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Feng Shui Master Janene Laird Professional Consultants - Feng Shui Master Janene Laird Professional Consultants - Our Blog http://shenchi.com.au Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:39:23 +1000 en-gb Kaffir Lime Body Shampoo http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/31-kaffir-lime-body-shampoo.html http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/31-kaffir-lime-body-shampoo.html

A short video on the benefits and uses of the Kaffir Lime range of products. Hope you find it informative

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admin@shenchi.com.au (Janene) Blog Sun, 11 Jun 2017 16:45:43 +1000
Welcome the God of Wealth for the Fire Rooster Year! http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/30-welcome-the-god-of-wealth-for-the-fire-rooster-year.html http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/30-welcome-the-god-of-wealth-for-the-fire-rooster-year.html Welcome the God of Wealth for the Fire Rooster Year!

Li Chun or the first season of the Year of the Ding You Rooster (丁酉) commences at 11.49 pm (LST) on February 3rd. However welcoming Cai Shen or the 'God of Wealth' at the Lunar New Year is another particularly important event in the Chinese New Year Festival.

In 2017 the first day of the first Lunar Month commences on January 28th and Cai Shen arrives from the South East (123°) very early in the morning between 1.00 to 3.00 am. The most auspicious time to receive Cai Shen is actually 1.40 am LST or 2.40 am if you are observing DST.

If you would like to invite Cai Shen into your home then follow these steps and may you enjoy much happiness, health, success and prosperity in the Year of the Fire Rooster!

The first thing you must do is to clean your home, paying particular attention to all the main ch'i openings (windows and doors) that are located in the South East, as this is the direction that Cai Shen is arriving from.

Start at the main entrance and work your way around in a clockwise direction. Ideally kaffir lime juice and leaves should be added to your bucket of water for extra cleansing properties, but this is up to you.

Alternately you can also use a few drops of Kaffir Lime Essential Oil which is available online from Feng Shui Today or directly from Rose at Feng Shui Living - phone 0421 300 850.

Please note that this type of spring cleaning can be done at any time, but is really best done during auspicious days leading up to the Lunar New Year and those remaining dates are:

• January 25 - Avoid cleaning if born in the Horse year
• January 27 - Avoid cleaning if born in the Monkey year

Just before 1.00 am LST (or 2.00 am DST) on the morning of Januaary 28th you should shower and change into fresh clothes in order to demonstrate your sincerity. Then open all South East facing windows or doors in order to receive the auspicious ch'i into your home.

Following this light 3 tea-light candles and place them in the South East sector of your home. Please do so safely and do not leave them unattended.

At 1.40 am LST or 2.40 am DST stand (or sit) next to the open window or in the door way and face towards the South East. Inhale the prosperous influences, welcome them into your home and visualize the positive goals you wish to achieve this year in both your professional and personal life.

Alternatively you can burn 3 sticks of incense in the South East sector of your home, bow three times and sincerely pray for well wishes, whilst inviting Cai Shen to come into your home.

All the best for 2017 and Gong Xi Fa Cai to everyone!

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bruce.laird@shantallow.com (Janene) Blog Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +1100
Crown Casino Zodiac Spectacular - 2017 http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/29-crown-casino-zodiac-spectacular-2017.html http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/29-crown-casino-zodiac-spectacular-2017.html Crown Casino Zodiac Spectacular - 2017

Last year l was pleased to advise on the design of the Chinese New Year Zodiac Display in the Atrium at Crown Casino. The positive response it received from patrons and visitors alike was heartwarming.

This year l am delighted that these 12 fabulous Zodiac Animals will feature once again on the grand staircase in the Atrium at Crown Casino during the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. l have also written Zodiac Forecasts which give you a general outline for the Rooster Year, according to your animal sign.

However please remember that these forecasts are based only on your birth year and for a more detailed assessment you should seek a full 4 Pillars of Destiny reading. These are available from me for the special price of $218.

