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Employer Source Deductions

Richard Weber on February 13, 2014 in Advice for Business Owners

Good news! Did you know the federal budget is proposing to change the remittance threshold levels in employer source deductions? The proposal is to apply for remittances after 2014. The threshold for remitting two times per month is to increase from $15,000 to $25,000 and remitting four times per month to increase from $50,000 to $100,000. … Continued



Doing Business in Manitoba?

Richard Weber on June 19, 2013 in Retail

Manitoba Budget Announces RST Increase from 7% to 8% as of July 1, 2013 In its 2013 budget released April 16, 2013, the Province of Manitoba announced that as of July 1, 2013, its retail sales tax (RST) would increase from 7% to 8%. The bill is being debated and not yet law, however, even … Continued



Impress Your Clients with the Best Communication Tools

Elaine Holding on April 17, 2013 in Advice for Business Owners

How you communicate has become just as important as what you communicate. Using technology effectively and staying current with social media tools demonstrates to your clients that you stay current – and implies that you also stay current (and knowledgeable) in the marketplace. Consider these tips: Email: Do you send emails to a large list … Continued



Writing a Business Plan - Part 2

Mustafa Dossajee on April 10, 2013 in Advice for Business Owners

Click here to read part 1 of "Writing a Business Plan" Marketing Plan This should include an in-depth description of your company's sales, pricing and marketing strategies, and the benefits of your products and services. As you begin to develop your Marketing Plan, refer to the market research you undertook when writing your Competitive Analysis. … Continued



Writing a Business Plan - Part 1

Mustafa Dossajee on April 3, 2013 in Advice for Business Owners

Are you planning to write a Business Plan? Below you will find the subjects to address, the order in which they should be tackled and a short description of the subject matter to be included under each section. Executive Summary This section must appear at the beginning of your business plan but since it summarizes … Continued



Cross-Promotion can Draw More Customers

SB Partners Admin on March 27, 2013 in Advice for Business Owners

Effective cross-promotion is a great way for even the busiest of business owners to bring in more customers. The simple fact is that when you team up with other trustworthy businesses that also reach your target market, you will be able to access  your customers far more efficiently and impressively as long as you utilize … Continued



QR Codes: What Are They and Why Use Them?

Gregory Clarke on January 16, 2013 in Advice for Business Owners

You may have noticed a strange square symbol on ads, business cards, product packaging or signs and wondered “what is that?” Well, you’re not entirely alone. This symbol, as shown below, is actually a type of two dimensional barcode called a QR Code: We are all accustomed to the traditional barcode system that we see … Continued



Trends in Mobile Technology and Your Business

Gregory Clarke on October 24, 2012 in Advice for Business Owners

Mobile technology and the related application market are experiencing huge growth. The associated trends and impact of this growth will have a major influence on business for years to come. So why is mobile technology so critical? The main reason is its portability. Seventy-five percent of the world's population has access to cell phones. In … Continued



Financial Incentive Plans Available Through the City of Hamilton

Elaine Holding on May 30, 2012 in Business Insights

Economic Development offices are an excellent resource for business owners.   They provide knowledge and access to a variety of programs and services at all levels of government to encourage growth and prosperity in their community.  I meet with former colleagues on a regular basis to keep up to date on new programs and services that … Continued