Local business leaders and Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Stephanie Cadieux took part in a Business Walk on Oct. 15, 2015 to draw the small business community closer to together with elected officials.

October is Small Business Month and the Business Walk offered an excellent opportunity to listen to the local business community, identify common themes for action and bring together educational resources, municipal services and representatives of the business community. The questions were meant to keep the visit very conversational, to identify successes and obstacles that the local business community face.

“I really enjoy talking to local business owners and hearings their concerns and suggestions,” said Cadieux. “We have been working hard to slash red tape and move toward a more business-friendly regulatory environment. Small business has a giant impact on our provincial economy and we want to promote prosperity and give ourselves a competitive edge.”

“It is wonderful to see our provincial government doing what they can to assist small business, the backbone of our economy,” said John Gibeau, President Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce. “I would especially like to acknowledge Minister Cadieux for her tireless work for the residents and businesses of Cloverdale.”

“As part of the Business Walk team, the Cloverdale Business Improvement Association found that a visit in person is still one of the best ways to connect with a small business,” said Paul Orazietti, Executive Director, Cloverdale BIA. “Small Business Week takes on a greater meaning when an owner or manager gets a chance to speak their minds with someone from the provincial or city government and a local business association about how we all can make business better in B.C.!”

“It’s undeniable that small business is the backbone of our economy and critical to the development of a strong and vibrant City,” said Donna Jones, Surrey’s Manager of Economic Development. “Therefore, it’s incumbent on all of us to not only understand the challenges faced by small business owners but to respond and help them with their challenges so they can focus on what they do best – business.”

Small Business Month offers opportunities for small business owners and operators to network, develop and share business ideas, and learn about government programs and resources. Celebrations are taking place throughout B.C. for the entire month of October.

To learn more about Small Business Month: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2015SBRT0011-001640