TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - A new survey from the Canadian Federation of
Independent Business (CFIB) of 8,900 businesses shows that, if given
the opportunity to start over, the vast majority (83 per cent) of
entrepreneurs would choose the same career path.
It should come as no surprise then that 78 per cent of business owners
would recommend small business ownership as a career option for young
people. Unfortunately, business owners' comments all point to the same
common denominator: Schools are not promoting entrepreneurship as a
career option. "Schools are set up for kids to start a career, not
start a business," said one member from Alberta.
And, according to CFIB research, the education system hasn't fully
embraced entrepreneurship as a viable career option for young people,
with 56 per cent of business owners indicating that they did not feel
as though there was enough of an emphasis on starting a business as a
career option in schools today. "Given the many opportunities and
rewards that entrepreneurship has to offer, it is only natural that
business owners would recommend it as a career option and believe that
schools should do more to encourage it," reasoned CFIB's vice-president
of research, Doug Bruce.
CFIB Sr. VP of Research, Economics and Western Canada, Laura Jones, was
also quick to point out that 92 per cent of business owners indicate
running a business is a rewarding career. "Entrepreneurs are happy to
go to work every day because they have the freedom to be their own
bosses and tailor their line of work toward their own strengths and
interests," she explained. Adding, "If entrepreneurial skills and
aptitudes were sufficiently encouraged in the education system, the
next generation of business owners will be in for a great career which
not only permits them to build on their talent and expertise, but also
fulfill them personally and professionally as well."
Entrepreneurs have no regrets is the second in a series of short reports on entrepreneurship. The
series commemorates CFIB's 40th anniversary and celebrates 2011 as the federally designated Year of the
Entrepreneur. To view the report, please visit www.cfib.ca
As Canada's largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses,
CFIB is Powered by Entrepreneurs™. Established in 1971, CFIB takes
direction from more than 108,000 members in every sector nationwide,
giving independent business a strong and influential voice at all
levels of government and helping to grow the economy.
SOURCE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
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