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Small Business Week: Showcasing the People Behind the Business

By: Benefits by Design | Tuesday October 8, 2019

Updated : Tuesday December 15, 2020

Canada is a nation of entrepreneurs.

The Canadian economy thrives on small and medium-sized businesses. For example, 90% of exporting companies have fewer than 100 employees. But those same companies produce 25% of the total value of Canadian exports.

As a result, more than 1.1 million small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada, and about half (55%) have fewer than four employees. It’s clear that the majority of Canadian business is small or medium.

It’s no wonder that every October we celebrate Small Business Week (SBW), where we recognize Canadian small businesses and everything they do! From offering small business benefits to keeping the Canadian economy thriving, small businesses are at the heart of Canadian business.

This year, SBW takes place from October 20th to October 27th. 2019’s theme is, “showcasing the people behind the business”, which is not only an excellent theme for SBW, it has fantastic benefits to workplaces on the whole. After all, celebrating an individual’s success and rewarding their good deeds increases employee engagement and productivity.

So let’s get ready to celebrate, participate, and improve our businesses!

Why Participate in Small Business Week?

It’s an opportunity to celebrate your success, build and grow your business, and showcase the work you do and why it’s essential. It’s an entire week recognizing you and everything you do! 

If you’re not a small business owner, the statistics say that you probably work for one. Consider what you do at your organization to make it better and help it thrive and grow. 

Showcasing the People Behind the Business

At Benefits by Design (BBD) Inc., our mission is to help working Canadians. Though we’re pushing almost 100 employees and don’t consider ourselves a small business anymore, we’ve been there. So, for SBW, we asked some of our employees to share how they fulfill our mission. Here’s what they had to say:

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Olivia Burton, Graphic Designer

“I help working Canadians by designing content that helps them to understand their benefit plans in a simple way, letting them get back to living their best lives worry-free!”

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Darcy Shea, Human Resources Generalist

“I help working Canadians by supporting Advisors to connect business owners with the benefits plan that is right for them and their employees.”

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Willow Munro, Client Service Specialist

“I help working Canadians by supporting them in the day-to-day administration of their benefits plan and connecting them with the coverage they need to keep their employees happy and healthy.”

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Justin Karch, Business Analyst

“I help working Canadians by analyzing data to improve client support and technology platforms, and improving upon our current customer relationship management solutions to make the world of group benefits more accessible to our clients.”

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Adam Busschaert, HR Generalist

“I help working Canadians starting right from within BBD. Together with the rest of the HR department, we provide employees with ongoing support throughout their employment.”

Try a similar exercise with your employees. Not only is it a great way to participate in SBW, but it also reinforces your mission, vision, and values and the role your employees play in reaching them!

Need help knowing what to look for in your first small business benefits plan?

Download the Small Business Handbook (PDF: 353 KB)