• New development at Airport Corporate Centre

    September 7, 2018

    Home to the Canadian Headquarters of many global companies, including Bell, Kellogg’s, Acer, Hershey’s, Sketchers and many more, Airport Corporate Centre is a vibrant hub of corporate activities.

    Business Point recently released their plans to open a brand new business park. Located on Solar Drive, just south of the Toronto Pearson International Airport, the city of Mississauga has invested in the long-term future of Airport Corporate Centre by completing 2 Mississauga Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) hubs walking distance away to help provide convenient transportation and an ideal location for logistic companies.

    The city is continually making infrastructure improvements to keep up with business demand and provide businesses with the most modern and best services possible.

    “Mississauga is one of the fastest growing cities in the Greater Toronto Area,”  said James Hussaini, president of Business Point. “And the proximity of this project to the Pearson International Airport and major highways makes it an ideal location for both investors and business owners alike.”

    He said there is a rapid growth of e-commerce in Canada and this had sparked an expansion in the country’s logistics and distribution sector. “At the same time, supply [of small industrial spaces] is constrained due to a scarcity of developable land.”

    The developer offers a total of 32 industrial units. “Most of our units are 1,800 sq. ft. and we have as big as 12,000 sq feet,” said James. After research, Business Point has concluded that most small businesses are looking for units around 2,000 sq. feet. “Small units are in high demand in today’s market,” he said.

    “This is the only 26 feet high ceiling industrial condo project in the area,”  said the Vice President of Business Point, Ahmad Elahi.

    Availability of industrial space in GTA has hit an all time low at 2.1%. Sale prices and leasing rates have grown exponentially and with an average of double digit growth over the past few years. Despite the tight market for space and high rents, companies still choose to locate their distribution facilities in the GTA for fast access to the regions of high-income consumer population.

    “[The project] was launched on September 5th, at Hilton Suites in Markham,” said Neelo Ahmadi, asset manager of Business Point. “Over 70% of the units were sold on that day.”

    Business Point’s asset management, Neelo Ahmadi, at the company’s Airport Corporate Centre pre-launch event on Sept 5th, 2018.

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  • Build It and They Will Come

    February 6, 2017

    Success can be measured in numerous of ways, depending on what you call “success”.
    Money, a house, a car, a strong family life, great friends, or a stable job, just to name a few, are all measuring sticks that people may use to explain what they see as success.

    Success, however, is the realization of your goals, whatever they may be. Success does not define you, you define success.

    What others may see as your success may actually matter very little to yourself personally. You may have money but are worried about your health. Money matters little if you cannot enjoy it.

    Success requires that you enjoy what you do and have the ability to enjoy the prestige it brings.

    Every step that brings you closer to your goals is a brick in the foundation of the success you build.

    Real steps to finding your success:

    • Be open and active in the ways you find the answers to the problems that confront you
    • Do not focus on what cannot be done, instead increase your efforts for what can be done
    • Create an atmosphere of determination that breaks down the mountains that may stand in your way
    • Understanding and effectively communicating your purpose will help you to influence others allowing you to reach your goals quickly
    • Put in the time and effort, procrastination will kill your dreams of success minute by minute and day by day

    Success may start as a dream but when you can build with a foundation of purpose you will achieve what others thought you could not.

  • How Will What You Are Doing Impact Sales?

    November 28, 2016

    From time management to resource procurement, from employee’s well-being to customer satisfaction, and everything in-between, you should be asking yourself “how will this affect sales?” before making a decision.

    • Recognize that every person within an organization has an impact on sales
    • All decisions need to answer this question: “how will it impact sales?”
    • Understand that there are no jobs without sales whether your job is selling or not

    No Sales, No Jobs
    Without sales there are no jobs. Eventually no decisions will ever need to be made (you’ll be out of business). Establishing “how will this affect sales?” as a condition of any decision, big and small, will impact your business just as much as making a decision without considering how that decision will impact sales.

    Do you remember the Kevin Bacon’s “6 Degrees of Separation”? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_degrees_of_separation The objective of the game is to link Kevin Bacon to another actor by counting the number of personal connections it takes to get from one to another.

