B.C.'s small business community contributes over 41 per cent of the total value of goods exported from the province and the rapidly expanding markets of Asia will play a vital role in future growth.
Bell asked the roundtable to work with key sectors and regions that can take advantage of growing export markets, expand British Columbia's trade and create jobs for families. To assist in facilitating the work of the roundtable, Bell has appointed Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Kevin Krueger as co-chair. Krueger chaired the roundtable from 2008-09.
In addition to focusing on economic development and trade opportunities, the small business roundtable continues to advise government on issues, strategies and potential actions to make it easier to do business in British Columbia.
The roundtable was formed in 2005. Its members are small business leaders who represent regions, industries and associations throughout British Columbia.
Small business is a key economic driver in British Columbia:
- Making up 98 per cent of all businesses in the province.
- Generating 57 per cent of all private-sector jobs in the province.
- Employing over one million people.
- Contributing over 41 per cent of the total value of goods exported from B.C.
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation