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Wishing You a Happy Holidays

Wishing you & your family all the best this holiday season and health & prosperity for 2014.

2013 was thankfully another great year for Homeroom. We welcomed two new team members Leanna & Mirey, launched a new range of communication services and expanded our office space.

We are also excited to announce that thanks to all of the wonderful people who voted for us we are through to the semi-finals of the Small Business BC Best Workplace Award.

We look forward to serving you again in the New Year and want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support and referrals.

For your entertainment here are some photo’s from our Christmas festivities.

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Enjoying some drinks at our staff party.

 

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newsletter December

Homeroom Client of the Month: BentMatter Entertainment

benThis month’s client of the month is Ben Reeder from BentMatter Entertainment.

Not only is he one of our great clients, he is also the loving husband of  Homeroom’s Digit Girl Nina and the mastermind behind our fun website and Christmas photos.

After graduating from BCIT Marketing Management program in 1998 Ben started BentMatter Entertainment a company that specializes in video production, live video installations and rentals.

In 2002 he started Open Studios, which is located at 252 E 1st Ave, Vancouver. The venue has a pre-lit 3 color shooting stage for hire and hosts two events a month that  focus on electronic dance music and live audio visual performances.

 

What do you enjoy the most about being a business owner?

Getting to pick who I work with and what we on work is always a bonus.

What motivated you to start your own business?

Its in my blood, I couldn’t imagine life being any other way.

What advice do you have for other people who would like to start their own business?

Don’t start a business with your family unless they are silent partners.

How do you achieve a work life balance?

Well having a family really helped define the end of the work day.

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And finally who could benefit from your services?

Anyone who wants to make a video, need’s to throw an event, need’s a studio for their photo shoot or needs audio visuals for a concert.

 

If you want to be featured as our client of the month please let us know by contacting us

Homeroom’s Top 10 Christmas Cocktails for Every Occasion

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As you dive head first into the holiday season we want to make sure you have the resources to adequately cope with the potential stress December can bring.

So without further ado we bring you the Homeroom Gals top 10 cocktail picks that will get you through the holiday season no matter what life throws at you.

 

1. I woke up and it’s raining!

It is never easy to get out of bed when it is raining so we suggest you give yourself the jump start you need with an Irish Coffee

  • 1 1/2 oz Irish whiskey
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 6 ozhot coffee
  • heavy cream

2. I woke up and it’s sunny

This is glorious news, so why not celebrate with some Champagne Punch.

  • 3 tablespoons grenadine
  • 3 tablespoons Cointreau
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 1 3/4 cups champagne
  • Raspberries, apples, or other seasonal fruit

3. I woke up and it was snowing

When you wake up and it’s snowing  the first thing that probably comes to mind is White Christmas…..the cocktail!!!

  • 4 oz eggnog
  • 1/2 oz white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 oz Southern Comfort
  • Edible gold flakes or chocolate flakes for garnish

4. That person who drives me crazy is taking me out for drinks

If this situation happens nothing says “I am not going to stop drinking until the alcohol level in my body has allowed me find you less annoying” than a Gin Martini.

  • 2 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 or 3,  olives or lemon twist for garnish

5. My in-laws are having us over for dinner

Take a flask….fill it with Whiskey…drink it all…

6. My kids ate too much Christmas candy and won’t stop screaming

When your kids are driving you mad the logical cocktail choice is a Long Island Iced Tea. The Cola will give you the caffeine boost you need  to deal with your children while the high dosage of alcohol will simultaneously lull you into a calm, carefree state.

  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1/2 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce sour mix
  • Cola
  • Lemon wedge for garnish

7. I work in retail

At the end of a long day of dealing with crazy Christmas shoppers you really need a cocktail that is going to give you the boost of sugary happiness that you need to avoid going postal on the next person who asks you if you stock reindeer underwear.  We think a Cosmopolitan will do the trick.

  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) triple sec
  • 3/4 ounce (1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons) cranberry juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 ounce (1 1/2 teaspoons to 3 teaspoons) fresh lime juice
  • 1 2-inch orange peel/twist
  • ice

8. I can’t believe another year has passed already

Time moves too quickly stop for a moment and drink an Apples & Pears cocktail…. or 4.

  • 11/2 ozs stolichnaya ( , Gala Applik Vodka)
  • 11/2 ozs juice (Pear)
  • 3/4 oz syrup (Vanilla-Nutmeg)
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 5 dashes angostura bitters
  • 1 oz hard cider

9. My partner bought me an appliance for Christmas

Are you pretending to totally LOVE your new vacuum? Or running outside to use that new snow blower? You know, because a nice new dress or tickets to a show weren’t what you wanted!!! We suggest you drink a Corpse Reviver while you clean the carpets.

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce Lillet Blanc
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur (i.e. Cointreau)
  • 1 drop absinthe
  • Cherry for garnish

 

10. I wish I was still in Mexico (Teya’s December emotion)

Nothing say’s MEXICO louder than a Classic Lime Margarita. So turn up the heat, put on some salsa music and get shaking!!

  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec (Cointreau is recommended)
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • Salt or sugar to rim the glass (optional)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!

End of Year Preparation for Salaried Employees

Most people think that preparing for the year-end is only something that business owners have to worry about. However, that is not the case as year-end preparation is beneficial for everyone.

So if you aren’t self-employed what steps do you need to take to prepare?

Evaluate your Income

You should evaluate your income and current RRSP contributions.

This will allow you to determine if you need to make or want to make any additional contributions before the RRSP deadline March 1.

Making the correct amount of contribution can help to decrease or eliminate any balance you may end up  owing on your 2013 taxes

Book a Massage

This is the perfect time of year to use up any unused portions of your extended health coverage as chances are low that your insurer will roll over any unused benefits into 2014.

So book that massage you have needed all year or buy that funky pair of glasses you have had your eye on since you saw them on the cover of Vogue!! You pay for your benefits; make sure you are getting your money’s worth.

Defer Your Bonus

Depending on how much income you have earned over the year it may be in your best interest to ask your employer to defer your end of year bonus until January 2014.

Not only will this allow you to revive your bank account after Christmas left it on life support, it will also allow you to defer your tax liability.