Salute to Small Business Month: Letter to the Editor from Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade Robert Runciman

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Salute to Small Business Month: Letter to the Editor from Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade Robert Runciman

TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ -

Letter to the Editor

Oct. 1, 2001

I am asking all Ontarians to join me in our annual "Salute to Small Business Month" in Ontario. Events will be held across the province to acknowledge the outstanding contributions that small business makes to Ontario's economic well-being.
More than half of all new jobs are created by small business. Since 1995, there have been 836,000 jobs created in Ontario. The contributions by small business to Ontario's economy are immense, whether it be in trade and export, industry, high tech, e-commerce or the mom and pop corner shop.
Our government has worked hard to create the right environment for business investment and growth. Small business operators in every region of our province have seized the opportunity and prospered.
The impact on the world economy resulting from the terrible events of Sept. 11 makes it more important than ever for Ontario to encourage the creation of new and innovative small businesses. We are urging Ontario entrepreneurs to seek out more opportunities, more information and more ideas on how to maximize their potential. And, we are committed to doing more through our expanding network of Small Business Enterprise Centres and Business Self-Help Offices.
To learn more about Salute to Small Business Month, log on to Ontario's small business Web page at www.ontario-canada.com.
I urge municipalities and members of the business and financial communities to join in the month-long celebration.
Together, let's salute the achievements of small business!

Sincerely,

Robert W. Runciman
Minister
For further information: Eric Shapiro, (416) 325-6698