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Quebec – Protecting Your Business

Heavy vehicle operators: Complete your circle check before hitting the road!

If you own or operate a heavy vehicle, you must make sure you have performed a circle check of your vehicle within the 24-hour period preceding your trip.
 

Is your small business properly protected with insurance?

No matter what industry you are in, being savvy about insurance, and working with an insurance provider well suited to your business and industry are key to protecting your investments. Check our tips. Advice is free for members: call 1-888-234-2232.
 

ASK CFIA and get a written response

Thanks to CFIB lobbying, you can now obtain written answers from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to your questions and requests for help. Try the 'Ask CFIA' online service today
 

Friendly fraud: When dishonesty meets credit card transactions

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.
 

Fraud is everyone's business: Protect yourself from fraud.

Arm your business in the fight against fraud. Avoid common scams with our practical tips, webinars, and videos. Advice is free for members: call 1-888-234-2232.
 

Using photographs and graphics? Be aware of copyright law

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.
 

How can the Competition Bureau protect your business?

The federal Competition Bureau, Canada’s watchdog for unfair business practices, has released an animated short video that breaks down the Bureau’s various roles and functions. Find out more here. Advice is free for members: call 1-888-234-2232.
 

Recyc-Québec and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) – What are my responsibilities?

In Quebec, the Regulation for product recycling and waste reclamation by businesses came into force on July 14, 2011. It places the responsibility for the recycling of products that have reached the end of their lifecycle in the hands of businesses that put them on the Quebec market.
 

Signing contracts and leases: how to avoid liability

Small business owners can enter into many contracts. We offer a few tips to help you avoid pitfalls and protect your business.
 

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. Advice is free for CFIB members: 1-888-234-2232.
 

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. Find out more here. Advice is free for members: call 1-888-234-2232.
 

Get in the habit of these best practices for cash-handling

If you have staff who use the cash register, you may want them to be aware of the following cash handling tips. Find out more here. Advice is free for members: call 1-888-234-2232.

The Unionization Process in Your Business

What are your rights and what are the pitfalls? Suppose you have learned that a union is starting a certification process with your employees.

Trade Relations

A number of business owners are under the impression that they have a 10-day period in which they can terminate an agreement signed with a sales representative – with no consequences. Be careful! This is not true… This is a provision found in the Consumer Protection Act; it does not, however, govern business-to-business contracts.

How well do you know your business partners?

Are there times in the year when your workload becomes unmanageable and you need some help to complete certain tasks? As a business owner with foresight, you would like to hand over a portion of your production or distribution to an external firm. You’re off to a good start, but you’ve only taken the very first step!
 

Collecting on a bad debt: how to get your money back

Are you a merchant who has sold goods to a consumer who did not pay the bill? Have you ever ordered and paid for merchandise, then not received it from the supplier? In both cases, you are unsatisfied and you want to be paid or reimbursed! Read what can do.
 

What should you do if a disaster strikes? A practical handbook for business executives

Does your company have disaster insurance coverage? What would you do if a disaster struck your merchandise and premises? Whom would you turn to? These are all questions that will crop up if you are unfortunate enough to be hit by a disaster.
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.
 

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.

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.

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!
 

Tips for leasing commercial property

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.
 

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. Advice is free for members: 1-888-234-2232.

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.
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