Northern Entrepreneurship

By Katherine Walker, Carolee Buckler on March 13, 2009
This paper examines economic, social and environmental entrepreneurship for small and medium-sized businesses in the context of the North. Northern entrepreneurship and economic development in the region have increasingly become an area of great interest for both federal and provincial governments with a growing number of programs and funds being established to stimulate entrepreneurial growth in the region. This paper argues that northern entrepreneurs must be supported in order to capitalize on advantages unique to the North, which include: limited competition; the chance to provide essential services to communities; a rich and active cultural heritage; and economic spin-off opportunities from the strong government presence. This means a policy shift is required to ensure that education, business skills, leadership abilities and artistic talents develop simultaneously.

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IISD, 2009