Minister Takhar Holds Consultation In Ottawa



    Minister To Hear From Small And Medium-Sized Business Community

    OTTAWA, Nov. 19 /CNW/ - Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Harinder Takhar held a regional consultation with nearly 70 business leaders
from across Eastern Ontario in Ottawa today.
    "Small and medium-sized businesses account for 99 per cent of all
businesses in Ontario. They generate more than half of all jobs and can take
credit for $230 billion in economic activity," said Takhar. "These discussions
are an opportunity to hear first-hand about the challenges facing the business
community and also to share ideas and solutions for the future."
    The discussions from each consultation will help the Ministry of Small
Business and Entrepreneurship set priorities.
    "The small and medium sized business community plays a large part in the
economic health of Eastern Ontario," says Yasir Naqvi, the MPP for Ottawa
Centre. "The interactive format will allow our local businesses to work
together to grow and develop opportunities for small business."
    Today's consultation is part of a four-stop tour across the province.
Minister Takhar has already held a roundtable in Mississauga (November 14) and
will also meet with business owners and operators in Sudbury and Toronto.
    "The economic regions of Ontario face diverse challenges and offer unique
advantages," said Takhar. "Today's discussion is another example of the
McGuinty government and local business communities working together to ensure
that Ontario remains a great place to conduct business."

    

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For further information:

For further information: Sarbjit Kaur, Minister's Office, (416)
326-1946; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6998

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