I was invited to post on My Kelowna Buzz in their candidates’ corner and to talk about small business. Here is an excerpt from my post:
It has been great to be part of a council that has kept Kelowna “Open for Business” even during a global economic recession. Communication with small business has been occurring regularly through business round-tables, regular committee of the whole meetings with the Chamber of Commerce and a council rep at that table (Angela Reid-Nagy) , council representation on the Downtown Kelowna Association (that’s me), at the Uptown Rutland Business Association (Angela Reid-Nagy and Charlie Hodge), at the Economic Development Commission (Kevin Craig) as well as with the business owners in the Pandosy Town Centre (Luke Stack) and Glenmore Town Centre (Graeme James). Significant reductions in red-tape have occurred through the implementation of the One Window system as well as training for front counter staff. Council has supported the Economic Development Commission, who in turn has officers to support businesses in agriculture, arts and culture, and foreign trade, as well as youth. And Kelowna’s business property tax ratio is equal to the goal set by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business; the best in BC for communities over 75,000.
There can always be improvements and that’s why I support continuing all of these lines of communication because the best solutions for small business are going to come from small business themselves.
Kelowna’s competitive advantage is that we are a welcoming and inclusive community, with a vibrant cultural scene, beautiful natural areas and great recreation opportunities. Council sets the direction for our quality of life, which in turn provides the right environment for businesses to grow and flourish.