Year of the Entrepreneur: Better informed?

January 3, 2012 - TAGS: Entrepreneurship

During 2011, the Year of the Entrepreneur, we were able to provide you with a wide variety of blogs on items of interest to the small business world. In response, you voiced your opinions and concerns as entrepreneurs and employers. Topics that affected you ranged from information on filing Records of Employment for your employees to ideas on how holding exit interviews could help improve your hiring processes.

Through our blog we shared events geared towards helping you grow your business. Of interest were seminars and webinars that provided information on financing programs and doing business with the Government of Canada, as well as posts on creating a business plan and other topics that could help you achieve growth. This year, we will continue to offer information on ways to expand your business and how to overcome associated challenges.

Posts on new legislation and regulations to help you manage your business were well-received, as were tips on procedures such as obtaining a patent. Social media continues to be an important marketing tool for entrepreneurs, so topics like the usefulness of mobile websites also piqued your curiosity. What changes in technology will the new year bring to your small business?

Financing your business is often an ongoing project, so keep coming back for more on funding and other programs that could make a difference. Managing your finances and getting money for your business are evergreen topics that we will continue to address.

Now we face 2012, ready for all that this new year has in store for Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs. We would like to thank the many guest bloggers who shared their insights with us during the course of the past twelve months on a range of timely and practical topics. We also value the comments many of you have left on our blog.

May the year to come bring new ideas and opportunities to all of us.


Posted by Jean-Paul on January 9, 2012
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Posted by Guido on January 11, 2012
I'm very grateful for all the information that you have provided. However one very important item that you have either neglected ignored or buried is that oh so very much required business insurance. I have tried and failed to establish policy with any company in respect with my ventures. Is there somewhere that the Government carries info on this important aspect of business and if so would you be able to incorporate it into your knowledge base?
Posted by Canada Business Network on January 12, 2012
Hello Guido,

Our section on Insurance, especially Insurance for your small business provides information on insurance coverage that you might find useful for your business. The Insurance Bureau of Canada has further information that may be able to point you in the right direction.

Best of luck in your quest for insurance that is most suitable for your business.
Posted by Phyllis on January 19, 2012
Re: Business Licensing
I am building a web-based business. My website will connect consumers to companies via on-line marketing surveys. The consumers will complete surveys in return for coupons for products.
My questions are:
1. What type of business license do I require? I live in Alberta, however, my website will be open to all Canadians. Is there a 'Canada-wide' business license?
2. I currently work out of my home, on my computer, however, I do not have any clients coming to my home and do not conduct any business at my home - everything is done on-line. Do I still need a home based business license?
3. Is there a special license required for a web-only-based business? I consider this business to be a combination of a survey site (for the consumer) and a marketing site (for the companies posting the surveys and giving out coupons).

Thank you. I appreciate any information you can provide to me. I have been trying to figure this out for some time now and have not been able to find anyone who can give me definite answers regarding web-only business.

Posted by Canada Business Network on January 23, 2012
Hello Phyllis,

Thank you for contacting Canada Business.

Regarding the business licence for your online company, although your company will be accessible to all Canadians, you will only require a licence to operate in the municipality where you will be operating. Your municipal offices will be able to provide you with the licence. However, please check with the provincial government to determine whether or not additional unlisted regulations exist.

For the Home Occupation Permit, you will be required to get a Class 1 or Minor Category permit. This type of permit allows you to have a business phone line and computer for your business at home. This is also granted by the municipality.

There is not a special type of permit for web-based businesses, although there are rather different permits depending on the industry, the signage, location, etc. related to your business.

Please feel free to contact The Business Link if you have any further questions.

Best regards.
Posted by Paul on February 15, 2012
It's funny you mention if mobile websites are important to our business, because we are in the business of making mobile sites.

For us, the most pressing issue is how to market our services to prospective clients.
Posted by Canada Business Network on February 16, 2012
Hello Paul,

You may want to consult our Marketing and Sales section. You will find links to resources on topics such as marketing basics, advertising and promoting your brand.

For more information on starting or growing a business in Canada, contact the Canada Business service centre in your province or territory or call toll free 1-888-576-4444 (TTY 1-800-457-8466).

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