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Does Your Small Business Need a Blog?

When you first start out as a business owner, there are a seemingly infinite number of things you need to take care of. Between registration paperwork, setting up your website, hiring people and, oh yeah, trying to make some money, things can pile up pretty quickly. So, if someone comes along and says you also need to have a blog, it’s easy to dismiss them as someone just trying to make your job harder.

Well, that’s not quite true. They’re actually trying to make your business better. The reality is that as a small business, a blog can be a very valuable tool to help you connect with customers and to grow. To give you a better idea as to why you need a blog, consider the following:


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A Drunken Haze: The Problem with Mixing Booze and Pot

The Canadian government is trying to prepare the country for when it legalizes marijuana. While a regulatory framework is still in progress, the distribution of marijuana has been a highly discussed topic.

The most likely result is that the Federal government will be controlling the marijuana supply with provinces left to deal with distribution. Among the different possible distribution concepts, Ontario has been leaning heavily on the idea of distributing recreational marijuana through the LCBO.

Though it seems to be a  common choice as a distribution model for a controlled substance, there are a few  things to consider.


Questions To Ask The Experts Before Starting A Business

You’re business savvy. You work hard and you’ve made the decision to start your own business. You know you’ve got what it takes. Successful people who have gone before you would be able to give you some really good advice. Here are some questions you might want to pose to successful entrepreneurs prior to getting started.

What To Ask Before Starting A Business

Should I incorporate?

That depends on some questions you should honestly ask yourself:

  • What kind of personal tax incentives are there if I incorporate?
  • Am I thinking this will be what I want to do for the long haul?
  • Am I going to be the only owner or will I have investors and/or partners?
  • What are the business advantages of incorporating?
  • Are there any issues surrounding liabilities such as product or credit liability?
  • Incorporating costs money: Is it worth it in the long run?


A Helpful Checklist For Starting A Business

You can feel the entrepreneurial spirit coursing through your veins. You want to be your own boss, set your own hours and play by your own rules. Here are some tips that may be a starting point for you when you’re mapping out your plan to become your own boss.

Checklist For Your New Business

Come up with a business plan

Don’t try to fly by the seat of your pants when it comes to business ventures, especially your own. When sitting down to write a business plan, there are some things to take into consideration:


Is It Possible To Start A Business In Canada While On Work Permit?

Canada is a great place to live, work and play. If you’re here on a work permit and have thought about staying in the country, starting your own venture might be in the cards. However, there are some things you should know before working towards that goal. You want to make sure you’re not moving in the wrong direction.

Starting A Business In Canada While On A Work Permit

Work permits in Canada are issued for specific jobs with a specific employer for a set time. Starting your own business here while on a work permit would be breaking the law since you’d be violating the terms of your work permit.


What Are My Responsibilities To My Former Partner(s) After Leaving My Company?

For whatever reason, you’re wanting to leave the company in which you were a partner. With that you’re wondering if you have any obligation to your former partner(s). The below information will help guide you through this process.

Responsibilities To Your Former Company Partners


If you’ve actually been a director in the company, there are some things you need to know. If you were a director, you’ll have to ensure company taxes have been appropriately filed until the dissolution of the company. You can’t just leave without doing it properly. A director has to make it publicly known at a meeting where happenings are documented that he is resigning as a director. Having it in the minutes of the meeting is important. This information should also be sent to the appropriate authorities like any lending institutions, government agencies and so on.


How To Register A Marijuana Dispensary

Marijuana dispensaries are very prevalent all around Canada and particularly in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are generally for-profit businesses that sell marijuana and are distinct from both the federal government’s medical marijuana program, as well as compassion clubs, the latter of which are typically not for profit and are generally designed to meet health-based needs.

Registering A Marijuana Dispensary

Although marijuana dispensaries are technically illegal, they are tolerated in many cities, operating in the gray area of the law. In fact, there has been a sharp rise in marijuana dispensaries in Ontario due to the discussion around legalization and the fact that some provinces appear to be moving in favour of marijuana decriminalization and even legalization.


A Business Owner’s Guide To Collecting And Remitting HST In Ontario

Most business owners in Ontario will have to charge, collect and remit certain taxes. Whether or not you have to undergo this process will ultimately depend on the type of business that you have, as well as its location and structure. The tax that business owners are responsible for charging, collecting and remitting in Ontario is HST, otherwise known as harmonized sales tax.

Collecting And Remitting HST In Ontario

HST combines PST and GST into one tax. Ontario collects HST at 13%. Some goods and services are are zero-rated, which means that while HST still applies, it is applied at 0%. This includes basic groceries, prescription drugs and livestock and fishery products. Other items are exempt from HST, including child care, health (including dental services), legal aid and music lessons. Keep in mind that if your business makes less than $30,000 in a 12-month period, you will not have to register for HST. If this does not apply to you, here is a guide to collecting and remitting HST in Ontario. How to Collect HST: