Newcomer Nielsen in the Race

Steve Nielsen - Hanover Council Candidate

Steve Nielsen – Hanover Council Candidate

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

I’m husband to one, business owner to 2, a father to 4, and grandfather to 11 (& counting.) That’s why I’m running, I have a vested interest.

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

I’m not sure what the biggest issues are facing business, nor am I sure it’s government’s job to figure it out. Run a town properly and you’ll have people and business move there and thrive all by themselves.

There’s too much waste in Hanover’s budgetWhat strategies do you have in mind to stimulate economic growth in the region?

I think if government watches it’s spending, which can result in lower taxes. That would then help businesses.

Do you feel economic growth should focus on:

A) Bringing in new business developments, or

B) Encouraging small businesses presently in operations?

Help out/encourage existing business. Far too often new ones fail.

Do you think local business taxes should be:

A) Increased

B) Decreased

C) Maintained at current levels

Local business taxes need to be held and lowered if at all possible.

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

, thousands of dollars spent on signs for “free parking” areas. There’s no metered/paid parking anywhere it’s all free! We need to trim bureaucracy and get more “bang for our buck”. Having a development “plan” that centers almost entirely around the Magwood Farm, they’ve said they aren’t selling and the Town isn’t going to expropriate, hardly seems like a plan for anything but failure. The Police, who take almost a full 1/3 of every tax dollar, overpriced the dispatching service. We had those jobs and now those incomes are gone!




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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)
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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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