McGuinty Government Opens New Small Business Enterprise Centre In Stratford

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McGuinty Government Opens New Small Business Enterprise Centre In Stratford

Office To Provide Support And Resources To Local Small Business Community STRATFORD, ON, Sept. 5 - The Stratford & Perth Small Business Enterprise Centre officially opened its doors for business today. Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Harinder Takhar and local MPP John Wilkinson were in Stratford for the opening. "Small and medium-sized businesses are the engine of Ontario's economy," said Takhar. "This new office will give local small businesses the tools they need to develop and grow, leading to job creation and increased prosperity." 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. "As someone from small business I know our government is committed to helping small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Perth County succeed," said Wilkinson, MPP for Perth-Middlesex. "By working together this office will help transform local entrepreneurs' hard work and innovation into successful enterprises. And a strong small business sector builds stronger rural communities." Dan Mathieson, the Mayor of Stratford, recognizes the importance of today's announcement for the local small business community. "This centre will help local entrepreneurs capitalize on business opportunities and advantages right here in Stratford and across Perth County, providing economic growth and prosperity," Mathieson said. "The County has been working on business retention and expansion and this new business centre will complement our efforts," said Ron McKay, Warden of Perth County. Jointly operated by the Ontario government and local municipalities, Small Business Enterprise Centres provide support to start-up and small enterprises during their initial years of development and operation and deliver 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," said Takhar. "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: Leigh-Ann Popek, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1946; 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: Leigh-Ann Popek, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1946; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6998