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Be Tech Savvy #71

Century AV - Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Audio Visual Technology "News of Interest" #71 – July 1, 2015

Together At Last: Microsoft & Crestron Align Meeting Room Technology

Crestron meeting room technology works natively with Microsoft large format touch appliance to maximize room usage, efficiency, and productivity (Photo: Business Wire)One of the biggest names in the entire electronics industry is leveraging its large-table format tablet and integrating it with Creston’s meeting room technologies. Now, thanks to native compatibility with Crestron products, Microsoft® Surface Hub re-imagines the meeting experience so you can unlock the full power of the group and the meeting space too! Utilizing Crestron’s AV Framework platform, the Hub products can be configured from Crestron TSW touchscreens without the need for programming. Enjoy flexibility of control right from your conference room table! Available in two turnkey packages, Century AV can provide you with the right Crestron solution to organize your meeting room usages and increase your productivity. Call us today for your Crestron AV Framework solution!

Enterprise AV: How to Achieve Cost-Effective, Consistent AV Solutions

In an IT world, standardization is the name of the game. It helps staff more easily support enterprise systems. The focus is no longer on the room or the project, but instead on the platform. Business leaders, more than ever, are looking at standardized, scalable meeting solutions. In some business environments, AV ownership resides in the real estate or facilities division of an organization and IT is a separate entity. This segregation can lead to pitfalls or disconnects for major AV/IT investments. If we are describing the structure of your organization, there is no need to worry. Century AV can navigate the gaps between AV and IT ownership. We know and understand both sides of the business. After all, we speak your AV/IT language! Contact us today. Let Century AV be the GUI to your AV/IT convergence. It’s time to take that next step and bring your enterprise-wide AV solution to fruition.


last chance to vote! top performer, audio visual services

The time to vote is running out! We are proud to have been nominated again this year by the readers of the Business Times as Top Performer for Audio Visual ServicesEverything we do is driven by your satisfaction. We hope to be worthy of your votes to maintain our status at the coveted Platinum spot! Please click on the Business Times link below and vote for us. Share with co-workers and friends!  Voting ends July 22nd @ midnight! Thank you so much for your support!   www.businesstimes.on.ca


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Please look for our next issue - #72 August 1, 2015 and... “Be Tech Savvy”


Be Tech Savvy #70

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Audio Visual Technology "News of Interest" #70 – June 1, 2015

Product ImageA NEW ERA OF VISUAL EXPERIENCE: GET YOUR 98” FLAT SCREEN NOW! 

Are we finally at the end of an era? In our October, 2012 edition of Be Tech Savvy, we shared the emerging pattern of LCD display penetrating the marketplace. Projectors, a previous mainstay in presentation technology, were increasingly being replaced by larger LCD screens. NEC 98” Flat Screens are now making that shift in demand even more enticing with unparalleled viewing quality and affordability. The display sets new standards in image size and quality with a 98" canvas with UHD (3840 x2160) resolution at full 60Hz. State of the art innovation delivers 24/7 runtimes with high end components and LED backlighting. It is ideal for any commercial application, from control rooms to conferencing to life size digital signage. Visit NEC’s website @ http://www.necdisplay.com/p/large--screen-displays/x981uhd. Consider a shift of your own from projector to the newly affordable NEC 98” flat screen.
Contact Century AV today! Let us help you evaluate your options and make an educated decision on your next AV investment.


Hey, Mississauga! Meet Your Pan Am Games Torchbearer!

Century Audio Visual is proud to announce that Colin Tyler has been chosen by the Mississauga Board of Trade as Torchbearer for the 2015 Pan Am Games! Colin was nominated by Sheldon Leiba, President of MBOT and has gratefully accepted the honour. A champion in the Mississauga community, Colin’s achievements reflect the spirit of a torchbearer – community, celebration, participation and pride. As a torchbearer, Colin will help spread the excitement of the Pan Am Games. Join Colin on Sunday, June 14 at 12:09 p.m. as he begins his torchbearer run! Start point is1550-1564 Hurontario Street with the run ending at 1495 Hurontario Street. Come celebrate the start of the Pan Am Games with us!

please vote for us! top performer, audio visual services!

