Startup Canada initiative embraces Canadian franchising during coast-to-coast campaign
From St. John’s to Whitehorse, the word is spreading: Entrepreneurship is a great way for Canadians to secure their futures and boost their country’s economy.
There’s a new grassroots organization that’s traveling coast to coast this year, seeking to educate Canadians about the importance of self-employment — and we’re thrilled that it’s spreading the word about entrepreneurship opportunities.
The organization and initiative is called Startup Canada, and it’s the nation’s first entrepreneur-led movement to raise awareness about Canadian small business ownership. It was founded officially May 2 but began a coast-to-coast tour in Nova Scotia in March; the group plans to visit every province before ending the tour in Vancouver in September. (For more information, visit www.startupcan.ca.)
Startup Canada will host a series of town hall meetings and other events to welcome and engage with local entrepreneurs, whom the organization wants to help form a unified plan to advocate for Canadian small business owners.
“Franchising is a legitimate business opportunity that all entrepreneurs can explore,” says Victoria Lennox, a leader in Canadian youth entrepreneurship development and Startup Canada’s co-founder. “We need to work hard to foster an entrepreneurial culture … Canada has a role to play in the world economy, and to do that, we need a strong entrepreneurial community.”
We couldn’t agree more. With our five Canada locations in addition to the 75-plus south of the border, we continue to strengthen that community by guiding would-be entrepreneurs — especially corporate refugees and women — into fulfilling careers in franchise ownership.
Franchising is an ideal route for a beginning entrepreneur because it provides the business owner with the strength of the franchisor’s system and step-by-step processes for running the business. That eliminates a lot of the guesswork and anxiety from starting and running a business, resulting in lower risk and higher success rates. Small business is the backbone of the Canadian economy, and entrepreneurship — anchored by our nearly 1,200 franchise systems — is on the rise. That’s why we’re glad organizations like Startup Canada have taken the initiative.
Plenty of Canadians are looking at self-employment as an alternative to increasingly shaky corporate jobs. A 2010 Intuit Canada survey showed that a third of Canadians were interested in starting their own businesses, and 35 percent of those said they were likely to pursue their goal. According to a recent Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada, the number of self-employed Canadians increased by 46,700 from 2008 to 2010 — a growth rate of 1.8 percent in the depths of the recession, when the total number of employees dropped by 0.6 percent.
FranNet Canada has helped hundreds of people from all walks of life fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams through franchising. The Startup Canada tour and the excitement surrounding it are further proof that now is an excellent time for Canadians thinking about business ownership to make the move. Interested in talking, for free, with one of our consultants? Visit www.frannet.com.