Partnering with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce has kicked off Small Business Week with the Small Business Too Big To Ignore campaign.
The social media campaign highlights the important contributions small businesses make to Ontario’s economy and local communities. The Muskoka Lakes Chamber has also worked with other Muskoka chambers and business partners to promote a local series of business events during all of Small Business Month.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the Ontario economy and certainly the heart of our community”, said Chelsey Penrice, President of the Muskoka Lakes Chamber. “We are always considering how we can support them to ensure they are not ignored and their concerns are heard. Partnering with the Ontario Chamber and others to raise awareness is one of many ways we fulfill that commitment.”
To kick-off Small Business Week, the OCC, the WSIB, and the Government of Ontario hosted dozens of small businesses at a roundtable with the Hon. Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business. The OCC and Minister Leal also announced the launch of Small Business Access, a valuable program the Government of Ontario is creating to help small businesses access support, information and resources when navigating Ontario’s regulatory environment.
In Muskoka, local chambers, with partners such as the Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network, Muskoka Futures, the YWCA, and the Muskoka Small Business Centre, have been holding events for the entire month of October.
They kicked things off with an all Chambers Business After Hours at Bigwin Island Golf Club on October 5. The Muskoka Lakes Chamber held a special fundraising networking event for the West Muskoka Food Bank on October 10. During Small Business Week itself, the Muskoka Small Business Centre held an open house on October 18, and the Port Sydney/Utterson Chamber ran a Women in Business Networking session that day as well. The YWCA holds its Women of Distinction Awards on October 25 and the Bracebridge Chamber has workshops (Managing Metrics and Embracing Millenials) planned for October 26. Local business events for all of October are listed at muskokabizseries.ca
Small businesses are fundamental to Ontario’s economy. They make up 98 per cent of all Ontario businesses and 30 per cent of the provincial GDP. Plus, they employ over 3 million Ontarians and account for over two-thirds of all private sector workers.