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Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) – What does it mean for my business?

On July 1st, 2014, Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) entered into force, affecting any business that promotes their products/services electronically via email, social media or instant messaging. Find out more here.
 

Playing music in your place of business? You may need licences

There are many benefits to playing music at your business, but you can’t pop in a CD or stream from on-line without giving consideration to the copyright of the artist or creator. The Copyright Board of Canada requires anyone who plays music in public, including businesses, to obtain licences.
 

Canada Post rates going up as of March 31, 2014!

As part of Canada Post’s new Five-Point Action Plan announced in December 2013, small businesses will now pay a pretty penny in extra postage, as of March 31st. The recent price hikes will have a huge impact on the majority of small businesses across Canada – 98% of which still depend on sending/receiving letter mail every month.
 

Microsoft retired Windows XP effective April 8, 2014: Should you care?

Microsoft retired the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014. Windows XP has been a popular operating system for many years and is still used in many computers and ATMs. While it will continue to operate after April 8 and not simply disappear, Microsoft will no longer provide support or security updates for this system.

Privacy legislation

Good privacy is good business. All Canadian businesses are required by law to create their own privacy policies that outline how they collect, use and disclose personal information about individuals. Individuals have the right to see what information has been collected from them
Incorporation vs. sole proprietorship
 

Incorporation vs. sole proprietorship: How should you structure your business?

How you structure your business could have implications on the taxes you pay and the people you hire. While you may choose to be a sole proprietorship or choose to incorporate, know the difference your choice will make.
 

Improving mental health in your small business

Regardless of the number of employees you have, the mental health of your workers matters. The Mental Health Commission of Canada estimates that the Canadian economy loses nearly $50 billion annually as a result of mental health-related issues.
 

US law could erase privacy protections – are you affected?

Many small business owners in Canada have business partners or family members with U.S. citizenship or dual citizenship. On January 1st, 2014, a U.S. law, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is set to erase certain privacy protections now taken for granted in Canada.
 

Business affected by flooding? Help is available

As the water recedes in southern Alberta, the hard work is just beginning for you and other small business owners, who may just now be able to assess the damage that has been done.

Social media can help you grow

Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the use of blogs can make a difference to your business.

Cloud computing: carefully consider the benefits and risks

Do you store and control all your data on company computers or do you also use on-line providers such as Gmail, PayPal or SOS Online Backup? While using Internet (“cloud computing”) services to save your business time and money, it is important to understand the potential risks.
 

Avoiding scams: Check out the Competition Bureau’s Little Black Book of Scams

The Little Black Book of Scams provides hints on how to identify and avoid scams (internet scam, mobile phone scam, small business scam, etc.). It also provides contact information for reporting scams to the correct authorities.

Victim of Directory Scam? Competition Bureau sues deceptive marketing companies and wins!

The Competition Bureau successfully sued a number of companies for the deceptive marketing of Business Directories. It wanted a judgement that victims be compensated for their loss. They won!

Commercial lease

Be careful when signing a commercial lease. It is not just a residential lease with a few extra terms and conditions. It is a major investment that can add value to your business or become a significant cause of worry.

Trademarks and patents

Protect your logo and your intellectual property with a trademark or patent.

Donating to charity: where does your money go?

As a business owner, you are likely often asked to donate money to charities, but are you confident your money is going where you think? Being informed will help you make decisions on when to give and the confidence that you are helping who you want to be helping.

Cybersecurity: Is your business system set to withstand online threats?

Doing business online can expand your reach to new customers around the world and provide greater convenience to your local customers, but it also comes with risk. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has made available a series of articles featuring simple steps you can take to improve your business system’s “cybersecurity”.

Know your rights and responsibilities when accepting credit and debit cards

If your business accepts debit and credit cards there is a lot to know; including your rights and responsibilities. Find out the details here.

How to prepare for an emergency

Most of us think our chances of being hit with a major disaster are remote. Yet it can happen. In a few steps, find out how to prepare so your business is protected.

How to deal with high-pressure debit/credit processing offers

Have you received high-pressure offers for debit/credit card processing? Find out how to assess if the offer is legit and how to deal with the frequent calls.
 

Prevent fraud in your business

We want to help prevent fraud in your business. Find out how you and your staff can recognize it, report it and stop it.

The Personal Information Protection Act : guidelines for Alberta businesses

The provincial Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) came into effect January 1, 2004. All businesses are subject to PIPA, which regulates access to, and the collection, use, disclosure and protection of personal information.
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