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:
- Businesses tap new markets with social media: Twitter, blogs and Facebook are becoming enterprise tools in their own right
- Giving car buyers the option to walk: Slumping auto sales put Toronto company’s car-return insurance plan in the spotlight
- Register for GST: Do you need to register for GST when you start a small business? This FAQ tells which businesses need to register for GST in Canada and which don’t – and explains why you might want to register for GST even if you don’t have to.
- Business Phone Systems: What to look for in a small business phone system and one example of a full featured phone system that small businesses can afford.
- Tax Changes 2008 : There’s something for everyone in this package of business income tax changes for 2008 and every Canadian small business should see some benefit from these tax reductions. Here’s a list of the Canadian federal government’s business tax reductions that may affect your business taxes in 2007 and 2008.
- Innovation: Small Businesses Do It Better: Like every black cloud, the recession does have a silver lining for small businesses, it seems – hard times are good times for innovation.
- WinWeb and infoUK Announce Exclusive Strategic Partnership to Benefit Small Businesses: London, March 31st, 2009 – WinWeb, the leading small business software and service provider, partners with B2B data and business list supplier infoUK (an infoGROUP company, NASDAQ: IUSA) to give small businesses a leg up in today’s tight economy. The alliance will provide WinWeb customers access to 200 free sales leads and business list data from infoUK and in return, infoUK customers will be able to utilise WinWeb’s OnlineOffice™ for free.
- Newmarket roofer fined $9,000: TORONTO, April 2 – An investigation by the Consumer Protection Branch of the Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services has resulted in a fine of $9,000 against a Newmarket company. Provincial Offences Court in Newmarket levied the fines against Gerard Nadeau, operator of Nadeau’s Design & Reno on March 26, 2009. The fine of $…..
- Entrepreneurship and the upside to a downturn: An existing shortage of tech R&D spending will fuel future opportunities for today’s small startups. In conversation with Gordon Pitts; with exclusive video
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.