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Small Business Week

October 17 - 21, 2022

From October 17th to October 21st, 2022, thousands of small business owners across Canada come together to celebrate, learn, and network with other entrepreneurs. For more info check out all the BVCC's 2022 Small Business Week initiatives below.

Small and medium-sized businesses are the foundation of the Canadian economy, accounting for 99% of all businesses. In 2015, SME's employed approximately 10.5 million Canadians in the private sector. It is important that we take the time to recognize their successes and recommend helpful tools and resources to help them thrive!

The BVCC and 106.5 Mountain FM partner every Small Business Week to promote local Bow Valley Businesses with the Small Business Tips Competition!  

Calling all BVCC Members! Share a Small Business Tip for a chance to highlight your business on 106.5 Mountain FM during Small Business Week 2022. Email your 50 to 150 word business tip to by October 3rd, 2022. The top 5 business tips will win free air time on 106.5 Mountain FM radio marketing value of $370 per business!

Check out the 2021 106.5 Mountain FM Small Business Tip submissions below

#1 "Our business tip is to include employees in strategic planning. Brainstorming together allows us to see things from different perspectives, to come up with creative and alternative solutions, and to keep the team motivated to reach our common goal when their ideas are valued. Diversity makes a team stronger and better. When everyone is included and contributes, our individual skills complement each other like a puzzle and the end result is magic."

Michel Tessier - Owner and Director of Operations - Bow-Cor Custom Welding 

#2 "Be prepared to make mistakes, as every mistake is a chance to learn from. A good business owner isn't never going to make a mistake, they just get better at learning from them."

Dean Smolicz - Owner - Eclipse Coffee Roasters

#3 "Advertising doesn't create a need...advertising creates awareness... So when there is a need...customers think of your business first."

Amy Roseler - Publisher - Bow Valley Coffee News

#4 "We approach building our business like building our recipes. The best results take time, there are no shortcuts and every decision (ingredient) is important. We pursue our goals with passion, pride and dedication for the best results. Most importantly we do everything with our own unique flavor and we like to spice things up no matter what we're doing!"

Jamie Ayles - Founder - Bow Valley BBQ

"You are unique and have a unique view of the world that only you can express through your business. See your uniqueness as the true gold that it is, and it will be exactly what draws customers and employees to you. We’ve spoken to many business owners who built their business by only following what others told them to do, only to end up with a business they don't feel connected to, and doesn't match their vision or values. The true beauty of entrepreneurship is being able to create something unique that shares your vision with the world. Be you!"

Frankie D, Makaylah & Fia-Lynn - Owners & Operators - Frankie D's Donuts

"My biggest tip for small business owners is to practice deep breathing daily.

Often when we feel anxious, we breathe from the chest. This encourages short, sharp breaths which tightens the muscles that help us to breathe. This can leave us feeling out of breath and can worsen anxiety.

However, if you breathe lower into the stomach, under the diaphragm, you calm the body down, reducing stress and anxiety. Breathing below the diaphragm can enhance the body’s immune system, increase energy, and improve sleep, which rejuvenates the body and mind.

Therefore, practice deep breathing daily to increase your health and wellness."

Michelle Davis - Owner & Therapist - The First Step to Freedom Cognitive Hypnotherapy

"From one Canadian business to another we know you’ve invested a lot of time and effort to build your business. Managing a small business or being an entrepreneur, you may think the type of work you do is free of risk; this is a common misconception. Protect everything you’ve worked hard to achieve with business insurance. The right insurance and financial planning strategy can help keep you and your business on course so you can achieve your goals."

Marlo Reid-Gibson - Associate Financial Advisor, CFP® - Co-operators - Moir Insurance Services Inc

"Be a student of your business."

"In any business, it's important to pursue excellence in your craft. This is the minimum requirement. The "table stakes" as it were. It is equally important to learn the business of business. What are the drivers of growth or future value? The key metrics of success? The social or values-based elements that you care most about? (Why did you start your business in the first place?) Each business can create a dashboard of metrics, data, or desired outcomes to monitor regularly, revise periodically, and pursue relentlessly".

Vicki Young - Former President - Riverstone Insurance

“How you communicate is critical to your business success. So often, clients come to us seeking quick solutions to their business challenges. My best advice is to think about your audience first. So often we think first about what we want to say, but you have to think deeply about what your audience needs to hear, and why your message is relevant to them. What do they care about? Start there, and then think about the best communication channels that you can reach them through – whether it’s speaking to them in person, sending an email, placing a sign on your door, constructing a social media post, or adding content to your regular newsletter. What would they see, understand and appreciate? And finally, communicate simply, in common language. Have someone else read the communication too, just to make sure it will make sense to others.”

Michelle Gurney - Principal - Shift Consulting