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Small business key in the North: Report


Northern Development’s ‘Northern Dispatch’ report reveals that in spite of regional challenges, small business is key to economic growth in the North, according to Northern Development.

This report was created by Northern Development to delve into portions of the state of the North, released earlier in the year, in greater detail. The State of the North report’s goal was to provide community and business leaders with comprehensive sector-specific and regional data that will help shed light on opportunities and inform investment decisions.

“The Northern Dispatch seeks to provide our communities in the north with a crucial understanding of the data collected in the State of the North Report,” said Joel McKay, Northern Development CEO, in a news release. “It is Northern Development’s hope that these reports can continue to provide community and business leaders with current information on the status of the economy in northern B.C.”

The Northern Dispatch reports are an opportunity to expand on the data and to provide our communities with key insights into specific sectors in each issue by adding commentary and context. Guest contributors are also brought on in each issue to give their input and expertise on the subject.

The goal of these reports is to provide value and updated information to Northern B.C. communities, business leaders and stakeholders who share our passion for economic development across the region.

This issue of Northern Dispatch focuses on the current state of small businesses in Northern B.C. The report focuses on the growth of small businesses in our region, the overall make-up of businesses in the north and the critical importance of the resource sector.

Guest contributor and president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce, Val Litwin, also weighs in on the current status of businesses across the region and gives insight into the mindset of entrepreneurs in Northern B.C.

Northern Development plans to issue four Northern Dispatch reports this year, each one focusing on a different topic pulled from the State of the North.

Read and download the current issue here:




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