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Airdrie Chamber connects with government over small business

By: Sara Wilson

  |  Posted: Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 11:08 am

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The Airdrie Chamber of Commerce is looking at ways to help Airdrie’s small businesses, as two member attended a presentation of Alberta’s Small Business Strategy, Nov. 22 in Calgary.

The Government of Alberta (Enterprise and Advanced Education) is holding eight, engagement sessions throughout Alberta from Nov. 18 to Dec. 6, which aim to focus on the question, ‘How can the Alberta government make it easier to start and run a small business in Alberta?’

“It was great,” said Lorna Hunt, executive director Airdrie Chamber of Commerce, who attended the event with Linda Bruce, advocacy chair for the chamber “The statistics they provided were good, and it looked at how exactly we can get businesses to be engaged. It’s a wonderful opportunity.”

Hunt explained that chambers partner together for a prosperous business community and they appreciate the opportunity to help small businesses by attending and helping the government work towards a small business strategy for Alberta.

“The Airdrie Chamber has economic development as the foundation of our success and we must never forget that the entrepreneurs in our communities represent the real future of economic development,” she said. “We have to get them involved and support them.”

According to Hunt, the overview of the key directions in the Small Business Strategy included:

•Reshaping government-funded programs and services by focusing on the needs of the clients to achieve better results.

•Making it easier for small businesses to better understand and comply with regulatory requirements.

•Ensuring that small business have a strong voice into government to enhance the business climate.

Inform policy direction and enhancing and accelerating entrepreneurship in their communities.

“(What I would pass on to small businesses is) that I would like to see businesses that don’t have to work in isolation and they feel connected with the rest of the business community,” Hunt said.

The Senior Director, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development Branch, Enterprise and Advanced Education invites small businesses to participate and give feedback online.

Visit www.shape.alberta.ca until Dec. 6 to submit feedback and to see what the government can provide for small business.


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