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BDC Small Business WeekTM at a glance

Success Ahead!

Map your future growth

Jean-René Halde, President and Chief Executive Officer

Jean-René Halde

President and Chief Executive Officer
Business Development Bank of Canada

Every year during BDC Small Business WeekTM, we celebrate entrepreneurs. And at hundreds of events across Canada, entrepreneurs have opportunities to meet and learn from each other.

One challenge they must all meet is to grow the market for their firms’ products and services. This can be daunting. But at BDC, we believe that successful business growth is like travel: with the right map, you will reach your destination. Drawing the roadmap takes an eye for opportunity, a willingness to act and the right mix of discipline and adaptability.

Come join us at BDC’s Small Business WeekTM 2013. Learn, network, celebrate!


BDC Small Business WeekTM is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the Business Development Bank of Canada has been organizing for 34 years.


Each year, around 10,000 business people come together at events across Canada to learn, network and socialize.


Conferences, seminars, information sessions, luncheons and trade fairs take place across Canada. Check our interactive map to find out what’s happening near you.

How it all started

In 1979, BDC business centres in British Columbia’s Lower Fraser Valley pooled their resources to organize a week of activities for entrepreneurs.

Two years later, BDC decided to launch BDC Small Business WeekTM across Canada.

The initiative was quickly adopted by Canada’s business community and BDC Small Business WeekTM has become a not-to-be-missed annual event for entrepreneurs.