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What’s Happening in the Kawarthas this May Long Weekend

Kawarthas May Long Weekend

The arrival of the May Long Weekend is a sure sign that summer is on its way, and we couldn’t be more excited. To help you kick off the start of summer in the Kawarthas, we’ve compiled a list of some events happening in the area this upcoming long weekend (Friday, May 17 to Monday, May 20th)!

1) Buckhorn Spring Craft Show

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The Buckhorn Community Centre is hosting the Buckhorn Spring Craft Show on Saturday, May 18th from 10am-5pm and Sunday, May 19th from 10am-4pm.

At the Spring Craft Show, you’ll find over 75 exhibitors and artisans with home made products such as, clothing, jewelry, home decor and much more!  The show is set in a park-like setting, so you can walk from building to building to see all the exhibitors as well as take a break in the park.

The Crafters Cafe will be open with homemade soups, sandwiches and more. The BCC is fully accessible, and has free parking and a shuttle bus, too!

2) Lakefield Village Lions Club Fundraising Raffle

Make sure to stop by Lakefield Foodland on Friday, May 17th for the Lakefield Village Lions Club‘s Fundraising Raffle. They will be at Lakefield Foodland throughout the day raising funds for the Christ Church Community Museum restoration project.
There are (6) $100 Gift Certificates to be won! Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. The draw takes place May 30th. Don’t miss out for a chance to win while supporting this important community project.

3) Cuddles for Cancer Bake Sale

CUDDLESLooking to enjoy some yummy baking over the long weekend? Cuddles for Cancer is hosting a Bake Sale on Saturday, May 18th from 8am-noon at the Century 21 Office in Lakefield.

All baked goods are $2 and proceeds from the sale will go towards the Cuddles for Cancer United Kingdom Trip.

4) Lakefield Village Lions Club Annual Bake Sale

The Lakefield Village Lions Club is also hosting a bake sale on the May Long Weekend!

Their Annual Bake Sale is taking place on Saturday, May 18th at 8:00 am on the Baker & Cole Law Office Front Porch! Stop by for a variety of fresh home baked goods.  Make sure to go early – they sell out fast!

5) Spring Book Sales in Lakefield, Ennismore and Bridgenorth

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Annual Spring Book Sales are taking place throughout Selwyn Township on Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th! The Annual Spring Book Sales are a great opportunity to find hidden treasures, save the environment, support the library and get more bang for your buck.
Dates/Locations:
  1. Bridgenorth Annual Spring Book Sale – Friday, May 17th, 9am-5pm. In front of the Causeway Treasure Trove (826 Ward St. Bridgenorth). “Weather permitting”
  2. Lakefield Annual Spring Book Sale – Saturday, May 18th from 9am-1pm. Centennial Room beside the Lakefield Library (2 Queen Street, Lakefield)
  3. Ennismore Annual Spring Book Sale – Saturday, May 18th from 9am-3pm. Optimist Hall below the Ennismore Library (551 Ennis Road, Ennismore)

6) Annual Plant Sale

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Annual Plant Sale with the Lakefield Horticultural Society is taking place this Saturday, May 18th at Cenotaph Park in Lakefield from 8:00am – 11:30am.

The sale is held each year to help raise funds for the organization’s activities in Lakefield. Specifically, the funds are used to purchase and plant the hanging baskets in the Village, the gardens in Cenotaph park, and around the Library.

Stop by for a selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables, and maybe even some trees and shrubs. The sale runs rain or shine.

7) Spring Art Show at Whetung Ojibwa Centre

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There’s a Spring Art Show taking place at Whetung Ojibwa Centre in Curve Lake First Nation on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm daily. The show will feature Whetung Ojibwa Centre’s most popular artists. They will be displaying their craft and new ideas both days!

Visiting Some of the Great Businesses In Young’s Point!

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We held our April Business After Hours in Young’s Point where we did a hop with some of the great businesses in the area. On our hop, we visited with Clearview Cottage ResortLockside Trading Co.Young’s Point Personal Training & 24 Hour Fitness, Kinetic Therapeutics, and Old Bridge Inn & Restaurant.

Thank you to to everyone who came out, and thank you to our Networking Event Sponsor Blue Diamond Window Cleaning.

Stop #1 Clearview Cottage Resort

Clearview Cottage Resort | 462 South Beach Road | (705) 652-3542

Our first stop on our Young’s Point Hop was Clearview Cottage Resort. Clearview is a family-owned and operated resort for over 50 years, and strives to help families create lasting memories. There are 22 cottages on the property that range from 1-4 bedrooms.

