Friday, March 1, 2019

how to start a small business

how to start a small business

The Small Business Development Center is a free service for aspiring small business owners -

Posted: 28 Feb 2019 04:28 PM PST

PEORIA, Il -  

Starting a small business is not as simple as renting a space and selling your product or service. Luckily there are several local organizations like the Small Business Development Center and the Better Business Bureau, willing to walk step by step with entrepreneurs.

The Small Business Development Center teaches them about things such as how to register a name, how to get licenses and permits and how to fit state and federal requirements.

Peoria has seen a boom of new small businesses popping up  in the past few years, specially in the Warehouse District.

According to Kevin Evans, director of the small business development center at Bradley, Peoria is definitely a good place to start.

"The growth of small business development is really alive and well in Peoria. We have a variety of companies that have started here that are really at the brink of becoming tremendous companies that will be known perhaps nationally or internationally. So I think the climate here is really good for small business start ups, small business growth and development," said Evans

Evans also added that the mission of the organization is to  help start, grow and innovate businesses.

"We can assist business owners with actually executing the organizational kinds of things. Where do you go to register a corporation or LLC. We can assists them with those kinds of things," said Evans.

The Better Business Bureau is focused on improving trust between businesses and customers. For example, there are workshops centered on how to navigate social media for better brand marketing.

"Social media has become a primary way of getting your name out there and telling your story as a small business," said Jessica Tharp, President of BBB.

In this workshop, members get to learn about how to use each social media outlet properly.

"Then there's instagram and twitter and they way you manage each of  those different medias, matters in a small business. So take advantage of the tools that we have to offer and it's going to help you," said Tharp. 

The small business development center is a free service and its for anyone interested in starting a business.

Moving2Canada wins Small Business BC award for contribution to immigrant community - GlobeNewswire

Posted: 28 Feb 2019 09:59 AM PST

Founder Ruairi Spillane recognized in Best Immigrant Entrepreneur category for building a free one-stop-shop information hub and support network for newcomers to Canada
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The winners of 16th Annual Small Business BC Awards have been officially announced, and Moving2Canada has come out on top in the Best Immigrant Entrepreneur category. Founder Ruairi Spillane convinced the judges that Moving2Canada was a sustainable business with a strong purpose and immense growth potential, and in doing so, he held off four worthy competitors. With the award he is recognized for his strong leadership in business and service to the local immigrant community, and for both overcoming the challenges of starting a business as a newcomer to Canada as well as building a community to help other newcomers from around the world succeed in their new home."For me the purpose of Moving2Canada was always to pay down the support I received after I moved to Canada. In a year when immigration looks set to be front and centre on the national political agenda,winning the Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award is a strong signal to our community that their efforts matter, that immigrants supporting immigrants is recognized in Canada, and that paying it down keeps paying off. To my mind, this award is a recognition of the hard work my team has put into building this community and it definitely gives us added drive in promoting Canada as a great place to live and work", said Ruairi Spillane after accepting the award at the Small Business BC Awards Gala in Vancouver on February 21, 2019. In attendance to bring awareness to the critical role entrepreneurship plays in Canada's economy were the Honourable Mary Ng, Federal Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, as well as the Honourable Bruce Ralston, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Trade, and Technology.Speaking about his business idea, he added: "Canada is a fantastic product to share with the world. We have a unique culture defined by immigration. To live in such a diverse, peaceful country with strong economic conditions and where cultural diversity is celebrated, is a dream for many people who want to improve their lives. I was keen to find a business idea that would solve a real problem and provide an innovative solution. So I asked myself, what if we could build a community-focused one-stop-shop with information that's up-to-date, scalable and free? That would be a game changer for newcomers! As Moving2Canada, we make moving easier. Our team have all walked this same path before and take pride in building an independent platform for our growing community."The Moving2Canada business model is based on a community-first approach. Ruairi did not want to become just another gatekeeper of information, and instead wanted to open the gate and ensure that Moving2Canada could be used by immigrants from all over the world. He decided to study the needs of immigrants and focus the commercial model around creating partnerships with products and services that could add value to his audience. "Our magic formula is that we understand our community and have become experts in serving the needs of this pre-arrival segment, at a time when scant few Canadian brands are engaging with them", he concludes.Commenting on the challenges of an immigrant entrepreneur, one of the main criteria of this award, Ruairi had this to say: "All entrepreneurs face challenges. When you combine the entrepreneurial world with the immigrant world, the challenges become even larger. Sometimes it's a lonely journey as we chase our dreams. The lack of a support network was the biggest challenge for me. Working long hours away from home in a new country left me feeling isolated. The Irish immigrant community in Vancouver became my support network."The website, and its sister-site Outpost Recruitment, attract more than 300,000 visitors globally every month. Since 2012, the websites have been helping people plan their move and find work in Canada. Moving2Canada has been endorsed by Ireland's Ambassador to Canada and the Irish Canadian Immigration Centre (I/CAN).Quotes:"Congratulations to all the nominees of the Small Business BC Awards. Owning a successful business takes hard work, determination, and talent," said the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion. "That's why the Government of Canada is committed to making it easier for small businesses to start up, scale up, and access new markets. When small businesses thrive, our economy grows and middle-class jobs are created for Canadians.""The Small Business BC and Open for Business Awards honour small businesses and the communities that help them succeed," said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. "The awards showcased the achievements of some of the province's most innovative entrepreneurs who continue to drive B.C.'s economy forward, creating good jobs for people in every corner of the province."The judges for the Best Immigrant Entrepreneur category had this to say about Moving2Canada: "This business has found a niche and is serving it brilliantly. They have a keen entrepreneur's spirit and innovative ideas, and it was easy to see the passion demonstrated by the business owner and how his personal experience as an immigrant enabled him to tackle the challenges of creating and growing a business."Notes to Editor:
The Moving2Canada team currently consists of six Irish citizens (two naturalised as Canadian citizens), one German, one Israeli and one Canadian. You can learn more about our individual backgrounds here.
Ruairi Spillane (35), from Beaufort, Ireland, emigrated to Canada in 2008 to take up a role in finance. The onset of the global financial crisis soon after his move made him question his career choice. It also opened him up to interactions and queries from would-be Irish immigrants interested in moving to Canada, which helped shape his business idea. He set up Moving2Canada as a free information resource in 2012 and later that year launched a recruitment agency, Moving2Canada Recruitment (now called Outpost Recruitment), focused on assisting immigrants find work in Canada. Ruairi is a founding member of the Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce in Vancouver and has been recognized for his contributions to helping newcomers to Canada become successful.For further information on Moving2Canada, please see:
Marcel Niedecken
Phone: (+1) 819-266-9656

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