| ||British Columbia’s small business confidence index declined again in August, dropping to its lowest point in almost a year. Entrepreneurs in the province had been the most optimistic in the country for the last three months, but in August slipped down into third spot at 70.2, down 2.1 points from July.
| ||Nominations are now open for the fourth annual Golden Scissors Award to recognize those politicians, public servants, or other Canadians who have demonstrated leadership in cutting red tape for small business in a meaningful way. |
| ||Nominations are now open for the second annual Paperweight Award. This award recognizes government departments, agencies, programs, or individuals who have made life increasingly difficult for small businesses by adding significant red tape.|
| ||Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL), comes into force July 1st 2014, but a CFIB survey found that only 15% of small business owners are fully aware of CASL’s requirements, and 62% have taken no steps to comply.|
| ||Despite the inability to form a consensus among the other finance ministers, the Province of Ontario set forth on creating its own provincial retirement pension plan. The bad news for British Columbians is their government is now seated at the table on an advisory body exploring the provincial pension plan idea. |