By Yvonne Pilon, Windsor Star, March 28, 2012
“According to Startup Canada, there are more than 1 million small businesses that employ 48 per cent of Canada’s total workforce, account for 25 per cent of total exports, and provide 30 per cent of our total GDP. Of those small businesses, 4.7 per cent are classified as high-growth enterprises and are responsible for 45 per cent of new job creation in Canada.
So, if entrepreneurs play such a vital role in Canada’s prosperity, what can we do to spread this can-do spirit even further?
To start, we need to educate. Our younger generations should be aware that entrepreneurship is a viable career path. When was the last time you saw an ‘Entrepreneur’ or ‘Be Your Own Boss’ booth at your local High School Career Fair?
Also, let’s not forget that the workforce in an entrepreneurial economy must evolve as well. More and more research is showing that employers and employees alike believe the workforce needs to become more “entrepreneurial” in order for the country to remain competitive in the global marketplace. Entrepreneurial skills such as creative thinking, decision making, communication, team building, networking, financial management, and goal setting were used as examples.
For employers and employees looking to become more entrepreneurial, Workforce WindsorEssex has just recently developed an entire toolbox to assist you. The tools are free and can be found at www.workforcewindsoressex.com.”