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May 2021

New Start-Up Program for Black Entrepreneurs Offers Financing, Mentorship
Futurpreneur has created a financing and mentorship start-up program for black entrepreneurs.

November 2020

New $500K Grant Program for Canadian Black Entrepreneurs
Black entrepreneurs who have been impacted by COVID-19 have a new funding avenue as the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) announces a new $500,00 grant program.

May 2020

Facebook opens applications for $100 million grant program
Facebook will accept applications for its $100 million international grant program starting today and running until June 2, 2020.

Wage subsidy extended until the end of August, criteria adapted
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the government will extend the wage subsidy until the end of August.

April 2020

Feds Provide $250 Million in Funding for New Innovation Assistance Program (IAP)
The federal government has created a $250 million Innovation Assistance Program (IAP) to assist early stage and scale up companies that cannot access other federal subsidies.

$606.8 Million in Additional Funding for Community Futures, Aboriginal Businesses
The federal government has announced financing for two new programs to assist businesses across the country.

Mitacs increases intern wage subsidy for Canadian businesses working on products to fight Covid-19
Mitacs, a Canadian not-for-profit, has altered a pre-existing accelerator program serving small and medium businesses in order to bring products related to fighting COVID-19 to Canadian markets as quickly as possible.

March 2020

Government of Canada introduces more measures to support businesses
Today the federal government announced several significant new programs to support small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

New Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will pay $2000 / month for up to 4 months
A new ​Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) received Royal Assent today as part of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act.

Quebec orders all non-essential businesses to close from March 25 - April 13
Quebec has ordered the " the minimization of all non-priority services and activities" starting at 0:01 am on March 25 and continuing until April 13, 2020.

Ontario orders 14 day closure of all non-essential businesses
Today Premier Doug Ford issued a mandatory closure order for all non-essential workplaces in the province effective Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 pm.

$82 billion in new supports to help Canadians, workers and businesses deal with Covid-19 economic impacts
The Federal government has announced an additional $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses plus $55 billion to meet liquidity needs of Canadian businesses and households in direct response to the economic uncertainties being created by the Corona virus outbreak.

Canada / US border closes to non-essential travel
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that Canada and the US have agreed to close non-essential travel between the two countries.

Bank of Canada asks retailers to continue to accept cash
The Bank of Canada is urging retailers to continue to accept cash, noting that the risks of handling cash are no greater than touching door knobs, handrails, kitchen counters or similar surfaces.

Joint announcement to close Canada / US border expected in 24-48 hours
CNN has reported that Canada and the US will issue a joint statement within 24-48 hours to announce that the Canada / US border will suspend non-essential travel.

Covid-19 and Your Business: Live Updates
This news story captures important notices related to the impact of the Corona virus outbreak on Canadian small businesses.

$10 billion Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
The federal government announced that it will support small businesses through the Covid-19 crisis with a new $10 billion Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP).

January 2020

Navigating the upgrade to Windows 10 after Windows 7 end of life officially arrives
Like or not, the time to upgrade from Windows 7 has arrived. These tips will help you survive the upgrade to Windows 10 or other operating system.

September 2018

Protect Yourself from Online Attacks Using Your Strongest Weapon: Knowledge
Don't let a criminal attacker trick you into sending them money - get informed about the rise in spear phishing attacks to protect yourself before taking an action you will regret.

December 2017

WSIB to Change Indexing Calculations Effective Jan 1, 2018
Starting on Jan 1, 2018 WSIB will unify the way it indexes benefits payable for all recipients

October 2017

Pitch for the Purse Contest Offers $25,000 Cash Prize
The annual Pitch for the Purse contest is back, with another $25,000 cash prize for the top finalist, plus mentorship for many participants.

May 2017

Warning: Massive Ransomware Hack Hits Windows Users Worldwide
A massive ransomeware attack started to hit organizations and individuals today, leveraging a vulnerability in the Windows operating system that could be activated by clicking on a malicious link in an email.

November 2016

$50 Million Available for Female Entrepreneurs
A lack of support, both financial and non-financial, is holding back women entrepreneurs. The Business Development Bank of Canada aims to...

Small Businesses Have the Chance to Win Big this Fall
Are you an entrepreneur looking to grow your company, but don't have the funds to do so? This fall businesses have the chance to win...

3 Things to Know About the Upcoming Year
What do businesses think about the upcoming year? Recent survey results mentioned three main things...

October 2016

Where are Canada's Most Entrepreneurial Communities?
What communities in Canada offer the best place to run a business? The ninth annual results of CFIB's Entrepreneurial Communities are in...

March 2016

Going Green May Kill your Chance of Attracting Investors
Environmental entrepreneurs may need to adjust expectations and ideals if they hope to find success.

February 2016

Toyota U-Squared Concept Car – The Mobile Entrepreneur’s dream
Toyota debuts the U-Squared Concept Car at Canadian International Auto Show 2016 - perfect for the urban entrepreneur.

Mayor Tory launches Startup HERE Toronto to connect startups, promote innovation
Toronto Mayor John Tory launches new city website, Startup HERE Toronto, as part of a strategy to grow the startup and innovation community even further.

Oil, Uncertainty inciting pessimism for Canada’s economic outlook among CPAs
With the Canadian dollar slipping to its lowest point since 2003 last month, it comes as no surprise that Canadians’ outlook for the economy is quite gloomy. A look at the quarterly CPA Canada Business Monitor.

November 2015

Entrepreneurial challenge offers the chance to win a $500K investment
Are you a young entrepreneur in Canada who is driven to out-think, out-plan, and out-perform the competition in the world of online business? If so you may be interested in an unusual competition that could not only land you a $500,000 investment from Momentum Ventures, but also a job.

May 2015

Businesses Beware: New Ransomware May Lock Out Your Computers
A new strain of ransomware is a good reminder of why businesses need to protect their IT systems and perform regular backups.

April 2015

Ontario Start-Ups Get New Supports
A new $50 million fund will help Ontario companies scale and a new incubator will help start-ups tap into Chinese markets.

January 2015

How Slow Can It Go? An Update on Alberta's Economy in 2015
Alberta: growth or decline? Recent report outlines what the impact of oil prices falling dramatically may be for Q1 2015

December 2014

Two New Security Risks Detected: Beware Ransomeware
Security experts are warning companies about two new "ransomware" vulnerabilities that put companies with unpatched computer workstations at risk

BREAKING: Quebec government cuts funding to smaller innovators with minimum threshold for SR&ED claims
Ouch! Quebec gives businesses 1 day notice that SR&ED claims will now have a $50K minimum threshold.

October 2014

6 Winners will take home over $60,000 in prizes in ADP Canada's 3rd annual Small Business Grant Contest
ADP Canada is running its 3rd annual Small Business Grant Contest, with six prizes valued at over $60,000 to be won.

September 2014

ABBYY Releases Business Card Reader Pro into the Google Play Store
ABBYY boasts extensive redesign to their Business Card Reader Pro software for the Google Play launch.

August 2014

TransUnion Launches Small-Business Credit Report Service
TransUnion, the Chicago based credit bureau, has expanded its services to include small-business focused credit reports - the first of its kind in Canada.

July 2014

New Survey Says Canadian Businesses Not Ready for CASL
A recent survey suggests the majority of small Canadian businesses are not prepared to comply to Canada's new anti-spam legislation.

