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  • Marketing, advertising and sales regulations - Canada Business Network
    service If you weigh or measure products that you sell you need to ensure that you are using approved equipment and that your measuring devices are accurate Measurement It s your business to get it right Find out how to ensure that the equipment you use to weigh and measure your products is working correctly according to regulations Price related representations Learn how to price your product according to the provisions of the Competition Act AccessON Applies only to Ontario Find out what you need to do under Ontario accessibility laws to make your business or workplace accessible for people with disabilities Internet Sales Contract Regulation Applies only to Alberta Learn about your obligations to consumers if you sell goods or services online valued at more than 50 in Alberta Some businesses may be exempt Gift card regulations in Nova Scotia Applies only to Nova Scotia Learn about regulations for gift card expiry dates and what rules apply when issuing the cards in Nova Scotia Consumer rights in Nova Scotia Applies only to Nova Scotia Find out what your legal obligations are to your customers and how consumer rights can affect your business operations Consumer Services Applies only to Prince Edward Island Learn about the consumer protection measures in Prince Edward Island that could affect your sales and promotions activities Consumer affairs Newfoundland and Labrador Applies only to Newfoundland and Labrador Learn about your consumer protection obligations and how consumer rights can affect your business operations Consumer protection Applies only to Manitoba As a business owner in Manitoba learn more about legislation that protects businesses and consumers alike Consumer Protection and Business Practices Act Applies only to Saskatchewan Learn about your consumer protection obligations as a seller including unfair practices warranties gift cards and more Consumer Protection BC Applies only to British Columbia You can get detailed information on how to comply with the Consumer Protection Legislation including regulated activities and licence requirements Specific duty on new tires Applies only to Québec Do you sell or lease new tires in Quebec Find all the information you need to meet your obligations An Act respecting hours and days of admission to commercial establishments in French only Applies only to Québec Do you operate a retail business If so find out what steps you need to take to be in compliance with this Act Banned and restricted products There are some products that you cannot sell in Canada In addition there are other products that have specific Restrictions with regards to banned or dangerous ingredients Mandatory safety requirements Voluntary standards Required licences or product approvals If you are manufacturing importing or selling these products you must be aware of the related regulations standards and guidelines For Industry Canada Consumer Product Safety Act If you manufacture import distribute or sell products find out what you need to do to ensure that your products are safe Selling tobacco Tobacco access regulation The regulations outline to whom you can sell tobacco and where signs can

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  • Developing your website - Canada Business Network
    the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and municipal governments Selling to foreign governments Government procurement glossary of terms Considering bankruptcy Government grants and financing Social enterprises and non profits Government More You are here Home Managing Developing your website Developing your website Filter by Region Region Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon and or Business type Your customers want the convenience of finding businesses online If you don t already have one you may want to consider adding a website to your marketing plan especially if your competitors have them Even if you don t plan to sell your products online having a website can be an inexpensive and effective way of advertising your business It allows customers to find your business quickly and to compare your products and services to those offered by your competitors The following information may help you develop your website On this page Getting connected For your business to make the most of the Internet you need to start with a basic understanding of the different technologies that make it all work It might be a progressive learning curve starting with getting your computer connected to the Internet by finding an Internet Service Provider ISP What access speed do you require Remember generally the faster the speed is the higher the cost involved Choosing an Internet service provider An Internet service provider is a company that provides access to the Internet Learn how to choose the right one for your business Domain name registration Before you set up your website you need to register your domain name Also called a URL it is the address that visitors type in to locate a website You can register the domain name directly through an Internet Service Provider or through a domain registration company Domain names Are you creating a website for your business Learn how to choose and register a good domain name Website design A basic business website is becoming a standard expectation from the buying public Your site also provides quick easy access to your target audiences When you design a website it s best to start small and expand as your business grows Plan the website and decide what content should be on it Put a team in place to develop and manage the website Plan the information flow and structure Develop the user interface Learn more about the website development process Website development process Find out what steps you can take to ensure your website is developed to best represent your business Enhancing your online presence Make the most of your online presence by ensuring that your website is working effectively for your business Learn how using the right tools can lead to more visitors for your website after all an active online presence is to the benefit of your business Website visibility Choosing the right meta tags Get tips to help you improve the way your

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  • Using technology in your daily operations - Canada Business Network
    communicate and collaborate more easily It can also allow managers to streamline certain operations thus minimizing the number of physical meetings required and increasing the speed of development and consistency of information An extranet is an extension of your intranet that you make available to users outside of your business like partners vendors and suppliers or other organizations that you might be collaborating with Human resources management ICT can improve your HR management at both the strategic and operational levels It s not just about technology but about giving added value The technology can increase efficiency when it comes to the different types of records that need to be kept Personnel records Benefits Schedules Compensation Training Skills Technology applications can also help with recruiting and with longer term personnel planning employee development knowledge management retention strategies and succession planning Implementing tools for human resources administration Learn how to save time and money by using online tools and technologies that can make managing your human resources procedures more efficient Customer relationship management There are a number of CRM systems you can use to help you manage your interactions with current and future customers The technologies have become more accessible and cost effective in recent years some are web based and require no purchase of software You can keep track of sales trends promotions anything that relates to creating a better experience for your customer which means better business for you What is customer relationship management In today s competitive market it is vital for you to manage your relationships with your customers systematically efficiently and profitably Free to low cost technology applications Discover how using information and communications technology products can increase your sales and productivity Find free and low cost options Electronic commerce There are many business applications related to e commerce from setting up your online storefront to managing your supply chain to marketing your products and services These technologies fall into three main categories Business to business B2B Business to customer B2C Internet marketing Business to business Using the Internet for B2B transactions holds the greatest potential for many small businesses There are two distinct aspects to this model that separate it from the more familiar business to customer e tailing model Flexibility in pricing Transactions between businesses often require variability in the pricing of products between purchasers Cooperation of business systems Businesses involved in B2B e commerce allow their internal systems to work together to share information and interactions resulting in less human intervention The result is increased productivity and greater savings How can you benefit from B2B e commerce Purchasing indirect supplies Look for catalogue based websites offered by suppliers for corporate purchases similar to business to customer websites for purchasing indirect supplies such as office furniture pens paper and general office equipment Purchasing direct materials Establish a relationship with a vendor that supports e procurement of direct materials to reduce costs Selling products or services to new vendors Join in an e marketplace to open