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bruce.laird@shantallow.com (Janene) Blog Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +1100
Feng Shui Update for the Year of the Fire Rooster http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/28-feng-shui-update-for-the-year-of-the-fire-rooster.html http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/28-feng-shui-update-for-the-year-of-the-fire-rooster.html Feng Shui Update for the Year of the Fire Rooster

Feng Shui Update for the Year of the Fire Rooster

Soon we will bid farewell to the Year of the Bing Shen Monkey (丙申) and welcome in the Year of the Ding You Rooster (丁酉).
Therefore it is necessary once again to make those Feng Shui changes around your home or business to ensure that you and your loved ones continue to be surrounded with beneficial ch’i and good fortune.
As we all know, invisible energies exist in our environment and they can be positive and enhance our well-being and prosperity, or they can be negative and cause bad health and misfortune.
These energies are dynamic and change over time in a cyclical manner, so in order to ensure that things remain harmonious it is necessary to locate and attend to the annual energies at the beginning of every year.
This year the Lunar New Year falls on the 28th January, but the shift of annual Feng Shui energies is always based on the Hsia or Chinese Solar calendar and thus the Year of the Fire Rooster will commence on the 3rd of February.
As we all know, invisible energies exist in our environment and they can be positive and enhance our well-being and prosperity, or they can be negative and cause bad health and misfortune.
These energies are dynamic and change over time in a cyclical manner, so in order to ensure that things remain harmonious it is necessary to locate and attend to the annual energies at the beginning of every year.
This year the Lunar New Year falls on the 28th January, but the shift of annual Feng Shui energies is always based on the Hsia or Chinese Solar calendar and thus the Year of the Fire Rooster will commence on the 3rd of February.

Lo Shu Chart for 2017

Each year there are four big Sha (煞氣 bad energy) and four lucky Stars which we should pay particular attention to. These four Sha have the power to over-ride any Flying Stars, regardless of how good the Chart of your home or business is.
The three Sha are called the Grand Duke or Tai Sui (太歲), the Three-Killings or San Sha (三煞), the Year Breaker or Sui Po and the 5 Yellow Star (五黃).
On the other hand, the four positive energies to support and activate are the Lucky Stars 8, 9, 1 and 6. So if you avoid the big Sha ch’i, activate the Star 6 (power), Star 1 (promotion) and Stars 8 and 9 (money), you will increase your potential for the coming year. Here are the positions for the good and bad energies in the Year of the Fire Rooster.

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Star 1 is located in the Tai Ji or Central Palace of your home and signifies promotion and growth. This is also auspicious for academic success and recognition

If possible you may place a bowl of clear water in the Central Palace, but remember to keep it clean and fresh

Star 2 is located in the North West sector and can bring sickness, loss and obstacles

Wu Lou Gourd & set of 6 Chinese coins

Hang a strand of six metal coins or place a metal Wu Lou Gourd or other large metal decorative object in the North West sector of your home or business

Take extra care of your health if your main entrance is

located in the North West sector

Star 3 is located in the West sector and can bring quarrels, conflict, legal problems and theft Place a lamp or a red object in this location The Grand Duke or Tai Sui is also located in the West so groundbreaking and renovation should be avoided in the West 2 sector (262.5° - 277.5°) Star 4 is located in the North East sector and brings the potential for romance and academic success

Place a healthy, vibrant plant in this location

Star 5 is located in the South sector and can bring misfortune, financial problems, sickness and even sudden death Therefore keep the South sector clean and tidy and remove any active objects such as an aquarium or water feature

Make sure this area is not dark or cluttered and check that it is well lit and ventilated in order to help disperse the bad energy

If your bedroom is located in the South sector then you should sleep in another room this year if possible

To further combat this bad energy place a large metal object in the South sector of your home or business Alternately you can place a salt water remedy in this location. This can be done by sitting a glass bowl or jar onto a terracotta or ceramic saucer. Pour rock salt in the bowl until it reaches around 1/3 full and then carefully place 6 Chinese coins on top of the salt in a circle Salt Water Remedy

