What is this engagement about?
The Province, under the direction of the Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, has established the Small Business Task Force (the Task Force) to listen to small businesses to better understand what government can do to help strengthen the sector.
A strong and prosperous small business sector is the backbone of every community in every region of British Columbia. Of all the businesses operating in the province, 98% are considered to be small businesses, meaning they have fewer than 50 employees. Together, these businesses provide employment for more than one million British Columbians.
The Task Force is seeking input from small business owners throughout the province to better understand potential barriers to success, opportunities for growth and actions that should be considered by government.
During Phase 1 of this engagement, the Task Force will host seven stakeholder meetings around the province in June, to hear from B.C.’s small business community, including chambers of commerce, entrepreneurs and Indigenous communities. Individuals will also have a chance to participate through an online questionnaire during this time.
Phase 2 will follow in July 2018, and allow participants to comment online on a draft intentions paper.
How can my contribution make a difference?
Following the public engagement, the Task Force will submit its final report to Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, including its recommendations in fall 2018 on how the Province can further support small business in B.C.
Details of the Engagement:
Dates: Phase 1 will be open from June 1 to 29, 2018
Phase 2 will be open the last two weeks of July
Category: Business & Commerce
Type: Online, Email