(Published in the October 31st edition of The Lance)
From October 14th to 20th, we celebrated Small Business Week.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. They make up 98% of all Canadian businesses and employ over eight million hard working Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
From Sage Creek to St. Boniface, they are the restaurants, stores, services and artists we love. They provide care to our pets, a space to gather among friends for a coffee or a meal, a place to let our artistic side shine. They offer unique gift ideas, literary finds and apparel to suit your style.
But more than that, they are our family, our friends, our neighbours.
Through the years, I have gotten to know many local small business owners and appreciate the many contributions they make to our community.
That’s why the federal government is working hard to reduce red tape and make it easier to do business. We lowered the Small Business Tax Rate to 9%. We had payment card companies lower the fees they charge businesses when their customers use credit cards.
We’re providing small business owners opportunities to start-up, scale-up and access new markets through programs that offer funding, debt relief, advice and paid interns. And we’re providing access to over a billion and a half new customers through trade deals like the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Our small business owners deserve our support! Next time you are looking for a gift, a night out or some necessary supplies, please remember to Shop Local!