Celebrating #SmallBusinessWeek


You most likely go there often, the places with the thoughtfully placed merchandise or personalized service, the ones with the friendly smiles, welcoming conversations and customer care which offers “that special touch.” Small Businesses dot our communities with goods and services; they add character and depth to our neighbourhoods, making them unique, valuable, and essential to the economy’s health.

This week, from October 18 – 24, we celebrate the entrepreneurs in our community, our province and across the country. Small Business Week has taken place each year since 1979, bringing like-minded people together to learn, network, celebrate, and reflect on the present time’s challenges. According to the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), “The coronavirus pandemic has caused one of the most important economic crises in history. In this unprecedented context, Canadian entrepreneurs have once again shown their courage and ability to adapt.” Registration is open for the BDC’s (Virtual) Signature events full of insight and practical information.

During Small Business Week, Travel Alberta will be running a week-long campaign highlighting the vital role tourism plays in rebuilding Alberta’s economy. Together, we celebrate Alberta businesses’ resiliency and innovation as they adapt to operating and safely welcoming visitors in a COVID-19 environment. Join Travel Alberta’s webinar Reigniting the Entrepreneur’s Resilience, October 22, at 11:00 am. Find inspiring success stories on small businesses doing things differently and launching new experiences HERE.

Perhaps you have been pondering a start-up of your own? In early March of this year, Tourism Red Deer co-hosted alongside Alberta’s Tourism Business Development, a full-day workshop for Tourism entrepreneurs. You can find workbooks, guides and additional information from the day HERE to help you on your way. The City of Red Deer can help take the guesswork out of where to start and share Steps to Starting a Business under their website’s business section. Red Deer County also offers help through its online Business Development Tool. As always, Tourism Red Deer is here to support tourism industry partners at any phase of their business development journey from brainstorming to marketing; we are here for you.

Did you know that Alberta’s tourism-related businesses are made up of 99% small businesses or run by self-employed entrepreneurs? We salute your courage and tenacity more so now than ever; to your efforts and sacrifices, we thank you for enriching Red Deer’s Backyard.

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