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:
- Retailer goes small-town: TORONTO – Canadian Tire Corp. will forge its new growth path in small-town Canada, the retailer said Thursday, taking on Home Hardware, True Value and other independent retailers in at least 100 communities that are not close to big-box stores.
- Saskatchewan a new hotspot for shale gas: A small Calgary-based oil and gas company is hoping to strike it big in the province’s fledgling shale gas play.
- Canadian Tire looks to fine tune its stores:Retail giant will launch two new store concepts this year as it races to capture more business in smaller markets and re-model bigger stores
- Make children’s toys green to compete with the big boys: If you hope to develop a new toy line out of a small home-based business, how do you compete with major manufacturers with big budgets and even bigger name recognition?
- Sask. business honoured: A number of Saskatchewan businesses were honoured Thursday for their commitment to providing employees with opportunities to balance work and family life.
- Balsillie adds his weight to startup igloo: Dozens of technology startups ache to make a name for themselves in the social networking game, but only one has RIM’S co-CEo on board.
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.