Small Business Week in Canada – 3 Ways BBD Helps Small Businesses Thrive
Published: Oct 18 | 2018
Modified: Oct 08 | 2019
This week (October 14th – October 20th, 2018) is Small Business Week in Canada. This may not be a national holiday, but with 1.17 million employer businesses in Canada and 1.14 million (97.9%) of those being small businesses, it’s easy to see why it’s important to recognize Canada’s small businesses.
To a small business employer, Small Business Week is an homage to their hard work, dedication and perseverance in running a business. It’s an opportunity for others to celebrate small businesses and all they do for Canada’s economy (if you aren’t convinced, just check out their contributions to Canada’s GDP).
What Small Business Week Means for Us and Our Groups
For Benefits by Design (BBD) Inc., Small Business Week is a chance to celebrate our origins. We began as a small business way back in 1996 and have grown over the last two decades. With nearly 100 employees in offices across the country, BBD now helps keep over 4,000 groups happy, healthy and financially secure through flexible benefits options.
And guess what?
The majority of those 4000 groups are small businesses. They come to us from a variety of different industries, with different demographics and needs, but they all share one thing in common: they want to keep their employees healthy through a group benefits plan. We want the same thing – our mission is to help working Canadians, and we start by helping small businesses thrive.
3 Ways Benefits by Design Helps Small Businesses Thrive
1. Provide benefits for small businesses. BBD provides benefits for businesses with anywhere from 1-500 employees. Traditional plans like Benepac® provide coverage that is all encompassing, while products like Standalone® provide a small business cost predictability.
2. Assists in benefits administration. Owners of small businesses are busy people and don’t always have the time or the knowledge to administer their benefits plan. BBD provides assistance in the administration of a plan, so small business owners always have sometime watching out for them and their employees.
3. Support local small businesses. “Every time you buy from a small business, an actual person does a happy dance.” This saying is one of our favourites because it’s true, and something we live by in our offices across the country.
- Kingston, Ontario – we have an ongoing relationship with local magazine Your Workplace (which is distributed for free to many of our groups and Advisor partners), as well as our favourite local coffee shop The Elm Cafe.
- Port Coquitlam, British Columbia – our go-to print shop, Westwood Printing, is just around the corner from us! And though it must be said they can’t technically be considered a small business anymore, our employee intranet Jostle is nearby too!
- Mississauga, Ontario – even in the busy Mississauga sales office, our employees managed to find Bravo Bistro, a popular spot for lunch with surprisingly good coffee.