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5 Ways Small Businesses Are Building a Stronger Canada

With Small Business Week coming to an end, we are proud to have celebrated the SMEs that are the heart of our economy and whose success is essential to Canada’s growth.

Here are 5 ways SMEs are contributing towards a more competitive and prosperous Canada for all:

1. Small businesses are job creators. SMEs provide work for 9 out of every 10 Canadians in the private sector.

Cannabis Is Legal: What Does that Mean for Your Business?

As of today, the adult recreational consumption of cannabis is legal in Canada. Deloitte has reported that the total market potential of cannabis in Canada could be as high as $22.6 billion per year when considering production, distribution, paraphernalia, tourism and business taxes.

At this year’s AGM and Convention, we held a special panel discussion with cannabis industry leaders discussing economic opportunities and policy issues facing the cannabis sector.

Help Your Small Business Defend Itself from Cyber-Crime

Did you know? 70% of Canadian organizations have fallen victim to a cyber-attack in the last year. Microsoft has extended Small Business Week into a full month to help Canadian SMEs learn business self-defence tools this October, which coincides with Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

With the support of numerous Chambers of Commerce, Boards of Trade and professional associations, Microsoft will hold business self-defence events across the country this October—all designed to help raise awareness of digital threats and teach businesses how to defend themselves from harm.

Small Business Week

There are nearly 1.3 million small businesses in Canada. We are proud to help celebrate and focus on the role they play in our economy.

#iheartsmallbiz campaign for Small Business Week

We will be running a #iheartsmallbiz campaign on social media to recognize some of the extraordinary small businesses that are making a big impact in communities across Canada and in the everyday lives of their customers.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Has Your Organization Gone Phishing?

Over 70% of Canadian organizations have fallen victim to a cyber-attack in the last year. With an average cost of $15,000 per attack, businesses must prioritize protecting themselves from cyber-crime.

5 Minutes for Business: Good social media is good business

 

Every month, we release 5 Minutes for Business. In this edition, we examine howsocial media can be used as a tool to create economic growth and foster competitiveness for Canadian businesses. 

The impact social media has as a means to reach customers, encourage female entrepreneurship and millennial business ownership will continue to grow. We are quickly approaching a point where we will consider it a key driver of Canada’s ability to scale up firms, achieve inclusive growth and compete globally in an increasingly digital economy.

2018 AGM & Convention: More Than Just an Event

Last week, our AGM and Convention wrapped up with our debates for the 63 policy motions which were tabled. This marked the end to my first AGM with the Canadian Chamber, which was hectic and exhausting, but a beyond rewarding experience.

From the first provincial caucus meeting I stepped in to, it became clear that this was more than an event, but a gathering of influential people who were all committed to supporting and creating lasting opportunities for Canadian businesses.

Leading the way by redefining accessibility in Canadian business!

On June 1, our organization moved into a new Ottawa office. We built our office to respect the design priorities reflected in the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM (RHFAC) program and are excited to announce we have received our certification.

As the voice of Canadian business, we have a responsibility to lead the way in improving accessibility to the places where we work. We believe in the benefits of accessibility, diversity and inclusion. We are also encouraging organizations across Canada to be early adopters of the RHFAC program.

Canada’s Emerging Cannabis Sector: Helping Businesses Grow

In three weeks, adult consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes will become legal in Canada. The economic impact of legalization and related public policy issues were explored at our 2018 AGM and Convention by a panel of representatives from cannabis companies and industry experts, including Deloitte, Fire & Flower, HEXO Corp., Hiku Brands, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and The Cronos Group.

Deloitte has reported that the total market potential of cannabis in Canada could be as high as $22.6 billion per year when considering production, distribution, paraphernalia, tourism and business taxes.

Staying Relevant in a Constantly Changing World: Tips to Adapt to the Trends

With society evolving at an ever-changing rate, member-based associations must adapt or else they will be left behind. In order to remain relevant, they must find a way to position themselves to ensure life-long members. Staying ahead of trends is one way. At our AGM and Convention, membership expert Cathi Hight explored how the following trends are affecting chambers and member-based associations. She also offered some helpful tips for adapting to these trends.

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