McGuinty Government Opens New Small Business Enterprise Centre In Collingwood

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McGuinty Government Opens New Small Business Enterprise Centre In Collingwood

Centre To Provide Support And Resources To Local Small Business Community COLLINGWOOD, ON, Aug. 30 - The Greater Collingwood Business Enterprise Centre today officially opened its doors for business. "Small and medium-sized businesses are the engine of Ontario's economy," said Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Harinder Takhar. "This new office will give local small businesses the tools they need to develop and grow, leading to job creation and increased prosperity." As part of the town's Economic Development Services, the office will support local small business owners and entrepreneurs during their early years of operation by providing consulting services, business training and information about management, marketing, technology and financing. "Running a small business is an exciting, rewarding, and at times, challenging experience," said Takhar. "This office will give entrepreneurs the assistance they need to transform their innovative ideas into successful business ventures." Collingwood Mayor Chris Carrier recognizes the importance of today's announcement for the local small business community. "We want this centre to be the launching pad for Collingwood area entrepreneurs to capitalize on business opportunities and advantages," says Carrier. "It can only help strengthen our economy and our community." Jointly operated by the Ontario government and local municipalities in conjunction with other partners, Small Business Enterprise Centres provide support to start-up and small enterprises during their initial years of development and operation and deliver ministry youth entrepreneurship programs, including Summer Company. "The opening of this office is another example of the McGuinty government, municipalities and local business communities working together to build a stronger Ontario," Takhar said. "Together, we are encouraging the growth of small businesses, promoting entrepreneurship, and ensuring Ontario is a great place to live and do business." For more information on the locations and services offered by Small Business Enterprise Centres, contact the Ministry of Small Business and Entrepreneurship's website at www.sbe.gov.on.ca Disponible en français www.sbe.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Sarbjit Kaur, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1939; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6998 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Sarbjit Kaur, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1939; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6998