Feature Client: Kirk Law Office – Part 1: Intro

Feature Client: Kirk Law Office – Part 1: Intro

For this week’s #FeatureClient, we’re proud to introduce our client Kirk Law Office. Kirk Law Office specializes in residential and commercial real estate, wills, and estate administration. Below are further details about Kirk Law Office from the perspectives of both associates, and next week we’ll be sitting down with Leslie J. Kirk for an interview, so check back!

Here’s what Diem, Leslie’s associate, wants you to know about her: “Leslie is upfront with clients about the process and genuinely looks to take care of them. She is great at taking what at first seem like disparate ideas and combining them to create valuable suggestions.”

Leslie is approachable, honest, and friendly. But most of all, she is fiercely dedicated to ensuring her clients understand and receive the best legal advice and service she can provide. Her commitment and integrity have helped Kirk Law Office earn its reputation as one of Ottawa’s most reliable firms.

Leslie’s specialty is helping buyers, sellers, and investors navigate the legal aspects of the real estate market, including rent-to- own/purchase-option transactions, multi-unit residential purchases and sales, new condominium purchases, and institutional and private (including RRSP-funded) mortgages on behalf of lenders and borrowers.

An Ottawa native, Leslie obtained her B.Sc. (Honours) in mathematics at Queen’s University before returning home to study law at the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2009 after completing her articles with the City of Ottawa’s legal department. She is a current member of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA).

As a committed member of her community, Leslie volunteers with the Old Ottawa East Community Association and is a member of the Ellwood House II project development team. She is a speaker at local Continuing Professional Development events in the Nation’s Capital, and a former instructor with the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law.

Here’s what Leslie, owner of Kirk Law Office, wants you to know about Diem: “Diem’s ability to discover a client’s needs by asking the right questions right out of the gate astounds me daily. Even more impressive are the creative solutions she tailors to help clients achieve their goals.”

Prior to working at Kirk Law Office, Diem worked as a lawyer at Kelly Santini LLP in Ottawa and as a consulting manager at Accenture in Toronto. While at Accenture, Diem worked with global and national financial institutions to re-design business processes and implement customer relationship management software. In addition to consulting, she has taught at Accenture’s training facility in the United States.

Diem became an integral part of Kirk Law Office based on her extraordinary ability to relate to clients. Her diverse range of experience and dedication to developing positive, trusting relationships with those she works with are significant contributors to her strong success as a lawyer.

Diem’s areas of expertise are business, real estate (residential and commercial), and estate planning law. Her past legal transactions cover a wide range of industries and dollar figures, including a $32 million mortgage.

Aside from her work as a lawyer, Diem is an instructor with University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and a graduate student with a passion for housing.

Since moving to Ottawa, she has quickly embraced the city, with the Rideau Canal featuring prominently in the background of her life. Living and working a few blocks from the canal allows Diem and her family to enjoy frequent bike rides, picnics and runs.

Vintage Computers: Epson Geneva PX-8, 1984

Vintage Computers: Epson Geneva PX-8, 1984

Epson Geneva PX-8, 1984

The Epson PX-8 aka Geneva was manufactured in 1984 and was considered a huge improvement on its predecessor the Epson HX-20.

Geneva had a Z80 compatible microprocessor, and ran a customized version of the CP/M-80 operating system as well as various applications from a pair of ROM cartridge slots which were treated as drives. For file storage it had a built-in microcassette drive.

The Epson Geneva PX-8 came with the following specs:

  • 4 MHz CMOS Z80
  • 64K RAM
  • 32K ROM
  • Built-in micro cassette, Optional external 3.5 floppy drive, optional “RAM disk”
  • Add-ons for RAM disk, modem, printer, etc.
  • 480×64 pixel LCD screen (built-in)
Antivirus For Small Businesses – Part 3: Scareware

Antivirus For Small Businesses – Part 3: Scareware

Scareware may be the most common and frustrating form of Malware. You’ve probably seen it before, perhaps without even knowing it. Scareware can create fake warnings that say your PC is infected and to “click here” for the solution. The irony is that the link is infectious, and the simple act of clicking it will infect your PC. Some forms of scareware are so intelligent that attackers have even created fake command prompt windows so that when the user tries to quit the offending program, the user launches the malware— very tricky! The best solution to this problem is to install internet security software an update it regularly.

CapitalTek Announces Merger With ElastaLink Corporation

CapitalTek Announces Merger With ElastaLink Corporation

To our valued and respected clients,

We are pleased to announce that effective August 1, 2017 CapitalTek will merge with ElastaLink Corporation. Our merger will create a more comprehensive infrastructure with faster response times. ElastaLink shares our values, founded in service excellence and client focus. Our highly complementary services will enable us to provide you with new and broader capabilities. While our dedication to outstanding customer service and staff members will remain, CapitalTek will now operate as ElastaLink.

With ElastaLink, you will truly have a single stop shop for all your telecommunication services. From internet access over fiber, DSL or LTE, to managed routing with enterprise-grade features, and modern communication tools like IP phone, fax, email and file sharing services- we can configure a customized solution that works for your team.

Combined with our existing IT services, this is a feature rich service portfolio, valuable to any business. Over the years, CapitalTek has considered a partnership with several providers in order to be able to offer additional services. However, could not be successful, until now. ElastaLink is a unique local service provider with the passion for innovation, and strong in-house R&D team. They operate out of two data centres to offer reliable and fully integrated technology services, essential for today’s business environment. Find out more at www.elastalink.com

This is a time of exciting changes and growth for us. However, there are key things that will remain:

  • You will continue to work with the same team of people you have in the past. All of our staff will remain in their current roles.
  • Our fee structure will not change.
  • We will continue to offer the services you have received from us, with addition of many new services available.

