Small business, big growth: Halifax Chamber working to help small business grow through challenging times

According to Stats Canada, small businesses contribute significantly to the Canadian economy, accounting for almost ⅔ of the total Canadian labour force.

Given this, one might think being a small business owner is easy and growth and success are guaranteed. If only this were the case. Finding the right product or service and customers are table stakes in developing a viable business. Throw in employees, global pandemics, rising costs and one can imagine many sleepless nights. But there are always opportunities and the Halifax Chamber is here to help small business owners deal with today’s problems and unlock future growth. One way doing this is via their “Small Business, Big Growth Summit” to be held this coming Thursday, October 27 at Pier 21.

“The Chamber represents over 1,800 members, and 85% of those members are small businesses,” says Chamber communications manager, Emma Menchefski. “We are excited to bring back the Summit for the second year in a row to support our membership and give them an opportunity to hone their strategy and growth plans with experts.”

The Summit is a whole day event structured to bring connection, information, and inspiration to all attendees. Participants will learn brand development, risk reduction, and securing capital (among other topics) from industry experts so they can build a plan to strengthen their business and achieve their goals.

“We want attendees to walk away with a tangible action plan,” explains Menchefski. “This day is about the attendees working on their business – we want them to feel energized, focused and inspired to take their business to the next level.”

Among the speakers are Eleanor Beaton, an award-winning journalist, speaker, and executive coach. Beaton was the recipient of the 2017 Profiles in Diversity “Women Worth Watching” Award and has worked with the likes of Arlene Dickinson from Dragon’s Den and Margaret Trudeau. Also on the schedule is Matt Symes from Simplicity Designs who will lead a workshop on how to execute on plans and strategies and Russell Hopson from BDC will deliver the afternoon’s keynote.

“Our speakers will be providing key expert advice so attendees can create a to-do list for implementing growth strategies,” continues Menshefski. “These speakers are experts in their respective fields and we encourage folks in the room to ask lots of questions and take full advantage of their time.”

To learn more about the event or to register, visit the “Small Business, Big Growth Summit” page here or call (902) 481-1226.

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