April 12, 2012
Van Kesteren Business Forum a Success
Chatham, ON — “Federal loans for young entrepreneurs, the importance of innovation and working with your competition, were just three of the many topics discussed,” said Dave Van Kesteren. The MP for Chatham-Kent--Essex hosted a small business forum in Chatham on April 11th.
“We had a great turn out; the participants came with a variety of experiences, from high school students to established business owners.”
The event welcomed Federal Minister of Small Business and Tourism Maxime Bernier and National Post columnist Rick Spence as its guest speakers. Minister Bernier discussed how the Government has helped small businesses and highlighted further opportunities it can take to eliminate barriers for entrepreneurs. Mr. Spence encouraged those in attendance to be innovative when it comes to customer relations, to find different ways to keep the lines of communication open. He noted that innovation doesn’t threaten jobs but rather guarantees them.
The forum was the first in a series of events the MP intends to host over the next two years. The next session is set for early October with a focus on providing tools to small business owners including live direct access to Federal department programs and initiatives.