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Small Business Week Celebration Features Businesses Thinking Local & Acting Global

Guelph - With more than 1.1 million small businesses currently operating in Canada, small businesses are integral to the success of our national economy. As such, October 18 through 24 has been declared ‘Small Business Week’ across Canada – a celebration of this vital segment of the economy across various market sectors. In partnership with snapd Guelph, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the small business community with the ‘Main Street Social’ – an event to be held on October 22 at the Guelph Civic Museum that will survey the passion, flexibility, innovation and drive required for small businesses to thrive in today’s world.

“Over 85% of businesses in Guelph are Small-and Medium-sized Enterprise (SMEs) that are at the cutting edge of their sector,” says Kithio Mwanzia President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. “Main Street Social will bring together a panel of business people to discuss how they have captured a growing global market segment; how their businesses are exporting globally; or how the actions they are implementing in their businesses locally are having a global impact.”

Specifically, discussion will focus on leading edge trends across the small business sector; how local small businesses have been able to successfully tap into global markets; outside-the-box knowledge, tools and techniques being applied by local small businesses; and how small businesses who are ‘acting global’ are able to maintain a ‘local’ identity.

Panelists for this event will include Gavin Armstrong (Lucky IronFish), Kevin Boon (Innovation Guelph), Matt Wittek (Cupanion), Keith Harris (Troll Bridge Creek) and Whitney Campbell (ReFresh Juice Co.). Refreshments will be provided by Bobby O’Brien’s Irish Pub while Revel Cider Co. – Guelph’s first craft cider producer – will be providing samples.

“Small Business Week is a celebration of Canadian entrepreneurs who continue to contribute so much to the national economy. ‘Main Street Social’ aims to bring together the business and broader community – to learn, share, and teach each other as we move forward toward continuing to build a stronger, more prosperous Guelph.” Concludes Mwanzia

‘Main Street Social’ will take place on Thursday, October 22, from 5pm until 7pm at the Guelph Civic Museum.

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