Place an additional coin of a different denomination (not your own currency) in the centre of the Chinese coins Fill the glass bowl to the top with water, making sure that the coins are fully covered Replenish the water regularly as it evaporates, but be careful not to disturb the coins or salt crystals that have formed Star 6 is located in the North sector and represents power and promotion

This star may also bring about travel, especially for the father of the house

To activate this area place 6 x 20 cent coins with the heads facing upwards in this sector (you can also use 6 Chinese coins). Make sure that you wash the coins first Star 7 is located in the South West and can bring gossip, sex scandal and robbery

It is also known as a fire hazard star and is particularly inauspicious to have in your kitchen. If you do then be extra careful with all of your cooking activities this year

Chinese Water Bamboo

To combat this troublesome energy place a glass vase of fresh flowers or 3 to 4 pieces of Chinese Water Bamboo

in this location

Star 8 is located in the East and this auspicious energy brings wealth and prosperity Sleeping in a bedroom in the East may also enhance your opportunities to make money However the East also overlaps with San Sha and Sui Po, so groundbreaking and renovation should be avoided in this location To activate this area in 2017 it is best to place a lamp, or light candles or incense here Star 9 is located in the South East and is another auspicious star for wealth and happiness To activate this area in 2017 place a small water feature, lamp, or light candles or incense here Sleeping in a bedroom in the South East may also enhance your chances of romance

When implementing your annual remedies or activating the auspicious influences, please remember that it is not always necessary or possible to address every area of your home or business. You should also be mindful of the Flying Star energies which are present in each Palace, according to the Natal Chart.

Therefore you should firstly take care of the Grand Duke (太歲), Three-Killings (三煞), Sui Po and 5 Yellow Star (五黃) and then focus on supporting or activating those aspects of your life that are most important to you.

The Grand Duke – Tai Sui

2017 is the Year of the Rooster (酉) which means that the annual energy comes to our homes and businesses from the West. Therefore this year the energy known as the Grand Duke or Tai Sui is located in the Mountain of West 2 (262.5° - 277.5°), or the Rooster (酉).

In Chinese mythology the Tai Sui (太岁)is actually a position in the celestial heavens which determines the annual fortunes of all mortal beings for a particular year. A person's happiness, health, luck and fortune are all under the jurisdiction of the Grand Duke or Tai Sui and hence he serves to remind us all to avoid misdeeds, carry out charitable activities and take care of our health.

General Tang Jie (唐杰) is the Tai Sui or Grand Duke for the Rooster year and it is he who gives trials to the afflicted Zodiac signs. Therefore each year it pays to heed the location of the annual Tai Shui so as not to disturb or offend him, as this can bring misfortune and problems. It is also not advisable to move into a house that faces towards the Grand Duke, which for 2017 is of course the West.

Recommendations:

Avoid renovations or major changes in the West 2 sector (262.5° - 277.5°) during the coming year. If this sector is disturbed then you are likely to experience many problems including arguments and illness. If there is no choice with regard to renovation or repairs to your home, then ensure that you commence and finish all work in the adjoining sectors

Alternately a special date and time can be selected for groundbreaking, renovation or moving in, but this requires the skill of an experienced Feng Shui Master

Pi Xiu

Never sit facing the Grand Duke or sleep with your head pointing towards his direction, as this is said to be confronting him and may lead to misfortune and problems

Appease the Grand Duke by placing his pet, the Pi Xiu in the affected sector or by wearing the Pi Xiu pendant as an amuletvi_piyao.gif

Dragon Tortoise

Alternately you can also place the figurine of a Rooster or Dragon Tortoise in the West 2 sector and face it towards the Grand Duke, as this is another simple way to harmonize the influence and ensure his support

San Sha – Three Killings

The Three Killings or San Sha is one of the major annual afflictions in Feng Shui and is a very challenging combination of three energies - namely the Year Sha (Sui Sha), the Robbery Sha (Jie Sha) and the Disaster Sha (Zai Sha).

