May 31, 2010 - The Harmonized Sales Tax will go into effect in Ontario and B.C. on July 1, 2010 and will replace the separate GST and PST systems. Are you ready?

Are you ready for HST?

The Harmonized Sales Tax will go into effect in Ontario and B.C. on July 1, 2010 and will replace the separate GST and PST systems. Are you ready?

Why Gen Y prefers to patronize small businesses
For Gen Y, small is good. They feel that large corporations are slow to adapt to developing trends, they are often stuck in the past, they value profit more than people, they don’t take the same pride in their work, and they are just too common. 

When construction potholes swallow shoppers
Whether it's road resurfacing, sidewalk repairs or a sewer upgrade, public works projects can wreak havoc on local businesses.

Treat each customer the same, or reward the best?
A small business can alienate its prize customers if they are left out of the best deals, experts say. 

'Colour Your Life' a great marketing resource

Garden centre managers and retail growers now have an additional marketing program resource, courtesy of Plant Publicity Holland.
Governments are wise to promote the health benefits of vegetables. There are national campaigns, well funded by government, that press the point. So why don’t ornamental plants, that are also good for your health, attract the same attention?
Cut flower growers have taken quite a beating recently. Imports of around $130 million in 2007 (Stats Canada), mostly from South America (Colombia, Ecuador and Guatemala), Africa and to some extent the Netherlands have practically killed off all Canadian greenhouse rose and chrysanthemum production. Other species, such as gerbera and snapdragons, have somewhat taken the places of these old favourites, but it’s a struggle.
According to the Sense of Smell Institute, the average person is able to recognize about 10,000 different odours. The sense of smell is powerful; try eating your favourite food while pinching your nostrils, and see if it tastes as good.
April 9, 2010 – Children are the most natural helpers in the garden. After all, gardening gives them a great excuse to have fun in the dirt. But more importantly, gardening is a great way to educate children about the importance of keeping green and saving the environment.
March 30, 2010 – I'm a flowers guy on Valentine's Day, and have been for a long time. (If I've been particularly lax in helping out about the house or remembering special occasions – birthdays, anniversaries, licence plate renewals, etc. – I'll throw in a box of chocolates; sometimes I'll throw in the chocolates as a pre-emptive measure against future lapses.)

The market for common scents
I'm a flowers guy on Valentine's Day, and have been for a long time. This year, I selected a potted heather plant as my gift to my wife. It was big and fragrant, and fragrance is key.

Stay-at-home moms found garden parties

Two U.S. moms are cultivating a totally new way to shop for garden tools, gifts and accessories.

Vineland studying consumer buying habits
With major support from OMAFRA’s New Directions Research Program, Dr. Isabelle Lesschaeve, a globally recognized researcher in consumer insights and product innovation at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, is leading a study on consumer response to local, sustainable and organic food claims.

Cellphone apps feature
garden themes

As smartphones keep getting faster, smaller and loaded with more features, there's something in it for gardeners: more than a hundred software programs, or applications.
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