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GetAssist Helps Bridge the Gap in the Skilled Trades Shortage

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It is estimated that Canada will need one million skilled trades workers by 2020 and there will be a shortage of 800,000.

Why is there a shortage?

Experts think it boils down to a perception distortion amoung the youth. A survey by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and Skills Canada found that 71% of students surveyed claimed that their guidance counsellors in high school did not encourage them to go into skilled trades.

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The Benefits of a Snow Removal Service

4 Benefits of Hiring a Snow Plow Service

The Benefits of a Snow Removal Service

A snow plow service, like many things in life, is often assumed more expensive than it really is. The recent snow storm of epic proportions in Alberta may have you regretting not having one.

When you consider all the risk that is mitigated by hiring a professional to extract the sometimes powdery, and sometimes downright icy white stuff… you may even see the investment not only saves you head and back aches, but money as well.

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Remote B2B Business

How to Grow a B2B Business Beyond Your Bounds

Remote B2B Business‘Buy Local’ and ‘Support Small Business’ are values that GetAssist highly regard, but what about the entrepreneur whose geographical community can not sustain his venture and whose services are not constrained by locality?

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Old Pipes, New Swipes For Your Plumbing Business

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In 2016 aging sewage pipes, and the impact they can have when they fail were prominently in the news. The average homeowner is now aware of the issue, but may not realize that if they are not in a new development, their residential sewer lines were likely installed in the 1950’s or 60’s using a kind of “no-corrode” pipe called “Orangeburg.” The pipe gets its name from the city Orangeburg, New York where the bituminous (a black viscous mixture of hydrocarbons obtained naturally or as a residue from petroleum distillation) fiber pipe was manufactured starting in the 1800’s. A technology now 200 years old! After all this time, this type of pipe’s vulnerabilities are becoming apparent, namely having a tendency towards ground movement and being compromised by root intrusion. Orangeburg’s also can not bear much weight which causes them to lose shape and pneumatic pressure or flow.

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Make the Most of the GetAssist Business Network

With GetAssist, the power is in the Network.

To date, GetAssist has over 4,000 businesses taking advantage of our Business Membership.  There are over 600 business categories to choose from serving both B2B and B2C clients.

When 1000’s of small businesses come together, they become a powerful collective creating the kind of interactions that everyone can use to Get and Give assistance, making everyday life better.

Below is a feature map of the GetAssist Business Membership Packages.

You can see that we offer a combination of the features that other social networks which serve businesses do, all in one place. But that being said, even if you have every marketing, organizational development and project management tool at your disposal, your advertising budgeted dollars will go wasted if you do not USE the tools.

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New England Venture Summit

GetAssist at the 2016 New England Venture Summit

GetAssist at New England Venture Summit

The annual Venture Summit, presented by youngStartup Ventures, is the premier industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, university researchers, incubators and premier service providers.

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How Your Small Business Can Start Giving Back

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Social Responsibility and Giving Back have been hot topics for small businesses for several years now.

Whether it’s from social pressure or a sincere feeling of duty, the addition of this initiative into a business model can be troublesome when considering costs and execution. Studies show that corporate virtue in the form of social responsibility and, to a lesser extent, environmental responsibility, is likely to pay off. In fact, market research by Cone revealed 91% surveyed said they are likely to switch brands to one that supports a good cause, given a similar price and quality. There are also many other benefits to a local business giving back to its community; such as:

  • Building a good reputation
  • Employee moral and respect
  • Expanded networking
  • Loyal customers
  • Positive press

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Why Should You Care if a Local Small Business Succeeds?

Why you should care if a local small business succeeds
According to Intuit Canada, 15% of new start-ups fail in year one, while 50% won’t be able to celebrate a five year anniversary. Knowing this, should you feel a sense of protection for the new shop that just opened up down the street? If you didn’t invest in the venture, you have nothing to gain or lose, right?

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How To Reduce Employee Turnover

How to reduce employee turnover

In today’s competitive job market, employee turnover is becoming an increasing concern for today’s business owners, especially since high employee turnover hurts a company’s bottom line. Experts estimate it costs upwards of twice an employee’s salary to find and train a replacement. And frequent turnover can damage morale among remaining employees, thereby hurting the corporate culture.

In this article we will discuss how you can safeguard the capital you’ve invested in your employees and their talent.

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Conflict Resolution and Communication Techniques for Employees


Although most of us are taught many valuable lessons as well as information during our school years, one extremely important skill that most of are never taught, yet is required for both healthy work and interpersonal relationships, is conflict resolution.

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