Have you ever had someone buy a product or use your services and pay with a credit card only to later deny they received it or say it wasn’t to their satisfaction? Were you left to absorb the costs weeks or even months later? Find out what Friendly Fraud is and how you can limit the effect on your business.
A pic is worth a thousand words (when you are allowed to use it). Businesses using photographs and images downloaded from the internet for advertising, product packaging or web sites should be aware of potential copyright liabilities. CFIB can help you learn more. Advice is free for CFIB members: 1-888-234-2232.
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. Find out more here. Advice is free for members: call 1-888-234-2232.
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.
The latest series of Canadian bank notes have sophisticated security features that are easy to check and hard to counterfeit, but they are effective only if you use them. Help fight counterfeiting by learning how to recognize genuine bank notes.
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.
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.
Emails are a fast and cost-efficient way to stay in touch with your valued customers and advise them of special promotions. Are you sure your messages are actually making it through to your customers’ inboxes? CFIB offers you tips to help ensure your emails don’t end up in spam folders.
Toll fraud is a serious threat to Canadian businesses and we can help you understand how toll fraud happens. Our tips can help protect your business from the shock of huge bills after a hacker has accessed your phone system.
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. Bank has added new features to help better connect employers with employees. Find out more here. Advice is free for members: call 1-888-234-2232.
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.
Have you taken measures to protect your business from crime? Every year, thousands of robberies are reported across Canada. Take action now to help ensure that your business does not become one of the statistics.