I come from a family of entrepreneurs. Many members of my family, including most of my immediate family, have all owned small- and medium-sized businesses at various points in their lives.
I’ve learned a lot from their work ethic and personal sacrifice. I have a lot of respect for entrepreneurs who put it all on the line to build a better life for themselves and for their families.
I’m proud to be a part of a government that supports small business and entrepreneurs. Small businesses play a vital role in Manitoba’s economic well-being and will be an important part of our success as we move into the future.
Recently, SkipTheDishes announced that it will be locating its central headquarters right here in Winnipeg, bringing 93 highly-skilled jobs to the city. Not only does this expand our skilled workforce, but it gives busy families an excellent and innovative way to order food from local restaurants.
Our government is committed to continue to support small businesses by continuing to improve tax credits and by remaining the only province in the country to completely eliminate its small business tax.
Our government supports growing business as well. I recently joined Premier Greg Selinger and Jobs and the Economy Minister Theresa Oswald at Price Industries right here in Winnipeg’s northeast community.
We were pleased to join Price Industries as the company announced a 50,000-square-foot expansion of its Winnipeg manufacturing headquarters. This means 175 new good jobs for Manitoba families and opportunities for our young people. This expansion will create not only create 175 new jobs, but expand local training opportunities, and cement the company’s core North American research and engineering capability in Manitoba.
Our government understands that we need to support a competitive and attractive business environment for companies to set up shop. That is why to support this expansion, the provincial government is providing Price Industries with a $10-million repayable, secured and interest-bearing loan under the Manitoba Industrial Opportunities Program (MIOP), and $1.5 million to train the highly skilled workers needed for the expansion. I would like to congratulate Price Industries on their success and thank them for investing in Manitoba and our community.
It has been so exciting to see the success of business-friendly initiatives. Canadian Tire has located their Cloud Nine Digital Innovation Centre here and MTS recently announced they are building a data centre. Investment in Manitoba by these companies will ensure that our young people have good jobs and opportunities right here at home.
If you are interested in learning more about the supports and resources government can provide to small businesses or budding entrepreneurs please check out Entrepreneurship Manitoba at http://www.gov.mb.ca/jec/emb/, which provides a range of services for businesses and entrepreneurs at every stage of the business cycle.
For more information on these projects, or any other issue, feel free to email me at Matt.Wiebe@YourManitoba.ca