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October is Small Business Month

The month celebrates the important contributions that entrepreneurs of all sizes make in our local community. In addition, the Small Business Centre is taking the opportunity to host and partner in a series of free events and activities including:

“I’ve seen statistics that indicate there are 1.14 million small businesses in Canada employing upwards of 97% of Canadians,” said Rosemarie Montgomery, Business Consultant with the Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre. “We know that businesses come in all shapes and sizes, from the single person running it part-time to larger operations that employ a number of people. Locally, small business is a major contributor to our economy which is a great reason to shop local.”

Montgomery added that no matter how someone decides to structure their business, Chatham-Kent Economic Development and the Small Business Centre are available to help provide important information, mentorship, and access to a range of business services.

“The number one reason people come to me wanting to start their own business is so they can be their own boss,” said Montgomery. “I have clients who tell me that they love working extra hours on their business because they know that every bit of time, energy, and creativity invested is adding to their future and to their vision.”

“I started my event planning business over the past year with the support of the Small Business Centre and they helped me prepare a very solid and actionable business plan,” said Moréna McDonald owner of 519 Events and Promotions. “I’ve been so fortunate to see my business have steady growth and my events become more and more successful. The last Dresden Night Market had 9000 people attend and the Etsy Event in Downtown Chatham this Saturday should see similar types of attendance.”

Small business month runs all of October. For more information about small business month and the Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre, please visit the website


Additional Details:

Media Contact:

Andrew Tompsett
Marketing and Communications Officer, Economic Development Services
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
315 King Street West
Chatham, ON  N7M 5K8
Phone: 519.352.8401 x2039
Fax: 519.436.3237


Economic Development Services is a municipal department focused on assisting the business community throughout Chatham-Kent – big and small – to strengthen our local economy. Economic Development Services helps new and growing businesses create quality local jobs so people can live, work, and play in Chatham-Kent.

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