Top PerformersCentury Audio Visual is proud to have been nominated again this year by the readers of the Business Times as Top Performer for Audio Visual Services!  At Century Audio Visual, everything we do is driven by your satisfaction. We hope to be worthy of your votes to maintain our status at the coveted Platinum spot! In fact, this year Century is hoping for a ‘grand slam’: a four-time consecutive win! Simply click on the Business Times link below. Please vote for us! Share with co-workers and friends. Voting starts now! Thank you so much for your support. It truly means the world to us!
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Be Tech Savvy #69

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Audio Visual Technology "News of Interest" #69 – May 1, 2015

The big book of av: ORDER YOUR FREE COPIES TODAY!

Are you the key AV resource person in your organization? Here’s an opportunity to expand your AV wheelhouse and strengthen your AV purchasing power.  Our new catalogue, "The Big Book of AV" is FREE and is here for you to share!  Almost as big as a phone book, it contains thousands of products including standalone AV items that are ideal for your business. As the keeper of “The Book”, ask us for additional copies to distribute internally. The benefit: streamlined purchasing across your organization for all your AV needs. Call Century AV to order your FREE copies today!

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD TRY VIDEO COLLABORATION NOW!

In past issues of Be Tech Savvy, we highlighted the extensive benefits of video collaboration. Well, our product offering just got better! Our new premier Cisco products partner, Telemerge, has expanded our ability to provide the turnkey Cisco end point communications that you have been searching for. Need more to convince you to invest? Check out this blog from Telemerge that gives 5 compelling reasons to act now!
   http://blog.telemerge.ca/5-reasons-why-you-should-invest-in-unified-communication

The initial investment can seem significant; however, the ROI more than makes up for it. It’s a geographically diverse world. Video collaboration can contribute to an interactive and tightly connected work force. Contact Century Audio today. Arrange for your Cisco end point installation and begin realizing the benefits now!

Press conference av rentals

Have an upcoming special event that requires media coverage? Whether pre-arranged or called on short notice, there are a variety of specific components needed to ensure the success of your live event. It's not just the mic that gets the message out! Century Audio Visual starts with the mic and follows through with mixed sound feed distribution to all media members present. Staging options include your choice of lectern, PA and mic types. To give your event that professional edge, we finish the installation with drapes, risers, lighting, signage support, stage tables and of course, audience chairs. Fast response, attention to detail and experience should be your priority. Contact Century Audio Visual today to book your next live event! From a sod turning ceremony in an open, barren field to a re-purposed hallway space in cramped conditions, you can count on Century to bring professional flair and clarity of communication at your next event.

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It is our privilege to service all your audio visual needs!

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Be Tech Savvy #68

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Audio Visual Technology "News of Interest" #68 – April 1, 2015

HOW CLEAN IS YOUR FLAT SCREEN? Clean it for FREE says Century AV…

Century AV is very proud of the flat screen installations that we have provided for our clients. Now, we would like to help our clients maintain them. Please accept our offer of a FREE sample of WHOOSH! screen cleaner. There is nothing in this bottle that will damage, etch or harm any of your screens or devices. Using WHOOSH! with the ultra-soft W! Microfiber cloth leaves your devices hygienic, “'cuz dirty screens are really gross!” WHOOSH! is 100% natural, non-hazardous, non-toxic and environmentally friendly and never tested on animals. Its natural proprietary polymer formula literally repels and resists dust, smudges and fingerprints. Call Century AV today for your FREE sample!

FUTURE PROOFING: Optimizing Moderately Used Legacy Infrastructure

When it comes to future proofing, the key is to choose equipment that is modular and flexible by nature to grow with the changing technology. In that regard, organizations would benefit from solutions that can be updated once they have been moderately used. Some may not think of infrastructure products as future-proof, but Century Audio Visual has found that furniture products like Middle Atlantic’s L5 series lecterns are just that. The company’s frame-to-furniture approach to its lecterns includes a rack to reliably support the system within. A wood kit is attached after the equipment has been installed. A design approach like this is integrator-friendly and future-proof by nature as the outward appearance can be changed out for any reason. Further, a customizable presenter’s panel can be designed for the equipment first specified and switched out if the technology is upgraded. What was once moderately used can become brand new within minutes. Watch this short clip to see how flexible & efficient this product is: http://bit.ly/1FL0WPN

NEW TO THE CENTURY AV TEAM:  Introducing Ken DeBusschere

Transitions within a company are somewhat inevitable. Century Audio Visual would like to take this opportunity to thank Danny Fraga for his years of commitment to his clients.  We wish him well in his career transition outside of the AV business. After an extensive search to maintain representation of the core values and principles of ‘service beyond expectations’, Century is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken DeBusschere to pick up the reins as our Technical Services Manager. Ken brings to our clients’ benefit extensive knowledge of the GTA’s AV Rental Marketplace. Century is pleased to be able to offer an effective and seamless transition in our service offering to our valued clients. Welcome to the Century Audio Visual Team, Ken! Ken can be reached by email at k.debusschere@centuryav.com or personally at 905.275.6010.

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It is our privilege to service all your audio visual needs!

Please look for our next issue - #69 May 1, 2015 and... “Be Tech Savvy” 


Be Tech Savvy #67

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Audio Visual Technology "News of Interest" #67 – March 1, 2015

BYOD TO THE POWER OF 32: Simultaneous Visual Image Collaboration

Today, we all want to "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) to meetings to present, collaborate, and share content wirelessly. With Crestron AirMedia™ you can and it couldn't be easier. Using AirMedia you can join any meeting space and wirelessly present documents, PDFs, photos, and screen shots from your personal device on the room display. Simultaneous Visual Image Collaboration allows up to 4 source devices on screen at one time. Here, Tim Guerin, our Project Manager, is in the Century AV Programming & Test Bay. Crestron AirMedia allows him to deploy from a dual screen desktop, a Smart Phone and Laptop, a test scenario of 3 source inputs onto the rear single screen. Up to 32 people can connect to AirMedia™ at one time in the same room. Contact Century Audio Visual today to learn more about how this new technology can improve the way you do business!

A MUST-HAVE TOOL: Our Event Planner’s AV Checklist!

Wherever your event may be, with Century Audio Visual, you can switch on the microphone and see your AV presentation come alive. You can be certain that we are right there beside you, letting you do what you do best.  We’ve got you covered! Our Century Audio Visual Tech will ensure that the proposed meeting space will accommodate AV setup and production. There are many factors to be taken into consideration. To help simplify that process for you, we have created our “Event Planners AV Checklist”. Our checklist will help keep everything organized during the preparation of your event and ensure that nothing is overlooked. Visit our website today. Get your free copy!  http://www.centuryav.com/docs/AVChecklist.pdf

The AV Equipped meeting room: A Good time for a fresh start



Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner! Get that fresh start that comes with a new beginning.   Your AV equipped meeting room is a pivotal part of your business. It’s time to ensure it runs smoothly and meets user needs.  Notebook, tablet and smartphone user demand to interconnect with your visual display equipment continues to increase. As a result, your business needs to upgrade its existing VGA port by adding, at the least, an HDMI port. New interconnectivity will allow content from user devices to display on your meeting room screens.  Simple enhancements will also create more effective room use for workshops, video conferencing and training. Consider low cost upgrades such as amplified in-ceiling speakers or in-table cable managementWith different options emerging on the market, the time for an AV systems review is now. Contact Century AV today! We will help you future-proof your AV room, keeping your presentation technology sustainable and relevant.  

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Please look for our next issue - #68 April 1, 2015 and... “Be Tech Savvy” 


Be Tech Savvy #66

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Audio Visual Technology "News of Interest" #66 – February 1, 2015

HDMI ADAPTER RING ASSEMBLY: ALL YOU NEED AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

No more panic and expense when presentation adapters go missing or get lost!
The Universal HDMI Adapter Ring Assembly is a revolutionary and cost saving way to use your HDMI adapters. This patent-pending tensile aircraft strength ring and clamp locks in the HDMI cable going to your display. Any adapter you need is now at your fingertips. No more searching. Not only do you get a solid and reliable connection, but the adapters are guaranteed to stay locked to the HDMI cable. They won't get lost for the next presentation! Rings are available in dozens of configurations, making them simple to use. The Universal HDMI Adapter Rings Assembly allows a single HDMI cable to accommodate many popular devices.
Contact Century Audio Visual today to get yours!


TOP TEN TIPS FOR DELIVERING AN EFFECTIVE PRESENTATION

The key to delivering an effective presentation is to put your audience first. Here are our TOP TEN TIPS that will make you a more effective presenter!

  1. Ask what attendees want to take away. Share ideas focused to that desire.
  2. Speak with an understanding of what attendees want to learn and acknowledge it.
  3. Make specific statements to support those thoughts without generic ‘filler’ words.
  4. Gain acceptance and interest by reflecting your personal values in all statements.
  5. Express personal commitment to attendees by using their names.
  6. Use real experiences of real people to express points with greater impact.
  7. Pause for a moment for emphasis after a key summary point or statement.
  8. Maintain focus by expecting yet ignoring distractions.
  9. Restate their desired take away with an inspired call to action and how to do it.
  10. Do a post review. Analyze your presentation for effectiveness. Video record it!
     

pay less for off-site av rentals: choose century av

Save money... Rent from Century Audio Visual!  …Anywhere! Expect personal service with Century Audio Visual and watch us continually exceed your expectations. When you choose Century Audio Visual to set up in your choice of venue expect the best service and selection of top quality equipment. We'll deliver your presentation effectively, on budget and to your standards. Century Audio Visual can provide your AV at any rental meeting facility. Although ‘in-house’ contracted services may be available, you have a CHOICE to use an outside contractor. You owe it to yourself to compare our value proposition. Call Century AV today and see for yourself!     

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Be Tech Savvy #65

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Audio Visual Technology "News of Interest" #65 – January 1, 2015

MEDIAPOINTE: STREAMING MEDIA TO FIT YOUR WAY OF DOING THINGS

MediaPOINTE is an established and growing product development and manufacturing company with a unique line of streaming media products. Whether your content is to be streamed live or recorded for VOD (Video On Demand) viewing, MediaPOINTE has a product that fits your way of doing things. Corporate board meetings, remote training, product introductions, even surgical procedures can be recorded and archived in a variety of formats. Security features ensure secure VOD playback over a network. The various DMR models range from single input standard definition to upgraded models of either 2 or 3 video inputs for multi-image HD recording. This flexibility enables users to meet their capture, archive and streaming requirements today while providing an ongoing upgrade path to tomorrow. Contact Century Audio Visual today about this exciting new line of products! Let us help you continue to improve and future-proof your AV technology investment.

PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS: BYOD & ITS IMPACT ON DATA SECURITY

Did you know that when surveyed, 81% of U.S. respondents claimed to access secure corporate data from a mobile device? 15% of respondents admitted they don't take any steps to protect their mobile devices, including using a password, passcode or digital fingerprint. Security breaches and hacks seem to be the latest buzzwords heard in the news today. Quite often the culprit is passwords and how ineffective they can be. From an ease of access perspective, we all want visitors and clients to be able to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to present in meetings or share information with co-workers. The key is to encourage BYOD and protect your data from unnecessary risk. The best approach may be to clearly define a BYOD policy for your company. Share it with whoever comes into contact with your data. Act quickly and create robust BYOD policies. This simple change may help you to protect your assets and security while minimizing the risk of major security incidents.

