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Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

As of June of this year, more than half a million Canadians were in the process of starting their own business, says a new report from CIBC World Markets Inc.

Guess who’s driving this surge?

The fastest growing segment — by far — is the 50-and-over group, which accounts for close to 30% of the total start-ups. That’s more than double the rate seen in the 1990s. “This trend represents not only an aging Canadian society, but also increased propensity to start a business among baby boomers,” writes Benjamin Tal, the report’s author.

“The affordability and availability of technology enables older Canadians to provide services from home,” adds Tal. “They are also able to use their well-developed skills and take advantage of their wide business networks and connections more effectively.”

The CIBC report mentioned several other trends. Among them:

•   Only 20% of those who started their own business in the past two years…

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