This guest blog post is provided by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), which is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada.

Each year, BDC Small Business Week (SBW) brings together thousands of business people at events across the country to celebrate entrepreneurship. From October 16 to 22, we want to be part of the celebrations, but most of all, we want to make sure that you don't miss out. No party hat? Don't worry! Here are three simple ways that you can celebrate:

1) Attend one of the many events happening around Canada:
There are so many! This is a good time to leverage the knowledge of your local business community and find out about products and services targeted specifically at you. Take a look at the BDC events list to find out what's happening near you. Want to learn more about intellectual property? Curious about the business services and products we offer? Join us during one of the many events that are taking place in October.

2) Check out our tools and services for small businesses:
Because CIPO offers multiple business tools, we think that you should take the opportunity to check out at least one! Why not start by learning more about intellectual property (IP)? Check out our videos.

Or why not request a speaker who can present an IP case study to your network?

You could also take advantage of the small entity reduced fees program when applying for a patent.

Do you have a green technology? Find out how you could benefit from the accelerated examination of patent applications related to green technology inventions.

3) Follow CIPO digitally:
CIPO is a proud supporter of BDC Small Business Week. We will be tweeting information that every small business needs to know in order to grow and compete in the world of IP. Join in on the conversation using #SBW2016.

Be part of the celebrations: get informed, participate, tweet, and follow us during #SBW2016!