Convert your social media traffic into website visits

Here's how to find the right mix to drive traffic to your website

Convert your social media traffic into website visitsOnly 20 Fortune 500 companies engage with their customers on Facebook, while 83 per cent have a presence on Twitter. This isn’t surprising. Most Fortune 500 companies still rely on traditional marketing methods. Plus, they’re still learning how to use social media effectively. What top companies fail to realize is that their new customers are on…

A tax turnaround that punishes the risk-takers

By targeting small business owners, the federal government is undermining the very essence of economic growth

A tax turnaround that punishes the risk-takersThe federal government has proposed significant changes to the Income Tax Act that would harm small business owners. We've seen this kind of tax turnabout before and it's both ugly and unfair. Some politicians and much of the media are describing these business owners as tax cheats, and have demonized them. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation…

Imagining the worst, getting the best out of your business

The exchange rate could shift, interest rates could rise, NAFTA could be rewritten or buried. Do you have strategies to deal with such changes?

Imagining the worst, getting the best out of your businessOptimism in business is good, but business operators would do much better in the long run if they looked more closely at the down side and imagined the worst. Why would you go into business unless you were an optimist, really believing you’ll beat the odds and gain the freedom, flexibility and potential for great…

Luncheon speaker talks tax changes

The federal government's proposals, says investment adviser Colton Daniels, means business owners will have to adjust their strategies

Luncheon speaker talks tax changesKenneth Brown of The Clarion An investment adviser from Saskatoon shared his expert knowledge on the federal government’s proposed tax changes at a speaking engagement in Kindersley. Colton Daniels, who has worked as a chartered accountant, is an investment adviser for the Daniels Investment Group in Saskatoon. He spoke about potential tax changes at a…

Fed’s small business tax tweaks won’t help the middle class

The uproar across the country to Ottawa’s small business tax reforms has triggered more back-pedalling, but no good solutions

Fed’s small business tax tweaks won’t help the middle classBy Charles Lammam and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party were elected for, among other reasons, their commitment to a more prosperous economy, particularly one where the benefits flowed to the middle class. Since coming to power in 2015, there’s almost nothing the federal government has done without first couching…

Anyone can learn to sell

Some people are extraordinary salespeople. But it's not because they have an innate knack

Anyone can learn to sellHow many times have you heard someone say, "He's a born salesman"? Or, "She has a gift for sales"? Unquestionably, some people are extraordinary salespeople. But it's not because they have an innate knack, or because there is a genetic component behind the skill. It's simply because they worked hard at honing their skill. At…

Planned federal tax hikes could cripple growth

Tax reform proposals will discourage the kind of investment and risk-taking needed to expand Canada’s economy

Planned federal tax hikes could cripple growthBy Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently made an extraordinary statement that unfortunately encapsulates the federal government’s approach to economic policy. Explaining the government’s proposed changes to small business taxation to CTV, Morneau used the phrase “going after” to describe the approach to extract more taxes from incorporated “professionals…

The loudest voices against tax reform are not neutral

Almost absent in the debate about proposed Canadian changes are any voices defending the idea of tax fairness

The loudest voices against tax reform are not neutralFederal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposals for tightening tax breaks associated with private companies is generating several kinds of response on social media and in mainstream media. The most evident is an impressive deluge of evidence-free rhetoric claiming that the proposals are an attack on everything from the middle class to maternity leave for female…

Why small business is making a big deal about tax changes

The Liberals are making a huge mistake by sticking to their guns on changes to Canada's tax code and it could back to bite them

Why small business is making a big deal about tax changesDear Messrs. Trudeau and Morneau: So, small businesses. Almost 12 years ago, I started one. It was quite a thing. Before that, I’d been special assistant to Jean Chretien on Parliament Hill. I’d been a partner at a Bay Street law firm. I’d been a vice-president at a Vancouver ad agency. I’d been a reporter…

Liberals caught with their political pants down

The political narrative has suddenly shifted to how the federal Liberal government is hurting the middle class’s financial future

Liberals caught with their political pants downFederal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposal to eliminate tax loopholes for small business has been both widely discussed and heavily criticized. This isn’t surprising when you consider it could have a detrimental economic effect on everyone from doctors to farmers. But one component has been mysteriously absent from this conversation: Morneau’s plan is actually anti-egalitarian.…

Another Trudeau turns on Western Canada

Justin risks a similar fate to his father's if he also allows the radical wing of his party to undermine the economy

Another Trudeau turns on Western CanadaThe 2015 federal election campaign may be fading from our memory but we can't forget that in that pivotal campaign the Liberals painted a balanced and attractive picture of Canada's future. Led by the unproven but photogenic Justin Trudeau, the Liberals promised to be more aggressive in protecting the environment and advancing the interests of…

Tax reforms may be a turning point in Liberal political fortunes

Trudeau’s political blindness when it comes to “unfair” small business tax loopholes is staggering

Tax reforms may be a turning point in Liberal political fortunesIt all seemed perfectly reasonable: tax the low hanging fruit of "fat cat" professional corporations to fund programs for the poor. Who could object to that? Turns out plenty of people object. A Hurricane Harvey of resentment has landed in Canada and its torrent of political backlash is growing stronger by the day. The Liberal…

Tax free savings accounts: controlling your financial destiny

Too few Canadians know they can use TFSA funds to invest in ventures that could bring big gains (and cost nothing in tax)

Tax free savings accounts: controlling your financial destinyAre you are one of the six million Canadians who have opened a tax free savings account (TFSA)? Have you ever wondered about the real purpose of these accounts? You’re not alone. Millions of Canadians are unaware of the potential windfall that former finance minister Jim Flaherty handed them in 2009 when he introduced TFSAs. TSFAs were…