PODCAST: What does it take to be an entrepreneur in Quebec?

PODCAST: What does it take to be an entrepreneur in Quebec?

This is a recording of an article on being an entrepreneur in Quebec, Canada.

The article, written by Cynthia Sheehan, is narrated here by Rosanna Haroutounian.
It first appeared in the November 2012 issue of Life in Québec Magazine.

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By Cynthia A. Sheehan, MBA, Chargée d’enseignement – entrepreneuriat, FSA Laval

For many of us, the thought of starting a business is a hidden dream. Sitting at your desk, you may think, “wouldn’t it be great to be your own boss, to do what you love.”  Who among us has not thought of opening their own restaurant, or B&B, or of turning that hobby into a lucrative business? Well apparently, if you live in Quebec, only 23% of you have. But if you live in the rest of Canada, this rate jumps up to 49%. Another surprising fact: if you speak English in Quebec, you think about it a lot more than your French-speaking neighbour does.  This is not the only thing that distinguishes entrepreneurship in Quebec City and in the province: lot’s of paperwork, a strong push towards community and non-profit organizations, and an ambivalent feeling about money and success. Let me take you on a tour of my province and my city and examine entrepreneurship in Quebec.

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What About Quebec City?

I wouldn’t want to end this article on the impression that starting a business is hopelessly bureaucratic in Québec. The truth is that the city is home to many talented entrepreneurs that do not let a few forms get in the way of their dreams. In fact, many just bypass the system and give it a go on their own. Many entrepreneurs that I invite to speak at my entrepreneurship class at FSA Laval are grateful for the support they received. But they also warn students that those who rely too heavily on such support may end up feeling frustrated with the tedious process.

After all, entrepreneurs are known to be action-oriented and independent.

Read the original article in full Being an entrepreneur in Quebec – what you need to know

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About Author

Rosanna Haroutounian

Rosanna Haroutounian was raised in Mississauga, Ontario, and studied journalism and political science at Carleton University. She currently works as an English assistant at a college in Quebec City. She enjoys reading, baking, being outdoors, and travelling the world when time and finances allow.

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