    Decisions Are Not Disconnected From Sales
    Decisions that impact sales can be seen in many way but often overlooked. The decisions we make are not disconnected from all others, instead, every decision you make interconnects. Saving money on heating bills can create a cold work environment which then chills employees and affects the disposition of customers, potentially shortening client meeting times and not allowing for full presentations thus forfeiting sales opportunities. You can make similar comparisons with every process that your business and employees goes through.

    “How does my current task impact sales?” is a question that many employees and business owners do not ask simply because they don’t see sales being involved with their tasks at hand. After all, if they are not in the “selling pipeline” they may have no direct interaction with the purchaser of their company’s goods and services and fails to recognize their impact.

    “How do our business methods impact sales?” This question allows you to focus on regular tasks that administration staff need to accomplish in a smooth manner that supports other departments in their workday duties. From the cleanliness of the back warehouse to the store fronts, keeping employees safe and customers comfortable impacts sales.

    Measure Your Decisions As ROI of Sales Impact
    “How do our leads and follow-up sales methods impact sales?” allows you to focus on how potential and current client information is handled and managed. In turn, this allows you to measure your return on investment of the resources and information you have, directly impact sales.

    I believe that there are no businesses that have unlimited resources with expectations of no return on investments. Asking “how will this impact sales?” can provide a measurable direction for you to take whenever a decision is to be made.

  • Historic Queen’s Hotel in Unionville set to reopen

    June 23, 2016

    After more than a year and about $2 million spent on restoration and re-construction, the Queen’s Hotel on Main Street Unionville is set to re-open.

    The hotel, built in the 1870s, was damaged during a fire last March.

    Since then, the owner has been working to preserve the historic building.

    “This street is recognized because of this building,” said James Hussaini, president of Business Point, a co-working office space company that owns the building.

    “This building is in every picture. There are a lot of emotions attached to this building.”

    Preserving the bricks and mortar was the priority, for the business and for himself.

    “Even I have an emotional attachment to this building,” said Hussaini, who worked in a highrise prior to starting his own business.

    He remembers a photo on the wall showing the hotel in the late 19th century.

    “There were no cars,” he said. “There were horses in the photo. That type of history creates an attachment.”

    The cause of the fire was sourced back to a malfunctioning potlight in the ceiling of a retail store on the ground floor.

    “It was a stubborn fire,” said Neelo Ahmadi, hotel restoration project manager. “It’s because it was an older building, it went quickly. Thank goodness there were no injuries.”

    While there was little damage to the exterior, there was extensive smoke and water damage to the interior.

    The interior of the building is brand new. The restoration process included new electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems as well as extensive fire-proofing measures.

    “We want to make sure this never happens again,” Ahmadi said. “The good news is it’s all new and the outside is preserved.”

    With any restoration, there were ups and downs.

    While the city toed the line when it came to preserving heritage, as it should Hussaini said, he never expected the process to drag on more than a year.

    At one point, their insurance company wanted to take down part of the exterior wall along Main Street.

    It took about six months to settle that debate between city and insurer.

    “We weren’t looking for financial help,” Huassini said. “But we thought because it was a heritage building, the process would be expedited.”

    The fire and the restoration process took a toll on several businesses in the building and Business Point lost a few tenants.

    But the restored building will be home to a couple of boutique retail shops on the ground level and a slew of businesses on the second and third levels including a lawyer, real estate agent, wedding planner and mortgage broker.

    There was some discussion about transforming the building into an indoor mall with several small retail and boutique shops, while maintaining the historical integrity of the exterior.

    The mall would have added another attraction to the street, especially during winter, Hussaini said.

    But after pushback, he kept the original plan – executive office spaces and a business centre.

    If all stays on track, Business Point will open by the end of the month, just in time for the summer when Main Street is at its busiest.

    “We’re excited,” Ahmadi said. “We can’t wait to open again. It’s very emotional.”

  • Build Your Business Resume

    March 7, 2016

    Most business owners will agree that their business is an extension of themselves, their hopes, their dreams and their drive to succeed.

    Your business does need to stand on its own, however.

    No matter how involved you are in your business (and that’s especially the case for small business owners), the name of your business needs to stand for certain things that speak beyond your personal involvement.

    • Honesty
    • Capability
    • Integrity

    Build your recommendations
    For every prospect and customer you have, asking them if they know of other businesses and individuals that could use your products or services is the best way to build a professional referral network and your business’ list of recommendations.

    Highlight your expertise
    Completed projects with details of their goals, milestones and successes should be featured prominently on your business resume. Post these achievements on your social media pages and write press releases that can then be printed and framed in your office or displayed in a printed book in your office reception area.

    Announce motivation for growth
    Any businesses that stand still is eventually going to be overcome by their competition. Your future business success can be relayed in your business philosophy and your planned actions that demonstrate the capability of your business to learn and adapt to the changing priorities of your customers. Craft your growth plan with care and be certain that you can explain how this action system enhances your business goals.

    Building your business resume allows everyone involved to better understand the capabilities your business possesses, it’s past accomplishments and future stability. Whether you publish this to your social media pages, show it off in-house or save it as material to use at networking functions, your business resume provides depth that a mission statement does not contain. It allows you to provide a public record of your business activities that customers may not know and prospects will be grateful to learn.

  • Press Release: James Hussaini Announces “Yours Independently’” His Real Estate Book That Brings Agents into a New Era of Salesmanship and Business Ownership

    November 18, 2015

    James Hussaini announces the publication and book launch of his latest real estate book “Yours Independently”.

    James Hussaini
    WireService.ca Press Release (11/18/2015) Toronto, ON – December 3, 2015 marks the day that “Yours Independently” by James Hussaini is launched.

    “Yours Independently” speaks to the average real estate sales professional about what is wrong with the traditional brokerage model and exposes them to the power they can harness to bring about a dramatic and positive change to their business.

    “It’s not only time to lead by example, “says author James Hussaini, “but it is also time to provide the tools and motivation to real estate sales professionals so they can truly find success in their chosen career.”

    “Yours Independently” will be launched on December 3, 2015 during the 1st Annual Realty Point Dinner & Food Drive in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

    “I want to share the excitement of my book being published with the charitable good will of the season, “says James, “and when there are more than 850,000 people in our communities visiting a food bank every month, what can be more important to a real estate agent than to ensure their neighbours have enough to eat.”

    “Yours Independently” took over two years to write, and is based on the realities that James has seen in his real estate career as technology invades the real estate industry and the ways that home buyers and sellers expectations of the customer service they receive from their realtor has shifted.

    “As an industry professional I feel it necessary to offer my help and support to those real estate agents that are willing to put in the time and effort of improving their business. ‘Yours Independently’ will guide them through the steps I myself have taken, allowing them to learn from my experiences and not their own mistakes” James concluded.

    More information about “Yours Independently” can be found online at www.YoursIndependently.com
    Proceeds from book sales, and tickets to the launch event, will be donated to The Daily Bread Food Bank.

    About the Author
    James Hussaini has had a successful career in real estate and most recently founded Realty Point, an Ontario real estate brokerage franchisor that allows real estate professionals to open and manage their own independently operated real estate brokerage and provides them with the tools and support they need to find the success that drew them into a career in real estate sales in the first place.

    About the Book
    Yours Independently: Transform Your Real Estate Business with a New Team-based Model of Brokerage Ownership
    Published: December 3, 2015
    Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    ISBN (Print Edition): 978-0-9939036-0-1
    ISBN (Digital Edition): 978-0-9939036-1-8
    Website: www.yoursindependently.com

    James Hussaini

  • Multi-tasking is Making You Less Productive

    September 14, 2015

    A Stanford study https://news.stanford.edu/news/2009/august24/multitask-research-study-082409.html showed that people that are juggling several conversations though email and instant messaging can lose focus and control of their memory which can impact overall performance of the tasks at hand.

    • Unproductive multi-tasking is more common than you think
    • Prioritizing tasks can improve job satisfaction
    • High level multi-taskers may have a harder time filtering out irrelevant data

    The results of the Stanford study suggests that high level multi-taskers have a greater tendency towards distraction that can lead towards sacrificing performance on the immediate task at hand.

    While multitasking is a generally accepted practice, and almost certainly a requirement for any small business professional, carefully defining the importance of each task at hand and allotting specific time to priority tasks increases productivity and can improve general job satisfaction.

    Prioritizing your communications with project based to-do lists is a step in the right direction, allowing you to concentrate on the task at hand and not the task of the moment.

