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calendar with the date of January 2021 on it

 

In a recent article published by a reputable news source there was some information that was incorrectly provided and we’re here to set the story straight. The article stated that the deadline for all businesses that were legally required to have AODA compliant is in June 2021 – this is false.

 

As of January 2021, all websites for companies in Ontario with over 50 employees must adhere to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

 

What are the ramifications if your business is not compliant? It’s a pretty hefty fine– executives can be fined up to $100,000 each day a site remains non-compliant.

 

If you’re not sure whether or not your website is or should be compliant, feel free to reach out to us. Also, for more information on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) feel free to check out some of our blogs that highlight key information!

 

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About

Nelco Mechanical began its humble roots as a plumbing and heating company in 1906 in Hall's Lane, Kitchener, ON.

 

Nelco has been a trusted name since 1906.  Over the last 114 years of business there have been branding changes throughout those years.  Recently the ownership team reevaluated their mission statement, core values and principles.  Those old-time values, that started this great company have been true throughout its history. Not much has changed.  We still pride ourselves in quality, integrity and service. Those same ideals that those before us provided for our community and surrounding areas.

 

Those important values still ring true today and because of that we are returning to our roots and part of that is rebranding with the original logo that began Nelco so long ago. We believe it is timeless and it reflects and pays homage to those who have gone before us, who paved the way for us to carry the Nelco torch. For this reason, we are proud to introduce it once again.

 

Nelco's Main Contact Person: Christine Snider, GSI, Treasurer

 

No. of Employees: 125

Established: 1906

Location: 77 Edwin Street Kitchener, ON

 

Visit Nelco's website

 

 

 

Q:

Why did you choose REM?

 

A:

Recommended by a work associate.

 


Q:

What was it like working with REM?

 

A:

Very patient with timelines due to my extremely busy schedule as well as open to making any and all changes in terms of design.

 

 

Very patient with timelines due to my extremely busy schedule as well as open to making any and all changes in terms of design.

 

-- Christine Snider

 


 

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Exercise equipment in the background with a white box

 

I found it to be rather refreshing this year that I was not inundated with advertisements for gym memberships as we rang in the new year. 2021 surely started off differently and I assume resolutions look a lot different now as well. For me, this year is focused on my overall health. Not a numerical value in mind, just to feel good.

 

At the start of this journey, I invested in some weights, a treadmill, a yoga mat, exercise ball and a resistance band. I scoured YouTube to help build an at home routine that leaves me feeling energized. I’m not working out extensively like I would normally do at a gym, this time I’m moving in ways that make me feel better about myself, and this is empowering.

 

I think the best part about the 2021 resolution that I have made for myself is that I have created time each day to solely focus on feeling good, and the best part about this, is I’m in the comfort of my own home. I don’t need to go to a gym to feel like I’ve had a successful workout, I just needed the time for myself.

 

In addition to the time that I’ve carved out for myself, some of us at REM have Fitbit’s and make use of the weekly challenges. This keeps us motivated, and as a competitive bunch – it keeps us moving and laughing – the smack talk get’s quite entertaining at times.

 

I know we have all been stuck at home, some of us can get into ruts (I know I did) but making the most of it can be rewarding.

 

I’d love to know how you have been turning these series of unfortunate events into something great, please share your stories with us!

 

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Woman using a laptop with the Webwizard login in the screen

 

Now that I have a few training sessions under my belt upon my return to REM, I’d like to share my experiences with you as a trainer, and as a fellow student. Once we have designed, built, tested and reviewed your website, we typically reach out and schedule a training session with you. Pre-pandemic, we would invite you into our awesome office and hangout in the boardroom. Nowadays, we’re inviting you into our homes and conducting training sessions virtually.

 

Depending on the site we’ve built for you, sometimes we split your training sessions into two parts, one 1.5-hour session for our standard modules and a secondary session for anything custom on your site, for example – eCommerce. As a student, I know first-hand that there is a lot of information provided to you, and it really is difficult to absorb new material. As a trainer I know the majority of what is presented to you in the training session doesn’t quite resonate until you’ve had a chance to play with the tools. 

 

Here are some tips to help you through the training session:

 

Taking notes is NOT essential

I know this is slightly breaking every rule when it comes to learning. However, we have compiled training documents for you and will send them after the session is complete for your reference. I honestly believe, you will get more out of the training session if you’re focused on how to navigate our tools.