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  • Growing - Canada Business Network
    Day to day operations Managing your finances Operations planning Protecting your business Benchmarking Supply chain management Management leadership Organizational design Environment and business Exiting your business Employees Hiring employees Keeping employee records Teleworkers Managing employees during tough times Implementing tools for human resources administration Training E business security privacy and legal requirements Marketing and sales Marketing basics Promoting and advertising your business Sales and customer relationship management Selling to governments Marketing advertising and sales regulations Developing your website Using technology in your daily operations Social enterprises and non profits Managing More Growing Planning for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and municipal governments Selling to foreign governments Government procurement glossary of terms Considering bankruptcy Government grants and financing Social enterprises and non profits Government More You are here Home Growing Growing Filter by Region Region Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario

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  • Planning for business growth - Canada Business Network
    technology in your daily operations Social enterprises and non profits Managing More Growing Planning for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and municipal governments Selling to foreign governments Government procurement glossary of terms Considering bankruptcy Government grants and financing Social enterprises and non profits Government More You are here Home Growing Planning for business growth Planning for business growth Filter by Region Region Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon and or Business type You ve decided it s time to expand but there s plenty to consider before you begin These resources can help you make sound decisions that work for your business Things to consider before expanding your business What changes can you expect as a result of business expansion Find out what s in store for you and your business Identify opportunities arising

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  • Things to consider before expanding your business - Canada Business Network
    privacy and legal requirements Marketing and sales Marketing basics Promoting and advertising your business Sales and customer relationship management Selling to governments Marketing advertising and sales regulations Developing your website Using technology in your daily operations Social enterprises and non profits Managing More Growing Planning for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and municipal governments Selling to foreign governments Government procurement glossary of terms Considering bankruptcy Government grants and financing Social enterprises and non profits Government More You are here Home Growing Planning for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Things to consider before expanding your business Filter by Region Region Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon and or Business type Expanding your business usually involves dedication and hard work Before moving ahead consider whether you and your team are fully committed to making the effort and if your operation is ready to support growth before investing your time and money Whether your business is large or small there are several personal and operational issues to consider Personal considerations Evaluate your motivations for expanding your business and the impact it could have on your personal and family life before going ahead Are you ready to devote more time to the business if needed Does your family understand your need to commit more time to the business Will you need to invest some personal financial resources Does expansion fit into your short and long term business objectives Is the return on investment worth your time and effort Will you still enjoy running the business Are you willing to take the risk Do you have the right skills and abilities to manage growth If not where will you get them If your business is home based Will additional traffic to your home affect your privacy or that of your family Could it disrupt your neighbours Some municipalities establish rules for residential areas so be sure to check ahead Operational considerations Your current operations should be relatively stable before you consider expanding your business Research

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  • Identify opportunities arising from your current business - Canada Business Network
    business security privacy and legal requirements Marketing and sales Marketing basics Promoting and advertising your business Sales and customer relationship management Selling to governments Marketing advertising and sales regulations Developing your website Using technology in your daily operations Social enterprises and non profits Managing More Growing Planning for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and municipal governments Selling to foreign governments Government procurement glossary of terms Considering bankruptcy Government grants and financing Social enterprises and non profits Government More You are here Home Growing Planning for business growth Identify opportunities arising from your current business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Filter by Region Region Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon and or Business type You can uncover business opportunities by analyzing your current business operations Taking stock of your strengths and weaknesses can help you discover areas where you could be more efficient and identify redundancies Following through on these results can go a long way in contributing to your bottom line Identify any human physical or other operating assets that you currently underuse These could be Land space equipment or facilities Products Systems Cash or credit Licences trademarks patents and other intellectual property Skills knowledge and experience Contacts Reputation Market position Methods of distribution Locations Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your business and try to determine the cause of certain outcomes Consider Where your operation excels falls short Where your operation is innovative non productive Product lines or service offerings that are under performing Compliments criticisms made by customers or others Weaknesses in your business where competing firms are stronger If you find it difficult to remain objective consider calling on external consultants to help you review your strengths and weaknesses Design strategies to improve your strengths reduce weaknesses or turn weaknesses into strengths A thorough examination can help you answer some key questions What strengths can you use as a basis for expansion Can weaknesses be corrected or turned into strengths What new opportunities can be identified after considering current

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  • Ways to grow your business - Canada Business Network
    basics Promoting and advertising your business Sales and customer relationship management Selling to governments Marketing advertising and sales regulations Developing your website Using technology in your daily operations Social enterprises and non profits Managing More Growing Planning for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and municipal governments Selling to foreign governments Government procurement glossary of terms Considering bankruptcy Government grants and financing Social enterprises and non profits Government More You are here Home Growing Planning for business growth Ways to grow your business Ways to grow your business Filter by Region Region Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon and or Business type If growing is one of your business objectives identify activities that maximize the return on your investments and take time to plan your implementation strategy Focus on the kind of growth you can

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