Tagged: small business

Study highlights SME economic contribution

Statistics Canada has released a new study that investigates the contributions of business to the Canadian economy.

“The study Small, Medium-sized and Large Businesses in the Canadian Economy: Measuring Their Contribution to Gross Domestic Product in 2005” provides the first estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) in the business sector based on firm size. – The Daily, Statistics Canada

The study highlights the large contribution and positive impact of small and medium sized business:

Small and medium-sized businesses, that is, those with fewer than 500 employees, accounted for just over one-half of GDP in the business sector in 2005. – The Daily, Statistics Canada

More information on the study can be found here.
Download and/or view the study here.

New business research resource

The University of B.C., along with information service partners Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Public Library, have launched a new online small business resource called the Small Business Accelerator.

“The Small Business Accelerator, which launches today at www.sba-bc.ca, is a new gateway to business information for small firms and entrepreneurs throughout the province. It’s also a valuable tool for public and college libraries, community development organizations and other agencies to support their clients.” – UBC press release

The SBA has 36 research guides for specific industries, from Alternative Energy to Web Design/Web Development – take a look…you’ll likely discover some good research strategies and resources.

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.