PROVINCE CONTINUES TO ENHANCE AND STREAMLINE SERVICES FOR BUSINESSES TO HELP THEM THRIVE: BJORNSON
– – – New Manitoba Business Gateway Opens in Dauphin; AccessManitoba Expanded
DAUPHIN—Entrepreneurs and business owners will now have access to even more support, programs and information to help get their businesses going and growing following the establishment of a new Manitoba Business Gateway location and an expansion of AccessManitoba, Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade Minister Peter Bjornson announced here today at the newest gateway site.
“Manitoba Business Gateways make information and services easier to find, understand and use,” said Bjornson. “I know these new centres will make a real difference for business owners whether they access information and services online, by phone or in person.”
The new gateway, located at the Employment Manitoba Centre in Dauphin, opened this week and is the sixth of its kind in the province. Another gateway will be opening soon in Ste. Anne, the minister noted.
The Manitoba Business Gateway provides single-window access and referrals to a wide array of business and employment information and services including the Commercialization Support for Business Program; business starts; permits and licences; financial programs; business planning; recruiting, training and managing employees; business expansion and growth; exporting and more.
“The Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce is excited about this initiative,” said Scott Whitmore, president of the chamber. “It will streamline valuable business information and resources making it easily accessible to the Dauphin business community and the surrounding area.”
The minister also announced today that AccessManitoba now includes 12 additional program areas including small-business development, Manitoba Business Gateways, industry workforce development and services offered by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives.
AccessManitoba is a secure service that provides enhanced access to business, employment and training‑related government services and information. AccessManitoba also allows online payment for select services.
“Small business in Manitoba represents approximately 97 per cent of all businesses in the province,” Bjornson noted. “These initiatives, along with our other single-window services, are part of our government’s continued commitment to make it easier for these businesses to thrive and help add more jobs to our growing economy.”
The Single Window for Business initiative was launched in 2007 to help support business development by improving quality and accessibility of government services, and reducing costs and time associated with complying with government reporting and information requirements.
The minister noted the province has made a number of investments to help support Manitoba businesses including:
introducing TAXcess, which allows more than 40,000 businesses across Manitoba, Canada and the United States to apply for account registration, file returns and pay provincial taxes online;
reducing the required frequency of filing sales tax for small businesses to reduce paperwork burden and costs;
adopting the business number, a common identifier to replace the multiple numbers typically used to identify the same business at the municipal, provincial and federal levels;
introducing the online BizPaS directory to provide information on government programs and services and make it available in a single location; and
expanding BizPaL, an innovative online service that provides entrepreneurs simplified access to information on the permits, licences, permissions, approvals, registrations, certifications and other requirements needed to establish and operate a business in Manitoba.
Additional information on services for businesses is available at the Manitoba Business Portal at www.manitoba.ca/business.