Canada Small business News Round-up – 01/07/2008

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 confidence drops: Canadian small-business confidence fell to the lowest in almost seven years this month on concerns about rising fuel costs and a slowing U.S. economy that’s hurting demand for exports, an industry survey showed.
  • York Region Small Business Enterprise Centre advises entrepreneurs in the early stages of business start-up and growth: York Regional council recently approved a staff report of the 2007 achievements and an outline of 2008 activities of the York Region Small Business Enterprise Centre.
  • Removing workplace invisible barriers: Joyce Lau calls it “impression management.” The North Vancouver-based entrepreneur specializes in teaching new immigrants how to get promoted or get a higher salary by tweaking their appearance and non-verbal skills. Lau runs seminars and writes columns for community newspapers on topics such as “the handshake in North America.” She also recently finished a master’s degree at Simon Fraser University that examined how “new immigrants can use personal packaging as a tool for integrating into the labour market.”
  • Kelowna touted for high-tech storage: KELOWNA — A group of entrepreneurs is intent on giving this Interior city — best known for its mild weather and hills dotted with wineries — a reputation as storage shed for the world’s information.
  • Competition Policy Review Panel report misses the mark, says CFIB: Ottawa – The Competition Policy Review Panel report released this morning ignores half of Canada’s economy – small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by recommending policies that would hurt rather than help the engine of Canada’s economic growth.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador at the top… but high energy costs puts an end to upward trend in business optimism: St. John’s – Continuing the profile found in March 2008, the owners of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Newfoundland and Labrador and Saskatchewan remain the most optimistic in Canada.

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

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