    To determine the priority of a task presenting itself to you, ask yourself these 3 questions:

    • Is what I am doing important now?
    • Do I have all the information needed to proceed with this task?
    • Am I the best person to handle this or can it be delegated to someone else?

    Streamlining your tasks and, when necessary, unplugging from the constant stream of communications coming your way, is a surefire method to increasing your productivity without compromising your overall effectiveness.

  • How To Use: Social Media

    June 29, 2015

    How is your Social Media exposure these days?
    With so many ways to connect with customers online you want to be sure not to spread yourself too thin and allow for actual conversations to take place between yourself and current / future clients.

    If you’re just starting out or you are re-evaluating where your efforts should be focused on, the best place to start is by making yourself available where your current clients are active online. Ask where you can follow them and build your online relationships. Every business succeeds with positive interactions and referrals, you just need to have the right plan to stay focused, approachable and relevant.

    Here’s how Social Media sites stack up for users to give you an idea of places to focus your efforts.

    Of course, it’s more important to understand where your clients are hanging out online rather than these bulk numbers but they will give you a heads up on where to start. It’s important to note that 67% of Canadian internet users visit a social networking site at least once a month (Statistics Canada, Individual Internet Use 2012 https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/131028/dq131028a-eng.html

    • Facebook – 17 million Canadian members. It’s estimated that by the end of 2014 92.9 Canadian social media users will have a Facebook account
    • Twitter – 10 million Canadian users
    • LinkedIn – 8 million Canadian users
    • Pinterest – 4 million Canadian users with 66% being women, and 34% with incomes over $100k

    As one method of connecting to a wide range of social media users you may want to follow the most popular brand pages https://www.socialbakers.com/statistics/facebook/pages/local/canada/brands/ on Facebook and join active conversations, just don’t promote your business on those pages, be yourself.

    Avoid spammy conversations and be helpful. Create opportunities for discussion and always be courteous. The bigger goal is to increase your reach but don’t allow your business to get in the way of other’s simpler aims.

  • Productivity: Manage Your Inbox

    March 23, 2015

    Is email simply a tool you use for communication or is your inbox running your business?
    All too often we fall into the habit of creating our daily to-do list based on the messages we have waiting rather than managing the real priorities that our business requires.

    You can increase your productivity by avoiding your inbox for the first hour of your work day and allow yourself the freedom to think about what you really need to accomplish during your day.

    Instead of dealing with your email as the most important thing you do, use that first hour on planning your day with setting tangible goals in mind. There is a hierarchy to communication that will help you implement a manageable plan of action. Phone calls first, text messages second and email last. Usually this order prioritizes what your clients see as important and allows you better control of your time and productivity.

    I remember reading somewhere, years ago, that email was never meant to be immediate. So why do a few unread messages sitting in our inbox overwhelm everything else we need to do?

    Give yourself a break from the morning email routine you’ve fallen into and you’ll dramatically improve your daily productivity.

    Here’s some handy email tips to consider:

    • Use the subject line to highlight the reason for the email
    • At the end of the email note a time which you would like a response and by what method (phone, text or email) depending on the urgency
    • Don’t reply to email with a one-word response. Saying simply “OK” might not be enough to insure you fully understand the message.
    • Be sure to answer all the questions in the email to avoid multiple emails on the same subject
    • Keep your messages easily legible, use just text of one colour and one size. You can’t be certain if the email will be read on a computer, a tablet or a smartphone

    The most successful people allow themselves to manage their communications, not their communications managing them.

  • Follow-up for Success

    January 12, 2015

    Plan your responses
    If This Then That

    How many times have you made the deal without ever having to follow-up on your initial pitch?

    If every sale was a one-step process, your success would only depend on contacting an ever-expanding number of people. But the business world doesn’t work that way does it? You make contact, you follow-up, you tweak your offer and add recommendations for implementation.
    And repeat until you achieve your goal.

    It’s a multi-stage process that requires nurturing and effort to be effective.

    Using the “If This Then That” (IFTT) rules for the follow-up, you can speed up your results by having a pre-designed sequence of actions and reactions that can help push your prospect onto the fast-lane towards making a commitment or relegate them to the slow-lane. This can maintain just enough contact to keep yourself in the running.

