Canadians love small businesses: RBC

By Staff | July 31, 2012 | Last updated on July 31, 2012
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Small biz owners must be doing something right. The majority of Canadians (94%) believe they play a critical role in the growth of the economy, and 88% view them as vital job creators, finds an RBC survey.

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Additional findings from the survey include:

  • 61% would pay more for a product or service to support a small business in their community;
  • 83% show their support by doing business with or promoting them;
  • 73% say word of mouth referrals helps them decide which businesses to support; 68% say it’s location; 51% say it’s visibility within the community.

“This type of consumer insight can help small businesses find the success they’re seeking,” says Mike Michell, national director, small business, RBC.

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He suggests small businesses should “capitalize on local support by becoming more active in their community, highlighting their local roots and asking their best customers to promote them.”

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