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New Cybele Negris Article: 5 Tech Trends to Cash In On in 2013 President and Co-founder, Cybele Negris’ new article in PROFIT Magazine is out and she shares her thoughts on the 5 Tech Trends to Cash In On in 2013.

Technology has become so integrated with business and our personal lives that we now usually take it for granted. However, it is still important to monitor new technology trends and take advantage of key efficiencies or opportunities technology can bring.

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New Cybele Negris Article: The 3 Key Cyberthreats, and How to Fight Them

Over the past year, Canada has jumped to the No. 2 spot in the world for the number of hosted phishing sites (a 170% increase). Canadian small and medium enterprises (SME) are favourite targets of these cybercriminals because most do not have the required technical expertise or appropriate budget to protect themselves from these threats.

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The Small Business Accord initiative – Your Feedback is Needed

As Vice-Chair of BC’s Small Business Roundtable, I would like to invite the entire small business community in BC to offer their feedback on what will help their business be more successful.

Naomi Yamamoto, our new Minister of State for Small Business has announced today the launch of The Small Business Accord initiative. The ultimate goal is to gather information from all of you so that we can provide guidance to government to ensure that proper tools, support and regulations are developed to make BC one of the most business-friendly jurisdictions in the country. 

Here are ways to engage:

1.    Online survey at  This survey provides small businesses throughout the province an opportunity to provide feedback to help government develop key guiding principles that should be included in the Small Business Accord.

2.    Minister Bill Bennett will be hosting a Twitter Town Hall October 23rd from 3:30-4:30pm under the hashtag #BCBizChat. His chat will focus on local government and supports for businesses. More information is available at

3.    Minister Yamamoto will also be engaging in a Twitter Town Hall on October 30th from 7:30-8:30pm. Please promote #BCBizChat.

For more information on the Small Business Accord, visit

Please make your voice heard. This is your opportunity to participate in an initiative that will affect your business in the future!

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B.C.’s Most Small Business Friendly Community Award- Is Your Community Small Business Friendly?

As a member of the board of BC’s Small Business Roundtable, I’m delighted to announce that eight communities who champion small businesses will be celebrated for the second annual B.C.’s Most Small Business Friendly Community Award. The award is organized by the Roundtable which is Co-chaired by Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Pat Bell and Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Kevin Krueger. The roundtable consults with the small business community and provides recommendations to government on issues, strategies and potential actions to support B.C.’s small businesses.

Winners of the award will be the community which best demonstrate the following achievements:

•    Reducing regulatory barriers.
•    Enhancing small business competitiveness.
•    Recognizing small business’ contribution to their community.
•    Supporting climate action initiatives, which benefit small business.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, June 30, 2012. Up to three finalists per region will be chosen by August 2012 and winners announced in October during Small Business Month.

Last year’s Most Small Business Friendly Community award winners were Kamloops, Ladysmith, Prince Rupert, Quesnel, Rossland and Surrey

Encourage your city council to participate!

For more information about the Small Business Roundtable go to:

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How to Integrate Google Analytics Into Your .TEL

.TEL owners with Google Analytics accounts can measure click and call activity on their .TEL domains. Google Analytics can provide detailed information on who is visiting your .TEL and what they do while on your .TEL pages. This information can be used to improve your promotion methods and modify your content based on which links your visitors are choosing to use. The process itself is simple! Here are step by step instructions on how to integrate Google Analytics into your .TEL.

1. If you don’t have one already, set up a Google Analytics account at Once you have a registered your account, you can create a “Profile” for your .TEL with Google Analytics as described on its site. If using an existing account, select “Add new profile” in your list of current “Website Profiles”.

2. Copy the Tracking Code you are provided by Google Analytics at the end of the profile setup.

3. Log into your .TEL control panel ( if you are a customer) and click on the “Settings” link. Select the “Google Analytics” menu option and paste the Tracking Code in the space provided. Once saved, the code will be added to your .TEL and automatically track all visits. Verify that Google Analytics is displaying a green tick next to your .TEL in your account. This means the setup is complete and tracking is operational.

That’s it! Your .TEL will now be analyzed by Google Analytics and will start providing you with information about who is visiting your .TEL, from where, which keywords are driving them to find you and also which pieces of contact information are most clicked or called. You can also measure image-based ads and Additional Information sections to see how effective these are.

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We Recognize and celebrate the contributions of BC’s best small businesses

Winners of the 9th annual Successful You Awards were announced last night at an event at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. There were about 400 people from the BC business community with former Vancouver Canuck Trevor Linden as keynote speaker. He gave a thoroughly entertaining speech about how much things had changed from 1988 when he started to 2008 when he retired. He has since become an entrepreneur with a successful development company with his brother and has started his Club 16 Trevor Linden fitness studios with a new one launching this month at the Vancouver Convention Centre. He admitted that this is his “freak out month.”

