October is Small Business Month and certainly in Mission we have many small businesses to celebrate. Mission is an incubator of businesses, with most business licenses in the area being for organizations of less than five employees and more than 40 per cent being home-based businesses.
As the Voice of Business, the Mission Chamber continues to support small business through our advocacy work. One recent success has been municipal council’s approval of Core Service Review recommendations that were supported by the Chamber. Key recommendations included the streamlining of front counter service and web portals for licensing and fee payment. In a broader approach, the Chamber’s collaboration with other Fraser Valley Chambers has led to the adoption of a mobile business license pilot. This will save up to $2,000 in licensing fees for small businesses that work from Surrey to Hope on both sides of the Fraser.
To further assist all small businesses, the Chamber continues to provide great seminars to celebrate October. Listening to members’ interest, the team has brought together some fabulous Lunch & Learns on all aspects of marketing. Great partnerships with Prospera Credit Union, Fraser Valley Regional Library and Community Futures North Fraser are providing experts that can give valuable insight to this key business tool.
We are also celebrating the best of business in Mission on Oct. 19 at the Business Excellence Awards. It was great to have over 80 nominees in the eight award categories. Congratulations to all those nominated and I hope you will join me at the Gala to celebrate this year’s winners and honor all nominees.