Canada’s Small Business Saturday Coming to Ontario

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Ontario small businesses are counting down the days until October 20th, the date set for Canada’s Small Business Saturday. It’s a new campaign from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) sponsored by Interac® that aims to encourage consumers to shop at local, independent businesses and help entrepreneurs promote their businesses online.

“All across Canada, small business owners tell me they’re looking for new ways to reach out to customers – particularly online – to promote the importance of shopping at local small firms, instead of a big box, giant online or cross-border business” says CFIB president Dan Kelly. “After all, if we all shop small, we can make a big difference.”

Business owners and consumers are encouraged to register on-line at www.shopsmallbiz.ca. The process is fast, easy and completely free. Businesses will be encouraged to offer a special promotion or discount on Small Business Saturday in order to attract new customers. Consumers will benefit by learning of unique offerings and great deals right in their own backyard or from small online businesses.

“We’re pleased to be the sponsor for Canada’s first Small Business Saturday,” says Mark O’Connell, President and CEO, Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation. “Small businesses are the backbone of Canada’s economy, and we’re happy to provide merchants with convenient and economical payment options like Interac Debit that help keep their costs down and their customers happy.”

“One Ontario small business owner who is already getting ready to hit the ground running is Steven Mastoras, the owner of Whistler’s Grille and The McNeil Room, a full-service restaurant that has been in Toronto for 31 years,” says Satinder Chera, CFIB’s Ontario vice president.

“Another is Vishal Ramsuchit, the owner of Trapper’s Restaurant in Toronto. Vishal and Steve know that October 20th is going to be the start of something big for hard-working entrepreneurs here in Ontario.”

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