The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce offers a warm congratulations to Alberta's 19th Premier, Danielle Smith. It's our pleasure to have her speak to our members and broader business community during Small Business Week. Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) are the lynchpin of the Canadian economy. According to Statistics Canada, there are more than 1.2 million SMEs in Canada and after the past two years of pandemic disruptions, many are struggling. In the Edmonton region, despite most business focus tending to be on oil and gas and related services, small business is undisputedly the pulse of the Edmonton economy.
As of 2021, more than 94 per cent of businesses in Edmonton are small and medium sized enterprises. They play a huge role in generating economic impact throughout our region. They are the job creators, the vibrancy makers. SMEs are what make a city unique. They provide an experience that creates memories for residents and visitors. And ultimately, they are driving our economic success. We look forward to hearing from Premier Smith on the impact and importance SME's have in our economy.
This exclusive event has a limited capacity, and we expect tickets to sell quickly. Do not miss your opportunity to attend and reserve your seat!
Please note: The ECC is striving to ensure this event is inclusive. Small business owners with limited financial resources can send a note to the Edmonton Chamber at email@example.com to inquire about subsidized ticket rates.