McGee Seeks Another Term on Council

John McGee - The Blue Mountains Council Candidate

John McGee – The Blue Mountains Council Candidate

First of all, tell us a little about your background and overall platform in 100 words or less.

I am a professional engineer and have lived in the Blue Mountains since 2000. With 25 years experience in business management and four years experience on The Blue Mountain’s Council I believe I have a proven track record in listening to concerns and opinions, evaluating all the available information and making sound decisions on behalf of residents.
During my 4 years on Council from 2006 to 2010 I served on the finance and administration, infrastructure and recreation, and planning committees. I was also on the Collingwood General and Marine hospital board and the affordable housing committee.

What do you see as the major issue(s) facing business-owners in Grey-Bruce?

Access to markets has always been an issue in Grey-Bruce. Today, access must be electronic and to be successful businesses need high speed internet to connect them seamlessly to their customers.

In the Blue Mountains we need an economic development strategy that has resources dedicated it its implementation.What strategies do you have in mind to stimulate economic growth in the region?

In the Blue Mountains we need an economic development strategy that has resources dedicated it its implementation. Updating by-laws, simpler interfaces to municipal government, lower development charges and support for the Community Improvement Plan should be part of the strategy.


Do you feel economic growth should focus on:

A) Bringing in new business developments, or

B) Encouraging small businesses presently in operations?

Retention and expansion of our current businesses needs to be a priority, but we must also work to attract new ventures.

Do you think local business taxes should be:

A) Increased

B) Decreased

C) Maintained at current levels

I think the major impediment to business growth is not the tax structure, although the portion of tax dollars going to the county and education (a total of 60% of the total taxes raised) is difficult for both businesses and ratepayers. Expansion and new ventures requires new commercial space and currently the commercial development charges limit growth.

Should there be any changes in the services offered to local businesses?

Through a process of public engagement, involving the community in the ongoing governing process, we can respond to the changing needs of all our communities.



Learn to Network

Business Networking International (BNI) Sound Networking meets Each Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 AM at Frog Ponds Cafe

Meet local business people and find out how networking is one of the most effective methods for marketing your business.
Visitors are always welcome, just call ahead to let us know you are coming 519-371-2622.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Basics of Bookkeeping (Three part workshop)
Tuesday September 19th and 26th and Tuesday October 3rd, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room $95 (HST included)
Facilitator: Jane Gallagher
This three part Bookkeeping Workshop will allow you to use the tools and information to confidently understand your financial statements and your own books. Class size is limited to 8 to allow a hands-on, individual learning opportunity for everyone.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

How to “Really” Start a Business
Wednesday September 20th, 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Bayshore Community Centre
FREE – Pre-registration is required
Facilitator: Cliff Bilyea
Discover the basic steps involved in starting a business, evaluating your idea, determining your market and basic rules and regulations. Attending the is workshop is mandatory for anyone applying to the Starter Company Plus Program.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Introduction to Quick Books (Two part workshop)
Tuesday October 17th and 24th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room, $80 (HST Included)
Instructor: Jane Gallagher
The first session of Quick Books provides participants with an overview and access to a trial version of the program. The second session will be questions and answers to address specific issues. Knowledge of basic bookkeeping principles is required. Limited to 8, you must bring your own laptop. (This workshop does not cover the online version of Quick Books)


Phone: 519 371 7464
Fax: 519 371 4043
Address: 1240 2nd Ave E
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2J3

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