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Welcome to our PwC Private Business Exchange blog page!  PwC's Private Business Exchange program helps drive long-term success for private companies.

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Bridging the generation gap

Top 10 tips - Millenials

How can you engage your multi-generational workforce and adapt your management strategies to changing needs?

The workforce is constantly changing, and rapidly. We ask (and answer!) the top 10 questions your private company management team should be asking about the multi-generational workforce and how to retain your top talent.

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Cyberattacks on the rise – Understanding the cyber ecosystem and how to protect your business

Register now! Cyberattacks on the rise webinar

Join our upcoming Growing your business webinar for leaders of private companies on April 9th, 2015 at 2:00pm EDT!

Cyberattacks on the rise – Understanding the cyber ecosystem and how to protect your business

With the number of cyber security incidents on the rise, data and systems security is a question on the minds of many private company executives, but few are actually addressing this challenge.  The cost to a business can be high, ranging from financial loss to reputational damage. With heightened awareness, private companies can fight back.

In this session, you will learn about:

  • What assets your company should be protecting
  • What risks you should be considering
  • How to focus your controls on what matters most

Interested in joining on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 2:00pm EDT?

Click here, or copy the link below to register for our webinar.  Attendees are eligible to receive CPD credit.


Greater risk and more reward for private companies

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Pain and gain is the reality of this high-stakes operating environment where competition is more intense, customer demands are rising and the speed of change is faster. Uncertainty is the only certainty and private company leaders have a greater appreciation that they must do more to thrive in this riskier, but potentially more rewarding world.

Henrik Steinbrecher, PwC’s Network Middle Market Leader gives us his perspective in his blog posting Greater risk and more reward for private companies.



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Estate tax update: US estate tax exposure for US citizens living in Canada

Read now: Estate tax update 2015 edition

Are you a US citizen living in Canada?  If so, as a Canadian resident and US citizen, you may be subject to both tax regimes upon death.

For more details read our Estate tax update: US estate tax exposure for US citizens living in Canada (2015 edition).

We understand US citizenship status is not always clear.  Please consult PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP if you are unsure about your status.



Private companies: Anything but business as usual

CEO Survey - PCS cut

A riskier but potentially more rewarding business environment has the world's private company leaders feeling optimistic about the year ahead. 

We explore the results from a total of 711 private companies from 77 participating counties.  See what’s on the minds of private company CEOs in our 18th Annual Global CEO Survey: A Private Company View



M&A spotlight: Emerging trends in real estate M&A

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The Canadian real estate industry has been a good bet for investors in recent years – a trend that is expected to continue into 2015.

In our latest Capital Markets Flash, Lori-Ann Beausoleil explores urbanization as the new normal in Canada, and what that means for businesses, developers, investors and the entire real estate industry.

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Visit our Capital Markets Flash page for a collection of articles from this quarterly edition 


Estate tax update: US estate tax exposure for Canadians

Read now: US estate tax exposure for Canadians
Are you a Canadian resident (and not a US citizen) who owns US assets?  If, upon death, you own certain US assets, such as shares of US corporations, US real estate and US business assets, you might be subject to US estate tax. 

Under the Canada-US Tax Treaty, Canadian residents will now have a US estate tax liability only if their worldwide assets are valued at more than USD $5.43 million.

Read more as we set out the potential exposure of Canadians to US estate tax.

Estate tax update: US estate tax exposure for Canadians (2015 edition)


Top 10 questions to ask about cloud computing

Read now: Top 10 tips for cloud computing
Who owns the data in the cloud and who has the rights to use it?

What are the implications for operational and IT functions when cloud services are integrated into your existing environment?

How will it impact your finance team’s processes for investing in, monitoring and depreciating IT assets?

Cloud computing brings opportunities to make businesses more efficient and reduce IT costs. But before you fully embrace this technology, we explore some questions for you to consider when thinking about bringing the cloud to your organization.

Top10 Questions for Cloud Computing


Donor advised funds: A practical charitable giving strategy

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Are you looking to streamline your charitable giving?  Consider using a donor advised fund (DAF) to help you meet your objectives.

A DAF is a charitable giving channel that is accessible for a broad cross-section of donors and philanthropists, and is often described as a “mini private foundation”.  Read about how a DAF could be a simple and cost efficient vehicle for your charitable giving.


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CFO Agenda: Making data analytics work

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CFOs are keen to exploit the potential of data analytics—but are their organizations prepared?

There’s a lot of buzz around data analytics these days, and it’s easy to get caught up in enthusiastic conversations about data’s ability to transform organizations. Not surprisingly, many CFOs are looking to data analytics as a way to meet the increasing expectations place on their role. Analytics offers the means to extract valuable insights from masses of data—insights that can be used to support business decision-making and influence the future performance of the organization.

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