Small Business Week

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BDC Small Business Week is a national celebration of Canadian entrepreneurs and their contribution to Canada’s economy. The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has been organizing Small Business Week since 1979.[1] It takes place every year during the third full week of October. Events held during the week bring together entrepreneurs—and prospective entrepreneurs—at conferences, workshops, luncheons and trade fairs across Canada.[2] The goal is to provide them with opportunities to learn, network, share ideas and socialize with their peers.[3]


Small Business Week began in 1979 when the branches of the Federal Business Development Bank (as BDC was then known) in British Columbia’s Lower Fraser Valley organized a week of small business management training sessions for entrepreneurs. They called the initiative Small Business Week. Employees in British Columbia repeated the experiment the following year and, in 1981, Small Business Week was officially launched nationwide.[4]


The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and local chambers and boards of trade across Canada[5] collaborate with BDC on organizing Small Business Week events.[6] Over the years, other Crown corporations and large companies have also participated as sponsors.[7] Each year, hundreds of activities across Canada attract thousands of business people to Small Business Week.[3] Small Business Week has been a registered trademark of the Business Development Bank of Canada since 1986.[8]


Each year Small Business Week has a theme reflecting the challenges entrepreneurs face at the time. Here is a list of themes over the past few years:

  • 2021→ Seizing the opportunity to build the way forward[9]
  • 2017→ Future-proof your business: Adapting to technology and demographic trends[10]
  • 2016→ Measure up! Shape your future.[11]
  • 2015→ Knock down the barriers. Dare to grow.[12]
  • 2014→ Back to Basics. Reenergize Your Business[13]

A national events calendar is maintained by BDC to publicize local events and inform entrepreneurs about what's happening in their area.[14]


  1. ^ Small Business Week's official website.
  2. ^ Industry Canada.
  3. ^ a b Toronto Star.
  4. ^ Small Business Week’s official website.
  5. ^ Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2012-10-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Retrieved 2012-10-10
  6. ^ Didsbury & District Chamber of Commerce. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2012-10-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Retrieved 212-10-10
  7. ^ Superior North Community Futures Development Corporation. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-02. Retrieved 2012-10-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Retrieved 2012-10-10
  9. ^ "small-business-week". Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Preparations under way for the 2017 edition of BDC Small Business Week". Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Happy 37th anniversary BDC Small Business Week™!". Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Entrepreneurs celebrated for their economic might". Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Happy 35th anniversary BDC Small Business Week!". Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  14. ^ Small Business Week’s official website.

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