Canada Small Business News Round-up – 18/11/2008

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:

  • CFIB urges municipalities to “Cap the Gap”: Property tax gulf between BC small businesses and residences continues to grow: Vancouver – The average property tax gap between small businesses and residents for the same value property continues to rise in British Columbia, says a new study from the Canadian Federation of Independent
  • ‘Business’09 – Win £10,000′ Competition And Unleash It! Challenge Goes Live.: Today Winweb launches it’s long anticipated ‘Business’09 – Win £10,000‘ campaign for small business and pre-entrepreneurs. The launch coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week and Enterprise Week 2008. The finalists and winners will be announced during the same events next year.
  • Angel investors to the rescue?: With credit tightening and IPOs all but out of the question, an increasing number of small and medium-sized businesses are reporting problems finding capital. Twenty-eight per cent of businesses are currently experiencing credit difficulties, up from 18% in September, according to a recent Canadian Federation of Independent Business survey.
  • Are You Afraid to Start a Small Business?: Well of course you are! Only a fool wouldn’t feel at least a twinge of anxiety at the prospect of starting a new business. You’re doing something new, something uncertain, something
  • All stream Launches New Hosted Phone System in Toronto Small Business Market: TORONTO, Nov. 10 /CNW/ – MTS Allstream Inc. (“MTS Allstream”) announces the launch of the new Hosted Phone System that will provide a significant opportunity for small businesses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to improve their operations by helping them to keep down costs and boost efficiency. Hosted Phone System is run over MTS Allstream’s privately managed, secure data network, providing customers business-grade performance and the same high quality voice service they are accustomed to, without the hassle of buying,leasing, or maintaining an on-site phone system.
  • Small business says cash remains tight: Owners say they’re having trouble tapping term loans and lines of credit
  • Small Business Technology: Social Networking: Web sites such as Facebook, YouTube, MySpace and Flickr are making it more affordable than ever for small businesses to leverage social networking tools online to markedly expand their reach.

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

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