CGA-Canada Urges Government to Drive Change in the 'Year of the Entrepreneur'

VANCOUVER, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - CGA-Canada congratulates the federal government on its declaration of 2011 as 'the Year of the Entrepreneur,' and encourages policy-makers to continue to drive meaningful change to promote a successful entrepreneurial climate where small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can thrive and grow.

"The federal government has a role to play in encouraging a culture of entrepreneurial thinking so SMEs will prosper," says Anthony Ariganello, President and CEO of CGA-Canada. "To this end, we have produced several research reports on entrepreneurship and the small and medium enterprise business sector in Canada. Our work in this area clearly demonstrates time and time again that there are three crucial areas to be addressed in order to harness the potential of the SME community: tax simplification, improved access to finance and a reduction in red tape."

CGA-Canada has long been committed to advocating for the needs of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are leaders in the business community and as such can stimulate job creation in Canada and drive economic growth. Supporting this sector must be a top priority for the government's plan for economic recovery.

"As the Red Tape Reduction Commission's work gets underway, we will continue to encourage and support initiatives not only in the area of red tape reduction but also in relation to tax simplification and access to finance," noted Mr. Ariganello. "With tangible improvements in all three areas, the 'Year of the Entrepreneur' could be the catalyst that drives the evolution of the Canadian entrepreneurial spirit to reach its true potential."

More information on CGA-Canada's advocacy in the SME and entrepreneurship sector:
Laying the Foundation for a National Entrepreneurship Strategy: The CGA Entrepreneurship Report
Report commissioned by CGA-Canada, based on a research survey of more than 1,500 CGAs across Canada who work with, or for, small and medium-sized enterprises / Published October, 2010

Access to Finance Report: Re-Building a Foundation for Post-Recovery Growth
Report based on joint research conducted by CGA-Canada, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and CNDCEC, the professional body of certified accountants in Italy. It includes a series of recommendations for governments, banks and business / Published December, 2010

About CGA-Canada
Founded in 1908, the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada serves 75,000 Certified General Accountants and students in Canada and more than 90 countries. Respected accounting and financial management professionals, CGAs work in industry, finance, government and public practice. CGA-Canada establishes the designation's certification requirements and professional standards, offers professional development, conducts research and advocacy, and represents CGAs nationally and internationally.


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