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Celebrating Small Business Month: The Stories Behind Today’s Successful Entrepreneurs


Published September 26, 2023 • 4 Min Read

This Small Business Month let’s shine a spotlight on the heart of our economy, Canada’s small business owners. After all, in 2022, small businesses comprised 98.0% of all employer businesses in Canada and employed 10.7 million workers. That’s almost two-thirds (63.0%) of all employees in the country.

Get Inspired by these stories of resilience and re-invention

Entrepreneurs come from all walks of life and are inspired to start businesses for a variety of reasons. But they have one thing in common. Their road started with an idea – an idea that could solve a problem, change the world or bring one’s passion to life. We’re honoured to share these incredible entrepreneur stories and the ideas that inspired their vision.

Fae Pictures

Fae Pictures

Fae Pictures is using the RBC BIPOC Emerging Producers Lending Program to create stories that heal divides and bring people together.

 Indigenous Incubator Inc.

Indigenous Incubator Inc.

Rod Stagg found success in the trades, and now he’s creating a path to share with Indigenous youth, launching Indigenous Incubator Inc.

Lenz Rental

Lenz Rental

Lenz Rental discovered a new way to access the capital needed to grow.

Exclusive Live Virtual Event: Ask Bryan & Sarah Baeumler Anything

Bryan & Sarah Baeumler

Starting and growing a business is work – getting advice from seasoned entrepreneurs might just be that nudge to help you make your ideas happen. That’s why we asked HGTV Canada’s Bryan and Sarah Baeumler to join us for an exclusive event on October 5th to kick off Small Business Month. They’ll not only share key lessons learned and uncover the building blocks to their success, but Bryan says he’s willing to take on the toughest questions. You even might hear your question answered live!

To register and submit your question follow the link below. Virtual seats are limited so register today to secure your spot.

RBC Small Business Poll

RBC Small Business Poll reveals Canadians are turning to entrepreneurship for financial security and career autonomy

The most recent RBC Small Business Poll reveals that 94% of aspiring business owners say being their own boss is the main incentive for entrepreneurship, viewing business ownership as their next move towards professional growth, financial security and personal fulfillment.

Read full results

RBC in the Community: Supporting Canada’s Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs Giving High Five

RBC Rock My Business Start-Up Awards

September, 2023

RBC Future Launch and Futurpreneur just announced the RBC Rock My Business Start-Up Awards where eight young entrepreneurs were awarded $10,000.

Women Entrepreneur

RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

For 18 years running, RBC has sponsored the Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, the pre-eminent national business awards recognizing the country’s leading female entrepreneurs. Read about the 2022 award winners and how these amazing women are making an impact on Canada’s economy and communities. Winners will be announced Nov 22, 2023.

Canadian SME National Business Awards logo

Canadian SME National Business Awards

The RBC Small Business of the Year Award is awarded to a Canadian small business that has shown exceptional growth in the past two years and has demonstrated leadership, innovation, growth in profits, and a brilliant business plan for the future. Still time to apply for the SME Awards!

RBC Programs Promoting Entrepreneurship

Whether you’re a new business owner or a seasoned veteran we can help with advice, connections and banking solutions to get your new business started or to grow it to the next level.

  • RBC Black Entrepreneur Program: Apply for a loan of up to $250,000 with the RBC Black Entrepreneur Business Loan, available to eligible1 Black Entrepreneurs in Canada.

  • Emerging BIPOC Film & Media Producers Fund: Provides access to financing and other crucial support to non-established media & entertainment producers within the BIPOC community.

  • RBC Global Connect: Explore new markets, find new global business partners and enjoy around-the-clock access to free online trade tools and resources.

  • Thinking of Starting a Business? Turn your business idea into action with The Founder’s Journey, a free online course taught by Ivey Business School faculty, in collaboration with RBC Future Launch, and The Globe and Mail.

  • Considering a business as an agricultural producer? The Foundations in Agricultural Management course, a collaboration between University of Guelph, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and RBC Future Launch, provides an introduction to key management concepts that lay a foundation for farmers to take a more proactive approach to managing their business and planning for the future.

Starting a Business

Start and Grow Your Business with RBC

Ready to turn your side hustle, passion or idea into a full-time business? Free tools and advice to get you started.

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