Tagged: entrepreneurs

Summer reading

As the first summer semester comes to a close, it’s time to catch up on some reading. Here’s some suggested business titles at OC Library, recommended by Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten in their The 100 best business books of all time:

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Celebrate BDC’s Small Business Week

Celebrate BDC‘s Small Business Week at a no-charge, entrepreneurship-themed event on October 19 in Kelowna, hosted by the Small Business Accelerator.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. October 19, followed by networking reception.
WHERE
: Arts Atrium (ART186), University of British Columbia, Kelowna.
REGISTRATION INFO: No cost and open to the public – but make sure to reserve a space! RSVP your attendance by Monday, October 17.

Learn more about the event and speakers.

The Small Business Accelerator is an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC.

Market research tips

In a recent article on Huffington Post, Librarian and market research expert Mary Phelps has some great tips for those looking to start up a business or expand their business. While she’s speaking in the American context, the advice remains the same: do your research!

Kelowna 5th on top 10 entrepreneurial list

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has ranked Kelowna 5th in a list of Canada’s top entrepreneurial cities in 2010. The CFIB scored cities across the country, using 12 indicators in three categories: presence, perspective, and policy.

Penticton ranked 28th and Vernon ranked 54th.

Read CFIB’s Communities in Boom report.

Community Interest Companies

B.C.’s provincial government announced yesterday (Oct. 20) that it is considering legislative changes that would allow the creation of community interest companies. The province has started a consultation process that will wrap up at the end of the year.

Community interest companies (CICs) would be incorporated with all the flexibility and certainty of regular companies, but under legislation that ensures they primarily benefit the community. CICs would allow an alternative business model not currently available through a regular business whose primary focus is making money for shareholders, or a society which is not allowed to make a profit. – Ministry of Finance press release

Here are a few articles/citations about CICs (you must be an authenticated OC Library user to view)

Chew, C. (2010). Strategic positioning andorganizationaladaptationisocial enterprise subsidiaries of voluntary organizations. Public Management Review, 12(5), 609-634. doi:10.1080/14719031003633961 (citation and abstract only)

Coxon, A. (2009). 5 steps to…starting a community interest company (CIC). Regeneration & Renewal, 20. Retrieved from http://www.haymarket.com/regeneration_and_renewal/regeneration_and_renewal_magazine/default.aspx (view)

Ridley-Duff, R.  (2009). Co-operative social enterprises: company rules, access to finance and management practice. Social Enterprise Journal 5(1), 50-68.  Retrieved from http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=sej (view)

Full-time student juggles two companies

Looking for some inspiration? Check out this Globe and Mail story about University of Manitoba student Justin Kathan who was recently named 2010 Student Entrepreneur Manitoba Champion.

Google launches small business resource

Google and the U.S. Small Business Administration have launched a website called Tools for Online Success that contains video and other resources from small business owners “who have used the Internet to grow their businesses.” The site also includes “advice from Google’s experts.”
Read about the site at Google’s Small Business Blog and visit Tools for Online Success.