This week is small business week, an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has organized for over 42 years. Every year, it’s close to 10,000 entrepreneurs gather to learn, network, and celebrate the people building business across the country.
As the economy hopes to roar back to life, though the uncertainty of COVID-19 has affected every business, the economy has begun to reignite from the labour shortage and the rise of remote work to the expansion of digital business and increasingly frequent climate events; Canadian entrepreneurs will need to focus on innovation, inclusion, and sustainability to maintain their growth amidst these changes through the pandemic.
“It’s been about a year since we’ve come here, and I chose Coaldale because there is a need in the community for an optometrist, and I think it was a great match to be able to come here and serve the community,” said the owner of Silver Specs, Dan Cuevas.
According to the BDC, small and medium-sized businesses contribute 54 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product. There are more than 1.2 million small and medium-sized businesses in Canada that help fuel our economy.
“It’s hard to say quantify whether or not we’ve seen an effect since we’ve been open since COVID times, so it’s hard to give my straight answer if we would’ve seen more or fewer patients between a COVID and non-COVID times, but what I have noticed is during the time of restrictions are customers count decreased,” added Cuevas.
Cuevas also added the importance of doing eye check-ups for kids because children’s vision is significant, based on making sure that all kids can see well to learn and interact with their classmates.
Silver Specs is a family-friendly optometrist and optical for all your eye care needs, and whether you need a new pair of specs, contact lens fit, or an urgent eye care visit because of a spec in your eye. For more information about Silver Specs in Coaldale, you can visit their website at silverspecs.com, or you can visit their Facebook page.
Jaxon McGinn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Sunny South News