    A common sequence is:
    1. Initial contact
    2. Follow-up
    3. Meeting
    4. Negotiations
    5. Sign the deal

    Each step of the sequence has two outcomes: a positive and a negative. Your goal is to create ways to have each negative turn into a positive. You’ll know, through trial and error, what are the correct responses you need to make based on the actions or lack of actions from your prospect.

    Now get planning!

  • Afghans build a new life

    October 20, 2014

    Baker, realtor, musician, lawyer, counsellor, soccer player, writer – in any conversation with Afghans in Greater Toronto, they will say, “The first thing you have to remember is we are a resilient people.”

    Such a conversation will invariably be accompanied by a glass of tea. Afghans are also hospitable people.

    Farid Asghary was a renowned painter in Kabul but in the past seven years has built up the successful Arya Home Bakery & Sweets on the Danforth.

    After a generation of steady, sorrowful immigration to Canada, as one war bled into another in their homeland, the Afghan community in Toronto is coming of age, producing a homegrown band of young professionals.

    Despite their accomplishments, they are mindful of just how damaged the newest émigrés are, the ones who arrived in the post-9/11 third wave. (The first wave came after the Soviet invasion of 1979, the second from 1991-96, during the civil war eventually won by the Taliban.)

    When Dwajid Taheri arrived 23 years ago, he was 14, alone and spoke no English. Now he’s one of the first Afghan-Canadian lawyers in Toronto, wearing monogrammed shirts and Burberry ties in an office with a fireplace and leather chairs.

    But he knows how to play hardball with today’s high school kids from Afghanistan, who run with gangs, fight, skip school and get arrested.

    “The newer arrivals, the young people, have been raised in violence. A full generation has had no schooling. They’ve been back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan (refugee camps) two or three times. And they are so angry at everything. When I was in high school, I was like that. I have a heart-to-heart chat with them.

    “I am more than just Afghan. I have a deep loyalty to this country. I owe it to these people to help.”

    Like his compatriots here, Taheri appreciates the intentions of the Canadian troops in his homeland but wishes Westerners had a deeper grasp of its history.

    “My heart goes out to those soldiers. These deaths are not necessary,” he said. “Talk to any Afghan. I have not found one person who believes the military option is a solution.

    “It is a misguided assumption that the Taliban are in Afghanistan. They’re not. They’re in Pakistan. You can kill as many as you want and the door is still open for more.”

    There were 14,000 Afghans in Toronto in the 2001 census and 23,230 in the 2006. On average more than 2,000 have arrived into the GTA every year since 1996, with a peak of 3,934 in 2001.

    Mariam Mahbob fled Afghanistan 15 years ago. She started the first local Afghan newspaper, Ar Zarnegaar, and has published a book of short stories about women and their lives – a sort of Afghan Alice Munro.

    She and her husband, a poet, are financing an association in Kabul to help writers and poets.

    “Democracy means nothing for people who have nothing to eat,” she says. “If I have the money, I will help them.”

    James Hussaini, who arrived with his family in 1997 at age 20, says adapting to a new country is not easy. He would rather have been a lawyer, but as the eldest son, he had to help support the family. Selling real estate pays the bills.

    “No matter how hard I try, I can’t think, talk, walk like I grew up here,” says Hussaini.

    His passion is to bridge the gap between young Afghans and their parents, “who are physically here but mentally still in Afghanistan.”

    He’s hopeful. He named his new daughter Tamana – “hope.”

    Neelofer Hajran, a customer service manager at TD Canada Trust, knows well the tug-of-war between old and new world values.

    “It was very hard for my family to accept so much freedom here,” the 26-year-old said via Facebook. “My family still doesn’t like seeing their kids going out with friends or watching a movie in theatres.”

    Then there’s Roain Satarzadeh, gelled hair and leather jacket but sporting a keychain with a photo of his 8-year-old brother. His solution for the damaged, angry teen immigrants? Run them ragged.

    Last year, in their spare time, Satarzadeh, 22, and two friends created the Canadian Afghan Sports Association for soccer, volleyball and basketball. They staged the second Canadian Afghan Cup at the Hershey Centre last December.

    On March 14, they launch the first Afghan Chess Tournament at the Habib Banquet Hall in Scarborough.

