British Columbians have the chance to help the province maintain a healthy small business environment, create good jobs and grow a sustainable economy for everyone, by simply filling out an online questionnaire.
The province, under the direction of the Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, has established the Small Business Task Force (the Task Force) to listen to small businesses in order to better understand what the government can do to help strengthen the sector.
A strong and prosperous small business sector is the backbone of every community in every region of B.C. Of all the businesses operating in the province, 98 per cent are considered to be small businesses, meaning they have fewer than 50 employees. Together, these businesses provide employment for more than one million British Columbians.
The Task Force is seeking input from small business owners throughout the province to better understand potential barriers to success, opportunities for growth and actions that should be considered by the government.
Phase one of this engagement has run throughout the month of June. During this time, feedback has been gathered through an online questionnaire and stakeholder meetings. Phase two will take place in late-July, providing the public with the opportunity to comment on the Small Business Task Force’s engagement summary paper, which will summarize what was heard from the public during phase one, and be posted to the Task Force website.
The feedback from this public engagement will be used by the Task Force to develop a final report that will identify priorities, and provide recommendations to the government on ways to further strengthen the small business sector in B.C.
Phase one of this public engagement will be open until June 29 at 4 p.m.
To fill out a questionnaire and let your voice be heard, click here (https://feedback.engage.gov.bc.ca/726744?lang=en).
For more information, visit engage.gov.bc.ca/smallbusiness/.