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On May 14th, more than 200 entrepreneurs and business leaders attended the 4th annual Small Business Summit at The Globe and Mail Centre – a sold-out event. The full-day conference featured some of Canada’s most dynamic entrepreneurs and focused on ideas and solutions for small business growth, from being a better boss to honing sales and marketing skills.

Here are a few key takeaways from the event: 

1) Focus on your top performers. During the Be a Better Boss panel, John DeHart, Co-Founder of Nurse Next Door, advised small business owners to focus on their ‘star’ employees. All too often, top performers who deliver the results are left alone to manage themselves. Good leaders ensure these employees are still following the rules and not negatively impacting the business culture.

2) Ask what new hires would change. Kiana ‘Rookz’ Eastmond, Director of Sandbox Studios, focuses less on job candidates’ experience and more on cultural fit. During interviews, she usually asks candidates what they would change at the studio – a good indicator of creativity and innovation.

3) Stick to your north star. It’s easy for small business owners to lose sight of their founding values during scale-up. Kate Ross Leblanc, CEO and Co-Founder of Saje Natural Wellness said she keeps circling back to Saje’s two main principals – 100 percent natural products and community engagement – whenever a big decision has to be made.

It was a sold-out event and we were thrilled to see so many entrepreneurs and supporters of small business in the room. We would like to extend our appreciation to the sponsors, speakers, and attendees whose participation made it all possible.

The first of several editorial articles written about the event is now online:

Seven takeaways from Canada’s top small business leaders
When you’re running a small business, nothing is beneath you,’ was one message from a day of inspiring personal stories and advice  > Read Article

In today’s job market, employers can’t be ‘résumé snobs’
‘Employers are getting creative in how they try to fill roles,’ The Globe and Mail Small Business Summit is told  > Read Article

Five key steps to negotiating a deal - including four magic words
For small business people, or anyone in a negotiation, Fotini Iconmopoulos, a Schulich School of Business expert, unpacks the art of getting a deal  > Read Article

Missed the pre-event coverage? Check out these profiles and articles published in the lead-up to the Small Business Summit.

How Mastermind Toys thrives in the cut-throat world of toys  > Read Article

Former Dragon David Chilton: ‘One day I got 53 requests for lunches from companies looking for investments  > Read Article

Check this page over the coming weeks for video highlights and additional articles.