Small Business Week: A vote of confidence for every entrepreneur

MRSB Group's Founding Partner, Shaun MacIsaac reflects on this week's celebration of small businesses

At MRSB Group we have been taking part in Small Business Week for a number of years, and this event never fails to pique our interest. It is the spirit of entrepreneurship and opportunity that resonates during the week’s events, and I am reminded of just how much our province has given to us as a group of entrepreneurs.

Like many Canadian businesses, our beginnings were modest. In 1977 my practice was Shaun MacIsaac, Chartered Accountant. I had a small office in Charlottetown and no partners or staff, but a small number of clients who valued my services and kept me going into my second year.

By 1981 we were MacIsaac & Younker Chartered Accountants and I was happy to have Colin Younker as my first business partner. Colin eventually went on to serve a term as Auditor General for Prince Edward Island, and I’m happy to say he is now back with us as a Senior Tax Advisor.

Between 1992 and 2006 we achieved many milestones, including the addition of four new partners, the launch of divisions in Tax, Consulting, Mergers & Acquisitions and Valuation & Litigation Support, and more than one change in location. We have been at our Queen Street address since 2004 and I love the bustle and energy that comes with being downtown, at the very center of our beautiful city.

What has always mattered most to us are our clients. I think the way we treat those we work with is a direct reflection on how we operate as a company – with respect, professionalism and an eye to the future of the business. These are the values that have driven us to succeed all these years, and which will ensure we don’t slow down anytime soon.

As we prepare our corporate booth at this year’s Biz2Biz Expo at the Charlottetown Civic Center, I will be thinking of all individuals and local businesses – large and small - who gave us their support and allowed us to transition into the team of trusted advisors we are today. For those of you just starting out in business, keep your head up, work hard and never forget the people who help and support you in reaching your goals.