Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE)
Canadian experts in free enterprise gathered in Waterloo on October 27 to 29, 2005 as Wilfrid Laurier University hosted the conference which highlighted the most successful ways of fostering entrepreneurship.
Two Laurier centres--The Centre for the Study of Nascent Entrepreneurship and the eXploitation of Technology, or the NeXt Centre, and the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship--hosted the annual conference of the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE). The theme of the conference was Fostering and Incubating Canadian Entrepreneurship: Best Practices.
The conference focussed on the considerable efforts undertaken to promote and support Canadian entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship at the local, regional and national levels. It examined the research that has identified best methods and practices, introduced innovations and new program elements, and discussed common problems and difficulties that impede identification of sustainable solutions.
"We were pleased to host the 22nd annual conference, which was somewhat unique in that it combined practical business support with teaching and research," said Benson Honig, director of the NeXt Centre. "The conference's theme of fostering the best in entrepreneurship mirrored a key focus of the Laurier school of buiness and economics."
The conference attracted more than 100 academics, policy makers, business support professionals, economic development officers and practitioners. The four track sessions included: general issues, general issues (practical and research), business support and teaching.
Jim Balsillie, chairman and co-CEO of Research In Motion, delivered the opening keynote. His address was part of the opening reception that began on the Thursday evening at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation.
Friday's keynote address was delivered by Danny Miller and Isabelle LeBreton-Miller. The pair reviewed key points made in their book Managing for the Long Run: Lessons in Competitive Advantage from Great Family Businesses.
"This was a very strong program, in that if offered a great deal to anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship," said Steve Farlow, executive director fo the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship.
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