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Canadian entrepreneur recovers from a rare spinal cord condition to launch the number one resource for small and medium size businesses

Canadian entrepreneur recovers from a rare spinal cord condition to launch the number one resource for small and medium size businesses

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Canadian entrepeneur recovers from a rare spinal cord condition to launch the number one resource for small and medium size businesses.

Meet Moe Somani, a national small business success story

(NC)-Two weeks after launching SOHO, Moe Somani was hospitalized with a rare spinal cord condition, which left him paralysed from the chest down. He was told by doctors that he would never walk again. With a positive "mind over matter" attitude and aggressive rehabilitation, Moe was able to successfully overcome this life challenge within a mere six months. He started SOHO in 1996, in a hospital bed at Vancouver General Hospital and today, the company is recognized as the fastest growing special events and marketing company supporting the SOHO (small office home office) and SME (small and medium size enterprise) marketplace. The growth and success is the result of Moe's passion and enjoyment of doing what he does best - connecting with people.

He had just left a Fortune 200 company to launch SOHO. "It was the most challenging time for my family," says Somani, who serves as the company's President. "Literally overnight, I had no income, no insurance and faced the fact that I may be paralyzed for the rest of my life."

Somani recognized the growing trend in small business in North America and challenges these businesses faced. In Canada there are over 2 million SOHO/SME's of which 80% have fewer than five employees. The three key challenges faced by most businesses are attracting customers (revenue), managing cash flow (financing), and time management (wearing too many hats). SOHO was created to help overcome these challenges by providing access to key business essentials, products, services and events to support growth and success.

In 1997, the company launched the SOHO-SME Business Conference & Expo. Somani, the brainchild behind the successful event wanted to increase the awareness of Small Business Week and create a "kick-off event" to celebrate business success. He developed a very affordable way for business to access key tools, resources, and information that will make an important impact in every small business. In its 9th year, the event has expanded to both Toronto on October 14th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Vancouver on October 20th at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Thousands attend, including business professionals, entrepreneurs and corporate/government service providers to the SOHO/SME marketplace. "Our goal is to enable SOHO/SME's to help save time, money and improve office productivity," says Somani. The 2005 signature partners include RBC Financial Group, Bell, Uniserve, Pitney Bowes, and Western Economic Diversification.

SOHO offers small business a special rate of $159 (regular $249) to attend the conference when they register online at www.soho.ca using a special code, soho-news-4. "We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, making it the most affordable and value-added day for each attendee," adds Somani.

This year's morning Keynote Speaker features best-selling author of The E-Myth, Michael Gerber. Michael has helped over 25,000 small businesses experience high levels of success including President / Founder of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, Brian Scudamore. In 2004, Scudmore was the CEO Spotlight at the Conference and the recipient of the 2004 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

- News Canada