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CFIB gives budget a "B" grade
Mar. 30, 2012, Ottawa — The 2012 federal budget had some positive news for small business, with major progress on eight of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business' (CFIB) top 12 priorities for 2012.
Van Beek's celebrates 50 years
Mar. 30, 2012, Oakville, ON — What started as a small family business focused on topsoil delivery has blossomed into a growing garden centre with locations in Oakville and Mississauga, Ont.
Ottawa scraps the penny
Mar. 30, 2012, Ottawa — Canada is scrapping the penny, ending production of a coin that weighs down consumers' pockets while adding little to their purchasing power, The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
The psychology of pricing
Mar. 30, 2012, United States — The decision to include a dollar sign symbol - or not - when marking the price of goods in your shop can have a big impact on how consumers perceive cost. | READ MORE
Gearing up for the Successful Gardening Show
Mar. 29, 2012, Mississauga, ON — Enter into a garden fairy tale at this year's International Home & Garden Show and Successful Gardening Show.
Novik expanding stone product line
Mar. 29, 2012, Quebec City — Novik Inc. is expanding its Novistone product line with the launch of a new premium series of stone products.
The mobile tipping point
Mar. 29, 2012, Canada — With the rise of smartphones and tablets that do everything from e-mail to web browsing, fewer people will use traditional laptops and desktop computers. The Globe and Mail reports on what this shift means for small businesses. | READ MORE
Digital payments could be big boost for economy
Mar. 28, 2012, Ottawa — Canada's economy could get an annual $32-billion boost with a more determined shift to digital payments technology, according to a new report from the Task Force for Payments System Review. | READ MORE
Consumer confidence rising but still fragile
Mar. 27, 2012, Ottawa — The Conference Board of Canada says consumer confidence continued to rise in March, its third consecutive month of gains. | READ MORE
Weather plays havoc with retailers' plans
Mar. 27, 2012, Canada — Retailers are at war with the weather. Already reeling from the winter that wasn't, many stores in Canada now find themselves struggling to match their inventory to the spring that came too soon. | READ MORE