Thursday, October 02, 2014


Celebrate Small Business Month

VICTORIA – Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto and Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Shirley Bond released the following statements to kick off Small Business Month in British Columbia:

Naomi Yamamoto
“Small businesses are the heart and soul of our communities. They support families and keep local economies strong. The owners include parents, coaches and volunteers who make a difference every day.
“October is Small Business Month – our chance to recognize the tremendous contributions that small businesses make. Across B.C., 98% of businesses are small businesses and more than a million British Columbians work for them.

“It takes courage, energy and dedication to run a small business. I know the challenges from running my own business for 21 years and from my time with the BC Chamber of Commerce and the North Vancouver Chamber. That's why, as Minister of State, I am working hard to make B.C. the most small-business friendly jurisdiction in Canada. It's why we're continuing to cut red tape and boost government spending to small business by 20%. It's also why government has already cut the small business corporate income tax rate by 44%, and is committed to cutting it a further 40%.”

Shirley Bond commented: “Small business continues to be a key driver of job creation and economic growth, generating 31% of the province’s gross domestic product and accounting for 86% of all provincial exporters. Small businesses represent the backbone of B.C. communities. From retail stores to computer programmers and even the family farm, small businesses impact each and every sector in the BC Jobs Plan.
“This month, join me in thanking small businesses in your community. Small business owners help build strong local economies, and a strong B.C. economy ensures that communities throughout this province remain vibrant.
“Business is the economic engine of our province. Together let’s make sure our entrepreneurs and small-business owners have the environment they need to maintain momentum and succeed in our province.”


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