 

Ask questions

Our trainers won’t get upset if you interrupt us. I promise. If you’re unclear of how something works based on the way we’ve presented it to you, ask us to clarify or explain it in a different way. Remember, we want you to succeed.

 

Provide us with hypotheticals

Our trainers do our best to understand your business, however we are limited, during your training sessions, give us examples of the results you want to achieve and we’ll show you how.

 

Once your training session is over, you’ve received the training documents go into WebWiz@rd and update your content, make changes and get a feel for how it works. Remember, that’s not the end of the road for your learning either.

 

If you’re trying to change something and you’re stuck email us at support@remwebsolutions.com – we’re here to help.

 

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Illustration of three monitors and screenshots of online games

 

After undergoing what feels like numerous lockdowns, I think our team has really thrived in the socializing department. We all do miss each other in the office but I honestly believe being apart has brought us closer together. Cheesy I know… it’s all Gouda.

 

Personally, I try to have face-to-face conversations with each one of my colleagues on a weekly basis. Whether I’m asking a question about a project, or just a quick call to say “hi,” my teammates always answer when I call – this is something I’m truly grateful for because the team at REM is comprised of some of the funniest individuals I know.

 

In addition to our virtual face-to-face chats, at REM our entire team gathers on a call and collectively plays a game on Wednesdays! This weekly gathering is always filled with laughter and is the meeting I look forward to every week. I highly suggest implementing this “virtual fun time” with your teams, it boosts comradery, and pauses the stresses we all are facing right now.

 

In an effort to get you started here are some games that we’ve played so far:

 

Among Us

This game will truly test your sneak abilities. You’ll strategize together as a team to survive and have fun calling out your team members who hold the keys to your fate in the game.

 

Online Poker

This game really does bring out our competitive behaviours. It’s a great way to learn each other’s bluffing skills and push each other to our limits. It usually ends in an exciting show down that will have everyone talking.

 

skribbl.io

Although I haven’t played this specific game with the team yet, I hear it’s quite a riveting time. The synopsis – virtual Pictionary – drawing with a mouse leads to everyone having a grand old time.

 

Have you played any games with your team members lately? If you have, please share them with us! We love trying new things!

 

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Illustration of multiple devices with online shopping graphics

 

I have to admit, I’ve never been one to shop online. I was stuck in the mindset of only making purchases if I could touch a product. With the onset of COVID-19, I was forced to surrender myself to the world of online shopping. Let’s just say I may never return to a shopping mall again.

 

The year of 2020 brought us all challenges, it also brought us new experiences and the way we do things has forever changed. My online shopping addiction holds a strong case for business owners that are selling tangible products – it’s time to look at your options.

 

Of course, there are many platforms that exist that can give you an online marketplace, however they do come at a cost. Some of them charge transactional fees, some require you to pay a monthly subscription and you will often find yourself waiting for assistance on a support line when something goes wrong.

 

If you haven’t guessed yet, this is my shameless plug for our WebWiz@rd eCommerce Module. It really is a behemoth of a platform and allows you showcase your products, limit your transaction fees (we don’t believe in dipping into your hard-earned profits), and feel confident that you are in full control of the products you want to sell and how you want to present them to the world.

 

Here are a few reasons as to why I personally enjoy working with our clients who use our eCommerce module:

 

It looks great

When we design the look and feel of your eCommerce pages, we ensure it’s cohesive with the design of your website. Most online marketplaces offer you template looks and colours, with our eCommerce module we deliberately design and build it to give your customers a pleasant visual experience that keeps them searching through your products.

 

It’s easy

Yes, you can have complicated product offerings, however we have done our best to build you a tool that makes complicated, easy. Not only are we here to train and guide you on how to showcase and organize your products, we’re also here to support you throughout your journey of selling online. When you hit a roadblock, we’ve got your back!

 

It’s customizable

Not only is the design custom to the look of your website, our developers are able to tweak the module to ensure that it fits your needs. We’re aware that each business has different needs, especially right now and our team will work tirelessly to ensure that we provide you with the tools that you need to succeed.

