Saturday, October 18, 2014

Small Business Roundtable Report Online



“Small businesses are the heart and soul of our communities, and the roundtable is working to ensure that more B.C. communities are operating in the spirit of the Small Business Accord. They are giving small businesses the support they need in order to thrive, and to help B.C. reach its goal of being the most small-business friendly jurisdiction in Canada.”: Naomi Yamamoto Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business



VANCOUVER – The Small Business Roundtable is celebrating a year of accomplishments and looking forward to helping small businesses to grow and succeed in British Columbia in 2014/15 as it welcomes new members.
Highlights from the Roundtable are laid out in their eighth annual report, which was presented to Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto at a Vancouver Board of Trade (VBOT) Breakfast in Vancouver today.

The Small Business Roundtable welcomes seven new members:
  • Sean Surerus, vice president, Surerus Pipeline Inc., Fort St John, B.C.
  • Angue Barnard, founder, TripTide Canada, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Ingrid Hope, owner & president, Hall Printing, Trail and Nelson, B.C.
  • Sam Howard, senior policy analyst, British Columbia Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Bob Redden, partner & president, Environmental Dynamics Inc., Prince George, B.C.
  • Ashley Ramsay, founder & CEO, Yeti Farm Creative, Kelowna, B.C.
  • Jill Doucette, owner, Synergy Enterprises, Victoria, B.C.
  • Randy Richmond, vice president and partner, Spearhead.ca, Nelson, B.C.
B.C.’s Small Business Roundtable is responsible for identifying key small-business issues and opportunities, providing recommendations to enhance the small-business climate in B.C., and promoting small-business interests in the province.
The report also outlines what government and Roundtable members will work on in the coming year, including:
  • Continuing to ensure that the principles of the Small Business Accord are upheld.
  • Ensuring that government delivers on its commitment to consider small business when drafting all policies and regulations.
  • And continuing to work with local governments to encourage them to adopt mobile business licences.
In addition to focusing on economic development and trade opportunities, the Small Business Roundtable continues to advise government on issues, strategies and potential actions to make it easier to do business in British Columbia. The Roundtable was formed in 2005. Its members are small business leaders who represent regions, industries and associations throughout British Columbia.
The Roundtable has launched a new website to support their efforts. The website has a built-in feedback tool, so small-business owners, employees, stakeholders and members of the public can submit their ideas and suggestions on how best to support small business success throughout the province. The Roundtable will use this feedback to inform future policy and programs related to small businesses.

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