OTTAWA — Joe Oliver’s first budget as finance minister offered some support for Canada’s struggling manufacturing sector but quite a bit more for small business operators — including help for women entrepreneurs.
The minister said Tuesday that Ottawa will gradually reduce the small business tax rate to nine per cent from 11 per cent, beginning in 2016, a move that has been well-telegraphed in recent months and one for which independent companies have lobbied heavily.
The waiting game is over. The Conservative party has won the general election of 2015 and are forming a single party government. Entrepreneurs have high hopes for the next five years, especially from a party that has repeatedly talked of SMEs being “the lifeblood of the economy”.
Since 2010 the number of self-employed workers is up by over half a million people – a rise of 14.2 per cent. But is it boom time for entrepreneurs? Or are people branching out for themselves out of fear of another downturn?
A new study of online business sentiment by eBay suggests small business owners are spreading their bets when it comes to their finances against a still uncertain economic backdrop.
The event was moderated by radio broadcaster and SME journalist Liz Barclay, and the panel consisted of academics Dr. Stephann Makri, Dr Matthew Smith and Douglas Miller and successful online fashion retail entrepreneur, Sarah Curran.
Last month, new life was breathed into an effort to bring back some popular small business lending provisions that expired shortly before the 2012 presidential election. These expired programs enabled a record number of small businesses to refinance commercial mortgages. The renewed push to reinstate the programs, along with some additional policy changes, can go a long way toward aiding Main Street’s recovery. President Obama has done a number of positive things to help the small business sector. Business startups are up 8 percent from 2009 to 2011, and U.S.
This week is National Small Business Week, described as a time to recognize and celebrate the special impact made by outstanding American entrepreneurs and small business owners, according the event's sponsor, the Small Business Administration. So it's a good time to ask the question, What's the biggest barri
For the past 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated the nation's entrepreneurs and small-business owners during its annual National Small Business Week, which kicks off today.
On stage at National Small Business Week's opening ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night, Fed Chair Janet Yellen exhorted small business owners for their crucial role in the economic recovery.