Act III: Reviving TAZZU

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Many suns have risen and set since the inception of TAZZU back in 2006.

TAZZU Business Networking Community

ACT I: Humble Beginnings

Being a business owner myself I empathized with other entrepreneurs wishing to run a successful business, and trying to generate leads for employment opportunities.

In 2004 I discovered the power of networking.

Attending networking breakfasts, and engaging in online communities and participating in events opened up a new world of opportunity and resource. One where I could contribute to, and receive from other business owners.

It was this awakening in 2006 that led me to create the TAZZU Networking Forums. With the forum built, 21 invitations sent, and the support of 4 amazing moderators, a safe environment was created for the members to network, exchange ideas, and ultimately make connections that could grow their businesses. It wasn't long before we had a thriving & vibrant networking community!

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Gift from BC Library Association & Ministry of Education

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Look at what arrived in the mailbox today! A copy of the book "Express Yourself!" a compilation of the top 30 winning stories from last year's B.C. Kids Writing Contest.

Express Yourself! The BC Kids Wrting Contest

In short: last June JenTekk received an email from the Ministry of Education inquiring about creating a website for an online kids writing contest they were sponsoring. The contest was to be a part of a province-wide celebration: the BC Libraries 100th Anniversary!

I jumped at the opportunity. Having designed BC Library Association's Kids Summer Reading Club websites since 2006 – and enjoying it full tilt – I couldn't resist.

As a token of their appreciation, the Ministry of Education they sent me this copy of the commemorative book.

Thank you to BCLA, Ministry of Education and Province of BC for this delightful token of your appreciation, and for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful celebration.

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Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

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Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) first contacted JenTekk in the fall of 2010 about improving their presence through a redesign of their website's look and feel including the amalgamation of 3 existing (Joomla CMS) websites: BINM main site, BINM Continuing Education, and the BINM Medical Clinic - see below...

Before: Main site

Boucher Institute Website

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Joomla 2.5 is released! Should I upgrade?

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With the very recent release of Joomla 2.5, many of you may be wondering whether or not to upgrade your existing Joomla 1.0 or 1.5 website.

ThemePartner has created an easy to understand flow-chart to help you decide. Work your way down by answering a series of questions, and you will have your answer!

Should I upgrade to Joomla 2.5?


Thanks to ThemePartner for this great flow-chart.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you are thinking about upgrading your existing Joomla website, or have any questions.

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How to avoid scope creep

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How to avoid Scope Creep


A while back, I was hired by a company to assist them with their website. We sat down over a great cuppa java and hashed out a game plan for what was to be a relatively small job.

As per usual, I outlined all the project's details in a proposed scope of work, along with a quote and payment time-line. Client approved the details, appreciated the timely manner in which I would submit the deliverables, and cut me a cheque for the deposit.

As the project neared completion, the client began submitting requests to also "just add this" and "quickly do that"... all of which were not 'quick/simple' tasks, nor included in the agreed upon scope of work.

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BC Kids Writing Contest - Express Yourself!

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We really enjoy designing sites for kids. It demands color, energy and a certain playfulness. That's what we feel we've accomplished with the BC Library's latest Kids educational project - Express Yourself: The BC Kids Writing Contest.

The BC Kids Writing Contest 2011

JenTekk was contacted June 1st, 2011 with an opportunity to design a small site for the BC Library Association in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, providing Kids with an opportunity to showcase their writing skills. The only catch was, they needed it done yesterday.

Unable to resist a challenge, working with the BC Library Association again and finally for the love of our kids - I took it on. Fortunately all the preliminary work was ready: basic content, site objectives, and functionality requirements. I'm happy to say the site was completed in under 3 weeks and right on time for the official launch & start of the competition.

Thank you!

Thanks once again to BC Library Association et al for this unique and exciting opportunity! May the "Express Yourself" writing contest be a huge success!

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