Calgary’s small businesses to get break from rising property tax bills

Calgary council said it would find the budgetary savings from other sources.Postmedia file photo CALGARY — Complaining loudly about crushing tax hikes appears to have paid off for owners of small businesses in Calgary after moves by city hall that will see a 10-per-cent cut in non-residential property taxes this year. Council voted unanimously during …

Down to Business podcast: Why Ottawa wants small businesses to export more

The Government of Canada offers support to help small businesses build an export plan./iStockphoto Welcome to Down to Business, a weekly podcast from the Financial Post. Our tenth episode covers Canadian small business exports. Only 12 per cent of small businesses export outside of Canada. Ottawa wants to change that. Minister of Small Business and …

Calgary’s small businesses to get break from rising property tax bills

Calgary council said it would find the budgetary savings from other sources.Postmedia file photo CALGARY — Complaining loudly about crushing tax hikes appears to have paid off for owners of small businesses in Calgary after moves by city hall that will see a 10-per-cent cut in non-residential property taxes this year. Council voted unanimously during …

Flax supergrain adds another bragging right to its arsenal of eco-friendly products

Pela Case co-founders Jeremy Lang, left, and Matt Bertulli.Postmedia file photo When Jeremy Lang started making smartphone cases out of flax straw waste instead of plastic, he coined the word flaxstic. It’s the perfect description for a plastic alternative that’s tough, compostable and recyclable. “Every piece of (petroleum-based) plastic ever made is still around. It …

Technology making property buying possible for average person

In cities like Toronto and Vancouver, real estate has become contested terrain. We’ve grown used to stories of families priced out of established neighbourhoods and beloved communities transformed into pricey playgrounds. In the process people with good jobs have been locked out of the dream of ever owning a home in the communities where they …

Innovating while female: How four women made their marks

Joelle Pineau: “By virtue of being a researcher, I’m an innovator."Laurie Devine for McGill University It’s no coincidence that women are driving some of the most innovative businesses in Canada. A recent study published in the Harvard Business Review showed that companies with the most diverse management teams generate 19 per cent higher innovation revenues …

Doug Ford gets an A- from CFIB for cutting red tape for small businesses

Doug Ford, Ontario's premierCole Burston/Bloomberg Ontario Premier Doug Ford is one of the four “red tape crusaders” to be honoured with Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses’ (CFIB) Golden Scissors Award. The award is given every year to a politician, public servant or government that eliminates unnecessary bureaucracy standing in the way of small businesses. This …

How to build your own unfair advantage against your competitors

Sachin Rekhi‏, a serial entrepreneur in Menlo Park, Calif.Handout This story opens with a scenario implausible enough for you to file it under the heading “Only in Silicon Valley.” Sachin Rehki says startup capital is now so easy to access in the Valley that too many people are launching companies. As a 34-year-old founder with …