    Satarzadeh’s organization has the advantage of being able to draw upon former professional soccer stars in the émigré community as coaches.

    “The level of stuff that used to happen is down,” Satarzadeh says. “Support is the main thing.”

    A seminal 2005 study found nearly a third of Afghan teens in Toronto reported experiencing war trauma and nearly two-thirds said their families had. Three-quarters said they had problems adjusting at school; 21 per cent reported being suspended or expelled from school, most often for fighting.

    Three years ago, Zarsanga Popal, 30, helped write a report on how to help Afghan youth.

    At the time, she was a social worker affiliated with Sabawoon – a community organization created several years ago after a wave of suicides among alienated Afghan youths in Toronto.

    Married now with a house in Oakville – “the immigrant dream is the 905” – Popal is more determined than ever to fix misconceptions about Afghan immigrants.

    “A lot of people portray us as a poor-victim, suffering community. Yes, we’ve been disadvantaged, but a lot of people miss where this community is going, its strengths.”

    Social life revolves around weekly worship at the mosque and big weddings – big, as in 500 or more and guests. (They have come to appreciate Italian wedding halls.)

    “Everybody gets invited, your next-door neighbours, business acquaintances, family, friends,” says Maryam Alesi, who is on maternity leave from the Afghan Women’s Organization but does bookings for the Afghan Women’s Catering Group.

    “In times of instability and devastation and sadness and loss, a wedding is the start of a new life for a couple,” says Popal, who has a newborn daughter. ” Weddings are a big part of our culture.”

    Farid Asghary makes the “very fancy” five-tier cakes for those weddings at his Arya Home Bakery & Sweets, at Danforth Ave. and Main St. In seven years, he has built up a broad multicultural trade, offering Afghan bread and sweets, Indian sweets, and Greek and Turkish pastries, along with his own creations.

    It’s an outlet of sorts for a man who, when he arrived in Toronto, was renowned in Kabul as an artist who staged exhibits, before he realized he couldn’t make a living here as a painter.

    Unlike Asghary, Vaheed Kaacemy can still make a living with his art.

    Kaacemy was a high-profile musician in Kabul who fled the threat of death at the hands of the Taliban. “They didn’t like music,” he notes.

    He played stadium concerts in 1984 and still writes songs, teaches and performs around the world.

    He used young local voices to record 16 songs in four Afghan languages. The songbook and CD, funded in part by the National Geographic Society, were launched at a gala in 2006 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Thousands of copies have been distributed to children in Afghanistan.

    He would love to do more to preserve a musical legacy at risk of being obliterated by war.

    “There is a musician, a singer, who is very old, 107 years old. He lives in Baluchistan (lying partly in Afghanistan). If we could spend five, six, seven hours with him, recording what he knows, we can preserve our culture.

    “If he dies, we have nothing. If we wait for war to end in Afghanistan, it will not get done.”

  • Limit Yourself To Do More

    August 11, 2014

    It may seem to be an oxymoron but by imposing limits on yourself you can actually free yourself to greater accomplishments.
    The things you need to do:
    • Avoid distractions
    • Schedule realistic time periods for the task at hand
    • Work in a quiet environment
    • When time is up evaluate your progress

    Reaching goals requires planning but even more importantly, it requires perseverance to actually follow through.

    When you sense yourself being pulled in a direction that isn’t fundamental to your goals, impose a limit to the time and resources you will dedicate to that particular task so you can get back to your main goal quickly.

    If you need a break, make it count. Stretch your body to free your mind. Even a small amount of exercise will help you regain focus. Remember, a break isn’t shifting gears or moving onto another task, it’s a breathing room for your thought process.

  • Use the News to Make Contact

    May 5, 2014

    It’s fair to say that maintaining contact with your past, current and future clients is of utmost importance. Keeping an open channel of communication, coupled with regular contact, keeps your products and services foremost in their minds.

    You have plenty of choices of preferred channels to keep the conversation going which should reflect the methods that are in use by your clients. Social media, direct email messages, phone calls and in-person visits will all benefit you when you have a plan to use them that does not consume all of your time while still allowing you the flexibility of being in several (online) places at one time.

    Consider using a social marketing service such as HootSuite.com or Bufferapp.com [hyperlinks] to schedule your social media messages and combine your efforts across several channels.

