Though we don’t strive to be overly political or partisan here at the Merchant Advance blog, we would be remiss not to comment on the (seemingly interminable) run toward the next Canadian federal election, to be held in mid-October. In a landscape of changing economic conditions both domestically and internationally, Canadian small businesses and their owners are a […]
In a decision whose outcome has been highly anticipated in recent weeks, the Bank of Canada announced a cut to its interest rate, lowering the rate by 25 basis points to 0.5%. The news has prompted significant discussion among Canadian economic and political experts, who are analyzing the cut in terms of a variety of […]
One of the few requirements that we look for in a business that is seeking to apply for a Merchant Advance is that they process debit and credit payments from their customers. This goes a long way to helping support the sustainable, non-disruptive repayment of your advance, however there is another reason to support the idea that […]
At the blog, we often discuss the challenges that face small businesses in the retail sector as well as other traditional “brick and mortar” business models. However, we haven’t mentioned one of the most important Canadian business sectors – one for whom locality and the gap between small and big business approaches has created significant need […]
In this week’s look at Canadian economic events and trends, the Merchant Advance Capital blog examines one of the major themes making waves in Canadian economic forecasts: the sharply declining price of oil. Aside from its direct impact on the vast energy sector, the effect of oil prices on small businesses is not to be […]
Credit card processing is a very important part of the business model common to just about every Merchant Advance client. Yesterday, Canadian Finance Minister the Hon. Joe Oliver announced that two of the world’s largest credit card providers have made important reductions to their interchange or “swiping” fees that could benefit both small businesses and their […]
Canadian small business owners are the focus of new legislation that could change the way many people plan and save for their retirement. A recent survey by CFIB recognizes that most small business owners will likely work long past the age at which their counterparts in the public service will retire. Only eight per cent […]
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