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Archives for: 2010


Categories: Web Resources

Ask a Professional

Take advantage of this FREE service from the Business Development Bank of Canada to ask a professional for advice on a monthly business topic. Questions and answers are posted online at the end of each month.

This month's topic: Year-ends and how to prepare strategic plan.

Click here for more information and to get started!


Categories: Funding

Do you need money?

Canada Business offers many grants and other forms of financial assistance for businesses - some meant specifically for the Saskatchewan community. Click here to get started!

Here's an idea of what's out there:

Saskatchewan Agri-Value Initiative
Up to $50,000 of funding may be available for you to establish or grow your agri-business.

Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation

Do you own a designated municipal or provincial heritage property in Saskatchewan? You could be eligible for matching restoration dollars.

Self-Employment Program
Are you currently unemployed and interested in starting your own business? The Self-Employment Program can help by providing training and support.


Categories: Web Resources

Tips for Business Writing

Check out these 10 tips for effective business writing from the Business Development Bank of Canada.


Categories: Web Resources


Sprouter is a social networking site that brings entrepreneurs from around the world together.

"By answering the question 'What are you working on?' in 140 characters or less entrepreneurs can discover and join events in their local areas, start discussions and follow topics of relevance to their business".

Check it out! Sprouter

Here's a recent article from the Globe and Mail's Report on Business about Sprouter and its CEO. Read it!


Categories: Web Resources

Management Tip of the Day

Keep up with the Harvard Business Review's online management tip of the day on twitter or through an RSS feed!


Categories: Funding

Your Vehicle and Your Tax Dollars

In this web document, Revenue Canada explains the importance of keeping track of vehicle use in your business. Proper documentation will pay off during tax time!

Important points to keep in mind:

-Only expenses relating to business travel or commercial activity are eligible for a business deduction and tax credits.

-Keep an accurate logbook of business travel for the entire year showing each business trip. Include the destination, reason for the trip, and distance covered.

Click here for more information.


Categories: Stay Connected

Keeping Up with the Business Blog

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What is that?
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Categories: Funding

HRSDC Opens EI Special Benefits to the Self-Employed

In a press release issued just before Christmas, the federal government announced that Royal Assent has been given to the Fairness for the Self-Employed Act. This is legislation that the cultural sector has been pressing for, for many years. Self-employed Canadians will be able to voluntarily opt into the EI program effective January 31, 2010, in order to take advantage of the EI special benefits. Self employed Canadians who choose to take advantage of EI special benefits will be required to opt into the program at least one year prior to claiming benefits, and will be responsible for making premium payments for the tax year in which they apply to the program.

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