HOT OFF THE PRESS! century aUDIO VISUAL’S NEW BROCHURE

Century Audio Visual is proud to announce the publication of its new company brochure! Although our mission to serve the needs of our clients will never change, we continue to grow and improve in our technology and our service offering. We thought it was time to share that story with you, our valued clients. Our handy 3-fold brochure is available through any of our project managers. Proposing an AV project and need a copy to bring to a meeting? Simply visit our website and click on Century Audio Visual Brochure. Contact Century AV today to receive your copy!

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It is our privilege to service all your audio visual needs!

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Be Tech Savvy #62

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Audio Visual Technology "News of Interest" #62 – October 1, 2014

CAMERAS IN THE SKY: COMMERCIAL DRONES COME TO MARKET

From education to real estate to agriculture, camera drones may be the most complete way for all types of organizations to capture and analyze information vital to their safety, cost-effectiveness and planning. According to Kevin Kelly, COO & President of Stampede, a leading distributor of presentation equipment, camera drones offer a cost-effective and strategic way to capture aerial information in digital video format. Imagine a university remotely collecting security video data of its entire campus. In an ongoing effort to keep its students safe, security staff can count on drone data to enhance its security measures. First responders, in emergency situations, can use drones to expand penetration, giving widespread access to areas where wildfires may be imminent or a child, lost. Century Audio Visual is excited to offer DJI, deemed today’s frontrunner in the industry, Walkera and AEE camera drones. Contact us today for your unique solution to capture and manage your content transmission and data storage.


TEXTING: A MARKETING MEDIUM AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Did you know that 95% of text messages are opened within three minutes of being delivered? Imagine what could happen if you used texting to connect and engage with your clients. With such a high message retrieval rate, ease of access and distribution of your key marketing messages, what’s not to like! MPlusText is a Short Message Service (SMS) based marketing platform. It allows you to send messages, alerts, appointment reminders and invitations to your clients who have cell phones. To learn more about this innovative and cost-effective tool, simply visit www.mplustext.com.

paying tribute to a legend: new hazel mccallion boardroom


On September 30, 2014, the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) unveiled the Hazel McCallion Boardroom at its City Centre headquarters. When speaking with Sheldon Leiba, president of MBOT, it was evident how much Hazel meant to the members of the MBOT community. So much so that Century Audio Visual, as a long-standing and active member, felt compelled to donate, design and install state of the art AV equipment in the existing MBOT boardroom. The concept of the boardroom mirrors Hazel’s staunch support of the business community. In addition to housing important MBOT events, it will provide space for small businesses that do not have access to such facilities. MBOT, a membership-based organization, relies on its members to advance the interests and spirit of the organization. Century Audio Visual is proud to be part of that advancement in action. Hazel has said that this tribute ‘topped her list’. Truly, Hazel’s legacy lives on.

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Please look for our next issue - #63 November 1, 2014 and... “Be Tech Savvy”


Be Tech Savvy #61

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Audio Visual Technology "News of Interest" #61 – September 1, 2014

RE-SHORING: THE IMPACT OF BRINGING OUTSOURCING BACK HOME

For decades, North American companies lured by cheaper production costs have been outsourcing manufacturing work to countries like India and China. That trend is slowly changing. With the U.S. in the lead, companies like Caterpillar and Starbucks are repatriating manufacturing jobs to North American soil. This ‘re-shoring’ movement began when companies saw costs rising and quality and innovation suffering. The influx of jobs to Canada may flow at a slow trickle, but expect a shift from lower-skilled jobs to jobs that require superior skills, training and education. With an expected gap in the supply and demand of the skilled worker, business and academia will need to work collaboratively. Educational programs must align with the needs of local employers.  Employers will need solid strategies to address on-going training needs. Together, these efforts will make the difference in developing, attracting and retaining the high-skilled worker.

