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 is retiring the Windows XP operating system on April 8th, 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 8th and not simply disappear, Microsoft will no longer provide support or security updates for this system.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
The latest series of Canadian bank notes, with their new security features, has largely driven the casual counterfeiter out of business. Most of today’s counterfeiting is being carried out by organized crime. They have access to the financial resources and expertise needed to attempt to reproduce a passable version of the new bank notes.
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.