Beyond the vibrant autumn hues of red and gold leaves, October in Canada means many things, and it carries great significance for the small business community – it’s Small Business Month!
Whether you call it Small Business Month or Small Business Week, the month of October is when Canadian small businesses are recognized and celebrated nationwide for their entrepreneurship, resilience, and collective contribution to our country’s success.
From job creation to fostering innovation, Small Business Month encapsulates the heart and soul of Canada’s entrepreneurial spirit. This annual celebration stands as a testament to the invaluable contributions of small businesses to Canada’s economy and local communities.
After all, government data shows Canuck small businesses (those with one to 99 employees) comprised 98% of all employer businesses, employing more than 10 million people. Furthermore, small businesses contribute an estimated 36.7% to Canada’s gross domestic product.
In the spirit of the month, below are resources Canadian small business owners, entrepreneurs, and early-stage startups can explore to grow their entities and thrive: