The Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC) celebrated Small Business Month this past October. The annual celebration honoured the contributions of Mississauga small businesses; after all they are the cornerstone of our neighbourhoods. The month also encouraged residents to get out and support the more than *65,000 small businesses that we have in Mississauga.
This year’s celebration featured the success stories of a group of strong and diverse individuals. Each success story was shared on social media throughout the month by way of a video or article. The successful online campaign achieved high engagement rates drawing attention to Mississauga as the place of endless business opportunities.
Small Business Month also featured two events. The first was a fall decorating event with Rebecca Manankil, lead planner and owner of Presents and Presence Events. The second was a Halloween red carpet fashion showcase that highlighted another MBEC client Adrian Arnieri, the founder and leader of Arnieri, a fashion wardrobe styling business.
I want to leave you with a noteworthy initiative that the Government of Canada has made available. The Women Entrepreneurship Fund is an investment which aims to assist women entrepreneurs grow their existing businesses. If you are or know of a woman entrepreneur who would qualify for this fund, they are now accepting proposals.
* A small business has been defined as a business without any direct employees.
For information about MBEC, visit the office at the Mississauga Central Library (4th floor) or online at here.