Canada Small Business News Round-up – 2008/12/23

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:

  • Landrieu to Head Senate Small Business Committee: The Louisiana Democrat says small firms are key to the nation’s recovery.
  • Report on 110th Congress: Small Business Victories: The 110th Congress saw many bills affecting small business, and NFIB was involved in championing many of the ones that were beneficial–and blocking several that were harmful. As Congress winds down, NFIB looks back at several pieces of pro-small business …
  • Making Hard TImes Work for Your Business: Times are tough, and now, especially, every small business is looking for ways to increase efficiency and cut costs. These ideas could help.
  • Three Start-Ups, a Year Later: This has been a gut-wrenching first year in business for three entrepreneurs whose start-ups were profiled in this column last December.
  • Make Money Online: Making money online used to pretty much require you to have your own Web site, products to sell, and some marketing savvy. But a whole new generation of dot-coms have arisen that will pay you for what you know (and who you know) without you having to be a …
  • Loans on hold: Peer-to-peer lending websites could supply canadian entrepreneurs with much-needed cash — if only regulators would let them
  • Business Barometer: National small business optimism near record low:Toronto – Overall expectations among the owners of Canada’s small- and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) has fallen to a near record low of 86.1 in December, according to findings from the latest survey of business optimism released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Nationally, latest expectations push the December Business Barometer index down from its previous cyclical low of 90.3 in October and early November and further from a high of 101.8 in September.
  • QuickSnap invention clicks with inventors: The Canadian Youth Business Foundation provides startup financing, mentoring and online business resources to entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 34. In a regular series, the Financial Post features CYBF alumni who discuss the hurdles faced en route to success. This week, the developers of QuickSnap share how their small device has made a big difference.
  • Small business sentiment in Canada falls to near record low: The global financial crisis, which has hit economies hard around the world, has left its mark on Canadas business owners. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says its Business Barometer i
  • Business Loan Program Targets Immigrants Living in Nova Scotia: Immigrants who have recently moved to live in Nova Scotia can soon get down to business with the help of the new Immigrant Small Business Financing Program.

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

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