June 2014

Google Launches New Service: Google My Business
Google has announced a new way for businesses to handle their online presence today with the launch of "Google My Business."

Quebec Government Cuts Tax Credits for Small Businesses
Businesses in Quebec will see reductions across almost 30 tax credit programs as the provincial government unveils its 2015-2016 budget.

April 2014

CanadaOne co-founder up for national award
Julie King, co-founder & managing editor of CanadaOne, has been nominated for a national innovation and leadership award.

Fraser Institute Study: Can Canada Prosper Without A Prosperous Ontario?
Currently, only one in four U.S. workers are in optimal workplace environments. The rest are struggling to work effectively, resulting in lost productivity, innovation and worker engagement. Employees see a clear link between the physical work environment and personal productivity.

900 social insurance numbers exposed in breach & CRA extends tax filing deadline
Roughly 900 social insurance numbers have been exposed in Canada Revenue Agency server breach due to HeartBleed OpenSSL vulnerability. The CRA has also extended the tax filing deadline for Canadians to May 5, 2014.

Businesses Take Note: PIPEDA Poised to Get Teeth with New Fines of $100,000
If Bill S-4, aka "Canada's Digital Privacy Act", is passed into law organizations will face $100,000 in fines for each data breach where they fail to meet notification requirements.

March 2014

Equity-based Crowdfunding: A Canada-wide Outlook on Proposed Changes
The provinces are debating rules around equity-based crowdfunding. Here, we explain the proposals from the different provinces.

February 2014

Dumb Starbucks and Fair Use
Does the parody coffee shop 'Dumb Starbucks' have the right to a fair-use defence?

The BDC 2014 Young Entrepreneur Award is Open, with a Grand Prize of $100,000
The Business Development Bank of Canada is once again hosting its Young Entrepreneur Award, with a $100,000 grand prize.

September 2013

CanadaOne switches to ongoing publishing model
Effective October 1, 2013 CanadaOne move to a continuous publishing cycle for its just-in-time database of articles and resources.

Quickbooks launches new version of its cloud-based software
Intuit has launched a major upgrade to the online version of QuickBooks. In an exclusive interview CanadaOne takes you behind the scenes of what you can expect.

July 2013

BREAKING: BC Introduces Community Contribution Company (CCC or C3) Business Model
BC has introduced a new business model, the Community Contribution Company (CCC) designation, as a response to emerging demand for socially conscious investment options.

Start-ups in Canada can now access revenue-based financing
Effective today, Start-Ups in Canada can access a new lending source: revenue-based financing.

June 2013

Upcoming changes to Canada's wireless industry: What Canadians need to know
On Dec. 2, 2013 the updated wireless code will help consumers by limiting extra data charges and allowing early contract termination and unlocking of phones.

May 2013

Game-On: Event takes a new approach to business networking
On July 17, 2013 in Stouffville, Ontario the regional business community will come together to explore a new "gamified" approach to networking and learning.

April 2013

Canada Post goes postal, asserts trademark rights for the term 'postal code'
In a shocking move Canada Post has expanded its lawsuit against Ottawa-based Geolyitica by adding a claim of trademark infringement over the use of the term 'postal code'.

March 2013

What's in Store for Canadian Small Businesses in Budget 2013?
What's in the federal budget for small business owners? Budget 2013 contains a few surprises, including penalties and measure to help fight fraud.

What Canadian small businesses can learn from the cyberattack on
Yesterday saw the TD Canada Trust website go down in a denial of service attack, as their web servers were flooded with an overwhelming number of simultaneous requests.

CanadaOne Pays it Forward: TurboTax Giveaway
Share Some Love and You Could Win a Copy of TurboTax Online

Ontario seeks feedback on first province-wide occupational health and safety strategy
Ministry of Labour seeks input on the new province-wide occupational health and safety strategy.

Businesses in BC need to register for PST before April 1
BC More than 70,000 businesses in the province still need to register for PST and the April 1, 2013 deadline to be ready is quickly approaching.

February 2013

Smartphone, tablet use in Canada sees large growth
Canada is on the verge of becoming a smartphone majority country. Here is a look at the numbers and the devices Canadians prefer.

Seven Tips to Help Mompreneurs Juggling Business, Parenthood and Entrepreneurship
Seven successful Mompreneurs share top tips for staying on top of your business, family and personal life.

The BDC Young Entrepreneur Award is Back
CanadaOne is excited to tell you about the return of the 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award.

Demise of the Canadian Penny Won't Affect Electronic, Cheque Payments
As the Canadian Royal Mint stops distributing the penny effective today, INTERAC has issued a news release assuring Canadian consumers and businesses that their transactions will not be affected.

January 2013

French accent domains coming to .ca registry
On January 13, 2013 Canadian organizations will now be able to register .ca domain names with any French character, enabling them to display their names correctly in both English and French.

December 2012

Shoppers Beware: Future Shop Shadow Site May Lead to Orders that Never Arrive
Breaking News: Canadian customers of Future Shop are alerted that their orders may have gone through a shadow site rather than the real website, and as a result gift orders that are expected to arrive may not be fulfilled.

August 2012

Browse - Click - Buy: Canadian online retail purchases on the rise
There is good news for Canadian retailers that have invested in e-commerce websites: Online sales are increased by 24.9 per cent in the first half of 2012 compared to the first quarter sales of the previous year, according to the SpendingPlus report from MasterCard.

July 2012

New Revenu Qubec rules a victory for self-employed IT workers in the province
In a significant victory for self-employed IT workers in Quebec, Revenu Qubec has changed its rules for determining the status of IT workers.

June 2012

Canadian retailers need to prepare for new bank notes
The Bank of Canada is warning that equipment like cash counters, ABMs, self-serve checkouts or vending machines may need to be upgraded or replaced as the new polymer bank notes go into circulation.

Facebook introduces real-time bidding (RTB)
Advertisers will soon be able to purchase retargeting ads on Facebook, as the social giant reveals that it will introduce Facebook Exchange in the next few weeks.

Canada's most valued brands revealed, dominated by financial sector companies
Interbrand has released its 2012 Best Canadian Brands report, which ranks Canada's top brands by brand value.

CBC looking for businesses to participate in 2nd season of The BIG Decision, deadline approaching fast
If you operate a business with revenues over $500,000 that has been in operation for at least three years, you may want to apply for the second season of the CBC's reality TV show, The BIG Decision.

May 2012

Fighting back against Facebook page spam
Traditionally spam is associated with email, but the proliferation of social media sites have opened up a whole new channel for the underbelly of the Internet to blast out unwanted, inappropriate messages.

BC launches powerful job search portal
The BC government has launched a free job search portal to help an estimated one million British Columbians find work over the next decade.

Workers turn to flirting as technology malfunctions in the office
It's no surprise that when technology breaks employees feel stressed; much less expected were findings that almost a third of coworkers use flirting to reduce office stress.

BC is looking for small business friendly communities
Communities in BC have until June 30, 2012 to submit applications for B.C.'s second annual Most Small Business Friendly Community Award competition.

April 2012

Moody's downgrades Ontario's credit rating
Ontario's timeframe to reach a balanced budget has prompted Moody's Investor Service to downgrade the province's credit rating from an Aa1 with a negative outlook to an Aa2 with a stable outlook.

