Shop Small Biz on Black Friday!

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The Interac #yourchoicematters campaign

Recently we partnered with Toronto CFIB member Patrick McMurray to discuss why Interac Debit is the preferred method of payment at his Toronto pub, The Ceili Cottage.

The #yourchoicematters campaign is a conversation we want to have with Canadians about the impact their payment choices make to the small businesses they love and frequent.  Most people do not know, for example, that on a $100 purchase, based on current rates, a merchant pays between $1.50 and $3.00 for the interchange alone on a credit card transaction, but only a flat fee of pennies for an Interac Debit transaction.

Watch Patrick and pub manager Eoghan talk about their own experience:

We’re talking about this on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Join our efforts by sharing the #yourchoicematters content with your own networks!

Are you a small business owner? Is Interac Debit your preferred payment acceptance method? We’re always on the lookout for testimonials to feature on our social channels. Email me at and tell me your story. Let’s keep this conversation going.

Jennifer McKay
Senior Manager, Digital Communications
Interac Association │ Acxsys Corporation

Featured Small Biz – Red Wind Studio

Red Wind Studio

Red Wind Studio creates unique and one of a kind furniture and home décor items from reclaimed furniture and repurposed items. They make the ordinary extraordinary. Red Wind Studio is the creation of one woman searching for her dream job and now it has been found.

Red Wind Studio supports other Canadian businesses. The paints they use and retail are made in Canada along with some home décor and accessory items they carry. The ability to provide custom or unique furniture or give a person the ability to create it themselves makes this business great.

Red Wind Studio

Tracey Doogan-Benoit, owner of Red Wind Studio

Red Wind Studio is located at 410 Cumberland St. in Cornwall which is situated in Eastern Ontario along the beautiful St. Lawrence Sea Way.  If you are in the area drop by. You can also check out  Red Wind Studio’s profile  on the Shop Small Biz website.

Kent McDougall is Red Wind Studio’s CFIB representative. If you would like more information about CFIB or being profiled on the Shop Small Biz blog and you’re in the Cornwall or surrounding area, please contact Kent at If you are a small business owner please join us on Canada’s only exclusive small business directory, listings are completely FREE! If you aren’t in the Cornwall area, please check out online.



11.11.11 – Lest We Forget…

Remembrance Day Canada


If you would like to watch a CTV News live stream video of the  Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa, please click the link. CTV News also offers a map of Remembrance Day ceremonies across Canada .

You can see pictures of Canadian War Memorials around the globe in Lisa Jackson’s article Canadian War Memorials Across the World.

Featured Small Biz – APEX Indoor Cycling

APEX Indoor Cycling logoAPEX Indoor Cycling  is Kingston’s first and only exclusive indoor cycling studio. Take one of their 26-45 minute interval-based cycling classes for an exhilarating, fun, calorie burning workout. Their certified indoor cycling instructors will pace you through ever changing cardio routines to the sounds and beats from a wide variety of music genres.

APEX Indoor Cycling

Jeff Farmer, owner APEX Indoor Cycling

APEX’s Indoor Cycling  offers an inviting and non-intimidating studio atmosphere where people can feel comfortable while they experience one of the most rewarding cardio challenges in the fitness world today. If you are in the area drop by. You can also check out  APEX Indoor Cycling’s profile  on the Shop Small Biz website.

Matthew Couture is APEX Indoor Cycling’s  CFIB representative. If you would like more information about CFIB or being profiled on the Shop Small Biz blog and you’re in the Kingston and surrounding area, please contact CFIB Matthew Couture at If you aren’t in the Kingston and surrounding area, please check out online or visit the Shop Small Biz directory, Canada’s only online directory that’s exclusive to small business and completely free to list.