85% of the guests who stay at Clearview are returning, and it’s not hard to see why. Clearview Cottage Resort is nestled along Clear Lake, and offers guests amenities such as beach volleyball, ping pong, horseshoes, bonfire pit, parking, boat area, water access, air hockey, full sand beach, a view of the lake, clear grassy area, water park, playground, shuffleboard and free summer ski program to name a few.

Clearview also makes a point of supporting local businesses in the area when conducting business. For example, they use Logan Tree Experts for their tree maintenance and buy their cottage toys (like paddle boards, skis, paddle boats, etc) from Cottage Toys.

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Stop #2 Lockside Trading Company

Lockside Trading Company | 2805 River Avenue | (705) 652-3940

Our next stop on our Young’s Point Hop was Lockside Trading Company, which is a true treasure in the heart of Young’s Point. Lockside Trading Co. offers everything from home decor to indoor & outdoor furniture to ice cream and clothing and more!

Lockside Trading Company first opened in 1987, so it’s been in business for over 30 years! Lockside is located right along Lock 27 in Young’s Point, and has grown into the largest gift/furniture store in the Kawarthas, showcasing in-store design and merchandise year-round.

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Stop #3 Young’s Point Personal Training & 24 Hour Fitness

Young’s Point Personal Training | 2108 Nathaway Drive | (705) 931-3488

Our third stop on our Hop was Young’s Point Personal Training & 24 Hour Fitness. We toured the personal training studio first, which offers guests a private, comfortable environment for their personal training sessions. The studio is bright, spacious and well equipped, and Young’s Point Personal Training designs custom programs for each guest.

Taking a short walk over to the fitness center, you’ll find a fully equipped gym with cardio equipment, strength-training machines, free weights, showers, change rooms, televisions, and lockers. The gym is open to members 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Stop #4 Kinetic Therapeutics

Kinetic Therapeutics | 2108 Nathaway Drive | (705) 933-9113

Our fourth stop on our Young’s Point Hop was Kinetic Therapeutics, which is actually located inside the Young’s Point Personal Training building. Kinetic Therapeutics offers massage therapy, kinesiology, and wellness products. Leslie Nunes has been a Registered Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer for over 15 years.

Leslie possesses a Specialized Honours Degree in Kinesiology, is a Registered Kinesiologist, and specializes in sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries, muscle re-education, exercise based rehabilitation, and health and wellness for the aging population. Kinetic Therapeutics offers an easy online booking tool for appointments.

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Stop #5 Old Bridge Inn

Old Bridge Inn | 2057 Old Hwy. 28 | (705) 652-8507

Our last stop of the evening was the Old Bridge Inn for networking, door prize draws and refreshments! The Old Bridge Inn was originally built in 1887, and offers fine casual dining, a riverside patio, beautiful dining areas, and a bed & breakfast.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, the Old Bridge Inn offers 7 bedrooms, each with their own wifi. The restaurant offers both lunch and dinner, and is also available for event hosting!

The Old Bridge Inn opens for the 2019 season starting May 3rd!

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12 Ways to Improve Your Business Reputation

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As a small business owner, your reputation is everything. It will make or break your business. Warren Buffet understood the value of a good business reputation when he said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

12 Ways to Improve Your Business Reputation

Whether you are a new business looking to build your reputation, a seasoned business needing to do some reputation management, or if you simply want some ideas to get your business name out there, here is a list of ways you can positively build your business reputation:

Volunteer

Volunteering is the easiest way to build your reputation, and there are so many different volunteer opportunities within your community. You can volunteer on a committee, volunteer with local charities, or volunteer in a leadership role. Speaking of, if you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity involving business…

Get Involved With Your Local Chamber Of Commerce

According to the Shapiro Study, customers who know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, say they are 49% more likely to think favorably about it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.

Value Your Employees

Let’s face it, if your employees are unhappy, they won’t actively promote your business because they don’t feel like a valued part of it. In fact, truly unhappy employees could be spreading more negativity than you realize if they complain to friends and family about you and your business. Find ways to show your employees how much you value what they do.

Coach A Local Team

If you have a lot of kids (and most kids playing sports have parents or guardians with purchasing power) in your community, a great way to be more involved and promote your reputation at the same time is to give back to children. You can also organize adult league games to get others participating and having fun in your community.

Attend School “Career Days”

When kids hear how cool it is to be an entrepreneur, they will go home and tell their parents and friends all about your business.

