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In 1994, Robin Smith and Scott Beaver started Virtual Logistics Inc. in Montreal to continue a business that a division of CN was walking away from. They assisted companies in integrating the data from their EDI-based financial transactions into a variety of accounting software systems. In fact, Virtual Logistics was one of the first to enter the EDI integration game. But soon a series of "clouds" came upon their business and they needed to learn to respond quickly if they were going to continue.
Robert Duvall is the founder of Robert Duvall Consulting Ltd. His firm provides IT consulting, implementation and support to small to midsize businesses.
Robert is a member of Silicon Halton.
Here’s what we talked about in this 15 minute interview:
Tell us about your businessWhat's it like having a business in Milton?What value is Silicon Halton providing?Can you tell us about key projects you've recently done?What new solutions and technologies are you excited about that you're helping customers implement?
If you are a member of Silicon Halton and would like your business spotlighted on Silicon Halton Talk Radio contact us today. If you'd like to sponsor Silicon Halton Talk Radio please contact Chris Herbert.
Sekey Vincent is the co-founder of Jelly Bean Solutions. Jelly Bean Solutions offers interactive web marketing and ecommerce solutions. Sekey is a member of Silicon Halton.
Sekey talks about what Jelly Bean offers and makes reference to some recent work including: Rosie's Tea Party and the Williams Fresh Cafe Coffee Pub Franchise in Oakville.
Sekey describes what her experience has been like as a member of Silicon Halton and the value of joining this hitech community. So far it includes developing a new site for Silicon Halton member Digital Defence and a colaborative project with Mi6 called The Extreme Web Makeover Program.
Chris: Can you provide some insights on how companies can use the web today to help grow their business and be more successful? Sekey: Exposing your brand is an important marketing element of your business, but it can also take a long time to accomplish. It takes people a good 10-15 times seeing your logo and branded look before it might actually click in their heads, 'oh, I've seen that before, hmmm, I wonder what they do?' The familiarity that you are creating as you build recognition towards your brand will create better receptiveness towards using your products and services.
For those who are committed to their business, getting your brand right and share it early can give your company a competitive edge. Having a website allows your business to communicate information, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The ability for someone to purchase your products or services on-line can be done any time of the day, and with minimal overhead. We have moved into an era where people want instant information and instant results. Websites provide that. When a business is not available on the internet, the marketplace for that business is limited by where it is available, when it is available, and who it is available to. Don’t limit your opportunities. Contact Jelly Bean Solutions for more information about developing your on-line business.
Chris Herbert is the founder of Mi6. Mi6 is a B2B (Business to Business) marketing agency and network dedicated to helping companies build their brands and develop commercial relationships. He is the founder of ProductCamp Toronto and the new Hi-tech “unassociation” Silicon Halton. He tweets under the handle @B2Bspecialist
Tony Wallace is the founder of Heuristic Media. Tony is a talented application developer and a member of Silicon Halton. Here's what we talked about in this 30 minute interview.
Tony and I talk about his experience working as a member of the Task Ave. team who won first place at Startup Weekend Toronto for their "geotask" iPhone application. It's a really cool story worth listening to.
We close out the interview with a discussion about an iPhone/iPad app Tony developed (with is free by the way) for the musicians called Innerview and where there are opportunities for apps in the area of B2B sales and marketing.
Interview: Tony Wallace, Heuristic Media by B2Bspecialist
Inovex develops innovative web enabled software applications for Healthcare, Municipalities and the Wireless Telecommunications sectors. Rick Stomphorst and I sat down with Mike Branch and Bob Bradley the leaders of Inovex.
Timeline: 00:00 – Action! Our second video profile! Rick welcomes and introduces Mike and Robert from Inovex.00.30 – Introduction to Inovex! They've been in Oakville since 2003, Microsoft Gold Certified and develop web based applications for Water/Waste Water management and Healthcare. 01:15 – The guys talk about their flagship application called Canvas being used by York Region for water/waste water management and environmental compliance. We're wondering if Halton Region could use this application? =)
01:45 - Bob talks about Inovex's involvement in the development of myCELLmyTERMS web application/service that aims at providing wireless users better value with their cellular service providers. Mike talks about being on Dragons Den, where myCELLmyTERMS presented and got funding for their venture. 02:28 - Why is Inovex located in Oakville? What's the benefit to companies starting up and/or staying in Oakville? Location, lifestyle, affordable rent and accessibility.
03:48 - Why did they join Silicon Halton? What's the value? Networking, partnerships, access to local experienced business professionals and sharing their experience with companies and entrepreneurs just starting out, local joint business and relationship development and focused on ICT. And going out for a few cold ones with other IT leaders that live in Halton makes it that much sweeter!
Waggware provides technology consulting, staffing and managed services to the North American utility and hi-tech markets. They are located in Burlington, Ontario.
Featured in this video profile are Scott Van Dam, Executive Director from Waggware and Rick Stomphorst, co-founder of Silicon Halton.
Timeline: 00:00 - Action! Our first video profile! Rick welcomes and introduces Scott from Waggware. 00.30 - Scott talks about what Waggware does, how they've grown, what makes them unique 1:25 - Scott tells us why Burlington is a great place to work and live! 2:08 - Scott tells us why he is interested in Silicon Halton and the value it can bring to his organization and other hi-tech companies and professionals in Halton Region.
Silicon Halton is a grass roots hi tech community of people who make a living, make meaning and make things happen in technology in Halton Region. We're about three key things: Technology, Community and Growth.
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