Young Enterpreneur Award deadline extended, prize increased to $125,000
Young entrepreneurs now have until May 6 to apply for BDC's 2012 Young Entrepreneur Award.

Optimism about Canadian economy rose sharply in Q1 2012
Confidence numbers in the first quarter of 2012 were up both nationally and in terms of company outlook compared to the last quarter of 2011, according to a survey of Canadian executive chartered accountants.

Survey says: Turn off your devices when you step into the boardroom
In the Randstad's Global Workmonitor, a global survey of 29 countries, 73 per cent of Canadian workers surveyed said they cannot stand technological interruptions during meetings. Yet 14 per cent admitted that they had answered phone calls or emails during business meetings.

March 2012

Canadian budget axes the penny
The Government of Canada announced yesterday that it will no longer mint this expensive coin, although Canada's smallest currency denomination is not going away entirely.

Federal Budget 2012: Whats in Store for Small Business in Canada
Calling Canada's 2012 budget, Economic Action Plan 2012, "substantial" and "long-term", Finance Minister Jim Flaherty unveiled the 2012 budget at 4 pm EDT today.

Re-architecting Canadian innovation: Budget 2012 cuts into SRED, Canada's largest tax program
Small and medium sized businesses should pay attention to recent changes made to the SRED program in the 2012 budget, which could signal a shift that will see the goverment play an active role in determining which innovations get financed in Canada.

Canadian advertising complaints up 51 per cent in 2011, fueled by social media
Social media helped fuel a surge in consumer advertising complaints in 2011, while daily deal sites found themselves responsible for substantiating claims when complaints were investigated.

New poll finds women prefer cashless shopping
According to a new poll, 76 per cent of Canadian women typically carry $50 or less in their wallets, compared to 66 per cent of men.

Latest Young Entrepreneur Awards competition boasts $100,000 prize
Innovative young entrepreneurs have until 23:59:59 Eastern Time on April 8, 2012 to submit their entry to the latest Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition hosted by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

New Facebook Page Design to Roll Out on March 30, 2012
Here is what you need to know about the new Facebook Pages design that will launch on March 30, 2012.

January 2012

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act: Ontario legislation sets new standards for ensuring accessibility for all
This CanadaOne exclusive interview with Honourable John Milloy, Minister of Community and Social Services explores the new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) legislation that is coming into effect in the province.

Good news: Recession expectations for 2012 lowered
Optimism over the Canadian economy is now up amongst chartered accountants who hold key positions in public and private firms in Canada.

Fraud alert: fake cheque scam via UPS
Readers beware: someone is sending out cheques that might appear to come from our company, as part of a scam we have just become aware of.

December 2011

Changes to Manitobas Employment Standards Code take effect January 1, 2012
Manitoba's Employment Standards Code will change in four key areas as of January 1st. According to Labour and Immigration Minister Jennifer Howard, "These changes respond to requests from businesses and employees and are designed to meet the needs of todays workplace."

Retailers: Make shoppers' last-minute buying habits work for you
With less than eight shopping days left until Christmas, two out of three Canadians admit they still need to complete their holiday gift buying.

Top Canadian women entrepreneurs honoured at 2011 awards
The 2011 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards honoured winners in six categories: Start-up, Impact, Momentum, Sustainability, Trailblazer and Excellence

November 2011

Holiday Gift Buying - Are Canadians ready to spend?
With the holidays just around the corner, Canadian retailers wonder what to expect from shoppers this year. The good news is that retailers in all provinces except for Quebec can expect to see increases in spending according to several consumer shopping surveys released this week.

Canadians more likely than Americans to be less tolerant of "untruthful" ads
A new survey has found that when it comes to advertising, Canadians are more likely than Americans to be less tolerant of advertising they perceive to be untruthful

Productivity improvements central to new version of QuickBooks 2012
What does the new version of Quickbooks, Quickbooks 2012, have in store and how can it help you in your business? CanadaOne takes a look under the cover and summarizes the new features in Quickbooks Pro 2012 and Quickbooks Premier 2012.

October 2011

Small Business Week Making Connections
As Small Business Week kicked off across Canada, we caught up with some aspiring entrepreneurs and established businesspeople to find out their take on Enterprise Torontos Small Business Forum 2011.

Forecast for Canadian Business Remain Optimistic
Recent surveys this fall by The Bank of Canada and PwC boast bright futures for Canadian business. Despite the economic slump, Canadian private companies are more optimistic than ever; 82% plan to grow and expand over next 12 months,

Payroll enhancements feature prominently in new Sage Simply Accounting 2012
Payroll enhancements dominate the list of new features in the 2012 version, accounting for seven of the product's thirteen new feature areas

Canadian businesses have chance to win $10,000 in new contest
Canadian small business owners (in all provinces and territories except Quebec) have a chance to win $10,000 and a one-on-one social media consultation with the in a contest designed to help launch the Amex for Business Canada Facebook Page.

Canadian entrepreneurs recognized for excellence in e-commerce announces its 2011 Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year Award, with winners in three categories.

Adobe unveils cloud based creative apps at Adobe Max
Calling Adobes newest direction a "grand new adventure", Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch unveiled six new tablet-based applications and a creative cloud service at Adobe Max today.

September 2011

Despite rocky economies worldwide, Canada's outlook for 2012 looks positive
Canada's economic outlook for 2012 is positive despite the impact of softer second quarter growth both at home and in the U.S.

Toronto's Inaugural Street Art Showcase
In this video we continue the story of Toronto's new four part Graffiti Plan, looking at the upcoming launch on September 24th of the City's first Street Art Showcase.

August 2011

Cashless Canadians: study finds that over half of Canadians prefer digital wallets
The saying "I have no cash" doesn't mean the same thing that it used to. On the contrary, it seems that people are beginning to view it as a positive thing.

BC votes to eliminate HST: how small business will be impacted
After a lengthy debate and public referendum, citizens of British Columbia have made their choice: HST will be eliminated as of March 31, 2013, with the province slated to revert to the PST/GST system in its place.

Opinions wanted: Government announces EI premium rate-setting consultations
Earlier this month, the Department of Finance announced the launch of Employment Insurance (EI) premium rate-setting consultations.

Graffiti: Art or vandalism? (part 1)
Is graffiti art or vandalism? To gain insight into the art side of this issue, CanadaOne caught up with former ganster turned graffiti artist, Angel Carrillo.

Entrepreneurs' financial health improves, BDC showing strong results
As Canada's economy began its slow recovery from the recession and the flow of private sector credit available to small business gradually improved, Canadian entrepreneurs continued to receive strong support from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

10 threats against small business data security
Geoffrey Arone, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of SafetyWeb, gave his take on 10 very real threats facing small businesses and how they can be addressed in ways that are free or inexpensive.

Internet advertising revenues in Canada exceed expectations
The Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada (IAB) announced earlier this week that Canadian Online Advertising Revenues for 2010 exceeded original expectations.

Word-of-mouth social media: 'likes' and 'follows' very important for branding
Long before the emergence of the internet, brands everywhere understood the importance of "word-of-mouth" recommendations. One satisfied customer would tell five friends, who in turn would tell five friends, so on and so forth. With consumers now able to "like" or "follow" brands or companies on social media platforms, does the same still hold true?

July 2011

Prairie residents extremely optimistic about economy
Despite the fact that costs for basic commodities like food and gas continue to rise rapidly, people in the Prairies remain optimistic about the nation's economy and their own economic standing, and are making adjustments to handle economic changes.

Entrepreneurism highly respected in Canada, but small business faces big challenges
Canadians realize the important role that small businesses play in the economy, and the high regard in which they hold entrepreneurs reflects this.

E-trepreneurs: eBay Entrepreneur of the Year awards now accepting entries
The 7th annual eBay Canada Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, a program that recognizes and rewards Canada's most innovative eBay sellers, is now accepting applications due by midnight on August 19th.

Marketing sense: research shows that hormones influence sensory preferences
How do you market your product or service? Chances are you consider things like age, social status, location, gender; the list goes on and on. But what about marketing according to biological predispositions

Half of all Canadians are using social media
Social networking sites are quickly becoming the go-to method of online communication in Canada.

Work-life balance: time saving with financial management software
It's no secret that small business owners juggle the work-life balance differently than the rest of the pack. With their labour being devoted to their own business, they are more likely to put in hours that go far beyond the typical 9-5 grind.

Battle of the Sexes: men, women and professional networking
A recent, rather provocative study indicates that generally men are savvier online professional networkers than women

Ontario government reinstates the Self-Employment Benefit program
The Ontario Self-Employment Benefit program (OSEB), frozen by the McGuinty government in 2009 due to funding inconsistencies and questions around its success, has officially been reinstated.

Managing risk: Equifax releases business credit report
Being privy to the financial history of the firms you do business with is a pivotal step in managing and mitigating risk. The Equifax Business Credit Report, launched last month, provides a comprehensive view of the credit history and payment performance of small firms and large businesses

Sales, employment and investment expected to grow over next year
The projections for next year are looking positive for Canadian businesses, according to a survey conducted by the Bank of Canada.

British Columbia gives rural residents a broadband boost
On June 18th, BC Premier Christy Clark announced that the government will be allocating $2.34 million in order to expand Internet service to citizens in over 60 small communities in rural areas.

Small business owners in Canada love their work: Part 2
Small business owners in Montreal are the happiest in the country, pulling ahead of their counterparts in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.

Small business owners in Canada love their work, despite long hours
Long hours. Piles of stress. Lack of sleep. Owning a small business can take a toll on one's morale, health and livelihood. But despite all the downsides, small business owners across Canada love what they do.

International Startup Festival comes to Montreal
The International Startup Festival (ISF), to be held in the city from July 13-15, is an event for entrepreneurs from around the world to come together and discuss everything to do with start-ups.

June 2011

Online advertising outperforms all other ad types in Canada
According to the 2009-2010 Canadian Online Advertising Revenue Survey, online advertising in Canada has a higher growth rate than any other type of advertising, showing an increase of 14 per cent since 2008.

Middleton Mania: capitalizing on the Royal visit
With the Royal couple slated to arrive in Canada on Thursday for the first overseas tour since their wedding, the atmosphere of rampant excitement presents an excellent opportunity for businesses nation-wide.

Mobile Apps: who isn't using one?
With the number of devices that support them increasing, mobile Apps are generating a lot of hype. Angry Birds, Urban Spoon and Google Maps, to name a few have experienced immense popularity among users. But looking at the bigger picture, do Canadians really care?

Bank of Canada releases new bank notes, described as almost impossible to fake
Yesterday the Bank of Canada unveiled the new $100 and $50 bank notes that it will be introducing in November 2011 and March 2012, respectively.

FuEL Awards aim to reward youth entrepreneurship: apply or nominate today!
The FuEL Awards, presented by TD and PROFIT Magazine, have started accepting applications and nominations which can be submitted up until the July 15th deadline.

Canada Post to resume mail service Tuesday
After what has seemed like an eternity to many small businesses in Canada, Canada Post's mail delivery services will resume on Tuesday and mailboxes will be unsealed today.

Finally! Canada Post lockout/strike back-to-work legislation passes Saturday evening
On Saturday evening MPs voted 158-113 to send Canada Post workers back on the job.

Canadian postal strike / lockout: New tool lets you tell politicians what you think
A new free service from CanadaOne enables Canadians to send an email to MPs.

Canada Post Lockout / Strike: Day 22 arrives with no end in sight
Hopes that Canada Post workers would be a back on the job as early as today as quickly turning to fears that the lock-out could drag on as debate over Bill C-6 continues with no signs of coming to an end in the near future.

Nominate someone today! 2011 BC Aboriginal Business Awards now open for nominations
British Columbia is looking to recognize the contribution made by outstanding Aboriginal business people within the province.

Canada Post strike update: NDP plans to delay back-to-work legislation, UPS shipments affected by strike
With Bill C-6 (back-to-work legislation) already tabled in Parliament, talk of mail delivery services resuming even as early as this week has surfaced.

82% of Canada small businesses now concerned about getting paid as disruption of mail delivery drags on | Canada Post strike survey
When it comes to their opinion on how the Canada Post strike / lock-out affects their businesses, Canadian small business owners have changed their tune.

Canada Post Strike: Postal lock-out expiry date on the horizon
With back-to-work legislation being tabled in Parliament yesterday, Canadians are all asking the same question: when will the strike end?

Fair competition? Canada Post wants a piece of online advertising revenue
When a Crown corporation enters a private market, do they hold an unfair advantage over competitors? With Canada Post now becoming a force in the online advertising industry, this is the question on the minds of private sector players.

Victory for AQIII, freelance IT workers in Quebec court case
A recent court ruling in Quebec has given information technology freelancers in Quebec something to cheer about.

Back to work! Raitt tables notice to legislate Canada Post workers back
After 12 days of rotating strikes and the current nation-wide lock-out, Canada Post employees could be faced with back-to-work legisation.

Canadian business owners spend too much time on tasks that don't promote growth
Small business owners in Canada say they are putting too much time into activities that aren't core to their business, rather than focusing time on how to expand.

BC: Reduction of HST to 10% now required by law
The government's committment to reduce the HST to 10 per cent if the tax survives the upcoming referendum was passed into law today

75% of small businesses say postal strike will affect overall efficiency
It has been a week since Canada Post workers began a series of walkouts starting in Winnipeg. In that time, 20 different locations (and counting) across Canada have been affected by the strike, and the pivotal question of "where's next" has seen Canada Post's mail volume decrease by 50 per cent

Don't get scammed! Small businesses targeted by recent scam
People are getting smarter when it comes to recognizing scams. But scammers are getting smarter, too.

Protecting yourself in the lockout: tax considerations and billing/invoicing alternatives
The Canada Post strike will affect tax filing processes across the nation, regardless of what cities the strike hits.

Canada Post Strike [lockout] Survey: Small businesses, have your say!
Is the Canada Post strike affecting your business? We want to hear from Canadian small businesses - please take a moment to complete our online survey!

Canada Post Strike! What Canadian small businesses need to know
If Canada Post goes on strike at midnight tonight, small businesses will be amongst those most hurt. Here is what Canadian small businesses need to know and other options for getting paid should a strike take place.

