Business Barometer®: small biz optimism surges upwards in October

Small business optimism has surged upwards in October. CFIB’s latest Business Barometer® Index is up more than two points from September levels; and, at 67.8, it is the highest reading in more than three years. Fueling the optimism appears to be an easing of concerns about energy costs.

CFIB anticipating credit card fee reduction soon

Montréal, October 31, 2014 – With reports suggesting an imminent announcement on reductions to the credit card “swipe fees” charged to merchants, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) is pleased that relief is on the horizon for small firms.

Entrepreneurial Communities: Canada’s top places to start and grow businesses in 2014

CFIB has found entrepreneurial characteristics to be strongest in Canada’s prairie cities and the urban areas that ring large urban cores.

Big breakthrough on payroll taxes: Small Business Job Credit announced

CFIB joined federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver to announce the creation of the Small Business Job Credit (SBJC), a credit that will result in a 15% net reduction in EI premiums paid by small businesses over the next two years.

Be prepared for potential tax audits

Tax audits can be very stressful for small business owners. Knowing what to expect from an audit and how to collaborate will make your life a whole lot easier.

Our focus on agri-business

We represent 7,200 agri-businesses like you on the business related issues of farming. Find out more about what we’re doing to help your bottom line here.

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