Did you know small businesses make up 98 per cent of all businesses in B.C. and employ more than one million people?
According to B.C. stats, small businesses provide 55 per cent of all private-sector jobs in British Columbia, the second highest rate in the country.
Last year, there were approximately 388,500 small businesses operating in B.C. with about 38 per cent of small business owners in B.C. being women.
It goes without saying that small businesses and small business owners are the heart of our community in Williams Lake.
Small business owners raise their families here, support our local charities and sports clubs and provide important services that we would otherwise do without.
Small businesses also contribute greatly to our local tax base, which in turn funds our hospitals, roads and infrastructure.
As we celebrate Small Business Month in October and Small Business Week this week, we should all give a nod to our small businesses.
They are the backbone of our community.
And, if you’d like to know a little bit more about some of our small businesses, we’d encourage readers to have a look at pages A14 to A19 in the Friday, Oct. 21 edition of this newspaper where we have featured local small businesses.
– Williams Lake Tribune