Welcome!

News Feed Item

CIBC Poll: Declining Canadian Dollar has Small Business Owners Worried

As some businesses react by reducing costs or raising prices, most admit they have not taken any steps to protect their business from fluctuations in the dollar

TORONTO, April 9, 2014 /CNW/ - A new CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) poll conducted by Leger finds more than one-third of small business owners are worried about the impact the falling Canadian dollar will have on their business, yet nearly 7 in 10 say they have not taken any steps to protect their business from currency fluctuations.

Key findings of the poll of small business owners are:

  • 36 per cent of small business owners say they are worried about the impact of the falling loonie on their business

  • 65 per cent say they have no plans in place to deal with changes in currency

  • Importers are the most likely business owners to be concerned about a lower Canadian dollar, with 86 per cent of this group expressing concern

  • Within major business sectors, Manufacturing companies are the most concerned about the falling dollar (53 per cent), followed by Wholesale/Retail businesses at 44 per cent

"Our poll shows that some small business owners in Canada are feeling the pinch from the falling loonie, which can impact profits and make it harder to compete in certain industries," says Shelley Swanlund, Vice President, Business Banking and Head of Small Business, CIBC. "Many small businesses have become accustomed to a strong dollar, which may explain why many have not considered steps to protect their cash flow and react to the dollar's decline."

According to the most recent report available from Industry Canada, small businesses contribute as much as 41 per cent to Canada's GDP. While a lower Canadian dollar can benefit some business sectors like exporting and tourism, the impact on small business is often overlooked, says Ms. Swanlund.

Some business owners are raising prices or cutting costs to adapt

Among those small businesses which have taken steps to deal with the impact of the recent decline in the loonie, the CIBC poll finds that the most popular actions include reduced spending (14 per cent), pricing alterations (13 per cent) and sourcing new or alternative clients or suppliers (10 per cent).

"Reducing spending or raising prices are a natural reaction to dealing with a change in cash flow, but may not be sustainable in the long run," says Ms. Swanlund. "There are steps you can take to mitigate the impact of currency fluctuations on your small business through improving your cash flow management, and evaluating your foreign exchange needs to building a plan with your advisor that reduces the impact of a falling dollar on your business."

To prepare for fluctuations in the value of the Canadian dollar, CIBC offers the following tips:

  • Have a currency plan. Small business owners should include in their business plans a strategy to manage currency fluctuations. Your bank can help - for example, CIBC small business advisors work with owners to explore options such as holding US dollar accounts and having access to capital to address fluctuations in cash flow. CIBC also offers online tools such as FX Online, a foreign exchange service for currency purchases, and free business planning tools, such as the CIBC Your Guide to Business Planning, found in the CIBC Small Business Advice Centre.

  • Monitor that plan on an ongoing basis. If Canadian dollar fluctuations could have a significant impact on your business, monitor the environment, discuss with your advisor and make adjustments based on changes in your business needs.

  • Build flexibility into your business model. Currency fluctuations and other unexpected expenses can catch small business owners off guard. Be sure your business can withstand temporary fluctuations in cash flow by having access to an emergency reserve fund, whether it is accumulated savings or a line of credit.

KEY POLL FINDINGS

Percentage of Canadian small business owners worried about the value of the Canadian dollar as it relates to their business, by region:

National         36%
Atlantic Canada        33%
Quebec         27%
Ontario         40%
Manitoba/Saskatchewan     50%
Alberta          33%
British Columbia        40%
       

Percentage of Canadian small business owners who have not taken any steps to protect their business from the fluctuations in the value of the Canadian dollar, by region:

National         65%
Atlantic Canada        90%
Quebec         78%
Ontario         56%
Manitoba/Saskatchewan     67%
Alberta          75%
British Columbia        45%
       

The poll was conducted by Leger through a Web survey from February 12 to 19, 2014 among a representative sample of 500 English- or French-speaking business owners or decision-makers in Canadian companies (not publicly traded or NGO) with 500 employees or less. The results were weighted according to region and number of employees to ensure a sample representative of the entire population under review.

