Whether it was outlined on the back of a paper napkin, it was financed by your sister's mother-in-law's next-door neighbour, or it was a desperation move after you were laid off by a corporation, the Report on Small Business series 'How I Started' is all about how small or medium-sized businesses got their starts.
Dan Gardiner is the founder and CEO of Enginuity, a social search platform that delivers analytics and sentiment for agencies, brands and organizations. The company is based in Toronto.
If you're an entrepreneur and you'd like to contribute to the series, please fill out the following submission form here. For added inspiration, check out our YouTube channel or Pinterest page featuring small business owners across the country. If you're chosen to participate, be prepared to shoot and send us a two-minute video of yourself telling your start-up story. We're not looking for anything fancy. A smart phone camera will do.