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3 Time Management Tips for Canada - US Business Travel
I don’t know about you, but I would be happy spending my time pretty much anywhere other than waiting at an airport for a delayed flight or standing in long line-ups during my business travel. Even worse, is not being able to anticipate these...

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travel expense trends
Is the Lack of Technology Holding Back Your Small Business?
In terms of small business management, it’s time to start thinking like the big guys. Big companies know the power of technology and have been reaping the rewards for years, especially when it comes to technologies like business automation...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Canadian SMB Owners Celebrate Entrepreneurial Spirit During Small Business Week
The ‘S’ in SMB may stand for small, but I won’t be the first to tell you that Canadian SMB owners are also strong, successful and social. For the past 34 years, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has organized Small Business Week, an...

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Small Business
Top Canadian tax questions
As we explore in this blog post, Canada’s value-added tax system, including the GST, HST and QST, is extremely complex and the risks to businesses that get it wrong are substantial, with mistakes costing significant money. To help guide you...

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Small Business
Ticket to ride? Driving Vancouver’s decision
For more than a year now, the city of Vancouver, B.C. has been wrestling with how to modernize its taxi service, and what to do about Uber, the digital ridesharing service that wants to compete there. With Uber, a passenger uses a smartphone app...

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small business
The next one - Edmonton Oilers
“Oh, the good old hockey game, is the best game you can name, and the best game you can name, is the good old hockey game…” – Stompin’ Tom Connors: The Hockey Song The annual return of NHL hockey is always exciting for Canadians, but this year,...

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Small Business
Canada business travel – competition heats up
…and a lot of the travel will be between Canada and the UK, with at least five airlines soon to be competing hard for passengers on routes to London and other cities in Britain. This coming spring will be hot… …and travellers between Canada and...

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Small Business
Small business in Canada – 5 surprising facts
Recently CBC published some surprising stats about small business in Canada – information that shows just how big a footprint small business can have. In case you missed it, we thought you’d like to check out some of the points we found most...

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Small Business
A big summer for sports for Canada and Concur
Maybe “big” doesn’t even cover it – it has been a breathtaking summer under the Maple Leaf for sporting events and Concur is right in the midst of it. Jason Day wins the Open Jason Day, whom Concur sponsors, is prominently featured on the PGA tour...

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small business
When will the parachute open? Canada’s falling loonie.
The loonie’s recent dive may be only the beginning, according to money experts. The Canadian dollar in your pocket is worth a lot less, and that’s just the most obvious component of triple trouble for the Canadian economy:  the dollar, oil, and...

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Small Business
Canada climbs into the cloud
Catching up fast Compared to other industrialized countries, Canada has approached cloud computing slowly and with great caution. But as major players construct data centres here, Canadians are catching up fast. In case a definition is useful, IBM...

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travel expense trends
End Canada’s small business tax break? One for the voters.
It’s become an issue in Canada’s national election - even as the parties talk tax breaks for small business - some are also saying the small business tax breaks as they stand now need to end. Touchy subjectLiberal party leader Justin Trudeau took...

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Small Business
Billy Bishop expansion – dead or just sleeping?
On November 27th, Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau confirmed he is rejecting a request to expand Toronto’s Billy Bishop Toronto City airport to accommodate jets, fulfilling a Liberal Party campaign promise. But PortsToronto and the city...

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Small Business
Toronto’s ecstatic as Blue Jays advance
As the last week of Major League Baseball’s regular season begins, The Toronto Blue Jays have clinched at least a Wild Card spot – their first playoff appearance since 1993. By the end of the week, they may be the AL East champions. Fans and local...

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small business
Canada’s national election: what business is watching
Experts say Canada’s national election on October 19th will be a watershed, whoever wins.Three parties and their leaders are competing, each with a different vision. All will have an effect on how Canadians do business. Like no otherIn a...

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small business
It’s THE ONE – Canada’s financial powerhouse
Canada’s economic challenges right now mean it’s never been more important to get the money right, and North America’s top finance professionals are about to convene in Toronto to talk about the best ways to do that. Because all of that’s...

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business travel
Bringing home the bacon – travel earns big for Canada
Even as the Canadian economy and dollar have been slipping, travel, both for business and pleasure, is a bright spot. All over the news, you see evidence that travellers are pumping billions into the Canadian economy. Taking care of business...

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small business
Manage Canadian business taxes effortlessly
Complex and riskyCanada’s system of Value-added-taxes - including the Goods and Services Tax, or GST, the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), and the Quebec Sales Tax (QST) - is complicated and poses risks for businesses. But there is a way to make it...

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small business
Tolerance, prosperity, Canada
As the Canadian government wrestles with the challenge of bringing in as many as 25 thousand Syrian refugees, recent rankings name Canada the world’s most tolerant society, and suggest its openness to immigrants and ethnic minorities may be very...

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Business Travel
Canada Grand Prix – the year of youth?
The future is knocking at the Canadian Grand Prix this year, with two Canadians under 21 in the paddock, and 18 year old Max Verstappen arriving in Montreal as the youngest Grand Prix winner ever. The young Canadians It’s been a decade since a...

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Innovation
CEOs call: Commit to clean energy, Canada
Clean Technology CEOs in BC insist that Canada is falling behind in the race to clean energy – they’re asking the government for nearly 3 billion dollars in cash and guarantees – plus tax credits to level the playing field with petroleum. The wins...

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Products in Action
The bendiest smartphone ever – the end of the shattered screen?
A Canadian university team has developed a flexible smartphone – but will buyers and users answer the call? Created by the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario – the prototype ReFlex phone is more flexible than any other...

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Big game, big business – the 2016 NBA all-star extravaganza
Toronto carries its sports business momentum into 2016 as it hosts the NBA All-Star game - the first ever held outside of the U.S. While it’s definitely a huge game, with a roster of marquee players both East and West, it’s also big business, and...

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small business
Canada’s entrepreneurs: optimism in tough times
Though Canada’s economy right now is challenging, to say the least, a recent study says small business owners are feeling good about their own situations, as the nation looks for paths to a more prosperous future. Why? Read on! No shortage of bad...

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innovation
Gold plated deal or troubling trade treaty?
The Trudeau government says Canada’s largest trade deal since NAFTA is “gold plated” and good for Canada. It’s on track to go into effect later this year – but critics say it may do more harm than good.Where it stands nowCanadian government...

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Get ready for Fusion Toronto!
Thursday, September 22nd is coming! At Concur Canada, this date is at the forefront of our minds for good reason. We’re excited to announce our annual conference, Fusion Exchange Toronto, will be returning in 29 days and counting… You’re invited…...

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Travel & Expense Trends
How Technology Can Prevent Fraud and Save Businesses Money
If you have employees, then you have occupational fraud, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. In their new global report, they estimate a $7.1B loss per year, based on 2,690 cases analyzed. They estimate the average...

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