 

If you like what you’ve read about our eCommerce module, feel free to reach out to us. We’re here to have a conversation about what you need to flourish!

 

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Donald Choi website on a computer monitor

 

About

Donald Choi Home has been distributing home furnishings to top furniture retailers and dealers across Canada for over 40 years.  With all of our furnishings, we strive to provide our customers with superior value and service.

 

Superior Value & Service

Donald Choi Home has been distributing home furnishings to top furniture retailers and dealers across Canada for over 40 years.  With all of our furnishings, we strive to provide our customers with superior value and service.

 

No. of Employees: 30

Established: 1971

Location: Waterloo, ON

 

Visit Donald Choi website

 

 

 

Q:

Why did you choose REM?

 

A:

We have been dealing with REM for many years and like the web sites they have produced.

 


Q:

What was it like working with REM?

 

A:

Easy is the best way to describe how it is working with REM from the initial meetings of design to dealing with customer support on questions.

 

 

We have been dealing with REM for many years and like the web sites they have produced.

 


 

Learn first-hand how we can help you with your website needs.
Contact us today!

 

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Phone: 519.884.4111

Sales: sales@remwebsolutions.com

Support: support@remwebsolutions.com

 

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2021 is a new year with new rules and unfortunately some of the rules aren’t helping our businesses. With COVID-19 still looming among us a lot of companies have been forced to adapt to a new normal such as online ordering, curbside pickup, virtual meetings, webinars, events and so much more. In our region we have lost many small/medium size businesses in 2020 and there are plenty continuing to struggle.

 

Our goal is to do our best to help you persevere. Having a well designed and developed website could be the key to helping you through the surge of online interactions. REM Web Solutions may be able to help you out, with tools such as our newsletter and blog modules you can reach your clientele keeping them informed of product/service offerings, discounts and things happening/changing in your business.

 

In addition to communicating, our media collections help highlight your work, the product and eCommerce modules allow you to showcase and/or sell online. If you’re not selling products you can make use of our events module that allow your clients to register and pay for online seminars, classes etc.

 

As your business adapts, we’re here to support you through the changes. If we don’t have an REM standard solution for you, our team of designers and developers are equipped to build custom functionality to help you achieve your business needs.

 

If you have any questions about how we can help feel free to reach out; we’re a chatty bunch and would love to hear from you!

 

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Todd playing foosball in the office

 

Let me preface this blog with the fact that I cannot play foosball. It’s not that I don’t want to, or I don’t care to it’s simply just one of those games that I cannot succeed at. I’m a klutz by nature with absolutely no hand-eye coordination so playing the game of foosball just never fared well for me.

 

However, I do love how much joy it brings my teammates, I desperately miss the sounds and laughter of my colleagues over lunch challenging each other. Whether or not each individual chooses to play, it’s an important part of our culture at REM and gives us a little bit more than just a lunch hour break.

 

When asked why Foosball is such an important part of the REM culture our designer Christine had a lot to say:

 

“Foosball at REM builds comradery between coworkers and teaches us good sportsmanship, friendly competition and owning up to mistakes, while being silly and goofing around. It adds excitement in our office, we cheer loudly for our coworkers when we compete, which builds confidence in other areas of our lives, like our jobs. Foosball gives us an opportunity to laugh and witness aspects of each other’s personality we don’t normally see and is a great way to 'break the ice' and welcome a new team member into the group. It encourages us to create strategies and 'think outside the box,' thereby stimulating the innovative, problem solving parts of our brain.

 

"Besides the emotional and mental benefits, it’s also physically good for us and here’s why – Foosball encourages us to get up and move, even if it’s mostly our arms that are moving. We use quick, powerful motions with our arms and wrists during the game, which loosens our forearm muscles, helps circulation and relieves tension. It also increases our heart-rate, promoting good health. We’ve proven this by looking at our smart-watches with heartbeat monitors. One time, Sean S. was super dialed into the game and his heartbeat rose to more than 120 beats/minute (that’s in the fat burning zone!).”

 

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Laptop top-view with January 2021 calendar deadline on it

 

Did You Know:

 

Businesses & non-profit organizations with 50 or more employees should have made their website and web content accessible by January 1st, 2021?

 

It’s not too late! Make your website AODA compliant.

 

Visit aodawebsites.ca

 

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