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Ontario Salutes Small Business

McGuinty Government Dedicates Month To Entrepreneurs And Small Firms

With roughly half of Ontarians working for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), many people see this to be a special month.   That's because every October the Ontario government recognizes the achievements of entrepreneurs and small businesses across the province.

Harinder Takhar, Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services, was at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre in Toronto to kick off this year's Salute to Small Business Month.   The event coincided with the launch of the Silver Lining North American Tour to Inspire Entrepreneurs, a half day of events reinforcing the theme of this government's efforts to provide learning and networking opportunities to encourage small business growth.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's SMEs generate over $250 billion in economic activity annually.
  • 99 per cent of Ontario firms are SMEs (less than 500 employees) and account for over 360,000 businesses and over half of the private sector jobs in the province.

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“Small business owners and entrepreneurs are truly exemplary Ontarians. After all, they are key contributors to innovation, investment and job creation in every part of our province. They are the drivers of our economy, and while we pay special tribute to them this month, their efforts are felt year round.”

Harinder Takhar

Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

“Salute to Small Business Month is a great way to recognize the entrepreneurs of this province. Silver Lining is proud to be supporting their efforts to ensure their business goals are met.”

Carissa Reiniger

Founder and President, Silver Lining Ltd



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