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Innovate, Integrate, Motivate - farms should celebrate small business week

By Jean-Paul McDonald

Small Business Week (SBW), organized by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), kicks off its 44th edition, fostering a national dialogue on entrepreneurship. This year's focus is on addressing a pressing concern for Canadian entrepreneurs - labour scarcity. 

Most farms in canada, are small businesses, and the agriculture industry feels the impact of the labour scarcity. 

BDC's third report, titled "The Challenge of a Decade: How to Navigate Canada's Labour Shortages," takes center stage. The study reveals a significant increase in entrepreneurs struggling to hire and retain employees since 2018. Over 60% of entrepreneurs now face hiring difficulties, compared to just over 40% five years ago. 

Small businesses are vital to Canada's economy, responsible for 88% of private sector jobs and over 50% of the country's GDP. BDC, as a development bank, actively supports entrepreneurs' growth, fostering competitiveness, and nurturing Canadian champions. With 100,000 entrepreneurs in its network, BDC plays a pivotal role in driving economic development for the benefit of all Canadians. 

Isabelle Hudon, BDC's President and CEO, emphasizes the importance of entrepreneurs learning from each other's experiences. Economic uncertainty, labour scarcity, and skills development top the list of challenges shared by many business owners. SBW serves as a platform for entrepreneurs to connect, gain fresh perspectives, and collectively confront these issues. 

The current business landscape presents challenges such as low unemployment, an aging population on the cusp of retirement, and rising costs. However, entrepreneurs have the ability to adapt and acquire essential skills to succeed. BDC's report, "Entrepreneurship in Motion: Skills to Succeed in a Changing World," outlines critical skills entrepreneurs can cultivate at various stages of growth. SBW participants can delve into these skills through workshops and networking events nationwide. 

During SBW, BDC collaborates with esteemed organizations like the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Futurpreneur, WeConnect International, and WBE Canada to offer valuable content and events. Entrepreneurs can tap into their expertise and insights, enriching their entrepreneurial journey. 

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