McGuinty Government Opens New Small Business Enterprise Centre In Stratford

    Office To Provide Support And Resources To Local Small Business Community

    STRATFORD, ON, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - The Stratford & Perth Small Business
Enterprise Centre officially opened its doors for business today. Minister of
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Harinder Takhar and local MPP
John Wilkinson were in Stratford for the opening.
    "Small and medium-sized businesses are the engine of Ontario's economy,"
said Takhar. "This new office will give local small businesses the tools they
need to develop and grow, leading to job creation and increased prosperity."
    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
    "As someone from small business I know our government is committed to
helping small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Perth County succeed,"
said Wilkinson, MPP for Perth-Middlesex. "By working together this office will
help transform local entrepreneurs' hard work and innovation into successful
enterprises. And a strong small business sector builds stronger rural
    Dan Mathieson, the Mayor of Stratford, recognizes the importance of
today's announcement for the local small business community.
    "This centre will help local entrepreneurs capitalize on business
opportunities and advantages right here in Stratford and across Perth County,
providing economic growth and prosperity," Mathieson said.
    "The County has been working on business retention and expansion and this
new business centre will complement our efforts," said Ron McKay, Warden of
Perth County.
    Jointly operated by the Ontario government and local municipalities,
Small Business Enterprise Centres provide support to start-up and small
enterprises during their initial years of development and operation and
deliver 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," said Takhar. "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: Leigh-Ann Popek, Minister's Office, (416)
326-1946; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6998

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