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It’s A Small Business World By Deborah Jones

Since I run and operate a small business, helping other small business owners is very important to me. My business promotes other businesses through stories and ads plus we feature advice columns as well. I feel that as the businesses we promote flourish, it will in turn help my business grow. Our Biz X Awards celebrate the best in local business and the response we have had this year to our voting poll has been overwhelming! We have many nominees and they are definitely the cream of the crop of Windsor Essex. Over 20,000 businesses (according to Statistics Canada) operate here with 85 percent having fewer than 10 employees and since only a few hundred are nominated, they should all be proud of the businesses they have created. People just love what they are doing! And that’s something to celebrate! In keeping with celebrating small business, October is “Small Business Month” in Canada. Small and medium-sized businesses are the cornerstone of the Canadian economy. For 37 years, the Business Development

Bank of Canada (BDC) has organized “BDC Small Business Week,” during this special month, in recognition of the contributions and achievements of Canada’s entrepreneurs. This year, “BDC Small Business Week” takes place October 16 to 22, 2016, under the theme, “MEASURE UP! SHAPE YOUR FUTURE.” Is your company as efficient as it can be? Do you know how your business compares with the best in your industry? Answering these questions could give you an edge on the competition. As part of “BDC Small Business Week” 2016, they are inviting Canadian entrepreneurs to measure up and discover their true potential. Benchmarking your performance against other companies in your industry is the first step in your productivity journey. This is why, on October 17, BDC is launching Canada’s first ever business productivity benchmarking tool. This free online tool will allow you to compare your productivity levels to those of other companies in your sector and help you discover how you can improve your performance.

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Learn more by visiting their website: BDC.ca. During this special month for small business, events are organized to bring together entrepreneurs (and those who want to be). We can all learn from each other, successes and failures included. So get out there and meet some new business connections! As well, besides traditional advertising to get new customers, business owners need to meet the public and future customers. There are lots of networking meetings, including our own “Biz MiXer” (held quarterly), but one big event coming up is the “Small Biz 2016 Expo.” Organized by the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre, the expo takes place October 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Avenue, Windsor. It’s free to attend. Check: WindsorEssexSmallBusiness.com/expo for the latest info but first read page 28 of this edition! “Boss’s Day” also falls during “Small Business Week” on October 17. It is a good time to show your gratitude for all your boss does. I am sure he or she puts in a lot of long hours and is dedicated to keeping the business going strong each and every day. A simple thank you goes a long way so they know they are appreciated. Hopefully, in return, he or she is equally grateful towards the people working for the company. So Happy “Small Business Month” everyone! See you back here next issue with results for the 19th Annual “Biz X Awards.”

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Celebrities, dance studios and small business, oh my! This month’s cover story gives you all the details on the “Windsor ComiCon” October 1...