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Five reasons why Canadian small businesses should expand to the U.S.

There are many voices calling on Canadians to expand overseas to seize growing business opportunities in diverse global markets. In fact, Canadian exports rose 5.7 per cent in 2014, according to Economic Development Canada. All too often, we hear that Canadian businesses, including small and medium-sized enterprises should go to China or other emerging More...

Canadian expansion in Buffalo Niagara Region

Canadian expansion in Buffalo Niagara RegionThis is a guest post written by Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, an organization that provides economic development assistance to new and existing companies doing business in the eight counties of Western New York. Since our inception in 1999, BNE has worked to attract more than $3.5 billion in new business investment to the Buffalo Niagara region.  More...

Export Leverage with Canadian Government Grant Opportunities

Export Leverage with Canadian  Government Grant OpportunitiesThis is a guest post written by Mentor Works, an organization that enables small businesses to access Canadian government funding and grants. Two funding programs, CME SMART and in Ontario, Training Productivity Initiatives, both began accepting applications as of December 1st, 2014. SMART Advanced Technologies for Global Growth Replacing the More...

7 personal tax planning mistakes commonly made by Canadians doing business in the U.S.

7 personal tax planning mistakes commonly made by Canadians doing business in the U.S.If you’re doing business in the U.S., you may end up paying taxes to the IRS — or face stiff penalties. Even if you’re a Canadian citizen, working for a Canadian subsidiary or branch office, it doesn’t mean you’re in the clear in the eyes of tax officials. Indeed, it’s a common misperception that the IRS’ rules don’t apply to Canadians. More...

Doing Business with the Feds: What it takes to win a U.S. government contract

Doing Business with the Feds: What it takes to win a U.S. government contractThe U.S. federal government spends a lot of money on just about everything, so it’s an enticing market for Canadian SMEs. But it can take 18 to 24 months of solid work — and more than US$130,000 — to win a first U.S. federal government contract, says Judy Bradt, CEO of Summit Insight, which provides strategic advice and consulting to businesses. “The More...

Supplier diversity: Why women-owned businesses have a unique advantage in the U.S.

Supplier diversity: Why women-owned businesses have a unique advantage in the U.S.For small women-owned companies in Canada, doing business in the U.S. — especially with Fortune 500 companies — may seem like a pipe dream. But women here have a little-known advantage when it comes to doing business in the U.S. — and that advantage extends to doing business with those seemingly unattainable large, multinational corporations. Supplier More...

Adopt USA Food Safety & Traceability Protocols by Leveraging Government Grants

Adopt USA Food Safety & Traceability Protocols by Leveraging Government GrantsThis is a guest post written by Mentor Works, an organization that enables small businesses to access Canadian government funding and grants. filler text When it comes to food safety, citizens of developed nations like the U.S., the U.K., and Canada hold stringent, but differing standards. Over the past several decades demand for safety has driven More...

B2B Marketing – How Can Canadian Companies Compete in the US?

B2B Marketing – How Can Canadian Companies Compete in the US?Canadian SMEs expanding in the US should look at their B2B marketing strategy in terms of adjusting the audience, targets and tactics to leverage maximum traction in the American marketplace. If you asked most B2B businesses to speculate on marketing Canadian SMEs in the US, they might start spit-balling ideas about investing in a bold, attention-getting More...

Unparalleled News Feed for Canadian SMEs Expanding in the USA

Unparalleled News Feed for Canadian SMEs Expanding in the USA Expand in the USA has a specialized news feed featuring stories of Canadian SMEs pursuing their expansion strategies south of the border. The news feed is comprehensive, covering a breadth of information, including: • Media stories • Blog posts • Government agency newsletters • Briefing papers from law firms, think tanks and business More...

North Carolina: An Economic Hotspot for Canadian Business

North Carolina: An Economic Hotspot for Canadian BusinessOf all the American states with strong associations for Canadians, North Carolina probably doesn’t rank very high. Compared to Texas or Florida, it has a relatively small profile. But Canadian SMEs should take note: North Carolina is a prime location for Canadian business.    filler text Economic growth in North Carolina North Carolina More...