etc.), life story, and hobbies. When listing your strong suites do not list qualities that are not needed for the job you are applying for.   Also do not include your criminal records, negative words and ideas, and bland word choice. Employers are looking for some one ready to bring new and creative ideas to the work place. Make sure to keep your information organized showing your employer that you are an organized person.

 

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Example of a creative outline for a resume.

When writing a resume make sure to keep the content short and sweet. Get to the point fast and avoid over writing. Employers may enjoy a little bit of creativity so you make your resume have a little bit of colour and designs to draw the attention to your resume. Make sure to keep your resume short, one – two pages is the ideal length. Focus on the most important skills that will be beneficial to the job you are applying for.

Presentation Critique

slide-1-638Our last assignment was to critique a power point presentation. My power point was, Profile Pic’s Do’s and Don’ts. We were given six categories and were told to rate the chosen power point on them.  The six categories were – info, colour scheme, images, font and use of text, content is relevant and clear, and overall design.

The info provided in this power point was well organized, with a perfect amount of each info on each page. The pages were not cluttered with words, but enough writing so you were able to understand. The colour scheme stuck to two main colours. Blue and yellow. You may be thinking that those colours look awful together, but the yellow was florescent, it was a duller colour, but still popped out on the navy blue background. All images used in this slide were relevant to one another, they were all Lego pictures that related to the words perfectly with out any confusion. The had a picture to almost every slide corresponding with the text. Font at times was difficult to read, they choose a font were the words were compacted together. To improve this they could have made the test smaller of chosen a different font so the text was less compact. Through out the slide show each slide stuck to the main topic, ” Profile Pic’s, Do’s and Don’ts”. All the tips were well written and easy to understand. They also gave reasoning on why you want your profile picture they way they tell you to have it. Finally the last category was overall design, the colours worked well together  and the slides and formatting was kept consistent. Overall I would give this power point an 8/10.

TweetChat

During this week of BST 10 we collaborated with the Hoover Alabama students through a tweet chat. What is a tweet chat you may ask? A tweet chat is virtual gatherings or meeting held on twitter.  Tweet chat participants use a hash tag to identify their tweets belonging to a partictwitterular chat. The hash tag we used was #camhoobiz symbolizing the collaboration between Campbell and Hoover High school businesses classes. In our tweet chat we discussed 7 different questions about social media and personal branding. During this tweet chat I learned that it is important to keep in mind that anyone can see what you are posting. It is important to remember that some employers may explore your social media pages to see what kind of person you are. I enjoyed this tweet chat because everyone was able to see everyone else opinions, you could respond and discuss and share your opinion with others. This is something that I would enjoy to do every two weeks. In the future maybe we could discuss more of our personal lives, and have a few different hash tags that are of different topics that people could discuss on. I would enjoy to get to know  the Alabama students better and actually have a conversation with them personally.

The picture shows tweets from the period 4 tweet chat, tweets came from Eva and Sarah. Click their names to check out more of their answers to some of the tweet chat questions!

Cyber-Bullying

Cyber- bullying has become a serious issue of the past few years. As we all know technology has improved immensely over the past years, sometimes this is a good thing, other times not so much. An issue that was sprung upon us while technology was improving was cyber-bullying. More then 43% of kids have been bullied online, and 1 of 4 of them it has happened more then once. Over the past few days in business class we have been looking up statistics and ways to prevent cyber-bullying. We made info graphics showing information about cyber-bullying and the harms it can cause. Researching facts really opened my eyes, I learned about how many people have been bullied online and that cyber-bullying is not just saying rude comments about others online.

To find out more statistics and types of cyber-bullying, click the info graphic I made below! Remember to stay safe online!

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To find out more information on cyber-bullying and ways to prevent it click the links below!

Entrepreneurs in Regina

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Regina Legislative Building

Regina, Saskatchewan also known as The Queen City, has a population of 205,000 people. Regina has a interesting climate, it changes from cold, dry winters, to warm summers. On average Regina has about 113 frost free days. Regina is known for its sunny skies, on average we have about 2,365 hours of sunshine a year. Regina has a resource based economy, with oil, gas, potash, and agricultural industries. Regina also has many small businesses run by local entrepreneurs, one of which I will be telling you about.

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My local business/entrepreneur is Aloha Hot Tubs, locally operated by a married couple Kelly and Gail Goff. Kelly and Gail have been running Aloha for about 3 years now and plan to continue for many years. Kelly attended the University of Regina for 2 years, and Gail is extremely mechanically inclined. Gail started thinking about the hot tub business when she bought a hot tub off of eBay. She payed $3000  for a 2007 model that did not work. After many service techs, from various hot tubs stores tried to fix her hot tub it was unsuccessful, and she ended up paying an additional $3000-$5000 to fix her hot tub. After this fiasco she realized Regina needed a hot tub business that not only sold quality hot tubs but had proper service to fix the hot tubs and superb customer experience.

Kelly and Gail started up Aloha Hot Tubs in 2011 and began selling J&J hot tubs. J&J is a Chinese manufactured hot tub company, but Gail soon noticed they did not have the quality nor support she wanted to give her customers.

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One of many outstanding Beachcomber hot tubs, sold at Aloha!

After Gail realized she needed higher quality Hot tubs, the VP of Beachcomber walked into her store and asked her to sell their brand of hot tubs. Once Gail visited the owner of a Beachcomber hot tubs store in Saskatoon, she realized they cared about the costumers, products and had quality service. Beachcomber has been around for 36 years and is a Canadian company which is one of many competitive advantages of Aloha Hot Tubs. Aloha Hot Tubs has excellent quality, exceptional service, and treats their customers like family.  All the staff at Aloha want to ensure the hot tub you purchase is one you will enjoy for the next 20 -25 years!

If you are interested in checking out Aloha Hot Tubs check out the links below!

Aloha Hot Tubs Website 

Aloha Hot Tubs Facebook 

Aloha Hot Tubs Twitter 

Travel

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Celebrity cruise ship

Twice a year or more my family travels to places outside of the country. Out of the whole year these are my favorite times. The reason I love travelling so much is because I enjoy spending time with my family and sight-seeing. My favorite trips to go on are Caribbean cruises, they are my favorite because you  stop off at more than one place.  They are also one of my favorite vacations because you meet tons of people from places outside of the country. On the three cruises I have been on I met tons of friends that don’t live in Canada, and still talk to them today.

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Diamond Head, Volcanic Crater

My second favorite place to travel is Honolulu, Hawaii. I have been there twice and adored it every time. Hawaii has spectacular scenery, beaches and beautiful blue oceans,  fantastic shopping and places to hike such as diamond head. I spent most of my time  surfing, and snorkeling off the shore of a beach right outside my hotel. Hawaiian oceans are so beautiful and breath – taking.

I have traveled many places but  Hawaii and cruises are definitely my  favorite. In the future I want to travel to Europe and several places in America. Maybe even meet up with some of the friends I met on other trips. When I’m older I plan to travel to all the continents and explore the different land and scenery.