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October 12, 2007
For immediate release

Minister Brown Recognizes Contributions of Small Businesses in Prince Edward Island

Development and Technology

Prince Edward Island’s small and medium-sized businesses continue to be the driving force behind the province’s economy, said Development and Technology Minister Richard Brown.

October 15-19, 2007 is Small Business Week in Prince Edward Island. Minister Brown said events are being held across the province which will provide entrepreneurs with an opportunity to share their stories and gather valuable information about how they can continue to build their enterprises.

“Businesses in our province are competing and winning in a very competitive, global marketplace,” Minister Brown said. “We all owe our entrepreneurs a debt of gratitude for what they contribute to our economy. When you consider that 75 percent of businesses in Prince Edward Island employ 10 people or fewer, and 95 percent have less than 50 employees, it really puts into perspective exactly how important this sector is to our overall economy.”

Minister Brown said the Government of Prince Edward Island is a key supporter of Small Business Week activities across the province. In addition, government provides a number of important programs and services to help small and medium-sized businesses realize their potential.

“It is government’s role to provide a climate in which business can do what they do best – provide employment, generate economic activity and provide goods and services to Islanders,” he said. “I am pleased to work with the Prince Edward Island business community in an effort to help create that positive environment.”

Media Contact: Ron Crozier
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