Holiday Hours 2016

Becker & Company will be closed from December 24 through Jan 2nd. The office will be re-opening for 2017 at 8:30am on January 3rd. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone … Continue reading

Our 2016 community event!

    We didn’t just arrive in the area – it’s our 35th Anniversary this year!¬† We’re excited about it and we want to say THANK YOU to the people of Pitt Meadows and Maple … Continue reading

Holiday Hours 2015

Becker & Company will be closed from the December 25 through Jan 3rd. The office will be re-opening for 2016 at 8:30am on January 4. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone … Continue reading


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Paperless world raises issues

BY JOHN BECKER, THE TIMES JUNE 27, 2013 Paper is an expense. It costs money to produce, store, file, and destroy. There are more efficient ways to make documents portable and sharable. So, it's no wonder that many companies are abandoning paper altogether and moving to a paperless office, but there are legal issues to consider. How do you go paperless? The answer seems simple: buy a scanner. Whether you use Adobe Acrobat or an enterprise document management system with a central server, you will have a functioning system for scanning and managing electronic documents. Practically speaking, even this basic setup will allow you to work with electronic documents. Legally speaking, though, you may still need to keep some paper documents. But, wasn't getting rid of the paper the goal to begin with? A key question to ask is whether your paperless office setup satisfies the strict requirements of the provincial and federal governments. If you are governed by a professional organization, you should also check to see if they have any requirements. The provincial and federal governments each have different requirements for electronic documents. The rules vary and depend on the type of document and its intended use. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires that document scanning systems comply with several... Continue reading

Newbies avoiding trap

BY JOHN BECKER, THE TIMES¬†APRIL 25, 2013 Previous Becker articles have covered the importance of business succession planning for the mature business owner. Succession planning is only one of the transition steps a business will … Continue reading

Family dynamics present twists

BY JOHN BECKER, THE TIMES MARCH 28, 2013 Last month’s column was on the massive wave of family business transitions expected to take place, and now, we’ll delve into the unique challenges of family business … Continue reading

By John Becker