October 2012—Did you know that small businesses make up 98 percent of all companies in Canada and employ nearly half of working Canadians in the private sector? This Small Business Week (October 14 to 20), the Honourable Maxime Bernier invites all Canadians to join him in honouring the contributions our entrepreneurs and small business owners make to our country by creating jobs, generating economic growth and long-term prosperity.
October 2012—Less waste, better results—Standards increase efficiency is the theme for this year's World Standards Day event. The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) welcomes you this Friday, October 12, to morning presentations, panel discussion and networking opportunities.
June 2012—Canada, which hosted the world's largest science conference in Vancouver earlier this year, offers researchers from around the world great opportunities for building partnerships and conducting research, thanks to programs such as Mitacs Globalink.
June 2012—Genesis Group Inc., the commercialization arm of Memorial University, encourages innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador by helping local start-up technology companies in the early stages of development and growth
June 2012—The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), a member of the Industry Portfolio, has developed a guide for entrepreneurs seeking a loan from their bank. This guide, aptly titled Demystify your banker, explains what your loan proposal should contain and what your banker looks for when studying your proposal, defines some of the most common bank terms, and provides tips to increase your chances of success. You can consult the guide in BDC's Advice Centre.
May 2012—Canadian venture capital investment rose to $1.51 billion in 2011, the industry's strongest annual performance since 2007 and a 34% increase compared with 2010. To find out more about venture capital investment in Canada, check out the 2011 year-end issue of the Venture Capital Monitor.
May 2012—In the not too distant future, doctors everywhere may routinely turn to state-of-the-art medical technology originally designed to rapidly diagnose the health of astronauts in space. The Canadian Space Agency is partnering with leading Canadian researchers to accelerate the development of these technologies and applications that may change how patients are diagnosed and treated—both in space and here on Earth.
May 2012—As the second-largest investor in Mongolia, Canada has good reason to care about Mongolia's future. For the Standards Council of Canada, work in Mongolia highlights the significance of standardization to the economic and social progress of a nation.
May 2012—Do you know an individual, committee or organization that deserves recognition for their outstanding contribution to standardization? The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) would like to remind you that there is still time to submit nominations for the 2012 SCC Awards.
May 2012—If you are a Canadian entrepreneur, aged 18 to 35, you still have time to submit your project for a chance to win the 2012 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award! The deadline for entries is May 6, 2012. For more information and for tips on how to improve your chances of winning the Award, consult the BDC's website or watch the video entitled 3 Tips to win the 2012 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award.
April 2012—The Standards Council of Canada recently made significant strides in promoting the harmonization of standards at the international level by signing a milestone cooperation agreement with two European Standards Organizations.
April 2012—Investing in technology is essential for entrepreneurs but can also be a challenge. BDC's experts can show you how to make the most of ICT, starting with these 9 tech resolutions for your business.
April 2012—To provide business with a better understanding of how small enterprises (1 to 99 employees) access financing, Industry Canada conducts the Credit Conditions Survey. The latest survey was conducted in May and June 2011 for the 2010 calendar year.
April 2012—This profile provides an overview of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in tourism industries in Canada and examines the differences between them and SMEs in non-tourism industries. Tourism activities play an important role in the Canadian economy, and small businesses account for close to 98% of enterprises in this sector. This research was conducted as part of the SME Financing Data Initiative, a comprehensive data collection program on SME financing in Canada.
April 2012—Some $388 million was invested in 137 firms across Canada during the third quarter of 2011, a 51% increase over the same period the previous year. To find out more about venture capital investment and fundraising activity in Canada, check out the latest issue of the Venture Capital Monitor.
January 2012—Building on the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2010, the Standards Council of Canada and the Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology recently met over three days to explore and prioritize standardization sectors of mutual interest and to agree on a framework for advancing their cooperation agreement.