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Calls to Serve on CIRA 2012 Board Election Nomination Committee

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority is organization that manages Canada’s .CA domain name registry. They also develop policies that support Canada’s Internet community. The 2012 CIRA Board of Directors Elections are coming up and the first part of that process is to round up a group of Canadian professionals to serve on the Nomination Committee.

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Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – Massive Fines on Companies and Individuals; Your Chance for Public Comment

antispam.pngBill C-28, The Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act (FISA) was passed by Canadian Parliament and received Royal Assent December 15, 2010.

As Canada’s first anti-spam legislation, it empowers authorities to aggressively fine spammers (individuals could be fined up to $1 million per violation and companies $10 million per violation). The legislation has major implications on how businesses conduct their communication practices with clients and potential clients.

In my  earlier post in January 2011, Canadian Parliament passes Bill C-28, Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam, I summarized some key issues about whether the Bill would really reduce spam, when businesses need to be in compliance, how will violators be punished and more.

Draft regulations have now been posted for the new anti-spam legislation and both the CRTC and Industry Canada are calling for comments.

The CRTC notice is here with the draft regulations appearing as an appendix.

The Industry Canada notice is here

 Deadlines for comments are August 29th and 31st respectively.

All Canadian companies, organizations and individuals need to ensure their electronic communications are compliant with the legislation so do make sure you understand the rules to avoid the massive financial implications.

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BCTIA Announces Their New President & CEO would like to congratulate Bill Tam for his new appointment as President & CEO of the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) effective July 1, 2011. We would like to also wish outgoing President & CEO Pascal Spothelfer all the best as he returns to industry.  

Mr. Tam has had a diverse career, serving as CEO of EQO Communications in Vancouver, a Venture Partner at SpringBank TechVentures in Calgary, VP Business Development at AT&T Canada, VP of Product Strategy and Marketing at MetroNet, in addition to executive roles at Rogers Telecom in Toronto and Bell Canada in Toronto and Denver, Colorado. Over the past several years, Mr. Tam has been actively involved in growth initiatives with a successful history of building and launching new businesses in the software, e-commerce, Internet, and telecommunications sectors.

Mr. Tam joined the BCTIA Centre4Growth as one of the first CEOs-in-Residence and for the past ten months has been a committed member of the team. He currently coaches over 40 tech entrepreneurs, and is a key contributor to the success of the Centre4Growth program. looks forward to continue to support BCTIA as a partner in events and other initiatives.

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Most Small Business Friendly Community Award

As a board member of the Small Business Roundtable of British Columbia, I’m happy to announce the launch of the “Most Small Business Friendly Community” award. The award is geared towards local governments who are invited to compete and demonstrate how they have implemented measures to support local business and attract new small business investment to their communities.

The importance of small business is paramount to the BC economy and the social health of each community. The award recognizes the leaders in local governments who foster the growth and success of small business.  Applications for the award will be evaluated based on measures the local government has implemented that are aimed at:

• Reducing regulatory barriers

• Enhancing small business competitiveness

• Recognizing Small Business’s contribution to their community

• Climate Action initiatives that support small business

One award will be granted in each economic region of the province. Up to three finalists per region will be selected and announced in August 2011.  The winners will be announced during Small Business Month in October.

Deadline is June 15 so act fast. To participate, please encourage your local government within British Columbia to complete the application form provided through the following link:

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.CO Domain Hits 1 Million Milestone

.CO Internet S.A.S. the official registry operator for the .CO domain, announced June 2, 2011 that it reached the landmark one millionth .CO domain name registration.

Less than one year from the global launch of .CO in July of 2010, individuals, organizations and businesses in more than 200 countries have registered .CO web addresses.

“Entrepreneurs and innovative businesses around the globe are adopting .CO web addresses at an unprecedented pace, way beyond my initial expectations,” said Juan Diego Calle, CEO of .CO Internet.   “To hit this milestone in less than a year is a great testament to the hard work and dedication of our team – and especially to the foresight of all of those who believed in .CO from the very beginning.  From our retail and business partners; to the trademark and domain communities; to all the people, businesses and brands who are building their futures on .CO – we owe you a million thanks!”

.CO Internet SAS took over .CO administration in 2010 from Colombia’s University of Los Andes taking the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) and presenting it as a viable alternative to the overcrowded .COM. .CO soon became the fastest growing new global domain name in modern history. By selling some one-letter .CO names to massive global brands like Amazon, Twitter and Overstock, the .CO Registry was able to bring huge awareness and adoption to the domain. purchased O.CO for $350,000 and re-branded the company internationally featuring O.CO in all of its television ads. This move still generates huge interest and demand globally for .CO domain names. There is apparently another O.CO announcement to come Monday June 6 from Overstock President, Jonathan Johnson.

