CFIB Surveys Shows that Canadians Admire Entrepreneurs July 29, 2011 RICCentre By Jasmeet Duggal The federal government of Canada has appointed 2011 the Year of the Entrepreneur (YOE). As a result, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Hewlett Packard Canada and Intel of Canada conducted a poll to get the Canadians perspective on small businesses in the country. Overall, the results indicated that Canadians value and respect entrepreneurship. The report is divided into three sections: the public opinion poll on small business, polls on small businesses themselves and polls on small businesses about technology. Highlights of the results include: – Over 90% of Canadians admire entrepreneurs and would approve of a family member starting their own business – Close to half of small business employees work for small business because they believe in what the business is doing – In terms of technology adoption, approximately 90 per cent of businesses have at the very least a computer and an internet connection To read the entire report, please click here. Jasmeet Duggal is graduate student pursuing her final year in the Master of Biotechnology program at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She is currently the Communications Officer for the RIC Centre, a role which has allowed her to engage in the startup culture and entrepreneurship. In her future endeavors, Jasmeet hopes to pursue a career in business development in the life sciences. The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.