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November 22, 2001
Toronto hosts Small Business Forum 2001
  
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism today hosted Canada's biggest small
business forum. Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Small Business
Forum 2001 brought together more than 3,000 people from all levels of
government, the private sector, business associations and agencies to assist
businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

"We understand the importance of small business," said George Wheeler, Manager
of Enterprise Toronto. "We want to encourage small business people and
entrepreneurs any way we can -- through networking, education or inspiration,
and that's what this forum is all about."

John Anania, Assistant Chief Economist with the RBC Financial Group, was the
first of the power-packed speakers out of the gate. Anania discussed economic
trends and indicators, and the Canadian dollar, interest rates, U.S. markets,
international trade issues and the financial future in light of recent world
events.

Margot Franssen, President and Founding Partner of the Body Shop Canada, and
Greig Clark, Founder of College Pro Painters, each took the stage, sharing the
secrets of their success and describing the challenges facing them today.

As well as the speakers' lineup, there were special forums for youth, women and
aboriginal people, and an all-day conference for Chinese-Canadian entrepreneurs.

Roundtable discussions facilitated by experts gave participants a chance to
have their questions answered, share their experiences and exchange ideas.

Seminars, presentations, a laugh-and-learn comedy show and an all-day trade
show featuring the latest products and services of approximately 70 exhibitors
filled out the day. Nobody had a minute to feel bored as everyone seemed to
enjoy the challenge of learning. Plans are already being made to make the Small
Business Forum an annual event.


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