By: Sheralyn Roman
The only thing that goes better with October than baseball is celebrating Canada’s small businesses. October is national Small Business Month and there’s no better time to take advantage, maximize your business expertise and get your business under the lights Many communities are hosting events geared toward helping small business owners/managers and entrepreneurs take their business to the next level and beyond, especially this October.
It takes a village to go from A-ball to the small business big leagues. Trade shows, small business expos and education events are a great way to get the advice and exposure that can help to put you over the top.
If you’re ready to take your business to the next level and “knock it out of the park,” consider attending an expo or trade show in your neighbourhood. Featuring both local and global speakers, trade shows are a great place to network, hear sage words of wisdom from seasoned professionals and explore new opportunities for growing your business. There are a number of supports for small business available online and listings for many specific industry-related events are only a mouse-click away. With the BDC estimating there are more than 300 shows taking place across the country during Small Business Week, October 16 – 22nd there is no excuse not to show up ready to “play ball.”
Small business owners are the backbone of this country. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) says that 15 per cent of Canadians are self-employed and that one in three people own or work in a small business enterprise. According to RBC Economics, SME’s employment represents 54 per cent of payroll, and according to the BDC, SME’s planned to invest over $111 billion into our economy in 2016.
Are you on track for success, not a strike out. If you need to learn more about how to successfully manage your journey into the big leagues plan your Small Business Week accordingly and take in a trade show, expo or summit near you. Go on – take a seventh-inning stretch away from your workplace and learn how to make your next at bat count, hitting a grand slam for both you and your business!
If you are in the Caledon area during Small Business Week, and would like to learn more about how to successfully manage your journey into the big leagues then join the heavy hitters speaking and attending the SBS. The Small Business Summit takes place Wednesday, October 19th and Thursday, October 20th.
Think Big, Play Big, Think Global/Source Local.
Caledon Centre/ Caledon Recreation and Wellness Centre
14111 Highway 50
Bolton, ON. L7E 2V2
Show Preview Wed., Oct. 19, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Small Business Summit, Oct. 20 8am to 6pm
Learn more about the Small Business Summit and get your 30% CFIB discount.
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Entrepreneurs First. Investment Intentions of Canadian Entrepreneurs: An Outlook for 2016. January 2016. Accessed via https://www.bdc.ca/en/about/sme_research/pages/investment-intentions-canadian-entrepreneurs-outlook-2016.aspx.
Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada, Small Business Branch. Key Small Business Statistics. June 2016. Accessed via https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/061.nsf/vwapj/KSBS-PSRPE_June-Juin_2016_eng.pdf/$FILE/KSBS-PSRPE_June-Juin_2016_eng.pdf.
Royal Bank of Canada Economics Research. Q&A on the State of SMEs in Canada. September 30, 2014. Accessed via http://www.rbc.com/economics/economic-reports/pdf/other-reports/QA_SMEs.pdf.
Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Economics. Small Business Profile – A look at small business and the self-employed in Canada. 2015. Accessed via http://www.cfib-fcei.ca/cfib-documents/rr3396.pdf.