From Busy-ness to Productivity: How to Run a Successful Meeting

Robert Half Management Resources, a global leader in professional business consulting, conducted a survey on the topic of meetings. Would you have guessed office professionals feel 25% of meeting time is unproductive? What, then, are the key factors to run a successful meeting?  Of critical importance is a clear agenda. Plan and email the agenda in advance. This will allow participants to feel prepared for the discussion.  Be clear on the purpose of the meeting. Share that purpose with your team. Show you understand the value of people’s time. Don’t be afraid to keep the discussion on topic. Begin and end your meetings according to agreed-upon times. Invite key stake-holders. Doing so will allow those in authority to make decisions and take action.  Ensure everyone is clear on next steps and acknowledge their contribution. Clarity and appreciation are key! At Century Audio Visual, like you, we strive to constantly learn and evolve. Feel free to contact us. You never know what new insight we might have to share!

accoustical treatment: unique solutions to unique problems

A client recently contacted us concerning acoustical problems in his restaurant. Whenever the restaurant was full and the noise ambience at its peak, servers and customers could not hear each other. The restaurant had an open ceiling surface with a hard structure. As the noise level increased, sound travelled to the ceiling and reverberated back down into different areas of the restaurant. As a result, communication between staff and clients was sometimes difficult. To solve this problem, Century Audio Visual undertook an acoustical design. We installed ceiling treatment panels in strategic locations and created the perfect sound solution for the client and his customers. How is reflective sound effecting optimum hearing in your conference or training room? Call Century Audio Visual today. We will help you find that unique solution to your unique problem!

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It is our privilege to service all your audio visual needs!

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Be Tech Savvy #60

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Audio Visual Technology "News of Interest" #60 – August 1, 2014

CAN AV BECOME HARDWARE-FREE?

Technology has the power to drive and transform the way we collaborate and communicate with others. We now want shared workspaces and contact without having to endure patches or multiple hoops due to different solutions. Can we do this without hardware? “Hardware-free AV is a misnomer”, according to Rob Balgley, CEO of Mersive. “It’s actually more accurate to think of it as non-proprietary hardware or commodity, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware like a Windows 7 PC or an Android platform”.  Using standard computer platforms and software-based solutions will result in less project complexity, faster deployments and reduced capital expenditure. Software is simply more flexible. Easily integrated with other technologies, it offers value-added and highly integrated solutions. Some hardware is here to stay, such as speakers, amplifiers and microphones. Of course, we will need the computer that runs everything that will EVENTUALLY be invisible! Contact Century Audio Visual today. Let us help you select and implement the best combination of hardware, infrastructure and service to meet your needs.

DO I REALLY HAVE TO USE THE HOTEL’S AV COMPANY?
 

When using a hotel or conference centre for events, many planners believe they must use the AV company recommended by the hotel. This may not be the case. To decide whether to negotiate with the hotel, first determine what is important to you. If budget is a concern, consider that the AV company may be paying a commission to the hotel for exclusivity. The result is you pay up to 20% more for AV services. If quality is a concern, consider how important it is to place the success of your event in the hands of someone you know and trust. Can you afford to take that chance on behalf of your company? The next time you consider a venue that has its own AV company, you may want to suggest a re-worded copy of the contract. Advise them in advance you want to exclude any verbiage that prohibits an outside AV vendor. Check for any wording that points to extra fees for doing so. At Century Audio Visual, our goal is to build long term relationships with our clients based on value-added service and solid performance. Feel free to take us wherever you go!

TOP PERFORMER AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES, THANKS TO YOU!

The results for the 2014 Top Performers Awards, Mississauga Business Times are in! Thanks to you, our valued clients, we are here again. We are proud to announce for the 3rd consecutive year we have claimed the coveted Platinum spot: Top Performer Audio Visual Services! We could not have achieved this award without your support. Thank you for taking your valuable time to vote. At Century Audio Visual, your vote of confidence is what we strive for every day. 

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