This might be the ideal time to start your own small business. In an article in today's Financial Post called Small business to get $1B soon, there's word that Ottawa is close to finalizing a deal with the country's largest banks to free up the cash.

The program is aimed at "viable" business that can build a case that they can be successful. The program is similar to funds set up by other G7 governments in an attempt to stimulate their economies.