Junior Achievement helps develop the newest generation of entrepreneurs
With more than 100,000 small businesses in Canada, some entrepreneurs might be of the belief that there’s already too much competition. A number of business leaders might think that too many cooks in the kitchen will make the landscape too murky for the rest of them.
However, that’s simply not true—without innovations that come from small and medium-size business (SMB) owners, Canada wouldn’t be the strong nation it is, nor would it be ripe for growth and new developments. Many industry experts want the nation to continue down this path for years to come. But this means that we all have to do our part to make sure young Canadians have many different opportunities afforded to them.
This often starts with education—kids who want to one day own their own company must be aware of many different facets of running a startup, from handling corporate finances to writing up a business plan. So where can they go, and how can we established professionals help?
The easy answer is Junior Achievement. This group has been essential in preparing the next wave of SMB leaders for more than 58 years, but some of their actions go unsung.
What has Junior Achievement done so far?
According to the organization’s website, Junior Achievement has helped more than 4 million young Canadians reach their goals in the last six decades. As the largest youth business group in Canada, this shouldn’t be a big surprise—this is where the go-getters head to learn the things they need to advance.
The estimate is that more than 226,000 Canadian students participate in Junior Achievement’s programs every year. These initiatives have three focus areas—Financial Literacy, Work Readiness, and Entrepreneurship—which are designed to point budding company leaders in the right direction and give them the push they need to get started.
What should business leaders do?
So how can current industry experts get involved? The best way is for SMB experts to donate their time, money and effort to Junior Achievement. After all, without their influence, the future of the entire sector would be uncertain at best.
Last year alone, 13,500 individuals from some of Canada’s leading businesses donated more than 232,000 hours of their time to this aim. It’s generosity like this that will continue to keep Canada strong for years to come.
Sage is a partner of Junior Achievement, working together to give back to the community and support future entrepreneurs.
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