CIBC Small Business Services

For more than 140 years, CIBC has been providing small business owners with the advice, services, and support they need to thrive and grow. CIBC recognizes that the business and personal finances of small business owners are often intertwined, which can present both opportunities and challenges. We believe that the best advice comes from someone who understands your needs as a business owner and as an individual.

CIBC provide small business owners with the services of a dedicated CIBC Small Business Advisor, who acts as a single point of contact for all small business owner needs. This experienced professional is committed to understanding the business and the industry in which small business owners operate, as well as their personal financial goals. CIBC business advisors work with small business owners to find integrated solutions to help them achieve their vision for their business and their life.

About CIBC

CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada, and has offices in the United States and around the world. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Media Centre on our corporate website at www.cibc.com.

SOURCE CIBC

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
In his session at Cloud Expo, Robert Cohen, an economist and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute, will provide economic scenarios that describe how the rapid adoption of software-defined everything including cloud services, SDDC and open networking will change GDP, industry growth, productivity and jobs. This session will also include a drill down for several industries such as finance, social media, cloud service providers and pharmaceuticals.
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real results. Am...
The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportuni...
"We host and fully manage cloud data services, whether we store, the data, move the data, or run analytics on the data," stated Kamal Shannak, Senior Development Manager, Cloud Data Services, IBM, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
With the proliferation of both SQL and NoSQL databases, organizations can now target specific fit-for-purpose database tools for their different application needs regarding scalability, ease of use, ACID support, etc. Platform as a Service offerings make this even easier now, enabling developers to roll out their own database infrastructure in minutes with minimal management overhead. However, this same amount of flexibility also comes with the challenges of picking the right tool, on the right ...
IoT is rapidly changing the way enterprises are using data to improve business decision-making. In order to derive business value, organizations must unlock insights from the data gathered and then act on these. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, and Peter Shashkin, Head of Development Department at EastBanc Technologies, discussed how one organization leveraged IoT, cloud technology and data analysis to improve customer experiences and effi...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develo...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MangoApps provides modern company intranets and team collaboration software, allowing workers to stay connected and productive from anywhere in the world and from any device.
The IETF draft standard for M2M certificates is a security solution specifically designed for the demanding needs of IoT/M2M applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Brian Romansky, VP of Strategic Technology at TrustPoint Innovation, explained how M2M certificates can efficiently enable confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity on highly constrained devices.
“delaPlex Software provides software outsourcing services. We have a hybrid model where we have onshore developers and project managers that we can place anywhere in the U.S. or in Europe,” explained Manish Sachdeva, CEO at delaPlex Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Predictive analytics tools monitor, report, and troubleshoot in order to make proactive decisions about the health, performance, and utilization of storage. Most enterprises combine cloud and on-premise storage, resulting in blended environments of physical, virtual, cloud, and other platforms, which justifies more sophisticated storage analytics. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Peter McCallum, Vice President of Datacenter Solutions at FalconStor, discussed using predictive analytics to mon...
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor – all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organization...
The IoT is changing the way enterprises conduct business. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, discussed how businesses can gain an edge over competitors by empowering consumers to take control through IoT. He cited examples such as a Washington, D.C.-based sports club that leveraged IoT and the cloud to develop a comprehensive booking system. He also highlighted how IoT can revitalize and restore outdated business models, making them profitable ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Isomorphic Software will exhibit at DevOps Summit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Isomorphic Software provides the SmartClient HTML5/AJAX platform, the most advanced technology for building rich, cutting-edge enterprise web applications for desktop and mobile. SmartClient combines the productivity and performance of traditional desktop software with the simp...
"When you think about the data center today, there's constant evolution, The evolution of the data center and the needs of the consumer of technology change, and they change constantly," stated Matt Kalmenson, VP of Sales, Service and Cloud Providers at Veeam Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.