Canada Small Business News Round-up – 03/06/2008

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:

  • Computer Calendar: The time is now to jump on Windows Small Business Server 2008. With the public beta now available, the Southern Alberta Microsoft User Community is inviting all Microsoft IT Professionals and Partners to come and get a sneak peak under the hood of SBS 2008 with Microsoft MVP Jason Miller. Space is limited to this special Calgary event. Join us at the Microsoft Calgary office downtown on June 10 at 6 p.m. Register at www.samuc.com, or e-mail info@samuc.com.
  • Taxman fares poorly in survey: There’s been a deterioration in the quality of service provided to small businesses by the Canada Revenue Agency, an organization of small- and medium-sized firms charged Tuesday.
  • Cision Launches Multiple Editions of CisionPoint On-Demand Web 2.0 Platform: CisionPoint Enterprise, Professional and Small Business Editions Meet Communication Management Needs Across Business Spectrum
  • Scotiabank On the Move With Small Business Cross-Country Tour: Vancouver launch city for Scotiabank ‘Get Growing to a Million’ Small Business Tour.
  • Canada Revenue Agency gets poor marks from small business: Edmonton – The quality of service provided by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to owners of small and medium-sized businesses has worsened since 2001, a new survey from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business shows.
  • Minister Takhar celebrates opening of innovative and green facility: TORONTO, June 2 – Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Harinder Takhar will join Anthony Perruzza, City Councillor Ward 8, and Bruce Steiner, CEO Canadian Linen and Uniform Service, in celebrating the grand opening of Canadian Linen and Uniform Service’s new state-of-the-art Toronto facility.
  • No time for full-time?: Education for small business owners doesn’t have to be a full-time affair, says Victoria Calvert, an instructor at the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal.
  • Revenue agency gets poor grade: The art of taxation consists of plucking the goose to get the most feathers with the least possible amount of hissing. This has been the aim of government tax collectors as early as the 1600s when Jean-Baptiste Colbert, a French finance minister of that century, said these famous words. It seems the hissing from Canadian taxpayers, especially small business owners, increases year by year. Their complaints are not just about the level of taxation — in fact it could be argued taxes on small business have decreased in some areas. No, the growing concern is about how the taxes are collected and the service provided by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

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

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