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Financing Small Business in the Americas

Recent research by the World Bank confirms that small businesses are the largest provider of jobs in developing countries but inadequate access to finance is one of the biggest obstacles to small business growth. In Canada and the United States, small businesses use many different sorts of collateral – equipment, inventories, accounts receivable – as security […]

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Regulatory Co-operation: What’s In, What’s Out, What’s Next

Until the President and Prime Minister announced plans for closer regulatory co-operation last February, only a few policy wonks from the arcane world of trade technical barriers knew much about it. Now, that reg co-op has become a fast-growing bilateral economic initiative, businesses are wondering how they can benefit.  The Canada-United States Regulatory Co-operation Council […]

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CFIB report on small business and cross-border trade

According to the report, Border Barriers: SMEs’ experience with cross-border trade,  released by the Canadian Federation for Independent Business, the number one obstacle in cross-border trade for smaller companies on both sides of the border relates to the complexity of the process and its related paperwork. The common thread in the problems faced by small business is […]

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Border Challenges for Small Business

At the Great Lakes Summit hosted by the Mowat Centre and Brookings Institution talking about strategies for regional cooperation for shared development and growth today.  My key focus is on small business (SME) border challenges. More employment growth is generated through SMEs than largercompanies Most Canadian SMEs export but most US SMEs do not.  Canada is […]

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