In a region where well-paying full time jobs are in limited supply and commuting by ferry is a four to five-hour round trip, many people turn to self-employment or starting a business.
One in five Sunshine Coast residents are self-employed (double the Canadian average) and we are home to a profusion of small businesses.
'Business curious' individuals have an opportunity to meet business mentor, Gary Bizzo, author of "How to Start a Successful Business - The First Time!" next Friday, March 28, when he is delivering a keynote speech to the Gibsons & District Chamber of Commerce.
Bizzo, who is a business coach, Internet innovator, and social media expert, has just been nominated for the Business Development Bank of Canada's Mentorship Award. He has helped manage more than 900 start-ups, as well as coaching established businesses.
"A lot of entrepreneurs think they are running their businesses the right way, but usually they aren't," said Bizzo.
The evening starts at 5 p.m. with a reception and business speed dating, followed by the keynote address at 6, and then the Chamber's annual general meeting. The event will be held at the Gibsons Public Market. Tickets are $15 or $10 for Chamber members.
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