Stephens Vies for Term on Council

Lynda Stephens - Meaford Council Candidate

Lynda Stephens – Meaford Council Candidate

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

I am a wife. Mother, grandmother, great grandmother, certified reflexologist, massage practitioner.  I am self-employed and had a store front business for 4 years in downtown Meaford.

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

The major issues are costs and lack of business.

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

Businesses need to promote positive attitudes and blow their own horns from time to time.  Patrons don’t always know what’s available in their own back yard. Promoting regionally as well as locally provides opportunities for tourism.

The focus must be on both new business as well as encouraging and mentoring small businesses.

Businesses need to promote positive attitudes and blow their own horns from time to time. Do you feel economic growth should focus on:

A) Bringing in new business developments, or

B) Encouraging small businesses presently in operations?

Answer above!


Do you think local business taxes should be:

A) Increased

B) Decreased

C) Maintained at current levels

Municipalities have a hard time with rising costs as well so any time that costs can be kept within the cola is best for all.

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

Businesses need support services and residents should be encouraged to use these services as well.

We have so much to offer and sometimes it is right under our nose yet we don’t know about it or appreciate it!



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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