We will be moving to ElastaLink’s office at 570 Industrial Road, Ottawa, ON, K1G 0Y9, on July 18, 2017. All the contact information for us will remain the same except our e-mail addresses. Our existing phone numbers will remain operational. You will now be able to reach our help desk at help@elastalink.com or 613-829-2255.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this major milestone and a tremendously exciting opportunity that it brings for us and your company. We look forward to introducing you to our larger team and new partners and we are happy to be able to bring you unmatched expertise and a wide range of quality, fully integrated telecom and IT services.

If you have any questions about this news and what it will mean for you, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. As always, we are grateful you have chosen us as your technology service provider services, as well as for your loyalty and friendship. We are confident that our new affiliation will serve to enrich our relationship further.

Sincerely,
CapitalTek and ElastaLink teams

Feature Client: Alteriors – Part 2: Interview

Feature Client: Alteriors – Part 2: Interview

We just had the pleasure of completing our interview with Monika Durczak and Jacob Visutskie, owners of Alteriors Contemporary Furniture Inc. This may be our most up-close and in-depth interview to date, as Monika and Jacob provided an in-depth perspective on the contemporary furniture industry and truly shared their passion for authentic design. Do not miss this one!

Could you please tell us the name of your business and briefly explain what you do?

Monika: Our business name is Alteriors Contemporary Furniture Inc., but we go by Alteriors. What we do is provide authentic, high quality, carefully selected furniture brands in Ottawa. We try to cater to the mid to high end residential and commercial markets.

Jacob: We provide a positive shopping experience for the consumer. We compete with a lot of online companies so for us it’s all about the experience. If you’re buying an $8000 sofa we want to ensure you’re spending your money the right way, It’s about the right size, the right fit, the right piece. It’s very interactive with the customer.

Monika: We offer in house consultations that are free of charge for about an hour to better understand the client’s needs and the space that they’re working with so we can better suit the furniture for the space. We do furniture layouts and we do drawings, 3D drawings that help customers visualize the space better. Also, the main thing for us is authenticity in our products. We do not carry any knock off brands, Jacob and myself both have design backgrounds. I have an architectural degree and Jacob has an interior design diploma. It’s important for us to carry brands that are authentic to the designer and respect the designer’s research and development processes.

Jacob: We call our product semi-custom, there’s many options for everything. You come in and you see the piece, then we can configure it, fabrics, leathers etc. If we had 300 000 sq ft, we probably still couldn’t show everything we sell. Here it’s like a little boutique representing the brands so you can see the quality and then you order. One of our companies has 4 million SKUs. You can have one table with ten different tops and ten different legs, those ten different tops can come in five different finishes. walnut, oak, etc.

What made you want to start in this business/industry and when did you start?

Monika: It started with me working for the previous owner here, I worked for him for about two and a half years. I left the retail business for about two years and in retrospect realized that I really did enjoy what I was doing being more connected in the design industry with furniture and stuff, that was in 2009. I came back in 2009 and we took over. We both have design backgrounds as I mentioned, a degree in architecture and interior design so we both have a love for design and different fields regardless. With having worked here in the past I really felt comfortable to take this on. Jacob made his decision to leave his government job at the time, it was a 100% dedicated decision to go into it full force. It was a great opportunity presented to us from the business owner, we couldn’t pass it up.

Jacob: We always wanted to have a store, we just thought it would happen closer to retirement. When you see Ligne Roset, it looks good but it’s also comfortable, that’s designed furniture. It’s not like someone has taken a photo of a sofa, sent it off to China to have it replicated, without studying the ergonomics of it. Everything here has had an actual designer design it. They’ve thought, how does your body fit in it, what’s the depth, what’s the height, how’s it going to work? Ligne Roset has exquisite and unique pieces that look great and are comfortable, they hit it right on the head.

Monika: We love design, that’s our background. We love to get people excited about design. The big thing for us was to educate people about design and designers. We take the time to explain why that Eames chair is the price that it is, versus what’s available down the street for a thousand dollars. It’s up to us to take our time to talk to people and educate, not everyone’s going to be aware.

Jacob: You wouldn’t want someone to take a paper that you’ve written, put their name on it, change the title a little bit and send it off. There’s a lot of work involved to make something so simple work well.

What do you love most about your business/industry?

Jacob: Problem solving! In a different way. You have a space, you want your space to work, you spent a lot of money on a home, how’s it going to flow, how’s it going to move. We don’t sell furniture, we don’t sell anything! We guide people to make the right choice. There’s no pressure, we want you to have the right piece, that’s key. People come to us and they want a sectional, if they have a 500 sq ft place or bigger place, either way they want a sectional. It may not work, some stores may still set it, but we won’t.

Monika: We don’t just jam the space up with furniture.

Jacob: For example is the piece going to fit in an elevator? Will it fit around the corner. We’ve seen so much stuff that we can usually solve these problems really quickly.

What are some technological challenges you’ve faced as a business and how was CapitalTek able to help?

Jacob: Like any small business we’ve got our skills, and they are not technologically based, we’re designers. This was eating so much of our time in the beginning to try and get stuff up and understand new technology. We had so many issues.

Monika: From the technological standpoint we need a proper POS system. So that we can organize orders etc.

Jacob: CapitalTek helped us with us the little things, the important things that make the business run. Because of your customer service and quick response we were happy with your services.

You can learn more about Alteriors and the products they sell at their website.