October is Small Business Month, a time of year when we recognize the important contributions entrepreneurs make to the economy and our community. And the third week of the month, October 20 to 26, is Small Business Week. This week includes many free local events and activities such as workshops, seminars and conferences hosted by our Chambers of Commerce and others in the community offering support and resources to encourage the growth of small businesses in Halton.
Attracting and retaining jobs in Halton is one of the priorities in Halton’s Citizens’ Priorities 2011-2014 Action Plan. That’s why Halton Region’s Small Business Centre works year round to support the small business community, including prospective and existing businesses, young entrepreneurs and new Canadians.
We know that starting and running a small business requires planning and a great deal of effort. The Centre provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools and resources to start and continue to grow their business ventures. Over the past 10 years, staff have responded to over 86,000 inquiries and met with over 9,300 clients in one-on-one consultations and hosted numerous events and seminars. They also connect with the community through an active social media campaign that includes YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and a Blog.
These initiatives are proving successful as more and more businesses are choosing to locate here. Halton is truly is an economic hotspot and a desirable place for people to live and start a business.
Congratulations to Halton’s entrepreneurs for your achievements over the past year, and for your continued success in the future. Thanks to your efforts, Halton is a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.
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