McGuinty Government Consults With Business Community In Chatham

    Discussions With Small And Medium-Sized Businesses Will Help Set

    CHATHAM, ON, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government held a regional
consultation with small and medium-sized businesses from across Southwestern
Ontario in Chatham today, said Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Harinder Takhar.
    "Southwestern Ontario offers a number of advantages for entrepreneurs and
small business owners," 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."
    Sophia Aggelonitis, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Small
Business and Entrepreneurship, led the discussions, which will help the
ministry set priorities.
    "We know there are challenges, particularly in the manufacturing sector,
that are impacting Ontario businesses," said Aggelonitis. "Today's session
will give us more information about how government can further support the
small business community."
    "The small business community plays an important role in the economic
health of Southwestern Ontario," said Pat Hoy, MPP for Chatham-Kent-Essex. "We
are committed to working with business owners to develop solutions to the
challenges currently impacting Ontario's business climate."
    Today's consultation is part of a five-stop tour across the province.
Minister Takhar held regional consultations in Mississauga (November 14),
Ottawa (November 19), this morning in Toronto, and will also be visiting
    "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."

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Sarbjit Kaur, Minister's Office, (416)
326-1939; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-4776

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