Grey County Warden marks small business week

Selwyn Hicks was elected by Grey County Council to serve as Warden for 2021. (Photo courtesy of Grey County)

Grey County’s Warden is encouraging residents to have a local first mindset not just during Grey-Bruce Small Business Week but year round.

Warden Selwyn Hicks released a statement saying small businesses are the economic and social lifeblood of Canada, especially in small communities.

He said, “So many of our goods and services come from shops whose business owners are our friends and neighbours, whose kids go to school with ours, and who we rub (socially distanced) elbows with in the community. Without small businesses, the fabric of our communities would be irrevocably changed.”

He added small business are tremendous supporters of communities from sponsoring clubs and teams, to supporting community projects.

This week Grey County businesses will have access to a series of free webinars to support entrepreneurs looking to grow and adapt their businesses. Some of the topics include content creation for businesses, pitching to investors, diversity and inclusion, digital marketing, talent retention

Hicks said, “Over the course of the pandemic, our businesses have been forced to change and adapt in ways very few could ever have anticipated. And they continue to strive for improvement, to best meet the needs of consumers in a changed world. I am tremendously grateful for the resilience our local businesses continue to show in the face of adversity.”

He concluded, ” When small businesses are stronger our communities are stronger and everyone benefits. “