Tuesday, September 10, 2013

City Hall News

Creating a Robust Business Climate

Chilliwack shortlisted for award

Released by the City of Chilliwack

 

mall businesses play a vital role in developing both the economic and social fabric of our community and the province. One of Council’s primary goals and objectives is to attract and maintain business growth.

 

As such, the City of Chilliwack has adopted many small business friendly initiatives to improve competitiveness and help our local businesses grow, develop and flourish.

 

Contracting with the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) is an innovative approach that the City has taken to encourage economic growth. One of CEPCO’s small business priorities is to locate new businesses in Chilliwack and work cooperatively with the City in setting mutual priorities.

Along with CEPCO, the City maintains strong relationships and commitments to other business resources within the community such as the Business Improvement Association and Chamber of Commerce.

Recently the City of Chilliwack teamed up with eight other communities in the Fraser Valley to assist in the creation of a business license system that is more business friendly and reduces red tape. Intended to enhance and enable growth, the Intermunicipal Agreement Authorization Bylaw was adopted in 2013 for this pilot program which allows a contractor/trade business to purchase a single business license that is valid in each of the nine participating communities.

 

This eliminates the need to purchase individual licenses from each municipality in the region, resulting in significant cost savings to businesses and a streamlined permitting process.

“The City of Chilliwack recognizes that small businesses play a vital role in developing both the economic and social fabric of our community and the province,” said Mayor Gaetz. “In order to maintain and attract business growth, we have adopted many small business friendly initiatives to improve competitiveness and help local businesses grow, develop and flourish.”

The City of Chilliwack was one of the 15 finalists announced for the 2013 Open for Business Awards, which recognizes communities that support small business through local-government measures aligned with the BC Small Business Accord.

The Province will announce the winners on Thursday, September 19 at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) annual conference in Vancouver.
 

 

 

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