Entrepreneurs and hopeful newcomer business owners got together at Burnaby’s Bonsor Community Centre to talk shop about the highs and lows of starting a small business on Wednesday, June 8.
This was the Third Annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Exhibition provided by MAPLE 2.0, ISSofBC and RBC.
A panel of six newcomer business owners answered questions and offered advice that ranged from “be passionate about what you do,” to “don’t be in love: have a plan” offered by one of the accounting service proprietors. Suggestions came from the six who are in varied stages of company growth. Some businesses are mature while others are still within the early stages.
After a moderated discussion, participants browsed tables set up by the six business owners and made personal connections with the entrepreneurs.
Although advice varied, all of the panel members had the experience of doing some other work while setting up their own businesses.
Watch the video to hear the experiences of these newcomer entrepreneurs who multi-tasked during business start-up.
About the Author: Gwen Pawlikowski is a freelance writer and entrepreneur who has also worked as an ISSofBC employment counsellor with newcomers. She lives in New Westminster and loves the diversity of the Lower Mainland. Please click here for information on ISSofBC’s career services.