Canada’s early-stage entrepreneurship rates are now well above those of other G7 countries and on par with the US, reveals a new report by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. The report also reveals that young men and women in Canada are the driving force behind this entrepreneurial shift, representing a wave of youth that are following opportunities and are more optimistic and less afraid of failure than entrepreneurs in other countries where necessity often drives entrepreneurship.
In this project, youth develop a permaculture garden for a women’s shelter, creating a lasting legacy for the community. Youth gain skills in Project Management, Marketing, Fund Raising, Communications and Financing a Project. The faith community, retired volunteers, large and small business, service clubs and local politicians are all contributors to this initiative.
A small business counsellor certification program where one is able to learn on a self-directed basis. Course content includes counselling and client assessment, business planning, bookeeping, e-commerce and a code of ethics.
Funded by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, BizGo is an entrepreneurial awareness project operating at Lutherwood’s Children’s Mental Health Centre on Benjamin Road in Waterloo.
Highlights: Canadian women have been leading the charge into entrepreneurship since the recession. Overall, self-employment has been fairly flat since 2009, but self-employment among women has grown. While Canadian women are increasingly opting to pursue an entrepreneurial path, it seems to take a different route than their male counterparts. The male and female-owned businesses have distinct characteristics, reflecting differing occupational choices and motivations for entering entrepreneurship. Still, women remain underrepresented among entrepreneurs, whether looking at the self-employed or owners of small and medium-sized enterprises. The recent upswing in women entering self-employment is a positive sign that women are overcoming many deeply rooted hurdles and venturing out on their own.
Mission: To help teach, coach and inspire aspiring entrepreneurs. Who we help: Out of work Ontario residents Canadian Military personnel who are in transition Canadian Union of Skilled Workers members who are in transition We provide: Entrepreneurial training Business plan development Analysis of proposed acquisitions As-needed business advice and consulting International business training
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) received a three-year grant in 2009 to support and expand its Newcomer Entrepreneur Program in Toronto, Halifax, Montréal and Vancouver. The CYBF Newcomer Entrepreneur Program provides specialized resources and support to young entrepreneurs who are new to Canada. CYBF is a national charity dedicated to championing tomorrow’s entrepreneurial nation-builders.
Information for individuals interested in starting their own business: starting a business, financing, research tools, franchises, marketing and more.
New research conducted by Academica Group suggests that London, Ontario’s PSE institutions have a role to play in fostering local entrepreneurship. The study, funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and presented by the London Small Business Centre, found that 39% of individuals surveyed had started a small business, planned to start one, or had previously ran one; 12% said that they intended to start a small business. However, the report also found that over the last 5 years only 30% of owners had received training or support that made a difference in the success of their business.