Oct. 19, 2009
MONCTON (CNB) - Entrepreneurs starting a business in several New Brunswick communities now have access to BizPaL, an innovative online service that provides simplified access to the permit and licence information needed to establish and run their businesses.
To kick off Small Business Week, which begins today, Business New Brunswick Minister and Minister responsible for Service New Brunswick Victor Boudreau, and Miramichi MP Tilly O'Neill-Gordon, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in 16 communities in New Brunswick. The launch was hosted at the Capitol Theatre by the City of Moncton.
"Business operators and entrepreneurs of all sizes are major contributors to the New Brunswick economy," said Boudreau. "Encouraging entrepreneurship and reducing barriers to business startups in New Brunswick continues to be one of this government's primary objectives."
This partnership among federal, provincial and local governments is designed to cut through the paperwork burden and red tape that small business owners encounter. The BizPaL service in New Brunswick was developed by individual communities, the Province of New Brunswick and the Government of Canada.
"BizPaL is part of our government's economic plan to support innovation and cut red tape," said O'Neill-Gordon. "Small businesses are a major engine of our economy. BizPaL will help them grow and drive economic growth and job creation here and across Canada."
O'Neill-Gordon attended on behalf of Industry Minister Tony Clement.
"The City of Moncton is very happy to be part of the BizPaL project," said Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc. "This one-stop access to permit and licence information for all levels of government is a very useful tool for many entrepreneurs. It will save them time and simplify the process."
"The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is really pleased to see BizPaL launched in New Brunswick," said Leanne Hachey, the federation's Atlantic vice-president. "It's an important step in making it a bit easier to start up a business or expand an existing one. This will not only save precious time, it'll save money, both of which can be used to invest in other, more important ways to grow businesses and the economy of the province."
The cities of Bathurst, Campbellton, Dieppe, Edmundston, Fredericton, Miramichi, Moncton and Saint John; the towns of Tracadie-Sheila, Rothesay, Caraquet, Dalhousie, Grand Bay-Westfield, Oromocto, and Quispamsis; and the Village of Neguac are the 16 New Brunswick communities currently offering the BizPaL service. The province is looking forward to expanding BizPaL to other areas of New Brunswick over the next year.
Area business owners and entrepreneurs may get access to the service at www.snb.ca/bizpal.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Brent Roy, communications, Service New Brunswick, 506-453-6775; Media Relations, Industry Canada, 613-943-2502.