Canada Small Business News Round-up – 25/03/2008

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:

  • ABOE Lockworks holds the key to strange tales: Small Business — ABOE Lockworks Ltd.
  • Leadership: Guts not included: For Canadian business leaders, change is the new name of the game. Do you have what it takes to thrive in the new global economy?
  • Dell looks eastward for PC customers: As U.S. economy stumbles, computer maker eyes Chinese, Indian
  • Spigit Launches IdeaSpigit: The First Customer-Powered Productivity Platform for the Enterprise: Spigit combines business intelligence with crowdsourcing to help decision makers separate the signal from the noise.
  • Speed up tax relief, Northern Ontario business tell provincial government: Toronto – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business delivered hundreds of signed faxes to Queen’s Park today, calling on the provincial government to accelerate its plan to reduce Business Education Tax (BET) rates in next week’s budget. The faxes, from small and medium-sized businesses in Northern Ontario, were sent to the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle.
  • Women lead Business Builder award winner’s list: Companies founded, owned or at least co-managed by women were prominent among the category winners this year in the annual Business Builder awards sponsored by the North Saskatoon Business Association.
  • Business gives budget mixed reviews: REGINA — Business generally liked the emphasis on infrastructure spending in Wednesday’s budget, but some groups were skeptical the $1-billion capital budget could be attained, given the current labour shortage.
  • Business Beat: A new business-university alliance is aiming to make the Windsor area a centre for computer software technology.
  • DHz fills media void for resort developers: Resort developers continue to campaign heavily here to persuade Albertans to invest in properties across Western Canada and into the U.S. and farther south. It’s a huge and exciting business that has obviously enjoyed great returns from the advertising by talented agency people.
  • Quebecor faces new challenge: TORONTO — Commercial printer Quebecor World Inc. faces a new challenge from The Economist as it restructures under protection from creditors. The well-known business magazine, says in a court filing that it “desires to terminate the printing agreement effective at the end of the initial term by providing Quebecor World (USA) with a written notice … on or before March 31, 2008.”

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

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