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S M A L L B U S I N E S S M O N T H - S U p p L E M E N T T O T H E W I N N I p E g F r E E p r E S S - W E d N E S d A y , O c T O B E r 2 1 , 2 0 1 5 Small BuSineSS month 2015 View online at Small and medium- sized businesses have a massive impact on the Canadian economy. A ccording to the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), SMEs represent more than 99% of all companies, and employ the vast majority of private- sector workers. While it celebrates SMEs and entrepreneurs with BDC Small Business Week during the third week of October each year, the BDC is urging business owners to think big in 2015, with the theme Knock Down Barriers: Dare to Grow. Network, share ideas, tap into the expertise of innovators and learn about the tools and resources that are available to you at special events aimed at celebrating entrepreneurs and increasing their ranks. In 1979, BDC business centres in British Columbia's Lower Fraser Valley pooled their resources to organize a week of activities for entrepreneurs. The events were so successful that the business centres organized a second event in 1980, and BDC Small Business Week was launched across the country in 1981. Last year, more than 300 events — from luncheons to seminars, conferences and trade fairs — drew participation from more than 10,000 businesspeople nationwide. In Manitoba, events held from Oct. 18 - 24 include the annual Take the LEAP conference in Dauphin, where budding and established entrepreneurs gather to share ideas and experiences and encourage one another to succeed. In Winnipeg, a Small Business SUMMIT hosted by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce at RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg on Oct. 22 gives business owners an opportunity to tell Mayor Brian Bowman's office how the city can foster innovation and development. And anyone with a Twitter account can join the conversation when BDC hosts a Twitter chat on Oct. 22. Entrepreneurship Manitoba and World Trade Centre Winnipeg's Business InfoCentre offer webinars and seminars year-round, including events aimed at giving would-be entrepreneurs the tools they need to start their own small business. BDC is dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. With more than 100 business centres and over 32,000 clients across Canada, it offers loans, investments and advisory services. BDC's purpose is to support Canadian entrepreneurship with a focus on SMEs. To learn more about the organization's services and BDC Small Business Week, visit ❚ Small BuSineSS Challenge Knock Down Barriers — Dare to Grow. Injuriespreventedandlivessaved that'stheVALUEof SAFEWork

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