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Stemmler Meats website on a computer monitor

 

About

At Stemmler Meats, you’ll find fresh, wholesome foods and time-honoured recipes passed down through generations. We source our meats, cheeses, produce and baked goods from hard-working local farmers for our retail store in Heidelberg, Ontario. Our manufacturing facility, located in Waterloo, Ontario, boasts 17,000 sq. ft. of processing space and top-of-the-line meat processing equipment, caters to the meat retail, wholesale, and co-packing sectors.

 

Stemmler's Main Contact Person: Kevin Stemmler, CEO, Business, Product Development and Regulatory Affairs

 

No. of Employees: 50

Established: 1985

Locations:

Retail Store: 3031 Lobsinger Line, Heidelberg

Processing Plant: 725 McMurray Road, Waterloo

 

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Why did you choose REM?

 

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We have been with REM for many years and know they also have a great reputation with others in the industry. When it was time to update our website, it was a no-brainer to call REM.

 


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What was it like working with REM?

 

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The team at REM is always super responsive, on-time, and professional. During the build, they made great suggestions, we never had any “surprises,” and were kept well-informed of the progress on our project.

 

 

The team at REM is always super responsive, on-time, and professional.

 


 

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Lancaster Smokehouse website on a computer monitor

 

About

The Lancaster Smokehouse is a Southern Style family restaurant founded in 2011. We brought Southern BBQ to Waterloo Region with our first restaurant Hog Tails BBQ in 2009 after learning the craft on the Southern BBQ Competition circuit in the 1990's and 2000's.  With growing demand, we wanted to expand into a bigger restaurant and catering and The Lancaster Group of Companies was formed.

 

We now consist of our sit-down restaurant with a banquet hall, our catering and events/food truck company and newly, our Crumb Bakehouse. All our food is homemade, and ingredients are local. We are big supporters of highlighting great local companies, and farmers that keep our economy going.  The “Lanc" delights our great customers as the "go-to-spot" for mouth-watering Southern BBQ, amazing experiences, live music and awesome Craft beverages!

 

Lancaster Smokehouse's Main Contact Person: Caitie Agostinho, Owner/FOH GM

 

No. of Employees: 53

Established: 2011

Location: 574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, ON

 

Visit Lancaster Smokehouse website

 

 

 

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Why did you choose REM?

 

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We really needed to move into a different direction with our website. After finding REM through an industry colleague and looking at REM’s website to see what they had to offer, we called them up to see if they could help us. Rob and his team were overwhelmingly helpful in guiding us to what steps we could take next with our website and the tools they have for us to take our website to where we needed it to be. The support they offer is a big thing for us. It allows us to fix things on the fly and when we need help, we know there is a knowledgeable team that is just a phone call away. Another big driving force why we chose REM was because they are our neighbours! It was the icing on the cake to have them be just down the street from us and being able to continue to support local.

 


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What was it like working with REM?

 

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Every step of the process with REM and their team has been efficient, quick, helpful, kind, knowledgeable and patient! Being in the restaurant industry we often work different hours that are not your typical 9-5 business hours. REM was always there and were very patient with us. Christine did a phenomenal job with our design. She really understood what we were looking for and understood our vision. When our business model changed to mainly takeout, we had to get our website up and running for online orders and push the project along a little faster than we had hoped. Rob, Christine, Brad and the rest of the team were more than accommodating to this.  The commitment and support Rob & his team showed to helping us with the changes has been overwhelming. We know we can always count on them, and not only did we get a great website, but we gained a great friendship with REM.

 

The commitment and support Rob & his team showed to helping us with the changes has been overwhelming.

 

-- Caitie Agostinho, Owner/FOH GM

 


 

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Centric Dynamix's website on a computer monitor

 

About

At Centric Dynamix Inc., managers and leaders learn practical behavioural-based  communication and leadership skills – we don’t simply tell leaders what to need to say or do, we show them, step them through the process, and help them hone their new skills.

 

Centric Dynamix's Main Contact Person: Valerie Harrison, President

 

No. of Employees: 3

Established: 2003

Location: 128 Piper St. Ayr, ON

 

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Why did you choose REM?

 

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I was looking for an organization that could update my very old website and give it a new look and feel.  REM took me through the process step by step and explained how they would develop my website with me.  I realized that this company wasn’t just about the website – it was about developing strong working relationships with their clients to deliver exactly what they want.

 

REM also developed WebWiz@rd so that their clients can easily manage their websites on their own - it’s amazing and exactly what I was looking for!

 


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What was it like working with REM?

 

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Working with REM is fantastic, and this is coming from someone who is definitely NOT tech savvy.  From designing the concepts straight through to tweaking the finishing touches, I felt completely in control and listened to.  I threw a bit of a curve ball at them at the last minute and they didn’t miss a beat. They dealt with the situation in such a calm, professional manner that I wasn’t worried in the slightest. 

 

The staff are so talented at what they do and work well at continuously strengthening a solid working rapport.   Truly – I can’t say enough great things about REM Web Solutions!

 

 

The staff are so talented at what they do and work well at continuously strengthening a solid working rapport.   Truly – I can’t say enough great things about REM Web Solutions!

 

-- Valerie Harrison, President

 


 

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The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce website on a computer monitor

 

About

The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce is a member-based organization representing 1800+ local business professionals. The chamber reflects a diverse network of small, medium and large businesses from almost every industry sector and business profession.

 

Cambridge Chamber's Main Contact Person: Lisa Durocher

 

No. of Employees: 12 staff

Established: 1973

Location: Cambridge, ON

 

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Why did you choose REM?

 

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I continue to choose REM Web Solutions for all my website developments, because their communication, follow-through and development knowledge is unbeatable, and they are very responsive to any needs that you have.

 


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What was it like working with REM?

 

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We recently went through a redesign of our website and couldn’t be happier with the outcome. The site is amazing and user friendly. Their ability to make the transition painless was so much appreciated and it saved me a tremendous amount of time. With REM Web Solutions you get what you want, you get something that’s very effective, and it’s going to be for a great price.

 

 

With REM Web Solutions you get what you want, you get something that’s very effective, and it’s going to be for a great price.

 

-- Lisa Durocher

 


 

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Anton Growth Management website on a computer monitor

 

About

Since 2005, AntonGM has been helping companies CONNECT, TRANSFORM, and GROW. Drawing on our 25+ years of cross-industry experience, we specialize in providing dedicated recruitment services and contingent project/program management support to our clients.

 

Our Recruitment Services division is led by Rick Van Looyen and features our unique Dedicated Recruitment Services offering, which provides both turnkey recruitment as well as direct support for your internal recruitment team on an ongoing basis. The recruitment team has experience in the consulting engineering, financial services and insurance, mining, oil and gas, construction, IT, and manufacturing sectors.

 

The Professional Services team, led by Dale Van Looyen, provides advisory and delivery support to ensure successful strategy execution across the IT, telecommunications, government, financial services and insurance verticals. Having partnered with industry leading consultants and niche services firms, we provide extended capabilities including, designing and implementing successful hardware and software asset management strategies; developing project portfolio management frameworks; business policy, process design, and enhancement; enterprise level service management programs; and governance, risk, and compliance strategies.

 

If you are interested in finding out how AntonGM can help your organization CONNECT, TRANSFORM and GROW, please give Dale, our managing Partner of Professional Services, a call at 519-208-9635.

 

Proudly located in Kitchener’s Innovation District, we have demonstrated success providing services to our clients across Canada and around the world.

 

AntonGM's Main Contact Person: Dale Van Looyen, Managing Partner, Professional Services

 

Established: 2005

Location: Kitchener, ON

 

Visit ANTON Growth Management website

 

 

 

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Why did you choose REM?

 

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We chose to partner with REM Web Solutions for several key reasons including their depth of experience, client focus, and their robust self-serve management platform. The team at REM have been a pleasure to work with since the very beginning.

 


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What was it like working with REM?

 

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Based on their commitment to get to know AntonGM as a company, we have a fresh, creative, and visually appealing website, which we are leveraging as part of our broader marketing and communications strategy.