    The next question is: what should you say?

    Your messages should not only be about your products and services because that will quickly tire your audience.

    Surveys show that your promotional messages on social media should be less than 20% of your total message count. Understanding your target client will lead you to understanding their focus and interests and you should invest some time to research the types of messages they post for ideas on how you can cooperate and share with them online.

    A quick idea to having readily available content to publish and invite comments is always the ever-changing world around us. News happens all the time and the events of the day affects us all in many ways. Share your favourite news stories and how you feel they affect you and those around you.

    Now go forth and communicate!

  • Business Point Tenant Portal

    January 13, 2014

    BusinessPoint.ca: Making it easier to use your commercial space when YOU need it.

    Your Tenant Portal account has all the information you need to manage your tenancy including past and current invoices and receipts, your lease agreement, important building access information and a lot more.

    You can also contact management quickly and conveniently through the Tenant Portal. Should you have the need to contact us for any reason, you can be sure that we will be able to route your questions or concerns to the appropriate person and respond to the issue quickly.

  • Rogers TV: Toronto Commercial Real Estate Investment

    October 1, 2013

    James Hussaini, President of Business Point, appears as a Guest Speaker at a Real Estate TV


  • It’s Called ‘Luck’ For a (Wrong) Reason

    July 15, 2013

    Luck: good fortune; advantage or success, considered as the result of chance.

    We all know of someone that has luck finding them. What we often miss, besides the obvious really good luck such as a lottery win, is the effort and perseverance that preceded the lucky event.

    I’m a firm believer, and you are too, I’m sure, that we can build our own luck and turn small events into big successes.

    How much you pound the pavement and get the word out about your capabilities and professionalism in all the things you do greatly affects the results you will see. And when a result comes seemingly from out of nowhere, people will call it luck but they aren’t aware of the effort you have put behind it.

    The question is: Are you a grinder or do you get grounded down?

    Consistency is what you need to make your mark in your professional and personal life. Do not waver from what needs to be done and you will find yourself empowered to achieve success that others may call luck.

    Stay optimistic when challenges arise, as surely they will. Tackle them with enthusiasm.

    Break down your daily, weekly and monthly tasks and rate them for their importance. Dedicate time to the top three tasks that require the most effort and feel the sense of accomplishment overcome you as you complete what is necessary. You’ll be surprised about how having a structured outlook on the big things allows the little things to bring you the success you seek.

    Now you’re ready for luck to find you!

  • Financial ‘fitness’ the easiest way to get into US, Canada

    March 18, 2013

    Obtaining a green card — a permanent residence permit — to both the US and Canada is not difficult if you are financially fit, said Jamshid Hussaini, managing director of the American Investment Fund.

    Together with a representative from North American Real Estate or Remax, a Canada-based company, Hussaini talked at a seminar in Riyadh about “one of the easiest ways to get into the US.”

    He said the EB-5 visa program allows immigrant investors an easy route to invest in the US. The program’s added benefit for the investor is that his immediate family (persons under 21 years of age) can become US citizens without the usual restrictions of prior experience, ethnic background or the requirement to be tied to his business.

    “If the money you invest into your own business could create at least 10 jobs, it would qualify you for citizenship in the US,” Hussaini added.

    The necessary amount, which he estimated between $ 500,000 and $ 1 million (SR 1,875,000 and SR 3.75 million), is invested in three different business sectors: real estate, fitness centers and hotels. “We are not investing this money in new projects,” he said. “I have a colleague who has been managing a chain of fitness centers in the state of Florida for the past 25 years.”

    Investors would get their temporary green card within six to nine months. The permanent residence permit would follow within two years from the date of initial application.

    Zia Abbas, a Remax sales representative, came to the seminar to introduce Canadian real estate properties to Saudi Arabia. “We can see a lot of potential in this market as far,” he said.

    “Property investment is not just for the wealthy. It doesn’t take large sums of money to get involved in real estate. Banks will lend you up to 80 percent against the security of residential property. Most Canadians with a steady job and a little capital behind them can afford to buy investment properties.”

    According to him, the Canadian market is safe and secure. “In the last ten years we have witnessed a tremendous increase in population. More than 200,000 people come to Toronto every year and they all need a place to live.”

