Tourism Discovery Centre staff members Gay Sanders (left) and Madalyn Watts sell chances to win a grand mystery prize during the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards gala held Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Elks Hall. MLA Donna Barnett ended up winning the prize. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Celebrating small business in B.C.

“We care about small businesses and the people who own them, and we are committed to ensuring their viability and success,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology.

The Government of British Columbia recognizes Small Business Week (Oct. 14 to Oct. 20, 2018) and the role that small business owners and entrepreneurs play in strengthening B.C.’s economy and creating good jobs for people in their communities.

“We care about small businesses and the people who own them, and we are committed to ensuring their viability and success,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology.

“Small Business Week is important because it recognizes the contributions and achievements of business owners and entrepreneurs who are crucial to the growth of our economy.”

B.C.’s small business sector remains the national leader in the growth in small businesses and small business employment, with more than 490,000 small businesses employing over one million people in 2017.

“Small businesses support a significant number of jobs throughout the province and contribute in multiple ways to our diverse economy,” said Jock Finlayson, chief policy officer and executive vice-president of the Business Council of British Columbia.

“It is encouraging to see that many small businesses in B.C. are continuing to thrive and that the province is home to a vibrant entrepreneurial community.”

In 2017, approximately 1.1 million British Columbians worked in small businesses, accounting for 54 per cent of total private-sector employment, above the national average of 49 per cent.

Last weekend many small business owners and employees were recognized for their successes at the 2018 Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce gala.

Read more: Businesses honoured at Chamber of Commerce Awards

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