Due to increased interest in the site, we have had to upgrade our server. Thank-you to everyone for their patronage!
Best of luck to everyone in 2010!
Apr 03, 2007 : New Server, System Upgrade
Our site experienced an unfortunately long amount of downtime due to a server breakdown and a workload that just wouldn't quit!
My current project is taxing my time considerably but its the most exciting in its space. What happens when you collide alcohol, 2 technologies and 3rd year mathematics? Fun!
Best wishes to everyone and thank-you for your continuing feedback.
Feb 01, 2007 : Battle versus the Spammers
Lately some of our members have been struck with a number of spam messages. In our continuing effort we have implemented a counter measure to their antics and we look forward to another period of refuge from spam.
I wish everyone a successful 2007!
Jul 24, 2006 : Share your story and win a t-shirt!
The team at TheLocalGuru.com has just received a new delivery of t-shirts and we want to give them away!
As part of our monthly contests we've been including t-shirts with the Chapters gift certificate. One of our winners Sue from Vancouver wrote:
"I think you guys have great taste, since for once I've received a shirt that I can wear with pride instead of only around the house. I love the colour too."
We're looking for gurus in Canada who are making a difference in their community. Are you operating a successful small business or freelance operation? Recently finished a challenging project? We want to hear from you! We'd like to post your story in a new section that highlights Canada's local experts.
Chosen submissions will be posted on the website over the coming months. All winners will receive one of our brand-spanking new t-shirts.
If you are interested please contact us.
May 02, 2006 : Summon your community's skills
Do you need something done or have a need for specific expertise - and can't find your local guru in our search engine?
Summon the skills of your community using our public forum. We crawl for spam, enable private messaging, and *never* share your email address.
Check it out!
Apr 04, 2006 : Publish Your Blog!
Do you have your own blog?
Premium profiles on TheLocalGuru.com can now syndicate their blogging in their 'Articles' section!
Mar 03, 2006 : Meet / Greet is a Resounding Success!
Our first meetup @ Sutra Lounge delivered on its promise: interesting people, yummy food, and great tunes.
The group ranged from a fellow who advises the United Nations on policy, a woman who analyzes signatures, film producers, a publicist, graphic design, illustrators, real estate, software development, astrology, the list goes on and on...
No one could be short for conversation with this crowd!
We hope everyone enjoys the prizes we gave out: handfuls of t-shirts, gift certificates to chapters and staples and season one of The Office (US).
Thank-you to everyone who came and made it a success. Its your participation that made it so great!
We'd like to acknowledge the awesome team that assembled to make it all happen: Joey Gill, Dan Neylan, Laurie Varga, Kathy Grant, Damien Middleditch, DJ:TK
Feb 19, 2006 : Come party in Little Italy
March 2 at Sutra Lounge (612 College St. Toronto): DJ TK will be spinning the groove, Dan Neylan providing snacks and our team will be passing out prizes. Come out and join your fellow gurus for a break from the working life!
(Click here to download the Press Release)
When? Thursday, March 2nd, 2006. 8pm EST.
Who? You and your freelance/on-the-side/doing-it-on-your-own friends
Where? Sutra Lounge 612 College St. Toronto, ON M6G1B4 Phone: (416) 537-8755
RSVP now to win a TheLocalGuru.com t-shirt!
Dec 24, 2005 : Have a great Holiday !
The team at TheLocalGuru.com wishes everyone a very relaxing, and well-deserved holiday.
We are big fans of taking time-off, so kick your feet up and savour last year's successes and learning! We look forward to working with you in the New Year.
(For those of age, we recommend spiking the eggnog for advanced relaxation)
Nov 17, 2005 : Many enhancements
We offer some great new features including: newsfeeds, user ratings, integrated message discussions, and RSS syndication of search results and guru articles!
Aug 15, 2005 : New Features
We've been working hard and just released additional features to the site including: a faster search, the ability to stay logged-in as long as you wish, and the provision to post portfolio images.
Jul 19, 2005 : Silver Contest Over
Thank-you for everyone who entered for the silver contest! We picked an email at random using Random.org - A. Powell from British Columbia won the silver !
Jun 27, 2005 : Contest Alert!
Going hand-in-hand with our slogan is the concept of money. I feel it is so important for people to learn about money that I am creating a contest for one ounce of silver to the winner. My hope is that people entering in the contest will take some time and find out how money and the banking system actually works.
Click here to enter the contest!
Jun 15, 2005 : Discussion Forum
The team is pleased to be able to link to a great new Small Business Forum. Its perfect for sharing ideas on the joys and issues of running your own small business.
May 06, 2005 : On the Radio - Winnipeg's CJOB
We are excited to be on Winnipeg Radio station CJOB Monday, May 9 at 11:00am EST to talk about the site!
For those who wish to listen in - point your browser here
May 02, 2005 : National Launch - Globe and Mail Coverage
The team is proud to declare the national launch of the site!
The Globe and Mail picked up the news and posted an article on their site, available here. Response has been incredible with many new gurus coming on board!
Mar 29, 2005 : Site Update
We have spent a lot of time re-developing and re-designing the website from the ground up.
We are especially happy about the site's new look - with concepts from 360 Mediaworx and Spark Creative's visual direction TheLocalGuru.com is looking really good. Damien Middleditch joined the team and provided some top-notch development effort as we rebuilt the site using Fireball's in-house website framework.
TheLocalGuru.com team is looking forward to adding more features in the near future for all its members.