Alberta’s new small industry panel will tackle red tape

Small businesses bear the brunt of unnecessary red tape, yet they account for two out of every three new jobs created in Alberta, government says

The Alberta government is launching a small business industry panel to identify red tape that is holding back these jobs creators.

“Small businesses disproportionately bear the cost of unnecessary red tape. They account for two out of every three new jobs created in Alberta. If we can get out of the way of these job creators, it’ll be a significant step forward in getting Albertans back to work,” Grant Hunter, Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction, stated in a news release.

The panel is made up of small business owners, associations assisting small business growth, and successful Alberta-founded companies that started out as small businesses.

The government said the panel will work closely with Hunter and provide advice on which regulatory processes are limiting the growth of Alberta’s small businesses. The panel will also provide feedback on current efforts to cut red tape by one-third.

Red Tape Reduction small business industry panel members include:

  • Tony Stolz, owner, Stolz Williams Consulting
  • Barbara McKenzie, executive director, Business Link (non-profit)
  • Mike Lovsin, president, Freson Bros.
  • Sam Woods, vice-president, Jori International
  • Marlo Brausse, owner, Barre Body Studio
  • Tyler Hawryluk, CEO, Widynowski’s Sausage
  • Rocky Sinclair, CEO, Alberta Indian Investment Corporation
  • Bill Walker, CEO, Landmark Cinemas

“Business Link is pleased to serve on this panel and support the government in finding was to accelerate the path to success for small business across Alberta,” said McKenzie.

“I look forward to working with Minister Hunter and the Red Tape Reduction panel to improve the economic environment for small business owners in Alberta,” said Brausse.

Mario Toneguzzi is a business reporter in Calgary.

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