Small businesses are the lifeblood of communities across Canada and all Canadians benefit when we promote local businesses.
Small Business BC, which is supported by Western Economic Diversification Canada, is seeking nominations this month for the annual Small Business BC awards and I encourage all British Columbians to nominate an entrepreneur in their community by November 30th.
In my community of Vancouver Quadra, the West Broadway Business Improvement Association has a “Stars on Broadway” initiative which is shining a light on merchants who have been in business for more than 20 years. We have more than 70 of these unsung pillars of the community between Collingwood and Larch street alone! From Ace Cycles established in 1946, to the Toybox in 1972, then Kidsbooks in 1983, and Nat’s Pizza in 1992, plus so many more!
From their stores to their stories, small businesses matter! I invite all members of this House to check out and thank the small businesses in their community.