Success of small businesses accelerates inclusive economic recovery in a digital world, Mary Ng

Representative image of Small Business Unsplash M0851

Being at the heart of Canadian communities, the success of small businesses, which are the engines driving the economy, is critical to accelerating an inclusive economic recovery one that is taking place increasingly in the digital world.

During her visit to Nova Scotia from July 28 to 30, Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business, and Economic Development discussed with diverse Canadian entrepreneurs, business owners, and small business organizations, her government’s ongoing efforts to support small businesses as they adopt digital technologies, export into new markets and create local jobs.

On the first day of her trip, Minister Ng joined by Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and Member of Parliament for Halifax announced the call for applications for the second round of the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund.

Up to $40 million will be available to support multi-regional and national not-for-profit organizations to provide mentorship, financial plannning, and business training to women entrepreneurs, .

At an event hosted by Halifax Partnership, Minister Ng was joined by Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants to highlight the benefits of the Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) for small and medium-sized enterprises across the country.

Ng noted that to help small businesses adopt e-commerce or expand existing e‑commerce operations across Atlantic Canada have access to the $2,400 Grow Your Business Online grant.

Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs and business owners are innovative and resilient…Whether it’s through historic investments in digital adoption or targeted supports for Black and women entrepreneurs…support Atlantic Canadians as they start up, scale up and export to new markets in Canada and around the world,” Mary Ng said in a news release.

CDAP’s Boost Your Business Technology grant also is accessible for funding Businesses and expert digital advisory services to boost their existing business technology.

Throughout her visit, the Minister met with Indigenous, Black, women, and rural small business owners across Nova Scotia, and she learned how innovative Nova Scotian companies are boosting economic growth, creating jobs and helping Canada’s inclusive economic recovery.

Before concluding her tour, Minister Ng participated in the plenary session of the National Black Canadians Summit that brought together Black Canadians from all ages, sectors and walks of life to share their experiences, raise awareness and spark an inclusive national dialogue.

During her remarks, Ng pointed to the progress being made to support Black business owners and entrepreneurs through the Black Entrepreneurship Program.

#SmallBusiness; #MaryNg; #economicrecovery; #digitalworld