Manitoba to invest $30 million over next five years
Manitoba will be investing $30 million into its economy as part of its five-year economic strategy

May 2011

Wanted: extraordinary Canadian business women
Two award events, the RBC 2011 Canadian Women Entrepreneurs Awards and the PROFIT W100, are now accepting applications and nominations for outstanding Canadian female entrepreneurs.

Minimum wage to increase in Manitoba, other jurisdictions by May 2012
Manitoba will increase its minimum wage from $9.50 to $10 per hour, effective October 1st 2011

Global business accelerator launches with up to $175,000 in financing available
GrowLab is a new business accelerator that will provide seed financing and business support through its "start-up boot camp" accelerator.

Driving the business of innovative ideas
Driving the buisness of innovative ideas

Starting a business in Canada: Dream big. Do smart
One in every five Canadians is thinking of starting their own business in the next five years, while one in every three Canadians who currently do not run their own business are open to the idea of being their own boss.

BREAKING: BC will reduce HST to 10% if tax stays
In a bold move designed to keep HST in the province, the government has announced that it wil reduce the HST from its current 12 percent to 10 per cent if the tax survives the referendum.

Trendhunter shares ideas to boost your business
Jeremy Gutsche is one of Canada's high tech superstars. The Toronto-based entrepreneur is the founder of TrendHunter Magazine, an online website that tracks a "... collection of cutting edge ideas, crowdsourced by 55,510 Trend Hunters". The site is rewarded with 35 million monthly views.

Contest for small and medium businesses offers $100,000 prize
The Challenge Contest, sponsored by Telus, will award a $100,000 business grant to the SMB that wins the competition.

B.C. hires trade and investment reps to help small businesses expand overseas
The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation has brought in nine trade and investment specialists to help B.C. businesses who are looking to expand into overseas markets.

Study forecasts strong year for Canadian manufacturing industries
A five year outlook published by The Conference Board of Canada in association with Business Development Bank of Canada has positive predictions, even with the strong Loonie.

Entrepreneurs weigh in on the benefits of going green
Green business has been getting a lot of media buzz, but the real question is what kind of return on investment (ROI) businesses can expect by going green.

Almost 50 per cent of CEOs dealing with information overload
According to a new study conducted by the Leger Marketing on behalf of SAS Institute, executives across Canada are struggling to manage the magnitude of information coming their way.

Social attitudes toward software piracy put Canadian small businesses at risk
Software piracy in Canada is lower than the global average, but small businesses still need to take care as an aggressive new marketing campaign gears up to catch those who steal copyright protected software.

Visa's new digital wallet will enable faster shopping, transactions on social networks
This fall Visa will launch a digital wallet that will let consumers make a purchase with one quick click, and enables transactions across multiple online platforms, including social media networks.

Survey says: over 40 per cent of Canadian consumers are enrolled in 10 or more loyalty programs
How do Canadians view reward and loyalty programs? According to a new survey conducted by Leger Marketing on behalf of eBay Canada, feelings are mixed. Here's what small business owners and Canadian retailers need to know.

Canada's 'Longest Elevator Pitch Contest' offers $10,000 prize
Attention Canadian small business owners! A new contest is seeking submissions up to 1000 characters in length, that explain you business' value proposition.

The future of the HST in BC: have your say
BC: The government has released an online survey asking for feedback on the HST policy framework, as part of its 'Talking Taxes' public engagement process.

April 2011

Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index gives signals for Q1 2011
The latest Silicon Valley Confidence Index has shown steady gains since the low seen at the end of 2009, with one .

ON: ventureLab Regional Innovation Centre launches in York Region
ventureLab is a new Regional Innovation Centre that will provide free services to businesses in York Region, Ontario.

MB: 2011 Entrepreneur Boot Camp Winners Announced
Nine entrepreneurs competed in the 2011 Entrepreneur Boot Camp, which gave them the opportunity to pitch their business idea and for the three top business ideas, take home a cash prize.

BC Government releases more information HST referendum voting
BC -- The government has announced the process that will be used in the HST referendum vote this July.

BC government, Fight HST group clash over HST claims
Today the group Fight HST released a report, PST or GST? that included a countdown of the top 10 reasons why the PST is better than the HST for British Columbians. The BC governmment responded later in the day, criticizing the report for being laden with inaccuracies and misleading conclusions

March 2011

Canadian Budget 2011: What Small Business Can Expect
What's in the Canadian budget for small businesses in 2011? As long as there is not an election call, here is what small businesses can expect.

Small businesses aren't seeing the economic recovery hit their bottom lines
Canadian small businesses are less willing to take significant risks and optimism that business will improve has dropped, according to the latest small business monitor from AMEX.

February 2011

Tourism in B.C. takes flight, stats show
Tourism operators in British Columbia are smiling over the news that the province is attracting more and more visitors from abroad.

Survey: Why trust is critical to business
A new study shows that although informed citizens continue to put trust in business, their trust has changed and shouldn't be taken for granted.

Adobe Launches FormsCentral
For businesses interesting in interacting with customers without the programming cost of hiring a developer to add forms to their website, Adobe's new Form Central offers another solution.

BC: HST panel seeks fact-based input on referendum options
British Columbians have until March 4, 2011 to provide input on how the HST has affected consumers, businesses or the provincial budget.

Quebec: New legislation governing businesses takes effect on February 14, 2011
On February 14, 2011 new legislation for registering and maintaining a sole proprietorship, partnership, legal person or corporation in the province will come into effect.

New Alberta organization gives support to rural writers
Writing can be an isolating profession, especially for authors in rural Canada, but a new group is hoping to change that.

Online tool simplifies cross-border currency transactions
A new online service promises to make it easier for businesses to send money to--and receive money fromother countries.

Manitoba employers must develop psychological harassment policies
Starting this month, employers in Manitoba must have a policy in place to protect their workers against psychological harassment.

Workshops will teach new immigrants how to start a business in PEI
Innovation PEI will run a series of eight sessions to teach new immigrants about starting and operating a business in Prince Edward Island, starting on February 5, 2011.

B.C. program helps small businesses save money and energy
Entrepreneurs in B.C. who may not have the time, information or resources to make energy-efficient improvements to their businesses can now get free advice, equipment and incentives.

Small businesses resilient through recession
It pays to be small -- at least during a recession. A recent report on small businesses and the labour market shows that Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) weathered the recession better relative to large firms in the private sector.

Qubec employers' group weighs in on replacement workers
The Qubec Employers Council recently voiced its views about anti-scab legislation in the Qubec National Assembly.

January 2011

Feds dub 2011 "Year of the Entrepreneur"
Canadian business owners may have to wait for the next budget to discover what federal plums 2011 holds--but at least they can call the year their own. The Government of Canada recently proclaimed 2011 the "Year of the Entrepreneur."

B.C. appoints panel to address HST conundrum
By the first week of April, residents of British Columbia will hopefully have more facts at their fingertips about the controversial HST.

B.C. farmers to reap rewards of $4.5 million investment
Thanks to new government funding, it will be easier for farmers in British Columbia to be more innovative.

New year heralds changes to tax rates, minimum wage
Depending on where you live in Canada, you may or may not be toasting recent changes to tax rates and the minimum wage. On January 1, 2011, changes came into effect in three provinces and one territory.

December 2010

Small businesses weather economic jitters at home and abroad
The Canadian economy has slowly been gaining ground, but almost half of small business owners believe they're losing ground, according to a recent survey. And charitable organizations are likely to feel their restraint.

