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:
- Network basics for small business: A small business computer network can be set up with relatively little investment depending on the size of the business and its needs, say IT experts.
- Labour Crunch Worsens for NB Small Businesses 7: Moncton – New Brunswick’s vacancy rate in small and medium-sized businesses hit a record high in 2007 with 4.7 per cent of positions left unfilled for four months or longer, according to a new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
- CFIB’s pre-budget message to Saskatchewan Government:Introduce measures to build upon positive momentum: Regina – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released its 2008 pre-budget priorities today, in anticipation of the March 19 provincial budget. Saskatchewan is home to the most optimistic small business owners in Canada. The challenge for the new government will be to ensure its 2008-09 provincial budget introduces measures that will maintain and build upon this positive momentum, said Marilyn Braun-Pollon, CFIB’s Vice-president, Saskatchewan and Agri-business.
- Saas gives small business a big engine: In researching software choices for her Web-based business, Mary Maesano made an early discovery: She was no software engineer. Yet the founder of In Casa Gifts – an online boutique that sells occasional favours, gifts and accessories for things like weddings or baptisms – not only needed e-mail, accounting and customer relationship management (CRM) software for her virtual business, she also wanted to make sure she maintained control over key platforms.
- Saving money while young nat as hard as it looks: University business students aren’t any more likely than other undergrads to possess insights into how they might achieve financial independence, says a Calgary entrepreneur who has set her sights on at least becoming a millionaire by age 30.
- Apple sweetens iPhone features in ongoing battle with BlackBerry: Apple Inc., seeking to sell 10 million iPhones this year, has added business features to woo customers from the BlackBerry and will let outside developers create programs for the handset.
- 3Gyros idea catching on: Timing in business is key, but preparation has also proven invaluable for two Windsor-area business partners who were ready when Wal-Mart came knocking.
- Lionsgate to digitize films for iPods:Studio working with Apple to add digital copies of films on iTunes
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.