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Laurie Bissonette

Is a loss all bad?

Is a loss all bad?

While no business owner likes to see his or her business generate losses of any kind, a loss could potentially have a silver lining for tax purposes.
Taking advantage of federal budget measures

Taking advantage of federal budget measures

Many expected that this year’s federal budget — the last before the fall election — would contain some additional tax breaks and incentives for Canadians.
Exemption can help when selling business

Exemption can help when selling business

If you plan to sell the shares of your business in the near future, don’t forget to take advantage of the lifetime capital gains exemption — it could save you and your family members up to $200,000 in tax each, depending on your province and when the
Wow clients with service, not gimmicks

Wow clients with service, not gimmicks

All businesses want to grow—that is the nature of business. However, focusing all your attention on acquiring new customers may not always be the best strategy. Recent research in the U.K.
Big changes in estates — are you ready?

Big changes in estates — are you ready?

If you have a will or are a beneficiary of a will, you may be concerned about changes announced in the 2014 federal budget to limit some of the tax savings realized by certain estates.
Canadian entrepreneurship: a “change of face”

Canadian entrepreneurship: a “change of face”

A growing number of Canadian women are leaving the traditional workforce to join the emerging trend of female home-based entrepreneurs. Statistics Canada reports an increase in self-employed women of over 20 per cent since 2002.
Manufacturing focus shifts to on-shore

Manufacturing focus shifts to on-shore

For the past eight years, manufacturers in Canada have been fighting an uphill battle. From the downturn of the U.S.
Manage your employees to achieve better business results

Manage your employees to achieve better business results

When you’re a business owner, you have to work harder to retain top people. The world isn’t getting any smaller and the workforce is becoming more mobile.
Value of your business

Value of your business

Although you may be earning a good living from your business and a satisfactory mix of salary and dividends, it’s worth pausing to take stock in the growth in your business.
SR&ED Program changes for 2014 – mind your Ps and Qs

SR&ED Program changes for 2014 – mind your Ps and Qs

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development program (or SR&ED for short) has been around for decades and provides billions of dollars annually as an incentive for companies to perform qualifying research.