Minister Takhar Holds Consultation In Ottawa

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Minister Takhar Holds Consultation In Ottawa

Minister To Hear From Small And Medium-Sized Business Community OTTAWA, Nov. 19 - Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Harinder Takhar held a regional consultation with nearly 70 business leaders from across Eastern Ontario in Ottawa today. "Small and medium-sized businesses account for 99 per cent of all businesses in Ontario. They generate more than half of all jobs and can take credit for $230 billion in economic activity," said Takhar. "These discussions are an opportunity to hear first-hand about the challenges facing the business community and also to share ideas and solutions for the future." The discussions from each consultation will help the Ministry of Small Business and Entrepreneurship set priorities. "The small and medium sized business community plays a large part in the economic health of Eastern Ontario," says Yasir Naqvi, the MPP for Ottawa Centre. "The interactive format will allow our local businesses to work together to grow and develop opportunities for small business." Today's consultation is part of a four-stop tour across the province. Minister Takhar has already held a roundtable in Mississauga (November 14) and will also meet with business owners and operators in Sudbury and Toronto. "The economic regions of Ontario face diverse challenges and offer unique advantages," said Takhar. "Today's discussion is another example of the McGuinty government and local business communities working together to ensure that Ontario remains a great place to conduct business." Disponible en français www.sbe.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Sarbjit Kaur, 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: Sarbjit Kaur, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1946; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6998