There’s a common misconception that user data in SaaS applications (i.e. Office 365, Gsuite, etc) is fully backed up. It’s more likely that an employee will delete something they end up needing two weeks later than the possibility of all of Google’s servers being destroyed by a storm. In fact, SaaS applications usually aren’t the responsible party for data loss, but they aren’t built to protect against accidental or malicious actions either.


Security and Automation

I’ve recently been looking into some issues with a fleet of computers being infected with a ransomware threat. Fortunately, in this case, the Anti-Virus software on each computer was preventing the ransomware from actually encrypting files, but enough of it was active that the malware was spreading through the network, attempting to compromise more machines. It would only be a matter of time before it found a machine with malfunctioning (or missing!) Anti-Virus software.

How to Make Prospective Clients Aware of Your Work

I’ll bet you do great work with your clients. But if your clients are the only ones who know what you can do, you won’t stay in business. There are many ways to let prospective clients know about your work, But for most self-employed professionals, there are only four categories that make sense: networking, speaking, writing, and media

Give specific examples of the results and benefits of your work which are anchored in physical reality. Saying, “My client saved $1500 on his taxes” makes a tax preparer’s work tangible. “I prepare and file tax returns” does not.

Small Business Community Network (SBCN)

The Small Business Community Network (SBCN) was created and co-founded by Dave and Linda Ockwell-Jenner i 2003 to offer a community based networking organization to business owners who would benefit from the support, mentorship, strategies, education offered to them.

Our monthly networking events take place the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

Check out the many benefits offered via our membership packages:


Shortened URLs (and QR Codes)

You’ve seen them before: the cryptic shortened URLs.  Generally speaking, these are short links to sites with long names.  Services such as,, and (mostly defunct) will take the long URL and create a shortened version.  The result is something that looks like this: 

5 Key Benefits of Stretching

In my profession as a nutrition coach, it's very common to focus on the big picture items like eating healthy & working out, and forgetting about smaller details like say stretching. I was guilty of it too. You know when I first started working out a few years ago, I did it with enthusiasm and lots of energy. I pushed my body with every workout and I focused on workouts that built muscle, improved my stamina & endurance and which would make the biggest impact on my overall fitness. Yup, I was a badass.

SBCN Events

We host regular monthly networking events, every third Wednesday evening at the WRSBC, Kitchener City Hall.  The purpose of these events is obviously the networking opportunities to meet new connections and of course build strong relationships with our known connections, consistently, every month.

The monthly seminars educate the attendees on many diverse topics relating to businesses.

Curiosity Takes You Far

I am often asked why I attend a lot of IT related events when in reality I am not a techy person or work in that industry.

My answer is simple, I am curious about all aspects of business.

In the past I have had the pleasure of listening to one of the founders of Reddit share his story.

4 Small Business Metrics To Get Sales & Financial Results

Decision making and small business cash management, at times, get overwhelming owing to milestones and to-do lists involved. Not just centralized on keeping tabs on the financial health of your business, you also need to have the acumen to allocate capital to pay expenses. And then comes the retirement dream which could only be realized if you pinpoint right concerns to address.  The following guide is all about understanding some key strategies which could help your money management skills to plan for the unforeseen eventualities.

Is Office 365 Right For Your Business?

If there is one thing that small business owners know, it’s that time is precious. Anything that can improve our efficiency is a good thing, right? IT has promised a lot, but doesn’t always deliver fully on it’s promise. Software that doesn’t quite work well together, things that break and complexity are some of the common challenges we’ve all faced.

When it comes to a modern business, there’s an emphasis on communication and collaboration. We frequently need to work with others to manage our business, to produce our products or services and to service our customers.