Click here to access the BDC microsite dedicated to Small Business Week®

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is preparing to launch the 32nd edition of Small Business Week®, a BDC trademark event, under the theme: Power up your business. Invest. INNOVATE. Grow. This year, Small Business Week will run from October 16 to 22.

“Small Business Week is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges Canadian entrepreneurs must face and how we can support them,” said Jean-René Halde, BDC President and Chief Executive Officer. “Innovation is a hot issue in Canada, which is why we have chosen to place it at the centre of our discussions. By presenting inspiring success stories, we want to show that, in business, innovation does not depend on intuition, but on courageous strategic decisions made by ambitious entrepreneurs. Their success is crucial for Canada’s economy and we will have to redouble our efforts to help them carry out their projects.”

In the lead-up to Small Business Week, BDC has launched a microsite dedicated to Small Business Week®, which includes, among other resources, a detailed pan-Canadian calendar of activities. This microsite also features articles on the challenges facing entrepreneurs, data on the current state of Canadian entrepreneurship and an array of success stories that illustrate the outstanding contribution of small and medium-sized businesses to the Canadian economy.

Media Resources
BDC financing and consulting experts across the country are available to discuss the current issues facing entrepreneurs and provide additional information about Small Business Week.

About Small Business Week
Small Business Week began in 1979 when BDC business centres in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland pooled their resources to organize a series of business management training sessions. This first event and a follow-up event in 1980 were so successful that BDC officially launched Small Business Week across Canada in 1981. The initiative was quickly adopted by Canada’s business community. Small Business Week is a BDC flagship event that celebrates entrepreneurship at the local, provincial and national levels. The 2011 edition of Small Business Week is sponsored by Cisco.

About BDC
BDC is Canada’s business development bank. From more than 100 business centres across the country, BDC promotes entrepreneurship by providing highly tailored financing, venture capital and consulting services to entrepreneurs. http://www.bdc.ca/ 

Small Business Week® is a registered trademark of BDC.

For further information:

Maria Constantinescu
Public Relations Advisor
Business Development Bank of Canada
514 496-7146
[email protected]