McKinlay Wants to Step Up in The Blue Mountains

Mayor of Blue Mountain Ellen Anderson will not be running for re-election, opening up the position to a fresh face. Deputy Mayor Duncan McKinlay, who has an 18-year career working at a youth treatment facility, is up against John McKean, a councillor in the Town of the Blue Mountains for three terms.

McKinlay was acclaimed to one-year terms as warden for both 2012 and 2013 and has seven years on the Grey County council. McKinlay says he wants to “be an advocate for ratepayers and community organizations, economic development, transportation and improving communications and community engagement.”

Do you have any strategies prepared to encourage local economic growth? Which issue should this next term’s council give to more focus to: A) Bringing in new business developments, or B) encouraging small businesses presently in operations?

My strategy is to build support by council and the community for programs which are under way now. Examples: TBM business retention and expansion program, TBM economic development advisory committee, Grey County Economic development strategy process, The SWIFT project to bring ubiquitous,high speed broad band capacity to western Ontario, The SWEA alliance efforts to focus on regional economic opportunities ,to work together to build a broad , strong economic base in Southwestern Ontario

The answer to the second questions is B) Support the retention and expansion of existing business is number one.

What do you see has been the largest challenge over the last 10 years, faced by business operators in your region?

The Economy including growth rates below forecasts and more conservative consumer behaviour.

Do you think local business taxes are at a fair rate, or should be lowered or raised? Should there be any changes in the municipal services provided to businesses, (such as garbage removal)?

Council must review services annually, to make sure that the right services are provided at good value. Services to business are very important part of this annual review.

What are three things would like to see achieved during your term as mayor?

1) An open for business culture fostered by the municipality, business organizations and the community

2) Growing communication between the municipality and the community and increased community engagement in local governance

3) Roll-out of the SWIFT project to bring fiber-optic ultra high speed to services, business and homes



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Meet local business people and find out how networking is one of the most effective methods for marketing your business.
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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)


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