Canada Small Business News Round-up – 26/02/2008

Here is this week’s news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from Canada:

  • Blowing the Whistle on Whistleblowers: It turns out the best detectives of corporate fraud aren’t the paid ones.
  • Seven-Minute Marketing: A critical plan.
  • Ecommerce – The New Must-Have: “Once the domain of trail-blazing tech pioneers and large companies, ecommerce is becoming a must-have component of every successful business — big or small,” says Joel Schlesinger, writing in the…
  • Tucows reveals key domain name portfolio assets:TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ – Tucows Inc., (AMEX:TCX, TSX:TC) a leadingprovider of Internet services to web hosting companies and ISPs worldwide, today announced that as of February 14, 2008 the Company had over 150,000.
  • You Don’t Need a Fortune to Start a Business: The title of this post is the title of an article by Rick Spence. Writing in The Financial Post, he gives a lot of good advice for people starting a…
  • Do you really need another beer? He hopes so: The challenge How to persuade Canadians to buy imported beer, an already crowded market segment The plan Tap into expats through inexpensive guerrilla marketing campaigns and event sponsorship The payoff Access to one of the nation’s largest market segments – beer drinkers.
  • Small businesses favour some form of Sunday Shopping: Charlottetown – As the Standing Committee on Economic Development gets set to meet for the last time, a report by Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) finds that a majority of small, independent business owners favour some form of Sunday shopping.
  • Detroit funds sue Yahoo over Microsoft rebuff: Two Detroit pension funds sued Yahoo Inc. and its board on Friday for rejecting Microsoft Corp.’s unsolicited US$41.2-billion offer in a sign of growing shareholder frustration with the online search and media company.
  • Miscalculating the risks: Statistical geniuses of finance at the banks and hedge funds were lulled into a false sense of security by their spreadsheets and risk models. Meanwhile, the old-fashioned wisdom of contrarians like Prem Watsa saw trouble. And profited.
  • Philly Fed index hints deep recession in the cards: Economists are no longer talking about a U.S. recession but a deep recession after figures yesterday showed business sentiment continued to plummet in early February.

As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.

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