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Chamber Celebrates Small Business 

By October 7, 2016Uncategorized

Chamber Celebrates Small Business 
Ladysmith, October 1, 2016 – Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the vital role small businesses play in our local community for Small Business Month this October.  “Small businesses represent the furnace that powers our local economy in Ladysmith, and they play a critical role in creating jobs at home,” said Mark Drysdale, Manager of the Ladysmith Chamber. “Small Business Month is a great opportunity for our community to celebrate these hard-working businesses that bring great ideas and entrepreneurial spirit to our town.” As a member of the BC Chamber of Commerce, the Ladysmith Chamber is part of active advocacy to support small businesses, including:·
  •  A call on all government departments to strengthen programs that review existing legislation and regulations, and cut the red tape that often results in unnecessary costs to small business (and ultimately the consumer); ·
  • A call for the creation of a task force in partnership with business and government to develop and implement improved access to simplified practical information regarding proper business succession practices for SME business owners;·
  • A call for a dialogue towards a made-in-B.C. value-added tax (VAT), and in the shorter term, measures to mitigate the damaging effects of PST;·  The continued expansion of Mobile Business License programs across the province, with the goal of eventually establishing a single, province wide licensing program for all businesses; and·
  • A call on the provincial government to remain committed to tying minimum wage increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to ensure certainty and predictability for small businesses.
 The Chamber encourages Ladysmith residents to demonstrate their support for small businesses by submitting nominations  recommending your favourite local small business for the Small Business BC Business Excellence Awards.“Promote and celebrate local small businesses this month by shopping, buying and eating local, and be sure to nominate your favourite small business” added Drysdale.
For further details, please contact:
Mark Drysdale,
Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce