It’s Small Business Week in Canada, and on the homefront, Township of North Dundas residents have plenty to celebrate.
Throughout the past few weeks, as many as seven new business ventures have opened their doors, increasing the number of products available throughout the municipality.
These developments are easy to see.
The former Mike Dean’s Super Food Store building, once the sprawling home to just one business has been transformed to suit the needs of four new offerings, with space for one more still available.
In Winchester’s core, the closure of Annable’s Jewellery and Gifts meant the loss of a longtime downtown anchor, but the vacant space allowed for an expansion of Lisa Williams’ booming Main Street Clothing Company.
Next door, Cup of Jo’s continues to impress, and east of there, Kristie Billings just marked the first anniversary of Barkley’s Shoes and Accessories.
Mix in Samantha’s Emporium and Co-operators Insurance’s move to the village, and the future looks bright.
Of course, there is similar good news throughout the municipality, and the township’s most recent wine and cheese proves that business is booming.
North Dundas staffers and politicians see this success, and have recommitted to the Community Improvement Plan, tinkering with it ahead of a relaunch next year.
Since it came into law in 2013, more than $960,000 of proposed work has been realized, and countless business owners have taken advantage of the program to make noted improvements.
According to the Business Development Bank of Canada, some 10,000 entrepreneurs come together during this week every year to network with small business owners and toast their successes.
More to the point, 99.7 per cent of all businesses coast-to-coast are small to medium-sized. It is no wonder chorus of fury was so strong when the federal Liberals unveiled planned changes to the way these businesses are taxed.
These owners and operators are paddling in the same direction.
Business ownership may not be easy, and the hurdles may be plentiful, but countless folks get the tasks done everyday.
Our community, and country is the better for it.
From this small business to the next, we salute you.