Canada Small Business News Round-up – 17/06/2008

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:

  • Small business calls for tax relief and assurance of no new taxes on fuel: Ottawa – Canadian small firms are being hit hard by rising fuel prices and are calling on governments to provide tax relief and assurances that they will not introduce additional taxes, such as a carbon tax. This was the subject of an open letter sent today to federal finance minister Jim Flaherty and provincial/territorial finance ministers by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
  • Sam’s Club testing business centres: FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Sam’s Club warehouse division has opened a business center location aimed solely at serving small business customers, executives said yesterday.
  • 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.
  • CIFB’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.
  • Local growers help to step up small business: At a time when the economy is a little shaky, starting up a small business can be seen as risky. But Raglan entrepreneur Kim Paton is not deterred. The owner of Independent Grocery in Raglan, Ms Paton and partners Samuel Walsh and Gabriel Engel have gone one step further and set up a similar store in Victoria St, Hamilton.
  • Chinese society gets small business mentoring grant: VANCOUVER – The B.C. government has donated $30,000 to a Vancouver-based society that helps new immigrants from China to assist them in starting small businesses.
  • Labour Crunch Hits Manitoba SMEs Hard: Winnipeg – The labour crunch facing Manitoba’s small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) continues to grow, according to a new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
  • Newfoundland and Labrador small business confidence highest in Canada: St. John’s – Results of CFIB’s latest Quarterly Business Barometer (QBB) reveal that small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Newfoundland and Labrador are the most optimistic in Canada. This marks the fourth consecutive climb in business confidence and the second quarter in a row that the province’s confidence level tops the Canadian average.

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

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