Let’s take risks, generate some big ideas

SONY DSCThe importance of small business to our country, province and community cannot be overstated.

Small business drives innovation, leads job creation and builds wealth like no other economic engine in our nation.

This space, every other month, will be used to provide you with the resources you need to start a business, grow an existing business, and help drive an entrepreneurial culture in our community.

Did you know that 98 percent of businesses in Canada have less than 100 employees, and almost 70 percent of the private workforce is employed by small businesses?

Small businesses created over 75 percent of all private jobs in Canada over the last decade.

Sault Ste. Marie has done a good job of diversifying its economy since the 1990’s.

Through Destiny Sault Ste. Marie, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and other initiatives, the city has been able to grow various sectors including Information Technology, green energy, education, and more – lessening its reliance upon the steel and forest sectors.

Along the way the small business sector has developed and changed, and Sault Ste. Marie has been recognized nationally as a top 100 Entrepreneurial City in Canada (ranking as high as 23rd in 2012).

There are numerous resources available to entrepreneurs and small business in our area, including Business Sault Ste. Marie – a division of the Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC), the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC), the Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area (CDC), Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC), and more.

These organizations provide business startup assistance and other resources to new and established businesses in the community.

They provide an essential role in our small business community.

But there is more we can do as a community to ensure we build an entrepreneurial community within Sault Ste. Marie that is strong, supportive, vibrant and inclusive.

An entrepreneurial community led by entrepreneurs.

Startup Sault is doing just that.

Startup Sault is a volunteer–led movement to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and small business service providers in Sault Ste. Marie to create a supportive and knowledgeable environment where business startups can flourish.

We are part of the Startup Canada network – a pan-Canadian network to provide entrepreneurs with a single doorway to enter their local entrepreneur community to access mentors, space, funding and support to start and grow their businesses and to connect with other startup founders online and on the ground.

Startup_CanadaStartup Canada is a national entrepreneur-led undertaking to enhance the nation’s competitiveness and prosperity through uniting and strengthening Canada’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and promoting a vibrant entrepreneurial culture to create a unified brand as a rallying point for Canadians.

Startup Canada has the support of more than 85,000 Canadians, 400 partners and 300 volunteers across the country and in its network of over 20 thriving startup communities. To learn more about Startup Canada, watch this video.

With the support of this national movement, and our amazing team of local entrepreneurs and volunteers, Startup Sault will help build a strong and spirited entrepreneurial community in Sault Ste. Marie.

Since our launch in March 2014, Startup Sault has held a number of unique networking events including Startup Drinks, a casual, fun networking opportunity to meet and hangout with other entrepreneurs.

In May, Startup Sault offered a 5-day training session from the Canadian Entrepreneurship Institute via live streaming.

The training featured keynote lectures by world-leading innovators, entrepreneurs, educators and policy makers; attendees gained the knowledge, tools and network necessary to make a meaningful impact in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship in their community, as well as their own business or organization.

On October 9th we held a Startup Drinks event at the Water Tower Pub, and our fall line-up of events includes the next Startup Drinks, November 20th, as well as our newest program – Startup Book Club, October 29th (kick-off ) and December 3rd.

Startup Book Club participants will read and discuss the latest business-related books (as well as classics) to glean tips, models and strategies to take their business to the next level.

Startup Book Club will create an opportunity for local entrepreneurs, students, small business owners and others to discuss not only the content of each book, but their own strategies and experiences as well.

I hope you will join us in our movement.

Together, let’s take risks, generate big ideas, and push the economy forward.

About Startup Sault:

Startup Sault connects new entrepreneurs with the small business resources available in the community, and provides the support of existing entrepreneurs who are building successful companies.

Our community enterprise partners include the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC), Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC), Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie (CDC), and Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about Startup Sault, visit www.startupsault.ca. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/startupsault) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/startupsault) to keep up to date on Startup Sault events, startup tips and other useful information.

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About the Author: Nevin Buconjic is an entrepreneur, author, consultant and Strategic Business Advisor with the Ontario government. Nevin is the founder and community lead for Startup Sault.

Update on Book Sales

It has been a while since I updated my website due to some issues with WordPress. I was essentially unable to login until recently. I wanted to make this update back in April because it was ahead of schedule by a month! On April 3, 2014 I sold my 5,000th copy of the ebook version of my book, 25 Money-Making Businesses You Can Start in Your Spare Time! This was a goal of mine that I wasn’t sure I would reach. I am just amazed at how my book took off and some of the amazing reviews it has garnered on Amazon.com.

I suppose I should shoot for a loftier goal now — say 10,000 ebook sales? Sounds great to me! I will be sure to let you know when this happens. In the meantime, I launched the paperback version of the book and have been very busy raising my one year old daughter and starting a new business.

Thanks for the ongoing support, and feel free to post comments or questions anytime!

 

My New Business

I recently launched a new business, and I am excited to tell you all about it! Stay tuned…

25 Money-Making Businesses Book Available at Coles Book Store

My book, 25 Money-Making Businesses You Can Start in Your Spare Time is now available at Coles Book Store in the Station Mall, in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.

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Make sure to check it out! 🙂

My New Book Video

Hey, check out my new video for my book, 25 Money-Making Businesses You Can Start in Your Spare Time! I created the video for my Amazon page to introduce myself to readers and to explain why I wrote the book and how it can help potential entrepreneurs to get started!

Startup Sault Interview

Nevin Local2 InterviewOne of my new and latest projects is Startup Sault – which is a local entrepreneurship group dedicated to building a more entrepreneurial community in Sault Ste. Marie by bringing together entrepreneurs and small businesses to network, learn and help each other start and grow our businesses. We held our first events on March 27th — Startup Drinks and it was a great turnout and super fun. Check out my interview from a local news website: http://www.local2.ca/ssm/viewarticle.php?id=14732

Win 1 of 5 FREE copies of my new paperback

25-Money-giveawayThere are only a few hours left to enter the contest to win 1 of 5 FREE copies of my new paperback — 25 Money-Making Businesses You Can Start in Your Spare Time! Enter today! Click the link to enter http://prmo.me/VT5tjV

Hoping to Write a Post This Weekend!

Although I have been on parental leave with my daughter for almost 3 months, I have still managed to find a little time to publish my first paperback book, launch a new entrepreneurs group locally and a few other things. I have so much to share — hoping to get one or more posts out this weekend to explain!

My Book Just Hit #1 on Amazon.com!

Money-Making NEW2My book, 25 Money-Making Businesses You Can Start in Your Spare Time just hit #1 on Amazon.com in the Home-Based Business category, and #8 of all books under Entrepreneurship!  My book is doing very well and I am close to achieving one of my personal goals for sales, within the next few months! Exciting times!

Soon to be my new toy – the Blackberry Z30!

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