Small Business Week 2011 October 3, 2011 RICCentre By Misha Waheed Every year the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) organises an event to bring together business people from around the community. The idea is to recognise entrepreneurs for their successful endeavours and to promote learning and networking among small companies. SBW originated back in 1979, when BDC business centres in British Columbia decided to organise several management sessions for small businesses. After receiving great feedback from attendees, the BDC turned SBW into a national business event. SBW has now grown to become one of the most important annual events for entrepreneurs across Canada. Power Up Your Business. Invest. INNOVATE. Grow. The 2011 SBW is all about making innovation a core component of business. Successful entrepreneurs focus a great deal on understanding their customer’s needs and fulfilling them through new products and services. As these needs evolve overtime, businesses must keep up with their customers by improving what they have to offer. This year SBW will focus on how entrepreneurs should face their business challenges with determination, creativity, market awareness and investment in new technology. BDC’s President and Chieft Executive Offices, Jean-René Halde, will travel across Canada during SBW and address entrepreneurs about these important issues during a a luncheon. He will focus on the stories of three entrepreneurs who have been successful at creating competitive and profitable businesses. “We can all learn from these entrepreneurs. Ambitious for their firms, they are decisive, use a keen sense of market demand and have adopted a business strategy defined by constant adaptation.” – Jean-René Halde SBW is an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs in the Peel region to interact with each other and learn the tools for creating successful and innovative businesses. Here are the details for the Mississauga luncheon: Date: Monday October 17, 2011 Agenda: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Registration 12:00 noon Lunch Served 12:30 PM Keynote, Business Panel and Q&A Cost: $55.00 $400.00 (table of 8), includes lunch Address: International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd., Mississauga, ON Click here to register. SBW will take place from Oct 16-22, 2011 across Canada. For more information on SBW and BDC, click here. Misha is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Communication, Culture & Information Technology and Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She is currently interning at the RIC centre as an Assistant Communication Officer and is responsible for developing content for the RIC website. 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.