 

 

We chose to partner with REM Web Solutions for several key reasons including their depth of experience, client focus, and their robust self-serve management platform.

 

-- Dale Van Looyen, Managing Partner, Professional Services

 


 

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Sweet Cheat's website on a computer monitor

 

About

Tiny Toad Creations Inc. began as CEO Amanda Carroll's personal mission to provide her friends and family with tasty treats that did not contain sugar. Not being satisfied with the sugar substitute options available, she researched and discovered monk fruit, a tiny gourd appreciated for hundreds of years in the Philippines for its sweet taste. The sweetness comes from an antioxidant, Mogroside V, which does not impact blood sugar levels. Today Tiny Toad Creations is pleased to offer three Sweet Cheat Products: Spoonable Monk Fruit, Chocolate Milk, and Hot Chocolate, all of which contain minimal ingredients, are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and naturally sweetened with monk fruit.

 

Sweet Cheat's Main Contact Person: Chrissy Vanderkooy, Director of Operations

 

No. of Employees: 3

 

Location: 92 King Street S, Waterloo, N2J 1P5

 

Established: 2017 after which Amanda spent over a year in Research and Development; we started actively selling in November 2018.

 

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Why did you choose REM?

 

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We chose REM Web Solutions because members of our team had worked with them before on previous projects and were very pleased with the results. Also, because you have a great reputation in the KW area for delivering quality work at an excellent price point.

 


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What was it like working with REM?

 

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We had a wonderful experience working with REM. The initial discussion and intake form allowed us the opportunity to communicate exactly what we were looking for. The designers interpreted our needs and created something beautiful and beyond our expectations. We received excellent training and support and without exception everyone we have dealt with at REM has been friendly and service-oriented. Overall, a fantastic experience!

 

 

Without exception everyone we have dealt with at REM has been friendly and service-oriented. Overall, a fantastic experience!

 

- Chrissy Vanderkooy,
Director of Operations

 


 

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CarePartner's website in a computer monitor

 

About

Here at CarePartners we offer health professionals a great place to work and families a great place to find high quality health care. We provide personal support workers, rehabilitation services and nursing care for patients in homes, schools, retirement homes, clinics, and workplaces. Our services are available all across Ontario, in both urban and rural communities.


The majority of the services we provide are funded by the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) but if you prefer to pay directly, we are always glad to work with families to arrange private care. Our personal support workers, therapists and nurses are enthusiastic about their work and care about their patients. We know having an ill family member is a worry for the whole family and we provide the kind of care that we would want for our own family members.

 

CarePartner's Main Contact Person: Cathy Walker, VP Quality and Professional Practice

 

No. of Employees: 4,500+

Established: 1984

Location: Kitchener, ON (with locations across Ontario)

 

Visit CarePartner's website

 

 

 

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Why did you choose REM?

 

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When our team was looking to create a new company website our main goal was to find a local company who specialized in web development and had the capability to give their clients the attention and care that was needed. After receiving a recommendation to check out REM, we were pleasantly surprised and pleased with their creative ideas, unique proposal, and client care they could offer. The time and effort that the REM team put into our website, along with their fair prices and user-friendly platform, our decision to become a client of REM was easily made.

 


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What was it like working with REM?

 

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The entire REM team is easy to work with and they all take the time necessary to ensure that each project is completed on-time and to the highest standard possible. The team is quick to fix any technical or content issues and are always open to discuss updates and/or changes to improve the website.

 

 

The entire REM team is easy to work with and they all take the time necessary to ensure that each project is completed on-time and to the highest standard possible.

 

- Cathy Walker, VP Quality and Professional Practice

 


 

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Nowadays, it's very easy to set up your own website. You can do this with WordPress which gives you a number of different website templates. You just have to insert your own images and content and voilà—you have your own website. At times, you may not even have to pay for maintaining this website, if you don't mind having a clunky web address.

 

This is great for someone who is just starting their own website or blog as a hobby. But if you're setting up a website for a business and your aim is to increase the number of visitors to your site in order to get more customers, then a DIY website may not be right for you.

 

Here are the 5 mistakes people make on DIY websites:

 

1.

Choosing the Most Popular Template

The fact that the template is popular shows that it is good. But it also shows that your website is going to end up looking like everyone else's.

 

 

2. 

Using the Images That the Template Comes With

You need to use your own distinct images. You can take the photos yourself or get them from a free website. Just make sure they won't look the same as everyone else's.

 

 

3. 

Not Providing Enough Information

Sometimes, people just write a few sentences describing their business and post them on their website. You need to provide more well-written information if you want customers to come to your site.

 

 

4.

Not Setting up a Blog

If you want people to keep coming to your website, you have to keep adding more information. You have to keep it relevant and fresh.

 

 

5.

Not Using Keywords

When people go to search engines, they type in keywords that are relevant to them. So if you want them to find you, you have to use the same keywords. Do some research about the keywords popular in your field and make sure they are used generously on your website (without keyword-stuffing).

 

 

Contact us to understand more about the mistakes people make on DIY websites.

 

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Every time a person hears about an interesting product or service, they're not likely to have a computer at hand. After all, when do you usually hear about something interesting? It's generally when you're hanging out with friends, having a beer or a coffee. Sure, there might be times when you get a good recommendation at work but, in general, people are too busy working to look up the website immediately.

 

So it's important to make sure that people are able to follow up on the recommendations they receive when they're not near a computer. And this means having a mobile-friendly website which will give them all the information they need immediately.

 

Hand holding a smartphone with REM's mobile website on it

 

Mobile-Friendly Images and Text

Any website can be made mobile-friendly as long as you use the right images and text. Yes, it may be difficult to fit a panoramic image into a phone. But it's always possible to avoid panoramic images and use close ups instead. Plus, it's a good idea to keep your content brief and to-the-point so that people will be able to read it on a phone as well. As long as you follow these two rules, you should be able to come up with a mobile-friendly website which serves you well.

 

The Uses of Mobile-Friendly Websites

Think about it from your own point of view. Haven't you often been tempted to look something up when you were with a friend—maybe the exact definition of a word or some information about a book or a movie that you want to recommend to someone? Maybe they told you about a dating site and you wanted to look it up. Or maybe you were trying to get some health information that would be pertinent to you or your friend. Maybe you were just looking for a good place to go to dinner.

 

Either way, the fact is that a lot of your internet searching nowadays is now done on a mobile phone. There are even people who don't own computers, only mobile phones. So it's a good idea to make sure that your website is mobile-friendly. Contact us for more information.

 

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The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act or AODA was passed into law in 2005 and seeks to prevent barriers to resource access for people with disabilities.  While applicable to businesses in Ontario that have one or more employees, requirements and deadlines are specific to a business' size and type.

 

 

Illustration depicting AODA letters with people around it

 

Generally, AODA is made up of five standards as well as some general requirements.  The 5 standards are Customer Service, Information and Communication, Employment, Transportation and Design of Public Spaces.  These AODA standards in turn are part of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR), which includes the following general requirements: provide training, develop an accessibility policy, create a multi-year accessibility plan updated every five years and consider accessibility in procurement and when utilizing self-service kiosks.  To learn more about AODA, click here

 

Why You Should Care

So, you've got a website for your business but why should you care about accessibility?  Because it's the right thing to do and anyway you are legally required to follow the AODA with enforcement fines of up to $100,000 per day.  And this is not to mention that people with disabilities, have approximately $25 billion in spending power across Canada, so it is financially beneficial to decrease barriers to access on your website for people with disabilities.  Why would you want to pass up so many potential customers?

 

The Details

Beginning in 2021, all organizational websites for companies with 50 or more employees must conform with accessibility requirements under the AODA.  Internet-based mobile apps have requirements under this standard as well.  Areas to consider include social media accessibility, contrast and color schemes, screen reader compatibility, simple and clear writing, form validation and error recovery, alternate text for images and typographical layout.  To learn more about the specific tools and techniques used to increase website accessibility, check out this collection of articles.

 

If you need help designing an accessible website or improving the accessibility of your existing site, contact us.  We'd be happy to help!

 

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