Amazon bought A.CO, Z.CO, K.CO and Cloud.CO, and Twitter purchased T.CO for its URL shortening service.

To celebrate the innovators, entrepreneurs and trailblazers who are turning their biggest hopes, dreams, and aspirations into realities on the .CO domain, .CO Internet has commissioned a series of short films called “Under the Bulb”, which will premier live at a private event to be held on June 9th during Internet Week in New York City.  Under the Bulb tells the stories of the people behind the growth of .CO.  Each inspiring two-minute film captures life from the time the big “light-bulb moment” first strikes – through the time their ideas are brought to life.

“From startup to Super Bowl in seven months flat, we are a company of entrepreneurs,” said Lori Anne Wardi, Director of Global Communications of the .CO Registry.  “Under the Bulb is our way of honoring the fact that behind each of these one million domain registrations, are one million singular ideas with the potential to change the world.” You can get an early preview of Under the Bulb right now at www.UnderTheBulb.CO.   

If you don’t yet have your .CO protected, its time to ensure is registered. To search for your .CO name go to or contact the support team for assistance.

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Congratulations to the Winners of the CIRA .CA Impact Awards would like to congratulate the
winners of the first annual .CA Impact Awards.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority recently announced the winners at the Mesh Conference in Toronto.

The .CA Impact Awards celebrate people and organizations using their .CA websites to make a positive difference in the lives of their users and their communities. Impact can be social, cultural, political, technological, or economic.

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BCTIA Technology Impact Awards 2011 – Finalists Announced

As media partner for the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA), would like to congratulate the finalists for the 2011 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs).

Founded in 1994 by the BCTIA the Technology Impact Awards celebrate the successes of the technology industry and the companies, people and innovation that continue to put British Columbia on the map and who serve as role models for others in our province.

The finalists this year represent a broad range of technologies including enterprise, mobile and social media software; power electronics, imaging and microprocessor hardware, including quantum processing; and unique lighting and hybrid Stirling/Thermoacoustic devices.  Their solutions can be found in a number of environments including healthcare, retail, financial services, research labs, telecommunications, green building and power utilities.

The Technology Impact Awards are broken into three groups: Technology Awards, Company Awards, and Personal Recognition Awards.

This year’s finalists are:

Excellence in Product Innovation

Alpha Technologies Ltd.  
D-Wave Systems Inc.  
QR Loyalty  
SunCentral Inc.

Best Application of Technology

McKesson Medical Imaging Group  
Subserveo Inc.

Most Promising Pre-Commercial Technology

Etalim Inc.  
Secodix Corp.

Most Promising Start-Up

Etalim Inc.  
QR Loyalty  
Xomo Digital

Emerging Company of the Year

Clevest Solutions Inc.
QHR Technologies Inc.  
Vivonet Inc.

Company of the Year


Team of the Year

SAP Canada  
Vision Critical

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If you haven’t already heard or seen the video, GoDaddy is getting a lot of bad press right now because their CEO Bob Parsons shot an elephant and put the video up on the internet (warning: graphic if you haven’t seen it).

 This is  interesting timing because yesterday during a management meeting we were talking about our brand promise and what differentiates from competitors.

Well, the outrage and groups urging people to close their GoDaddy accounts tells all of us who run businesses something very important.  Brand promise and values matter.   

 So rather than go on about GoDaddy here’s our story. We are Canada’s original .CA registrar. My business partner John Demco founded .CA in Canada back in 1987. Before the world wide web and before people were even using email. He had a vision to secure an online identity for all Canadians. He ran this effort as a volunteer for 13 years for free and has been honoured as one of the pioneers of the Canadian Internet.

 In 2000, we grew from 4 to 30 people in 4 months and ten years later, I’m proud to say that Webnames, founded on the principals of giving back, integrity and customer service continues to grow and expand. Our number 1 core value is to “amaze every customer with exceptional service”. That’s what defines us. That’s who we are and that’s our commitment to you.  We don’t hide from our customers…we post our toll free phone number all over our website and homepage. If you aren’t satisfied, you can write directly to . Our BBB rating is A+ and has been for the 10 years we’ve been in business and we continue to track a zero complaint record. We bring the human touch back to technology and are your “Ally on the Web”.

No we don’t sponsor Nascar but we do give back to the community. That’s another one of our core values “to make a positive difference.” Members of the management team serve on a number of boards,  mentor other entrepreneurs and businesses and the company sponsors numerous events, initiatives and charities.

Here’s the video that I’m proud to celebrate. You decide.

Cybele Negris
Co-Founder, Inc.

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