The im­por­tance of small busi­nesses

Vancouver Sun - - CITY - STUART MCNISH

This week Con­ver­sa­tions that Mat­ter fea­tures Laura Jones of the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness, who talks about the value that small busi­nesses con­trib­utes to the econ­omy.

“Over half the pri­vate sec­tor jobs are in small busi­ness. So small busi­nesses cre­ate jobs,” she said. “But they do way more than just cre­at­ing jobs. You know in an eco­nomic down­turn, big busi­nesses are re­ally quick to shed jobs. Small busi­nesses are not. They try and keep their em­ploy­ees. And what that does, is it cre­ates a lot of eco­nomic sta­bil­ity.”

Jones goes on to ad­dress the pro­posed tax changes that will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on small busi­ness.

Ac­cord­ing to Jones, “small busi­nesses are in­sulted by the tone that the govern­ment is tak­ing around these con­sul­ta­tions; a tone that sug­gests small busi­ness peo­ple are try­ing to cheat on taxes.” Con­ver­sa­tions That Mat­ter is a part­ner pro­gram with the Cen­tre for Di­a­logue at Si­mon Fraser Univer­sity. Join vet­eran Broad­caster Stuart McNish each week for these im­por­tant and en­gag­ing Con­ver­sa­tions shap­ing our fu­ture.

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