Grand & Toy

Grand & Toy

March 05, 2009 14:44 ET

Grand & Toy Continues Its Commitment to Canada's Small Business Owners

Grand & Toy evolving into a one-of-a-kind small business solutions provider

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 5, 2009) -

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On its 125 anniversary, the nation's leading single source office solutions supplier Grand & Toy began evolving its business model from a supplier of office products to the nation's number one source for complete business solutions.

New additions to Grand & Toy's host of products and services has ranged from office supplies, interiors, technology and imaging, to a host of essential professional services small businesses need to stay competitive in today's fast-paced marketplace.

Most recently, Grand & Toy has announced that members of Vancouver's thriving small business community looking for 'big business' experiences, benefits and services now have two B2B retail outlets that provide specialized end-to-end solutions for their enterprises with the opening of its first new Business Centres - with a second currently under construction - specifically designed to cater to all facets of conducting business, from human resources and imaging to social networking and specialized IT support teams.

The centres are an industry-first, providing entrepreneurs and small business owners access to Grand & Toy's extensive business experience and the opportunity to discuss in person their business needs and concerns.

Small business owners can access the full range of professional services and product offerings through Grand & Toy's comprehensive website, www.grandandtoy.com.

As part of Grand & Toy's evolution, essential professional services and products aimed to assist the growth of small businesses have been launched in Canada, and include:

Empower

Grand & Toy Empower (www.grandandtoyempower.com) is geared to small businesses, and offers them the opportunity to get all their online activity done in one place, saving precious time and ultimately making them more productive.

Users have the ability to put up ads on Grand & Toy Empower at no cost and leverage the site's viral nature to develop their reputation through word-of-mouth advertising. Business decision makers can also use the site to form new partnerships, source new suppliers, and share ideas with business owners within their industries. The site offers a vast array of multimedia, including informational videos and podcasts, as well as expert advice on a breadth of topics. Users can participate in online seminars and receive tips and tricks to make their business run smoother. Employers can also leverage the site's job board to post employment opportunities, while employees can use the same board for their job search.

Tech Solutions Advisors

Grand & Toy offers more than 250,000 technology products through its recently enhanced online offering, accessible to all customer account holders, and has established a new team of Tech Solutions Advisors to help customers get the products that best meet their needs free of charge.

The advanced team will be on hand to assist not only with queries, but also to help source unique or rare product requests that are often difficult to access. The advisors work in close conjunction with Grand & Toy's 26 regional Tech Product Specialists based in most major markets in Canada. The specialists can conduct on-site visits to businesses that are unsure of their technology needs, as well as help them to determine the most appropriate technology products based on the nature of their business.

Human Resource Management

As part of its latest service suite geared to small business, Grand & Toy is offering contracted HR services on a project basis, as well as ongoing HR support through its partnership with Human Resources and Organizational Development firm, ASSOCIUM Consultants.

The Human Resources Management service allows small businesses to take advantage of third-party HR expertise - normally accessible only to big business - to facilitate recruitment, training and administration. Small business can access HR advisors and specialists in five-, 10- or 20-hour-per-month packages at a preferred rate through Grand & Toy. The packages are available through a retainer that allows hours to be carried over month to month or on an hourly or project basis.

To complement the HR Management services, Grand & Toy also offers a comprehensive group benefits and employee assistance program, providing small businesses with a greater breadth of options to meet their business needs and retain valued employees.

About Grand & Toy

Founded in 1882, Grand & Toy is the leading single-source office solutions provider offering strategic office procurement to Canadian businesses. With its comprehensive product selection, Grand & Toy provides access to interiors, technology and imaging solutions and everyday office supplies. Grand & Toy powers the potential of organizations by offering an extensive technology portal, supported by a highly trained team of Tech Solutions Advisors, who our customers can access for all their technology requirements. It also offers essential professional services, such as human resources management, web design and hosting, and Grand & Toy Empower- a networking site connecting small businesses with peers, helping them stay abreast of trends and techniques while growing their business.

Grand & Toy also has a firm commitment to environmental integrity and charitable outreach manifested through numerous internal and external programs. For more information, visit www.grandandtoy.com.

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