Carpe Diem, Ot­tawa!

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T he ac­tiv­i­ties sur­round­ing the in­au­gu­ral Ot­tawa En­tre­pre­neur Week held in mid-novem­ber last year il­lus­trated a num­ber of truths about Ot­tawa’s busi­ness com­mu­nity. There is an ac­tive en­tre­pre­neur­ial com­mu­nity in Ot­tawa and its com­po­si­tion is as di­verse as the in­dus­tries that it sup­ports. At the launch re­cep­tion for the event, I met with a va­ri­ety of en­trepreneurs – young, old, re­peat of­fend­ers and oth­ers who were tak­ing the plunge for the first time – and what they shared in com­mon was a vi­sion of suc­cess and a will­ing­ness to take the risks re­quired to bring that vi­sion to fruition.

What was also im­por­tant to note, as the week un­folded, was the num­ber of or­ga­ni­za­tions of­fer­ing ser­vices and sup­port to en­trepreneurs. As we move for­ward, we must en­sure that the com­mu­nity comes to­gether to pro­vide ser­vices and sup­port in syn­chronic­ity. Ot­tawa has a deep tal­ent base, and for those who have cho­sen to fol­low the en­tre­pre­neur route, it is im­por­tant that the com­mu­nity work to pro­vide the key things that they need: money; men­tor­ship; and space.

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