McGuinty Government Opens New Small Business Enterprise Centre In Collingwood

    Centre To Provide Support And Resources To Local Small Business Community

    COLLINGWOOD, ON, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - The Greater Collingwood Business
Enterprise Centre today officially opened its doors for business.
    "Small and medium-sized businesses are the engine of Ontario's economy,"
said Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Harinder Takhar. "This
new office will give local small businesses the tools they need to develop and
grow, leading to job creation and increased prosperity."
    As part of the town's Economic Development Services, the office will
support local small business owners and entrepreneurs during their early years
of operation by providing consulting services, business training and
information about management, marketing, technology and financing.
    "Running a small business is an exciting, rewarding, and at times,
challenging experience," said Takhar. "This office will give entrepreneurs the
assistance they need to transform their innovative ideas into successful
business ventures."
    Collingwood Mayor Chris Carrier recognizes the importance of today's
announcement for the local small business community.
    "We want this centre to be the launching pad for Collingwood area
entrepreneurs to capitalize on business opportunities and advantages," says
Carrier. "It can only help strengthen our economy and our community."
    Jointly operated by the Ontario government and local municipalities in
conjunction with other partners, Small Business Enterprise Centres provide
support to start-up and small enterprises during their initial years of
development and operation and deliver ministry youth entrepreneurship
programs, including Summer Company.
    "The opening of this office is another example of the McGuinty
government, municipalities and local business communities working together to
build a stronger Ontario," Takhar said. "Together, we are encouraging the
growth of small businesses, promoting entrepreneurship, and ensuring Ontario
is a great place to live and do business."
    For more information on the locations and services offered by Small
Business Enterprise Centres, contact the Ministry of Small Business and
Entrepreneurship's website at

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Sarbjit Kaur, Minister's Office, (416)
326-1939; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6998

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