McGuinty Government Improving Opportunities For Small Enterprises To Do Business With Government

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McGuinty Government Improving Opportunities For Small Enterprises To Do Business With Government

Implementing Recommendations Of Doing Business With Ontario Government Task Force TORONTO, Sept. 7 - Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Harinder Takhar, today updated the progress on implementing the recommended changes to the government's procurement strategy, as part of the Doing Business with the Ontario Government initiative. "Small and medium-sized enterprises are important and innovative suppliers of goods and services across the province," said Takhar. "By implementing the recommendations of the task force we are removing the barriers to small businesses participation in government procurement." The Doing Business with the Ontario Government Task Force consulted with small and medium-sized enterprises across the province to improve opportunities for them to sell their goods and services to government. The Ministry of Small Business and Entrepreneurship worked closely with the Ministry of Government Services, the Small Business Agency of Ontario and other government ministries to successfully implement the recommendations of the task force. Recent changes include: - Providing vendors with plain language information on how to sell to government. To date, 39 information forums in over 30 communities across the province have attracted more than 1,600 participants. - Ministries are now required to offer debriefing sessions to vendors who respond to Requests for Proposals or Tenders. - Simplifying insurance requirements, where appropriate, to make it easier for small businesses to participate in becoming a vendor of record. As a result of the policy changes, most vendors can provide proof of insurance prior to receiving work and signing a contract rather than at the initial bidding period. "We're giving small and medium-sized businesses the tools and resources they need to successfully compete for government contracts," said Takhar. "These changes will help small businesses across the province to compete and grow, leading to greater job creation and investment." For more information on procurement opportunities for business, please visit the Ministry of Government Services website at www.mgs.gov.on.ca or the Ministry of Small Business and Entrepreneurship website at www.sbe.gov.on.ca. Disponible en français www.sbe.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Leigh-Ann Popek, Minister Takhar'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 Takhar's Office, (416) 326-1946; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6998