Province reaches out young entrepreneurs via smartphone app

Government launches Boss Yourself app for small business startups

“Dentist, baker, restaurant owner or doctor: which of those businesses would you consider to be small businesses?” asked Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Small Business to a class of business students at Lambrick Park secondary school.

“All of them,” replied one student ensconced behind a row of computers in the classroom-turned-press conference Tuesday morning.

“Wherever you go, you see small businesses more than large businesses and part of small business culture is somebody waking up one morning and saying: ‘You know what, I’d like to start my own business,’ but sometimes we don’t actually have the skills we need,” Yamamoto said.

Cue the smartphone app.

Jordan Bennett, senior policy analyst at Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation gave students a tour of web version of the app, Boss Yourself, via a smartboard. Boss Yourself includes quizzes designed to sharpen a young person’s business sense and provides facts on the basics of starting a business, as well as links to outside resources.

An accompanying lesson plan has also been developed for the app, which is available for free on iPhone, Android or web browsers. Federal research and innovation funding for the project was provided as a part of the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market development Agreement, in addition to support from the province.

Ninety-eight per cent of businesses in B.C. are small businesses, defined by employing 50 people less. Though the vast majority of those small businesses, explained the minister, an entrepreneur herself, have fewer than five employees.

“We need to embrace entrepreneurs, embrace small business and do it at an earlier age,” she said. “It’s not something we should do when we can’t get a job at a big company.”

“To do so and to do so profitably, you need business skills,” Bennet added.

Find out more at bossyourselfbc.ca, or the Boss Yourself YouTube video.

nnorth@saanichnews.com

 

Just Posted

Hopeful Sidney pot shop owner challenges town in court after application denied

A court petition has been filed against the Town of Sidney

Search for space continues as North Saanich child care program closes

Beacon Community Service says it is a challenge to find suitable facilities

Semi truck impounded after driver avoids weight scales in Saanich

Driver issued 90-day roadside driving prohibition

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

Residents in B.C. city could face 133% tax hike in ‘worst case’ lawsuit outcome: report

An average home could see a tax increase of $2,164 in one year

POLL: Will you be donating to charities over the holiday season?

Many here in Victoria joined others around the world to take part… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Dec. 3

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read