    Investors explore the market, which is doing so well with a very low down payment of 20 percent of the capital investment for booking and paying the balance within three years.

    Abbas said Toronto is the best market to invest in. “There is a large influx of Saudi students in Toronto, making it possible to invest in real estate as a business proposition. It is also a great place to raise kids and take advantage of our good family system.”


  • Business Networking Expo

    December 18, 2012

    A Professional Event Like No Other
    Business Point hosted ” Professional Summit & Expo”, an evening of Networking, Expos and Dinner, on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm.

    Business Point is a hub for businesses and organizations to utilize common resources. Business Points’ strategic partnerships offer a platform to share experiences and expertise. Business Point is a crossroad where businesses and organizations are developed through collective participation and collaboration. Contribution and sharing is the underlying philosophy. It represents over 20 years of combined efforts of several businesses, organizations and professionals.

    There were many aims for this event, the main one being the introduction of attendees to emerging professionals and businesses in the community.

    Over 300 businesses and professionals attended this event, consisting of exhibitors in over 50 areas of expertise. In this event the professionals met and greeted, exchanged ideas, resources, and shared success stories in their professional development. It was an opportunity to find out about other inspiring professionals and influential community leaders in various fields that have made their way in the Canadian mainstream society.

    One of the most influential business leaders attending the event was Senator Ehsan Bayat, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Afghan Wireless Communication Company, Telephone Systems International, ARIANA Television (ATN) and Radio Ariana 93.5. He is also Chairman of Bayat Foundation, a non-profit organization helping to rebuild Afghanistan, as well as, delivering hope and support to the ones in need and most at-risk Afghans.

  • Grand Opening of Business Point

    September 25, 2012

    On the 22nd day of September 2012, two of the respected Afghan Business individuals in Canada, Mr. James Hussaini and Mrs. Neelofar Ahmadi hosted an enjoyable and successful evening celebrating the Grand Opening of Business Point.

    The event started off with guests being welcomed to the Center and given an opportunity to network with members of the business community. During the Networking session guests were given an opportunity to visit booths of exhibitors who were sponsors and supporters of the event. Some of the exhibitors included: CIBC, TD Canada Trust, APPFY, CABC (Canada Afghanistan Business Council), Sozmon Designs, Crystal Group, Taheri Law office, Small Business Development Academy and many more. Exhibitors had an opportunity to provide valuable information to guests regarding their products and services, while everyone enjoyed refreshments and networking.

    After the networking session, guests were welcomed to the conference room where the Ceremony and speeches began. Neelofar Ahmadi was the Master of Ceremonies of the evening. She began with welcoming all the guests and introducing herself and providing her biography. She than welcomed her business partner, James Hussaini, President of Business Point onto the stage, who gave a heartwarming speech regarding his journey in the business world and how he came to be the President of Business Point.

    Following his speech dignitaries who attended the event were welcomed onto the stage to give speeches to the guests. Amongst the dignitaries who graced the guests with speeches were; Mr. Barna Karimi (Afghanistan’s Ambassador in Canada), Dr. Reza Moridi (MPP Richmond Hill), Mr. Joe Daniel (MP Don Valley East), and Mrs. Lori Cimmerman (wife of Founder and CEO of Homelife Realty Services). They each gave outstanding speeches, recognizing the hard work of James and Neelo. James and Neelo in turn expressed their gratitude and recognized the Business Point Team and Volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the event.

    At the conclusion of the speeches, all guests were invited to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for Business Point. The guests proceeded to take a tour of the complex and took part in the cake cutting ceremony of Business Point.

    At the conclusion of the cake cutting ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy a delicious Afghan Cuisine and delectable desserts prepared by Chef Riaz Ahmadzai, one of the top Afghan Chefs in the Greater Toronto Area. During the dinner hour draws were done for the guests, courtesy of the sponsors and supporters of the event and guests were again given an opportunity to network.

    At the conclusion of the event guests were asked to express their observation of the evening, the overall event and the complex. The feedback and testimonials guests provided was a testament to the success of the first event hosted by James and Neelo at the Business Point Complex.

    The Business Point Team would like to thank everyone who came out to the event and took part in the celebration. This event was the first of many more to come and look forward to seeing everyone there.