Halton celebrates Entrepreneurship Week

This past week, November 12 to 18, 2012, Canadians celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week with events designed to inspire young entrepreneurs to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity and inspire more people to consider entrepreneurship as a career.

Here in Halton, our Halton Region Small Business Centre and HalTech staged an interactive series of workshops, panel discussions and presentations designed to put entrepreneurs on the right track for success. HalTech assists Halton’s entrepreneurs and technology companies develop their ideas, commercialize their products and establish and expand their businesses.

Attracting and retaining jobs is a key initiative in Halton’s Citizens’ Priorities 2011-2014 Action Plan. We have a long history of supporting the entrepreneurial culture within the region and fostering its growth through our own Small Business Centre.

This past week we were fortunate to be able to join with HalTech and our other partners to offer a terrific roster of Entrepreneurship Week events. These E-week events provided a wonderful learning experience and plenty of networking opportunities for people already in business, as well as those just now considering entrepreneurship as a career.

Motivational speaker Sunjay Nath, advisor and media personality Ralph Benmergui and Ian Portsmouth, Profit Magazine publisher and editor, were among the keynote speakers lined up for the week.

Presentation and seminar topics included:

  • leadership and growth
  • business plan basics
  • market research
  • perfecting a business pitch, and
  • mastering social media.

Halton’s E-week activities ended with a well attended Business Tradeshow and Networking event on Wednesday.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, one of the world leaders using Global Entrepreneurship Week as a chance to emphasize the importance of startups and job creators to the global economy, recently said: “In today’s challenging economic climate, entrepreneurs need our support more than ever—and we need their success. Often, it is small entrepreneurs that drive economic growth in their communities, creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them most.”

I couldn’t agree more. Halton’s ability to cultivate, attract and retain a talented labour force in high-value jobs and innovative companies is critical for future economic growth.

For more information, visit www.haltonsmallbusiness.ca. You can also follow Small Business on Twitter at @HaltonEcDev, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HaltonSBEC and on WordPress at http://haltonsbec.wordpress.com.