VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark released the following statement in recognition of Small Business Month:
"Small business is what drives the provincial economy and it is the backbone of a strong local economy in every corner of the province. Small businesses represent 98 per cent of all businesses in our province. They employ over one million people - that's 57 per cent of all private sector jobs in the province and the second-highest rate in the country.
"October is Small Business Month in B.C. Small business owners often work long hours and make great sacrifices to ensure the success of their companies. Many of these businesses are family-owned and operated, and one of the most important products of a small business is the positive effect they have in their communities by providing jobs.
"As countries around the world struggle economically, British Columbia is using its position of strength to defend and create jobs in every community. Whether it's tax reductions, streamlined regulations for business or new and upgraded transportation infrastructure, our government will continue to help B.C. businesses grow both at home and abroad.
"The entrepreneurial drive and spirit are hallmarks of our B.C. culture, and this month we recognize those qualities and the work small business owners do to help us build a stronger British Columbia."
Office of the Premier