Small Businesses: Connecting Locally
June 9, 2011
Small business makes up a very large portion of the workforce here in Canada. In fact, 41% of the total private sector workforce works in enterprises of fewer than 20 employees. (Source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics, 2005) As well, as stated in an October 2009 report, “small businesses with 50 employees, including those with no employees, represent 98.7% of the total business establishments in Canada.” (Source: Canadian Federation of Independent Business Small Business Profile: http://www.cfib-fcei.ca/cfib-documents/rr3093.pdf) Obviously these are numbers that represent a very large number of businesses here in Canada, and a huge number of workers.
We’ve been doing a lot of talking about small/local businesses in the office lately – we are a small business, so it stands to reason that we have opinions and ideas surrounding these things. We’re also in a very small town, so the idea of local supporting local is something we feel pretty passionate about as well.
It seems that the two should go hand in hand – or at least we’d like to believe. As a small business in a small town, we like to try to work with other small businesses in town and in our surrounding areas. It makes good sense to us – creating partnerships and good relationships with the businesses around us is good for everyone. We’re also relatively new to the area, so part of becoming part of the business community here is getting our name out there, ensuring people know who we are and what we do, how we think, how our company works, etc. Unless you want to remain in the shadows, you’ve got to step into the light!
What do you think? What’s your view on locals doing business together? What about towns supporting small businesses in the area? Are there any organizations in your area that exist solely to encourage locals connect? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic!