Sault Ste Marie Chamber Of Commerce

Your Recognized Voice of Business in Sault Ste Marie

Small Business Too Big To Ignore - What's this all about?

What's this about?
Throughout 2016, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), in partnership with chambers of commerce and boards of trade from across the province, is embarking on an ambitious campaign, Small Business Too Big to Ignore. This campaign will highlight the important contributions of small businesses to our economy and communities, and actively engage small businesses across the province in investigating the top barriers to small business growth – and identify solutions to overcome those challenges.
Our position
Small businesses are the backbone of the Ontario and Canadian economy. They are the wealth creators, job creators and risk takers. Small businesses of 100 or less employees constitute over 380,000 of Ontario businesses, employing nearly 3 million people. With over 40% of workers in Ontario employed by small business owners, these businesses provide the livelihoods and income for many people in our communities. Facing a number of underlying challenges that impact their ability to grow, small businesses are a powerful and significant stakeholder group that deserves to be heard and cannot be ignored.
More information
Read the Small Business Too Big To Ignore kick-off report Top 3 Obstacles to Small Business Success. (opens in pdf)
We want your feedback... Take part in one of our upcoming focus group discussions
Over the next several weeks, the SSMCOC will be holding focus group discussions with local small business owners and managers to identify the barriers that they face. If you own or operate a small business locally, please join us at one of the following sessions: 

- Wednesday, June 15th (4:30pm to 6:00pm) register HERE
- Tuesday, June 21st (11:30am to 1:00pm) register HERE
The June 15th and 21st focus groups will be held at the Quality Inn and Suites Bay Front.

Join thousands of Ontarians and show your support for small business. Join the conversation at #TooBig2Ignore.