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Liberals vows to axe credit card swipe fees, give money for websites, in package of pledges for small business

The Liberal government says it will eliminate the so-called "swipe fee" on sales taxes that merchants must pay to credit-card companies on every transaction.File Photo TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is unveiling a package of pledges today that he says will help boost small and medium-sized businesses. During a campaign stop in Trois-Rivieres, […]

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Family businesses own a bigger chunk of Canada’s economy than you think — way bigger

About $191.9 billion of family-owned GDP came from big businesses, the report says, firms such as Bombardier Inc. and Loblaw Cos. Ltd.Cole Burston/Bloomberg Canada’s family-owned businesses are the real “backbone of the economy,” but more information about those firms is required to help keep that foundation from cracking, says a new report from the Conference […]

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Down to Business podcast: Why Ottawa wants small businesses to export more

The Government of Canada offers support to help small businesses build an export plan./iStockphoto Welcome to Down to Business, a weekly podcast from the Financial Post. Our tenth episode covers Canadian small business exports. Only 12 per cent of small businesses export outside of Canada. Ottawa wants to change that. Minister of Small Business and […]

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Calgary’s small businesses to get break from rising property tax bills

Calgary council said it would find the budgetary savings from other sources.Postmedia file photo CALGARY — Complaining loudly about crushing tax hikes appears to have paid off for owners of small businesses in Calgary after moves by city hall that will see a 10-per-cent cut in non-residential property taxes this year. Council voted unanimously during […]

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Amid Alberta’s election campaign, small businesses say they’re the canaries in the coal mine — and things aren’t going well

A going-out-of-business sign in Calgary. In downtown Calgary, high property taxes have helped close some businesses and pushed others to leave, putting pressure on businesses elsewhere in the city.Lyle Aspinall/Postmedia Network The Alberta election on April 16 is top of mind for Terry Steinkey, co-owner of Map Town in downtown Calgary. Like many small businesses […]

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Federal budget addresses some top concerns of small business; leaves others unanswered

Employers are starved for skilled labour in Canada, especially in technologies. The Federal budget earmarks $1.7 billion for skills training programs.National Post Small- and medium-sized businesses account for more than 50 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product, according to the government of Canada, employing more than 7 million people across the country. That’s why […]

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Agri-tech entrepreneurs eye the vertical landscape for new growth

Lufa Farms co-founders Mohamed Hage and Lauren Rathmell in one of their greenhouses.Courtesy Lufa Farms Lufa Farms is taking to the rooftops to bring its sustainable urban farming vision to reality. The Montreal-based entrepreneurs have become recognized leaders in indoor farming innovation, steadily expanding and refining their rooftop greenhouse concept. They’re not alone in exploring […]

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Doug Ford gets an A- from CFIB for cutting red tape for small businesses

Doug Ford, Ontario's premierCole Burston/Bloomberg Ontario Premier Doug Ford is one of the four “red tape crusaders” to be honoured with Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses’ (CFIB) Golden Scissors Award. The award is given every year to a politician, public servant or government that eliminates unnecessary bureaucracy standing in the way of small businesses. This […]