Sunday shopping coming soon in PEI
PEI -- Get ready Islanders. Starting on December 24, 2010 retailers in the province will be able to open on Sundays.

Holiday alert: Canadians increasingly susceptible to counterfeit purchases

With holiday shopping revving up, Santa's not the only one who needs to "check it twice." According to a recent survey, 73 per cent of Canadians think online deals are simply too good to be true.

November 2010

BC seeks input on ways to modernize its Employment Standards system
The BC government will meet with key business and labour stakeholders to elicit views and advice on how BC's employment standards system can be modernized.

BDC brings new financing model to businesses in rural Quebec
Businesses in the territory of the Maria-Chapdelaine (MRC) can apply directly to the CFDC for loans up to $200,000.

Deadline Extended for Young Entrepreneur Award
Canadian young entrepreneurs now have until December 7, 2010 to submit applications to the Young Entrepreneur Awards (YEA), with prizes including consulting and publicity for award winning businesses.

Canadians willing to take pay cut to work for socially responsible company, poll
Canadians willing to take pay cut to work for socially responsible company, poll

Regional economic trends emerge despite lacklustre growth

Canada's economic recovery may be on pause, but a recent report predicts that the Western provinces will generally see more robust growth in 2011 than the other provinces. Alberta and Saskatchewan are expected to lead the pack, with estimated GDP growth in 2011 of 3.5 per cent and 3.3 per cent, respectively.

Free shipping best bet for holiday sales promotion

Small businesses selling over the Internet take note: Sixty-four per cent of online merchants singled out free shipping as the most effective sales promotion during the holiday season in a recent survey. And that's with or without customers having to spend a minimum amount.

BC releases draft of HST referendum vote question
British Columbians who will be asked to vote whether they want to keep the HST next September now have a draft question to consider.

Manitoba: Business incubation programs get $500,000 boost
Manitoba -- Two business incubation programs have received a $500,000 boost from the provincial government.

Ontario: Small businesses give McGuinty government failing grade
The McGuinty government has been given a failing grade by almost 3,400 Ontario small businesses, according to a recent survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Angel Investors Help Tech Ideas Take Flight

Tech entrepreneurs looking for capital and connections beyond friends and family have a new option. A group of "angel" investors recently launched Real Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm that invests in the Internet, software, mobile technology, digital media and social and casual gaming.

October 2010

Business schools event offers one-stop shopping

Thinking about taking the plunge and going for your MBA? Then you'll want to catch The MBA Tour when it makes its four Canadian stops this fall.

"How-to" agenda tops Toronto business-to-business event

There will be something for every small- and medium-sized business at the SOHO/SME annual conference and trade show on October 27, 2010. The event brings together business professionals, executives and entrepreneurs to learn, connect and celebrate business growth and success at Toronto's Westin Harbour Castle.

Manitoba introduces new workplace harrassment regulations
Following consultations with employer and labour representatives, the province has introduced new regulations to protect workers from psychological harassment.

Survey finds disconnect in how Canadian businesses value & use the Internet
Canadian businesses recognize the importance of the Internet to their business strategy, yet many are reluctant to invest in the capacity and human resources needed to use the Internet.

Entrepreneurs shooting for growth next year
Entrepreneurs shooting for growth next year

Size Matters: Consumers willing to pay more to support local small businesses
Size Matters: Consumers willing to pay more to support local small businesses

Efficient billing, cash flow are king to small businesses
Efficient billing, cash flow are king to small businesses

Entrepreneurs value innovation but lack innovation strategies
Entrepreneurs value innovation but lack innovation strategies

Two polls highlight what small business owners are thinking
Two polls highlight what small business owners are thinking

British Columbia: 2010 Highlights of Small Business in the Province
BC: The government has released SMALL BUSINESS PROFILE 2010, a 36 page report that profiles small business growth and development in the province.

Productivity, competitiveness and market opportunities fuel entrepreneurs investment decisions
Canadian small businesses plan to increase spending on developing new products and services, investing in R&D and expanding into foreign markets over the coming 24 months.

Many small business owners confident with current economy, study finds
Two-thirds of small business owners confident with current economy, study finds

September 2010

Government of Canada launches new buy and sell web site
Government of Canada launches new buy and sell web site

Small business owners stay involved in business after retirement, report
Small business owners stay involved in business after retirement, report

Small business confidence has dropped slightly, survey says
While most small businesses remain confident that their business will grow over the next six month, an index developed in 2009 to measure the performance of Canadian small businesses fell slightly, dropping two points to 64 per cent.

Minimum wage rises to $9 an hour in P.E.I.
Minimum wage in Canada's smallest province rises to $9 an hour on October 1, 2010.

B.C: Province and federal governments invest in technology
B.C: Province and Federal Governments Invest in Technology

Canadians more secure in their jobs, poll finds
Canadian more secure in their jobs, poll finds

Federal government launches $40 million innovation program
The federal government has launched a new $40 million innovation program to help Canadian companies by testing their innovations within the government before taking them to market.

August 2010

Study: Common body language mistakes cost interviewees chance at job
Common body language mistake can cost many a chance at the job they are interviewing for.

Study: Companies more likely to use social media to show their brand
Social media is an increasing medium and many business are realizing they can use it to improve their exposure to the public.

July 2010

Usage of e-mail as a communication tool on the decline
Usage of e-mail as a communication tool on the decline.

PEI: New gift card legislation coming this September
Retailers in Prince Edward Island have until September 1, 2010 to get compliant with new legislation that applies to gift cards.

June 2010

Small businesses in BC, ON not ready for HST
Small business owners in Ontario and BC are not ready for the coming HST changeover on July 1, says a new survey from Intuit Canada.

Fathers finding it hard to juggle work and family
Fathers finding it hard to juggle work and family

Ontario employers beware: vexatious comments in your workplace now against the law
Amendments to Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) come into force today that require employers to protect workers from the threat of violence or harassment at work.

79 per cent of Canadians say webcam meetings more effective than phone
Forget the phonecall. According to a new survey from Microsoft, 79 per cent of Canadians agree that a webcam business meeting is more effective.

May 2010

BC: Video Conference Facilities to be More Accessible to Small Businesses
Small Business BC will add 47 new video conference facilities in BC.

Minimum wage rises in P.E.I. on June 1
P.E.I.'s minimum wage will rise to $8.70 on June 1, followed by an additional hike of 30 cents on October 1, 2010.

April 2010

Canadian Businesses Reining in use of Social Media
Social networking may be gaining ground in the workplace but many Canadian companies are tightening their grip on just how employees use sites such as Facebook and Twitter while on the job.

March 2010

BC consumers slightly less likely to base buying decisions on a retailer's environmental actions
Consumers in British Columbia have are slightly less likely to say that a retailer's environmental performance is an important consideration in their store decision this year.

Watch out for CRA phishing scam
When I opened my email this morning I saw an email I never expected to see - it looked like the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) was offering me a refund.

MN: Province to help farms with safety and injuries
MN: Province to help farms with safety and injuries.

Canadian small businesses expect sales to rise in coming year
Driven by this improved confidence in the future, small businesses are planning to hire and spend money in other areas.

Canadian Budget 2010: What Small Businesses Can Expect
There were a number of items in the 2010 federal budget that will affect small businesses.

