The leaves are turning colour and we’re bracing for cold, snowy days in Calgary — not that we didn’t have enough of them in September!
The month brings us reason to celebrate. It’s Small Business Month in Canada.
According to the Business Development Bank of Canada, which promotes Small Business Week across the country, small and medium-sized businesses comprise 99.9 per cent of all companies in Canada.
If you’re in this group, you employ more than 60 per cent of all private-sector workers. Give yourselves a pat on the back for job creation!
Small businesses are big players. Larger companies — the ones we think are responsible for keeping the Alberta economy running smoothly — rely on the products and services of small business to keep their daily operations in sync.
Calgary small businesses and entrepreneurs offer technical and administrative services, consulting, marketing and communications, and many more products and services to contribute to Alberta’s success.
What to do in Calgary
The Calgary Chamber of Commerce Chamber highlights the month with Small Business Week Calgary, October 20-24.
It teams up with ATB Financial to launch SmallBusinessWeekCalgary.com, a website where you can find information about the week’s events and activities.
The Chamber offers a range of events to network, learn, display your product or service, or attend open houses.
The star event is the Awards and Expo on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Telus Spark Science Centre.
The celebrations start at 3 p.m. with breakout sessions designed to help and inspire Calgary entrepreneurs. The business expo, starting at 6 p.m., is an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to display their products and services, and for business owners to network with other members of the business community.
The night closes with an awards show that puts Calgary small businesses in the spotlight, recognizing them for the contribution they make to the city.