Nickels Wants to Allow Business to Do Business

Steve Nickels - Meaford Council Candidate

Steve Nickels – Meaford Council Candidate

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

Steve and his wife live in Woodford with three of their five children.

Steve’s background includes eighteen years of municipal management experience, reporting to a variety of councils. Steve has also operated a small business for Twenty years. He worked for the Liquor Control Board in management for fifteen years serving as a store manager, district trainer, acting district manager and provincial training coordinator.

Steve has been an active serving as: a fundraiser working with firefighters, a volunteer with Victim Services responding to crisis situations, a school volunteer serving at breakfast club, and an assistant coach with the Meaford Coyotes.

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

As a business owner in this area I have found red tape painful. We need to careful to ensure that our community remains safe, but we do need to allow a business to get on with business. As an owner requiring high speed internet it really would be nice to able to get high speed other than satellite where I live.

The one thing I can think of that small business could really benefit from is a red tape specialist to help businesses navigate through the paperwork.

What strategies do you have in mind to stimulate economic growth in the region?

I believe that we need to change how we approach our marketing. It is time to accept that we will not likely be able to attract major employers so it is time to focus on marketing the lifestyle we enjoy here. We should go after the smaller operator and remember the older demographic. This is such a wonderful place to retire; we need to capitalize on that.

Do you feel economic growth should focus on:

A) Bringing in new business developments, or

B) Encouraging small businesses presently in operations?



Do you think local business taxes should be:

A) Increased

B) Decreased

C) Maintained at current levels

As a business owner decrease, but as a taxpayer we are only shifting the burden so we would be better to try band increase our tax base.

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

We should always be looking at ways to support small business; however, I don’t have specific services in mind. The one thing I can think of that small business could really benefit from is a red tape specialist to help businesses navigate through the paperwork.



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)


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Address: 1240 2nd Ave E
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2J3

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