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Coquitlam Celebrates Small Business Week: Oct. 15 – 21

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COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 10, 2017 – To the thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners who are based in Coquitlam, fuelling our local economy with goods, services and jobs, we thank you.

The City of Coquitlam invites residents and local businesses to join us in celebrating national Small Business Week from Sunday, Oct. 15 to Saturday, Oct. 21. Stay tuned to the City’s Facebook page for daily updates and visit us online at www.coquitlam.ca/smallbusinessweek

Small businesses are the backbone of our community. From the mom-and-pop shop owners who know their customers by name to the local designers who add style to our everyday lives, this week is all about the vital goods and services you provide.

Coquitlam is a hub of innovation, home to tech wizards, manufacturing firms, a new filming studio and a new craft brewery. Multiple sectors are represented here, from industrial to automotive, financial to food processing. From our local pubs to boutique shops, nail salons and diverse restaurants, our city would not be the same without you.

Not only is Coquitlam an ideal place to do business, but it’s also a great place to work, with a variety of jobs on offer.

Coquitlam is connected by SkyTrain, and partly due to its competitive housing options, highly skilled employees are moving to the region, which further benefits potential employers.

Support Your Local Small Business

As we celebrate Small Business Week, the City of Coquitlam would like to encourage everyone to support your local businesses. Benefits include:

  • Local businesses can provide specialized customer service.
  • You might find unique or one-of-a-kind goods.
  • You’re enforcing a strong sense of community.
  • You’re fuelling the local economy, which translates to better amenities, festivals and events.

Small Business Week Event

Business Showcase
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2 – 7 p.m.
This trade show, sponsored in part by the City of Coquitlam, is presented by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, bringing together hundreds of business owners and operators during Small Business Week. It’s an opportunity to build connections, discover new businesses and services, and attend business seminars. www.tricitieschamber.com

Small Business Facts:

  • 6,462 business licences were issued in Coquitlam in 2016, compared with 5,900 in 2012.
  • 23,485 m² of new industrial or commercial space was added in Coquitlam in 2016.
  • Small business makes up 98 per cent of all businesses in B.C. A total of 79% of small businesses are micro businesses with fewer than five employees. Source: BC Stats: Small Business Profile 2016.  

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Media contact:

David Munro
Manager of Economic Development, City of Coquitlam