Obstacles that set you back may be caused by the Year Sha; wealth losses may be due to the Robbery Sha and frequent mishaps and misfortunes could be brought on by the Disaster Sha. Hence it is good practice to find out the location of this incoming energy each year and treat it accordingly.

During 2017 the San Sha is located in the East sector between 67.5 to 112.5 degrees. Therefore it is very important that the ground or location in which this energy resides should not be disturbed. Therefore don’t undertake any renovations in this part of the house or garden; avoid drilling or hammering and try not to sit with your back towards the East.

If the East sector and San Sha are disturbed then the consequences may include accidents, health issues, lawsuit, financial disaster, mishaps and possibly a string of hidden problems which bring trouble all year long.

So keep the East sector undisturbed and place three Celestial Guardians in this location to repress any misfortune. These can be 3 small golden Dragon Horse (known as Chi Lin) or a set of Fu Dog, Chi Lin and Pi Yao.

Set of Chi Lin

Set of Fu Dog, Chi Lin & Pi Yao

Sui Po – Year Breaker Star

The Year Breaker Star or Sui Po is always located in the position directly opposite the Grand Duke.

As such it is known as the Star which clashes with the Grand Duke and should be treated with the same degree of caution.

Therefore once again groundbreaking and renovation should be avoided in the East sector of your home or business during 2017. Most specifically this should not be done in the Mountain of East 2 or Rabbit (卯) which lies between 82.5 to 97.5 degrees.

So it’s time to get started with your Chinese New Year cleaning so that you are ready to make those changes and embrace the Year of the Fire Rooster on the 3rd of February. Gong Xi Fa Cai and I hope that 2017 brings you much happiness, health and prosperity!

All enquiries regarding annual Feng Shui or Chinese Astrology updates please contact me on janene@shenchi.com.au or 0402 688 888.

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bruce.laird@shantallow.com (Janene) Blog Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +1100
Crown Casino Zodiac Spectacular - 2016 http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/27-crown-casino-zodiac-spectacular-2016.html http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/27-crown-casino-zodiac-spectacular-2016.html Crown Casino Zodiac Spectacular - 2016

Last year l was pleased to advise on the design of the Chinese New Year Zodiac Display in the Atrium at Crown Casino. The positive response it received from patrons and visitors alike was heartwarming.

This year l am delighted that these 12 fabulous Zodiac Animals will feature once again on the grand staircase in the Atrium at Crown Casino during the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. GM Vincent Koh from the Singapore Feng Shui Centre has also written Zodiac Forecasts which give you a general outline for the Monkey Year, according to your animal sign.

However please remember that these forecasts are based only on your birth year and for a more detailed assessment you should seek a full 4 Pillars of Destiny reading. These are available from me for the special price of $218.

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bruce.laird@shantallow.com (Janene) Blog Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +1100
Sydney - Star City Casino Dragon 2015 http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/25-sydney-star-city-casino-dragon.html http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/25-sydney-star-city-casino-dragon.html

In 2015 I was asked to advise on the design of Star Casino’s Celestial Dragon in my capacity as an Accredited Feng Shui Master.

The Dragon is of course the most popular and powerful good fortune symbol in Chinese culture and also in Feng Shui. Therefore it was important to ensure that the design details and general representation were accurate and authentic.

As such the first thing to remember is not to use a Dragon with five claws, as this is the Imperial Dragon and the Yang energies which it symbolizes are too strong for ‘ordinary’ people. Instead it was more appropriate to create a four clawed Dragon.

Another important detail was to make sure the Dragon looked relatively fat, happy and prosperous, as this suggests an abundance of money, good health, family and food. Also whilst the Dragon is certainly a powerful creature, his general demeanor should still be somewhat benevolent as we wanted to give patrons an overall sense of welcome.