Canadian small businesses cautiously optimistic about economic outlook
Although the speed of Canada's economic recovery may not be turning heads, two recent surveys suggest that Canadian small business owners are approaching 2010 with optimism.

January 2010

Absolute Software brings Intel Anti-Theft technology to consumers
Business owners who purchase Computrace LoJack for Laptops will now be able to take advantage of Intel's Anti-Theft (AT) features, as Absolute Software becomes the first vendor to bring this technology to consumers.

December 2009

Canadians, provinces have a bright outlook for 2010
Canadians have a bright personal outlook for 2010 and economic growth of 1.9% to 3% is expected in all provinces.

Canadians can't leave home without their mobile phone, study finds
Canadians can't leave home without their mobile phone, study finds.

November 2009

Canadians not as concerned about online security, study finds
Canadians not as concern about online security, study finds

Canadian businesses report higher levels of fraud than global counterparts
Economic crime reached its highest level in six years, with Canadian companies reporting higher levels of economic crime (56 per cent) than their global counterparts (30 per cent) in the past 12 months.

BC: Pilot program to help small businesses with training
BC: Pilot program to help small businesses with training.

Profits expected to be down this year in most of six industries, says BDC
Canadians should expect to see profits down by more than 20 per cent across six industries by year end, says a new report from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

BC: New rules governing payday loans in effect
Consumers will be protected from abusive lending practices of payday lenders as new regulations take effect.

October 2009

Canada's Criminal Code updated to criminalize early stage identity theft
The passing of Bill S-4, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, means that lawmakers can now target early stages of identity theft crimes.

Survey assesses financial literacy of Canadian small businesses
In a recent survey nearly one quarter of Canadian small business owners were unable to identify the most important costs that they need to manage in order to succeed.

BC small businesses healthy, thriving
BC: Provincial small business healthy and thriving, report finds.

PEI: New web site helps businesses monitor province's planning and zoning
PEI: New web site helps businesses monitor province's planning decisions and zoning amendments.

September 2009

Canadian economy set for growth
Canada's economy is set for growth in the last part of 2009 and into 2010.

Canadians look for a deal when going on vacation
Canadians look for a deal when going on vacation

August 2009

Canadians want value when purchasing products, survey says
Value is more important to Canadian consumers than it is to the average consumer worldwide, survey finds.

New Canadians want to deal with businesses that contribute to ethnic communities
New Canadians want to deal with businesses that contribute to their ethnic communities.

June 2009

Entrepreneurs upbeat about business growth prospects
Canadian entrepreneurs are optimistic about their business growth prospects, a new BDC survey has found.

Shipping costs, lack of transparency harming online sales
Paypal survey shows Canadians abandon their shopping cart due to shipping prices.

Canadian small businesses confidence in economy growing
Canadian Small businesses are exceeding their own expectations in the current economy.

ZoomPass: Paying with your Mobile Phone
ZoomPass is a new payment service that lets you send and receive money from you mobile phone.

May 2009

Canadians keeping a close eye on their spending
Canadians are no longer free spending, as they are keeping an eye on everything they spend their money on.

Consumer spending up in April
Canadian confidence is on the rise, and spending on consumer goods was up in April over the previous month.

April 2009

PEI: Payday lending regulations introduced
A bill regulating the payday loan industry has been introduced in the province of PEI.

March 2009

QC: New funds to help businesses in rural areas of province
New funds to help small to medium-sized businesses in Quebec.

Canada's Work Sharing program extended
Canada's work sharing program will be extended by 14 weeks to a total of 52.

Government grant to help young entrepreneurs
New government grant to help young entrepreneurs with start-ups.

AB: Minimum wage set to increase
Alberta's minimum hourly wage is set to increase by 40 cents.

January 2009

Breakthrough workshop is now free
A workshop aimed at helping people get through today's tough economy is now free.

Lack of advancement opportunities leads employees to find alternatives
Employees who do not see room for advancement at their current employer, may look elsewhere.

December 2008

Small business owners can't be happier as economy slides
Small business owners are in the minority these days as they actually enjoy running a business.

November 2008

BC: Tax amendments to help keep more money in people's pockets
The province of British Columbia is lowering taxes in many key areas to help individuals and businesses.

October 2008

Canada's economy cooling, but not stalled
Cooling but not stalled, Canada's economy is being estimated at 0.9 per cent according to RCB Economics, and is expected to rebound further to 1.5 per cent in 2009.

September 2008

MN: Economic Growth Fund to help First Nations entrepreneurs
First Nations people in Manitoba will now have a find to help them with their businesses.

More CEOs have international experience then 20 years ago, study finds
More CEOs today have international experience than 20 years ago.

New website promises to help find private capital
Website may be able to help investors find private money for their investments.

MN: New tax credit to help digital media
New tax credit is availble to help digital media companies.

Speed dating comes to the business world
If you have ever thought about trying speed dating for business, now is your chance to do it.

Many Canadians working overtime, study finds
Are you working hard, too much even, more than your boss, find out here.

Election 2008: a coalition of national business associations demand transparency in fees
A coalition of 15 organizations led by the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) are fighting back with a national campaign against the new charges and the possibility of credit card companies taking over the management of Interac services.

Users are finding what they are looking for online, study finds
Online search engines seem to be going the trick, as users are receiving the result they need.

Female workers feel under compensated
In an age of equality, the income gap is still evident in many part of society.

August 2008

Employees going for gold at work
Employees are more likely to be competitive with their co-workers then they were 10 years ago.

Study identifies most popular communication tools at work
Many technologies are finding wider use within the business world.

Businesses are being put under a social microscope, survey finds
Social reponsiblity and trust are most important factors for consumers

June 2008

Looking for a job, don't forget the cover letter
Most executives in Canada want to see a cover letter with a resume when determining candidates.

ON: New government funding to help businesses and grad students connect
A new program funded by the Ontario government is meant to help students enter the work force.

Pesky telemarketers may finally be out of luck
A new national do not call list will save many the heartache of having to listen to telemarketers

Advancement in the workforce may be all in the language
Advancing in the workforce can be helped with the addition of another language to ones vocabulary.

BC - Mentorship program for new Canadians gets new funding
New Canadians in British Columbia will benefit from the government's recent investment in "S.U.C.C.E.S.S." - the United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society Business Mentorship Program.

Downturn in Canadian economy does not affect retail sales
Canadians are spending more this year than last year.

BC: Small businesses now have easy access to training and development programs
Video conferencing now available for many small business in the province of BC.

May 2008

New partnership will help finance young entrepreneurs
A new partnership will allow young entrepreneurs a motivation to start their own business.

April 2008

AB: Venture Capital fund look to Western Canada for growth
New venture capital company is the first to set up shop in the province of alberta.

Shorter work week ideal for older workers
Older workers want a shorter work week, and be able to only work in the morning.

March 2008

Computer giant offers small business award
Are you an innovative small business that uses technology to improve your customer satisfaction?

January 2008

Influence of large corporations on government too strong, survey says
Influence of large corporations on government too strong, survey says

Email preferred method of communication for execs
Email is on the rise, make sure you know how to craft a proper email message.

December 2007

ON: New College network helps small business
A new college-based innovation network has been created to help small to medium sized businesses (SMSB) improve their performance, problem solving and be able to stay competitive.

