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3 Easy Tax Tips for Your Small Business

Category: Accounting Taxation

If the thought of doing taxes makes you cringe, you're not alone! Here are some simple tips to help you de-stress when filing your business taxes.
1. Know what you can claim if running a home-based business
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recognizes that many small businesses operate out of their homes, and because of this, a deduction is allowable in proportion to the amount of space that is used for the business. Some expenses eligible for claim are: 

The sweetest business!

Category: Entrepreneurship Success stories

Amy’s bakery, Sugared & Spiced, started taking form 4 years ago. Her creative cookies first premiered at the Highlands Farmers’ Market, and with an overwhelmingly positive response, she furthered her passion by taking a 1 year baking certificate course at NAIT. After taking some time to get industry experience working in cafes and figuring out what direction she wanted to go in, she quit working unfulfilling part time jobs, and ventured out on her own.

Stand out with superb customer service

Category: Operations

Patrons who walk through the door of Edmonton's Corso 32 are almost inevitably assured of impeccable home-style Italian fare created by owner/chef Daniel Costa and his team. 
But it's what's not on the menu that plays an equal role in the accolades heaped on the Jasper Avenue restaurant, which has won multiple awards since opening nearly six years ago.

Fit gal gets off and running!

Category: Entrepreneurship Startup Success stories

Meagan’s fitness studio, BeFIT, began taking shape two years ago. Like most entrepreneurs, a few things inspired her to take the leap into starting her own business. She really wanted to create a place that customized training to every individual's needs. Before turning her passion into a flourishing business, she found it hard to get time off from work for important personal endeavors. Now that she owns her fitness studio, she can balance clients’ needs, her needs, and also her dog's needs!

Should you write your own website content?

Category: Business planning Marketing Startup

3 ways to know it’s time to outsource your content
Pop quiz in my best Dr. Phil voice: how’s that website workin’ for ya?
If your first inclination right now is to cringe, you’re in the right place. So many small business owners don’t feel accurately represented by what’s written on their website, and no wonder—the content is often thrown together in between meetings and core work, and it’s an afterthought in the grand scheme of a working day.

How to get the most out of crowdfunding

Category: Business planning Financing Marketing Startup

Crowdfunding is a rapidly growing movement that uses an online portal for entrepreneurs to attract money, insights, and marketing for their business from a local or global crowd. According to Forbes, the crowdfunding industry is on track to account for more funding than venture capital this year. Check out these tips on how crowdfunding can work for you:

A newcomer shares his passion for design

Category: Entrepreneurship Startup Success stories

Davide’s entrepreneurial journey began a few years ago when he moved to Canada from Italy. Upon immigrating to Canada, he discovered that opportunities in his field of industrial design were limited to construction and oil and gas. After a year of searching for more diverse opportunities to no avail, he decided to create his own dream job, and launched his own startup, MatteRealize.

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