Be Responsive

Responding to emails, social media posts (good or bad), customer concerns, and questions might be time consuming, but it’s free. It will also increase your customer retention rate. Even if they aren’t happy with the product, they will appreciate that you wanted to make it right.

Attend Community Events

You don’t always need to have a booth or be selling your products to attend events. Simply attending the event shows that you are supporting people and causes in your community.

Address Bad Reviews

Know that not every customer is going to be 100% satisfied. Address bad reviews in a courteous and helpful way, without being defensive. Having said that, I’m not sure how you get less sand on a beach short of ordering up a hurricane (see review at the top of this article). In that case, you may just want to thank them for their suggestion and tell them that many people use baby powder to keep sand stickage on the body to a minimum. Add value. Be helpful.

Ask for Feedback

Ask your fellow business owners and friends to critique your Facebook page, website, and/or storefront. Be open to the feedback they provide, and make any necessary changes that fall in line with your ideal audience.

Don’t Share Anything Controversial on Facebook (or the Internet)

Even if you have strong opinions on a subject, it is much better to keep those to yourself to avoid possibly offending a group of your customers. Your business Facebook page needn’t be all business all the time, off-topic entertainment often gets the most shares and interactions. However, no matter how funny, posts about politics, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicities, and other sensitive subjects are best left off social media. If you’re wondering if it’s appropriate, always err on the side of caution.

Partner with the Local Newspaper to Write a Human Interest Piece on Your Business

Don’t be afraid to ask to be interviewed in the local paper. Creating a good relationship with the local newspaper is a great way to build your reputation and they’re always looking for angles. Just make sure your pitch is not an advertorial. They want human interest and your next sale doesn’t qualify. Even if the local paper isn’t interested in your story, your customers are. So make sure you share it.

Keep Your Word

Really, this isn’t just a business lesson, it’s a life lesson. Do what you say you are going to do, and people will notice. Go back on your word, and people will notice that, too. No one wants to work with someone they can’t rely on.

Thank you to our 2019-20 Professional Development Sponsor, Lynn Woodcroft, Sales Representative, Royal LePage Frank Real Estate

Article written by Christina R. Green, regular blogger for Frank J. Kenny.

Informative Business After Hours at The Canadian Canoe Museum

We hosted our March Business After Hours at The Canadian Canoe Museum on March 26th, and had an amazing time networking with our Chamber members, learning about some of the non-profits in our area and exploring The Canadian Canoe Museum.

The Canadian Canoe Museum

910 Monaghan Rd., PeterboroughON, 705-748-9153
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Carolyn Hyslop, Executive Director of The Canadian Canoe Museum, welcoming our members to the museum

The museum was founded in 1997, and seeks to highlight and explore the canoe’s significance to the peoples of Canada. It boasts an extensive collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft – there’s over 100 on display at the museum and over 600 in holding!

The museum is family friendly and offers its visitors interactive, hands-on galleries, a scavenger hunt, model canoe building, various adult workshops and puppet theatre for children.

Currently, The Canadian Canoe Museum is looking to build a new museum and hopes the new location will serve as a major cultural and recreational destination. The new museum will be located next to the Peterborough Lift Lock and the Trent-Severn Waterway, both of which are National Historic Sites.

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Our Event

For our Business After Hours events, we typically do “hops” in our member areas (Douro-Dummer, Selwyn, Trent Lakes, North Kawartha and Curve Lake), where we visit 4 or 5 member businesses in one area. These “hop” formats are a great opportunity for our attendees to network with our Chamber members as well as get to know some of the businesses in the area and see what they have to offer.

For our first Business After Hours of 2019, we decided to hold a “non-profit hop”. So, we invited our non-profit members to set up displays in at The Canadian Canoe Museum. It was a great opportunity for our members to get to know some of the local non-profits in our area. At the event, we had Abbeyfield House Society of LakefieldCamp KawarthaCommunity CareHabitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha RegionIndian River Reptile ZooPeterborough Humane Society and Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation set up displays.

Thank you to the museum for hosting us, to all our guests for coming out, to all the non-profits who set up awesome displays, to Molly’s Acres and Indian River Reptile Zoo for donating door prizes, and to our 2019-20 Networking Event Sponsor, Blue Diamond Window Cleaning!

Abbeyfield House Society of Lakefield

12 Charles Court, LakefieldON, 705-652-3856
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Dewi Jones, Abbeyfield House Society of Lakefield

Abbeyfield provides warm, family-style housing for seniors that offers a balance between privacy and companionship as well as security and independence. They have a team of dedicated volunteers and a supportive House Coordinator. Typically, twelve to fifteen residents of retirement age live in their own private bed-sitting rooms furnished with their personal things. The residents share lunch and dinner, and enjoy a self-serve breakfast from a well-stocked breakfast bar. Snacks and drinks are also available throughout the day. The House Coordinator tends to the daily running of the house, including the shopping, preparation and serving of meals. With Abbeyfield, seniors’ privacy and independence are preserved in a gentle, supportive atmosphere that provides companionship and freedom from worries and chores. abbeyfield.ca

Camp Kawartha

1010 Birchview Rd., Douro-DummerON, (705) 652-3860
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Camp Kawartha’s display – Karen Copson attended the event on behalf of Camp Kawartha

Camp Kawartha is a year-round learning centre dedicated to promoting environmental awareness, sustainability, and leadership to children, youth and adults.  From September to mid-June, Camp Kawartha provides groups with exclusive use of their site for weekend facility rentals. Amenities include fully-winterized cabins, central washroom building with private showers, a large meeting hall with a wood stove, a dining hall with stone fireplace, in-house catering using fresh local ingredients, two meeting rooms with tables & chairs, WIFI, outdoor amphitheater / campfire circle overlooking the lake, outdoor activity areas, and 186 acres of beautiful land to explore. During the school year, they provide curriculum-linked outdoor education programs for students in grades K-12. During the summer, they offer day camps for ages 4-8 and overnight camps for ages 6-17. campkawartha.ca

 Community Care

Offices in Apsley (705-656-4589), Buckhorn (705-657-2171), Chemung (705-292-8708), Lakefield (705-652-8655) and more!
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Community Care volunteer, Wendy Love, at our Business After Hours event.

Through a network of community offices throughout the City and County of Peterborough, Community Care staff and volunteers provide a variety of essential services to seniors (60+) and adults with physical challenges (18+) empowering them to live at home. As a non-profit charitable organization, Community Care relies on the generosity and support of individuals and community groups. Every dollar is used in the community and goes towards empowering people to live at home. commcareptbo.org

Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region

300 Milroy Drive, PeterboroughON, 705-750-1456
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Brittany Price from Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region talking to fellow Chamber members

Since 2002, Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region has been helping low-income families with affordable home ownership. They offer 0% interest mortgages with no down payments. Families who buy a Habitat home pay monthly installments towards their mortgage, and must put in 500 sweat-equity hours before they can move in. To gain the required hours, families can 1) help build their home, 2) help build other Habitat homes, and/or 3) work in the Habitat ReStore. So far, Habitat has partnered with 32 families in Peterborough, Peterborough County and the City of Kawartha Lakes! habitatpeterborough.ca

 Indian River Reptile Zoo

2206 County Rd. 38, Indian RiverON, (705) 639-1443
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Edward and Dianne Loyst by their display – they brought an array of animatronic dinosaurs to the event!

The Indian River Reptile Zoo was established in 1999 and since then has grown to be the largest and only indoor/outdoor zoo, sanctuary and dinosaur park that is a not-for-profit registered charity. The zoo has gained international recognition for its high safety standards, cleanliness and quality animal husbandry. It has rescued hundreds of alligators, crocodiles, caiman, turtles, snakes and lizards, and focuses its efforts on the protection of the world’s reptile species. Today, it is the leader in its field, actively participating in internationally regulated conservation programs and is primarily devoted to education. The Indian River Reptile Zoo is located on 44 acres of unique landscape and offers activities for all ages, including a dinosaur trail with life-size animatronic dinosaurs, a croc-walk (over 6 ponds of alligators, crocodiles and caiman), a fossils and bone yard, indoor and outdoor exhibits, standing stones, a monster slide, mini golf and much more. reptilezoo.org

Peterborough Humane Society

385 Lansdowne St. East, PeterboroughON, (705) 745-4722
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Alex Tindale and Susan Dunkley from the Peterborough Humane Society set up a booth at our event.

The Peterborough Humane Society was established in 1941, and promotes responsible pet ownership. Approximately 3,000 animals are received at the shelter each year, many of which are lost, injured or abandoned. While in the care of the Peterborough Humane Society, the animals are provided with food, medical care, shelter and love and attention. The Peterborough Humane Society also receives injured wildlife which are transferred to rehabilitation centres for care and future release into their natural habitat. As an Affiliated Society of the Ontario SPCA, with the mandate to facilitate and provide for the prevention of cruelty to animals and their relief therefrom, the Humane Society offers a wide range of vital services to the community.  peterboroughhumanesociety.ca

Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation 

1 Hospital Drive, Peterborough, ON, 705-876-5000
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Jane Lovett set up a booth on behalf of Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation!