Consumers concerned about high cost of brokerage fees when shipping from US
Despite the high value of the Canadian dollar, shipping goods from the United Stated may not be as economical as you would expect once custom brokerage fees are taken into account.

November 2007

New study sheds light on why some people can't handle success
The way a person perceives their abilities in the workplace has a direct impact on the person's ability to handle success, according to new research.

July 2007

Warning: greeting card emails may include a nasty surprise
Warning: greeting card emails may include a nasty surprise

Manitoba enhances film tax credit program
Changes to the Film Tax Credit program will help eligible companies receive their tax credits sooner and with greater ease.

May 2007

SK: Legislation ends mandatory retirement
SK -- Effective November 17, 2007 workers will can no longer be forced into retirement when they reach the age of 65 as ammendments to the Human Rights Code expand the definition of age in the Code to include persons over 65 years.

Survey says: good customer service tops with customers
If you want to express appreciation for your customer's business, do it with good customer service. That is the finding of Show Me the Service, a recent customer loyalty poll conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of TD Canada Trust.

April 2007

Manitoba: New legislation will protect retirement savings
Manitoba: new legislation that will take effect on November 1, 2007 provides increased protection for retirement savings held in deferred profit sharing plans, registered retirement savings plans and registered retirement income funds.

November 2006

Canadians to spend $20 billion on gifts this holiday season
Twenty-two million Canadians plan to spend an average of $930 on gifts this holiday season, according to Visa Canada's 8th annual gift-giving survey.

September 2006

$50 million in new funds will support businesses in vulnerable regions of Quebec
Vulnerable regions in Quebec will benefit from two new business funds totalling more than $50 million.

May 2006

Telemarking firm charged
Today the Competition Bureau announced that is has charged three people and the three businesses that ran a deceptive telemarketing scheme over a ten year period.

Total income for Canadians rose in 2004
For the first time in three years the median* total income for individuals increased as they rose 1.5% to $24,400 over the 2003 values.

Saskatchewan to attract immigrants with new entrepreneur cateogry
The province has launched a new entrepreneur program that is expected to bring 100 and 200 business immigrants yearly to Saskatchewan by 2008.

British Columbia's economic boom brings labour challenges
As British Columbia's economy rebounds sharply from its economic slump, labour shortages have become a key problem according to "The West Coast boom", a study published in Canadian Economic Observer.

Young entrepreneur awards competition open
The Young Entrepreneur Awards 2006, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada, are now open. The deadline for nominations is June 8, 2006.

Federal budget 2006: Harper government announces sweeping tax cuts, with almost $20 billion in tax relief
Today the Harper government brought in its first budget, announcing sweeping tax cuts with 29 seperate tax reductions in every area the government collects money.

Canadian advertising industry recovers ground in 2004
Profits are up and revenues are higher, but growth in Canada's advertising industry has been limited by challenges such as the impact of global advertising campaigns and increasing media costs, says Statistics Canada's Annual Survey of Advertising and Related Services 2004.

April 2006

Canadian e-commerce growth six times that of growth in off-line retail sales
For the forth consecutive year Canadian e-commerce sales have grown by over 38%, with the 2005 sales outpacing overall retail sales growth six fold, according to the 2005 Survey of Electronic Commerce and Technology.

2005 marks the 'revenge' of the old economy
2005 marked a year of propserity with a 30-year low in unemployment, record equity and housing prices, and rising government and trade surpluses. These findings were part of The year in review: The revenge of the old economy 2005, a study released by Statistics Canada today.

Canadian retail sales see highest gains since 2002
In 2005 Canadian retailers registered their highest year-over-year increase in retail sales since 2002, with a total spending of $369.2 billion. These gains were led by a strong increase in sales of automotive fuels, oils and additives as well as hardware, lawn and garden products.

SK - Province Cuts Business Taxes
The government of Saskatchewan has announced what it says are the most significant tax cuts in the province's history that will result in $190 million in savings annually by the end of the four-year implementation strategy.

Canadian Financial Ratios CD-Rom Series Released
Do you want to compare your firm's performance to that of your industry to address issues such as profitability, efficiency and business risk? You may wish to use Financial Performance Indicators for Canadian Business for 2004, a new three-volume series available on CD-ROM.

Survey says: Canadian use of online financial services increases
Use of online financial services has grown since 2002, primarily fueled by an increase in use by female users who have been closing the gap with their male counterparts since that date (+12 points and +5 points respectively since 2002), according to the eleventh edition of ACNielsen Canada's Internet planner, an annual survey of Canada's Internet population.

Alberta investigates competitiveness challenges facing its forest sector
The government of Alberta in partnership with the Alberta Forest Products Association will spend $300,000 to investigate global market competitiveness challenges facing the province's forest sector.

MB - Minimum Wage Increases Effective April 1, 2006
Effective April 1st, 2006 minimum wage in Manitoba will rise by 35 cents to $7.60 an hour.

March 2006

Slight decline of average debt load for small and medium-size Canadian businesses
The total debt carried by Canadian businesses rose slightly between 2000 and 2004, with larger businesses in terms of employee size having a higher outstanding debt.

SK: Minimum wage level increases effecive today
Effective March 1st, 2006 mimimum wage in Saskatchewan increases by 50 cents to $7.55 an hour.

AB: New Aboriginal business development fund established for Fort McMurray area
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has partnered with Keyano College to establish a $250,000 micro credit loan fund.

February 2006

Saskatchewan Seeks Input on Minimum Age and Worker Transportation Regulations
The minimum wage board will conduct a review of provincial regulations to determine whether current regulations regarding minimum age and transportation home for workers who finish work between the hours of 12:30 and 7:00 a.m. should be changed.

Exports, Employment on the Rise
Canada exported $41.3 billion in merchandise in December even with the Canadian dollar at its highest level since the early 1990s. Employment was also up in January following a pause from the month before.

Promoting Canada as an international tourism destination needs increased marketing dollars
Promoting Canada as an international tourism destination needs increased marketing dollars

January 2006

I.D. Cards Proposed for U.S. Border Crossings
A new "smart card" from U.S. Homeland Security may speed up border crossings, providing a passport alternative for those coming to Canada from the U.S.

SK: Agriculture Innovations Receive $2.87 million
From crop improvements to a bee breeding program, twenty-five research and development projects in Saskatchewan have received $2.87 million in support from the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).

Record fines levied in price setting conspiracy
Cascades Fine Papers Group Inc., Domtar Inc. and Unisource Canada have each been fined $10 million for their illegal activities in Ontario and an additional $2.5 million for their illegal activities in Quebec after the companies pleaded guilty in the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto to two counts of conspiring to lessen competition unduly contrary to section 45 of the Competition Act.

September 2005

Online Ad Revenues Soared in 2004-2005
Online advertising revenues "exploded" in 2004 and 2005, according to the annual revenue survey by the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada (IAB).

May 2005

CME Says Proposed Law (Ontario) is Regressive and Undemocratic
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canadas longest-standing business association, has criticized Ontario's provincial government over Bill proposed legislation that would ammend Ontario's Labour Standards Act (1995).

January 2004

Changes to PEI Employment Standards Act
Prince Edward Island makes ammendments to its Employment Standards Act, effective January 1st 2004.

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