March 8th, International Women's Day, is a great time to reflect on women in business, especially this year when Canada's theme is Strong Women; Strong Canada - Canadian Women - Creating Jobs One Business at a time.
Here in Canada, more women are joining the ranks of the self-employed all the time.
- In 2011, 17.5 percent of all SMEs in Canada were owned solely by women, 5.6 percent were majority owned by women and another 28.1 percent were owned by men and women in equal partnership.
- According to RBC Economics, majority-owned women's businesses contributed an estimated $148 billion dollars to the Canadian economy in 2011.
- Currently women-owned businesses currently employ over 1.5 million Canadians according to the BMO Financial Group - and the same study indicated that 71% of Canadian women would like to start their own business.
About Canadian Women in Business on This Website
- Women in Business a Growing Wave presents the statistics of the astonishing growth in women-owned businesses in this country.
- For more on what the "typical" Canadian woman in business is like, see The Face of Canadian Business Women.
- And if you are a Canadian woman starting or running a small business who is looking for funding, check out Small Business Loans for Women in Canada: For Women Only.
International Women's Day is also a great day to celebrate the triumphs and accomplishments of women everywhere, to reflect on what improvements to women's lives are yet to be achieved, and to do our own part to "ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding".
To find International Women's Day events near you, visit this page of the International Women's Day website.
More on International Women's Day:
- International Women's Day in Canada
- International Women's Day 2014
- A History of International Women's Day
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