For almost 40 years, the PRHC Foundation has supported the outstanding patient care at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. They work with the community to invest in the state-of-the-art equipment and technology necessary for PRHC’s healthcare professionals. Donor investment in the PRHC Foundation bridges the gap between adequate and world-class healthcare for hundreds of thousands of patients from across Peterborough County and beyond. Donations not only fund the technology that forms the backbone of patient care, they bring new life-saving services to our region. By securing the best equipment, PRHC is able to attract and retain the best and brightest healthcare professionals. prhcfoundation.ca

Join us at our Next Business After Hours!

Our next Business After Hours will be a Young’s Point Hop on April 24th from 5-7pm. We’ll be visiting with  Old Bridge InnYoung’s Point Personal Training ServicesClearview Cottage Resort and Kinetic Therapeutics!

Photos from the Event

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Jane Lovett, PRHC Foundation and Brittany Price, Habitat for Humanity
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Rees and Jay Hamblin, BALL Real Estate with Cindy Windover, Windover Plumbing and Chamber Board Director
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Brian Bulger, The Life Insurance Guy and Chamber Group Insurance rep, talking with Dewi Jones, Abbeyfield House Society of Lakefield
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Door prize draws!
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Mike Walker, Board President, presenting some Chamber announcements
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Refreshments provided by The Canadian Canoe Museum
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Emojis Are Tops For Business and Here’s How You Can Start Using Them

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Emojis are unbelievably powerful in business. In fact, you can increase your business’s click rates, open rates and overall engagement levels by using emojis. They’re a great form of communication and one you should be embracing (assuming a few things) as part of your business. Here’s how:

1. Customers

Emojis have been found to be very effective in customer communication, assuming your audience uses them and would be comfortable with you using them in the business you’re in. (Investment bankers who are taking care of people’s retirement accounts probably want to avoid these type of modern-day hieroglyphics.) Still, many over 40 are embracing this new “language.”

Not only do Emojis in subject lines drive opens, but they also take up much less space than words do. Emojis in social media posts work very well to drive interaction and interest. They quickly convey emotion and grab attention with their colorful faces. Simo Tchokni and researchers at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory analyzed social media posts and numerous metrics including follower details, like Klout scores. They found that emoticon features drove actions like clicks.

2. Employee Communications

Another way to incorporate Emojis into your business is in your employee communications. If you have a strong team of Millennials working at your business, it’s likely that you’ve already started using emojis in some of your communications within your organization. However, even if you don’t have a lot of employees under 35, you can still be using Emojis in your employee communications.

In a recent study that was released entitled the 2019 Global Intelligent Information Management Benchmark Report, 82% of employees believed their workplace suffered from poor communication. Part of this perceived poor communication is because of siloed information and departments not sharing it; however, another explanation could come from our reliance on email communication in conjunction with the average person’s non-confidence in written communications and an inability to read tone in writing.

Using emojis with employees can create a more jovial atmosphere, convey urgency and tone, and save time in communications. Plus, with the increasing shift to more casual work environments, emojis can be very powerful communicators. You can use them in email bodies or in the subject lines to influence opening.

Still, there are times when you shouldn’t use them. These include:

  • An invitation to a meeting of a serious nature
  • A complaint email
  • A professional behavior correction or performance improvement communication
  • Sarcasm or irony. Using an emoji to communicate something with the opposite intention. For instance, giving a smiley face when it’s really a very somber subject.

Keep in mind with the rise of social media, emojis are becoming a regular form of many people’s communication habits. It may be natural to encourage such use in the workplace.

So should you use emojis in the workplace? That depends a lot on your audience, the message you’re sending, and how you do it. There’s no law that says it’s appropriate or not. But if your business can have some fun without eroding confidence (again certain professions this is not possible–finance and medicine come to mind), it may be worthwhile to experiment with how it affects things like your open rates and calls to action. When it comes to your employees, using emojis can help you convey emotion and improve communication when used appropriately.

 

Thank you to our 2019-20 Professional Development Sponsor, Lynn Woodcroft, Sales Representative, Royal LePage Frank Real Estate. Blog post written by Christina R. Green, regular blogger at Frankjkenny.com.