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2012 Personal Tax Rates

The following table shows the personal income tax rates for 2012. The feral rates applicable to all Provinces, and the provincial rates for each province and territory.  Federal Rates

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Approaching Lenders

Approaching Lenders

A prevailing belief is that there is virtually no money available for small business start-ups. Money is available but how you get that money depends on a set of strategies you have to employ.

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Seven Cost-Cutting Strategies

As the economy continues to stumble, businesses are looking for more ways to cut costs. Sure, they’ve been running lean for years, but as the recovery stalls, the pressure is growing to save even more.

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Social Networking

Boost Your Results With Social Media

Have you put your business into the world of social media? If you haven’t, there is no time like the present. Social media are no longer a set of youth oriented communication toys. Social media can have a very positive effect on your business. Social media will bring visitors back to your website on a regular basis, if you play it right.

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Managing Risk

Managing Risks

As you plan your business, it’s important to understand risk management. Risk management is all about reducing the impact of various types of circumstances that can damage your business.

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Where to Focus

Where to Focus and What to Ignore

We live in a fast paced world, and it gets faster every day. Business people are now virtually overwhelmed with incoming messages, be it email, texts or phone calls. How much should anybody be expected to absorb before reaching some kind of breaking point? The exercise really is all about what matters, what can wait and what just doesn’t matter?

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Marketing Strategies

Simple Marketing Strategies

Marketing for a small business can be expensive and it can eat into important resources. There are several simple, yet effective, marketing strategies that can work well for any small business. Staying in communication with existing clients and customers, and even prospective customers is a important first step.

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Google Analytics

Google Analytics for Small Business

Business owners have a lot of numbers to crunch on an average day and it can be challenging to wade through them all. Profit and loss statements co-exist with bank statements; tax numbers line up beside sales statistics. There’s enough to worry about already on the organizational and structural side of things without throwing in a lot of marketing numbers, but there’s one set of marketing statistics that virtually hold the keys to the castle for small business owners today: Google Analytics.

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Business Location

Evaluating A Business Location

Choosing a business location is challenging. There are many factors to consider. You have to think about clients and customers, parking and the type of competition in the area. You also have to have a good sense of the community you’re looking at.

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Personal Tax Tips

Employment – Related Personal Tax Tips Non-cash gifts and awards with a total value of $500 or less annually may not be taxable personally. Ask your employer about this option. You must pay 2011 interest on employee loans on or before January 30, 2012. Elections to defer payment of tax on stock option benefits until [...]

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Company Culture

Company Culture

Many companies have their own particular culture. It stems from several sources. However a true company culture is something that doesn’t happen overnight – it can even take several years to evolve.

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Web Developer

How to Choose a Website Developer

Are you confused about how to go about designing your website? You are not alone. Website design can be one of the most important undertakings of your business career. It only takes a few questions to narrow this down for you.

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Business Partnership

Is a Partnership The Right Move?

Taking on a partner or starting a business from scratch with a partner is a move that requires a lot of thought and plenty of due diligence. What exactly does having a partner do for you and the business? Is it simply a matter of bringing more funding in? Is is about expanded skill sets?

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Young Entrepreneurs

People Matter in Business

The most important component of any business is people. People matter. The challenge is to effectively muster the ingredients of that component to shape a truly productive force that will grow the business continually.

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Risk Management Cycle

The Real Rewards of Risk Management

It’s time to get serious about improving your business. There are many areas you can focus on to improve your business, but one of the most lasting fixes will come from getting better at managing risk.

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Buying a Business

Buying a Business

Buying a business may seem easier than starting one from the ground up, but there are things to be aware of if buying an existing business is on your agenda.

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Should You Buy the Assets or a Business?

There are many important economic, legal and tax consequences which flow from how a business acquisition is structured. When purchasing a small to medium sized business, there two general ways to structure the acquisition. The first is a share purchase and the other is an asset purchase. Here are some of the more important differences between them.

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