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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation /APEC Intl Network of Institutes for Small Business Counsellors

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.

Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Business Playbook

This Playbook identifies 40+ low-cost tips, activities and actions that small business can take right now (some in only 10 minutes a day) to attract, engage and retain staff. Written in an innovative “travel guide” format, author Lisa Taylor includes special sections on new graduates, the aging workforce and family enterprises, and provides planning templates and links to unique resources. The Playbook also features research, facts and statistics that shed new light on Canada’s small business economy and workforce.   About the Author Lisa Taylor is founder and President of Challenge Factory and the Centre for Career Innovation. Her career and workforce perspectives have been featured in media outlets across North America including the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, CBC and The Globe and Mail. Taylor regularly speaks on the Future of Work, the intergenerational workforce and the changing nature of careers in today’s economy.

Small Business BC

Created in 1993 as a federal/provincial partnership and then transformed into a not-for-profit Society in 2002, Small Business BC is British Columbia’s key resource centre for business information and services. Small Business BC involves the business community directly in its operations, which enables the development of private sector partnerships to complement and expand future services.

Store 54 – Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Store 54 is a business development incubator for people between the age of 16 and 30. The initiative provides a downtown main street store location for young people with a business idea to develop, test and refine. This initiative follows the principals of Adult Education, just-in-time learning with no set curriculum. As learning needs are identified, participants are directed to resources, experts and mentors.

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