October is Small Business Month. More than 98 per cent of B.C. businesses are small businesses, and they are the engine that drives our economy forward. I want to thank our local businesses for your hard work and our investment in our communities. You generously support our fundraising initiatives and sports teams, and genuinely make a difference in our community. Thank you.
It was great to see Minister of State for Small Businesses Naomi Yamamoto Tuesday.
I asked if the province would consider partnering with local agencies to establish a regional economic investment pilot project resources here in Williams Lake and the Cariboo that focus on business retention through active engagement with the business community on succession planning. I want to thank the Chamber for organizing the roundtable event. There is definitely an opportunity to partner with the Chamber in making Williams Lake a more business-friendly community.
We welcomed our new Junior Council Tuesday night, made up of seven amazing high school students: Alexandra Dickens, Cody Haley-York, Ivona Ognjanova, Jaspreet Mattu, Nikita Rowat, Ryan LaBossiere, and Tanner Nickel. I look forward to working with them, and hearing their ideas, questions, and concerns. It is great to see our future leaders in action today! Welcome on board!
I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving weekend. It was great to have all of my kids and grandkids together again to enjoy good food and fellowship.
One last reminder that the open house on the pool feasibility study is tonight from 7-8 p.m. in the Gibraltar Room. We want to hear from you!
Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.