Finally the direction traditionally associated with the Dragon is the East and this relates to the Wood element. Therefore it was an option to incorporate some Wood colours (such as green or blue) into the overall colour scheme. However in this case we felt that red and gold were more auspicious for the Star Casino Celestial Dragon, as these colours symbolize money and prosperity.

I’m sure you will agree that the final design of the Star Casino’s Celestial Dragon was really magnificent and he continues to proudly stand watch each year and welcome patrons and prosperity to this grand Sydney venue!

The Star Dragon

 

 

The Star Dragon Feng Shui

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bruce.laird@shantallow.com (Janene) Blog Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1000
2015 Year of the Goat Newsletter http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/22-2015-year-of-the-goat-newsletter.html http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/22-2015-year-of-the-goat-newsletter.html

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bruce.laird@shantallow.com (Janene) Blog Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:00:00 +1100
The Age - Chaos Theory http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/21-the-age-chaos-theory.html http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/21-the-age-chaos-theory.html

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"If everything is placed in accordance to feng shui principles, we can create a happy, healthy and prosperous environment," says Janene Laird, of ShenChi-Feng Shui. "But first I tell my clients to clean up. Nothing can be done in a cluttered environment."

Enter sisters Meg Hardy and Julie Lyons, who established Neatliving in Melbourne last year. A former teacher and a banker, they had identified a niche where they could put their formidable organisational skills to use.

"Decluttering is about working with the space you've got. It's about not being overwhelmed by chaos," says Hardy. "If you've got too much or it's not working for you, you've got to get rid of it. And people need help purging. It's very difficult to let go by yourself. But once you're organised, it is much easier to keep organised."

Organisation was urgently needed in my bathroom, the most cluttered areas for any beauty journalist (they assured me sympathetically). The cupboard was crammed with products: most had been tried, some were waiting to be, all needed some order so that I could find my toothbrush and close the doors. Out came five baskets labelled "keep", "test", "toss", "pass on" and "charity".

"Only you can decide what goes where," the declutterers said, though Lyons did provide a patient ear and encouragement as I ruminated over volumising foams and straightening serums, while Hardy refolded the linen in the press to create room to store the "test" basket. It took hours. And the smallest basket by far? The "keep". My heart was lightened.

"There is no point keeping anything that doesn't absolutely work for you. Sort, purge, reuse, rearrange, work efficiently," said Lyons.

The "keep" products were then sorted into nifty compartmentalised plastic boxes that slipped perfectly into the cupboard - essential ones for cleansers, face preparation products, masks, eye make-up, nail care and so on (Hardy and Lyons didn't raise an eyebrow between them). Over-the-door shower caddies and suction baskets from Howard's Storage World ($30 to $55) now house hand cream and sunscreen for quick access. Sorted.

The rest of the house was really well organised, they said (they didn't see inside the pantry): the floor-to-ceiling bookcases in the family room were a wonderful idea and the overflow of magazines could be organised with cardboard holders or by ripping out and filing the articles of interest. My son's artwork, which was threatening to resemble wallpaper, could be photographed then thrown out, or placed in a portfolio. If I had booked more time (their fee is $65 an hour or a "package" rate), they would have helped with this.

There is obviously a need for neatness in our time-poor society: since the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers was established in 2005, it has attracted 100 members, including 36 in Victoria.

But when Laird arrived and, using a compass and floor plan, measured the house and gardens to the last degree, she discovered things were not necessarily so neat chez Hughes.

"With the year the house was built, its facing directions and compass centres, I can measure what invisible energies or 'flying stars' there are," Laird said, as she located the tai ji or central point of the home where, she said, the energies meet (family room: benign; whew).

"When a bad star is found in an important position such as the bedroom, trouble is likely to occur. Feng shui makes the most of the positive influences and controls the negative."

I found myself gazing about the room for showers of glitter and stardust, but the process was coolly mathematical. A bit like decluttering - as are the feng shui guidelines (see box).

Laird returned a week later with her detailed report (these cost $499 for a single-storey house) and a fund of ideas and advice. There were bad stars in a couple of sectors, but these could be remedied. I was to relocate the study to the north-facing guest bedroom, which has auspicious energy related to "current prosperity" and a steady increase in wealth and fame. The current study had energies "that may actually increase the risk of illness, obstacles, conflict and theft", said Laird, placing a string of six metal Chinese coins near the computer, a traditional feng shui remedy.

"I'd keep this room quiet and inactive - use it for storage and the occasional guest."

The front entrance, the "mouth" of the house, proved another trouble spot as it lies in the non-prosperous south-east sector and could, Laird said, cause financial difficulties (thereby negating any of that wealth-generating in the new study). That entrance is seldom used.

"Keep it that way," said Laird.

The bedrooms had wonderful energy (the master bedroom is considered the most important room in the home because it represents the foundations of the family) and only the bed in the second bedroom needed repositioning "to promote peace, stability and a clear head". Not a problem.

But the swapping of the study and guest room was: what to do with all the piles of papers, magazines, books and ... well, stuff. I hadn't let them near the "final frontier" before, but I knew who to call.

Lyons and Hardy came into their own: tape measure to the ready, they worked out precisely how the furniture should be placed, what should be replaced and where my (new) storage systems would be located (on shelves to be fitted in the built-in wardrobes). The new guest-cum-storage room would need a bed on a base to fit under the window and a $269 Ikea cubed storage unit which, incidentally, would also be ideal for my son's room, for toys.

This all makes wonderful sense, but not the sort of sense I could ever have made of it. The chaos was busted and I can work and sleep soundly.

shenchi.com.au

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Guidelines for good feng shui

* Ensure the interior and exterior of the home is free from rubbish, clutter and unpleasant odours: these could lead to a blockage in your life force.

* Ensure the front garden is well kept as this encourages opportunities to enter your life.

* Clear out any unwanted clothes and goods as they suggest you are holding onto the past.

* Replace washers on dripping taps as this could mean a gradual loss of income.

* Attract good energy into your home with healthy plants, fresh flowers and incense.

* Maintain the structure of your house: if your home is run down it suggests you are tired and may be experiencing a gradual decline in health.

Tips to get you organised

* Tackle one room at a time.

* Assess the problem: make a conscious decision about how much space to allocate to any one thing.

* Set goals and set a realistic deadline. Stick to it.

* Break large projects into small, manageable tasks (start with one drawer or shelf at a time).

* Eliminate clutter.

* Group items into "like" categories. Designate a permanent place in your home for each group of items and always put them back there.

 

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bruce.laird@shantallow.com (Janene) Blog Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +1100
2010 Year of the Metal Tiger http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/20-2010-year-of-the-metal-tiger.html http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/20-2010-year-of-the-metal-tiger.html
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Hi everyone, just thought I would let you know that I have posted my ‘2010 Year of the Metal Tiger‘ article on my website. This gives you a brief overview of the prevailing energies and influences for the coming year. I hope you enjoy reading it!  Previous years are 2009 Year of the Earth Ox and 2008 Year of the Earth Rat - Janene
 
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bruce.laird@shantallow.com (Janene) Blog Sat, 30 Jan 2010 11:00:00 +1100
Feng Shui in Business http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/19-feng-shui-in-business.html http://shenchi.com.au/blog/item/19-feng-shui-in-business.html

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Peter Jack from The Event Management Group Pty Ltd and Janene discussing use of Feng Shui in Business.  A Business Feng Shui Consultation is an invaluable way to assess and enhance the financial potential of your business. It can help to foster a working environment that supports positive employee relationships, promotes productivity and generates commercial opportunities. Ideally this should be done during the design phase or prior to purchase or lease, but this is not always possible and improvements can still be made to an existing business.

 

 

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bruce.laird@shantallow.com (Janene) Blog Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +1000