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St. Catharines climbs Canadian entrepreneurial rankings

St. Catharines climbs Canadian entrepreneurial rankings

St. Catharines climbs Canadian entrepreneurial rankings

St. Catharines climbs Canadian entrepreneurial rankings 

Oct. 26, 2016 – The Financial Post has identified Canada’s top entrepreneurial cities and St. Catharines has made a significant jump up the rankings as an attractive place to do business.

Released last week during small business week, the Financial Post report ranks Canadian cities on 14 indicators for entrepreneurship including tax rates, the number of self-employed people and business establishments per capita and overall optimism. The St. Catharines/Niagara census metropolitan area has climbed to number 12 in the rankings, up from number 24 in 2015.

“The support of business and entrepreneurship is an important part of our strategic plan as a city and this report shows that start-ups and small business are an integral part of our economic revitalization,” explains Mayor Walter Sendzik. “Our goal is to keep climbing up the rankings when it comes to economic growth. We have a strong small business sector, we have built a robust network of start-up support services, and there is a renewed energy in our city that is putting us on the map when it comes to entrepreneurship.”

Supporting businesses and entrepreneurs is the job of the city’s economic development team which is part of Team Niagara – a group of economic development professionals who work collaboratively with businesses and investors to encourage the attraction, expansion and retention of vibrant businesses in the community.

Brian York, the City’s Director of Economic Development and Government Relations commented on the rankings. “It’s exciting to see that our community is being recognized on a national level for its leadership in creating an ecosystem where you can start and successfully grow a business. Together with the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre, Innovate Niagara, iHUB, BioLinc, CoWork Niagara, as well as Venture Niagara, we are taking a more local approach to developing stronger businesses that help build stronger communities,” stated York.

For more information about investment opportunities in St. Catharines visit www.investinstc.ca.

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