As the owner of an Edmonton-based company, I understand how important it is to support local businesses. I’m incredibly proud to have run all of my business ventures from this city. Edmonton’s business community is innovative, energetic, and resilient. As Mayor, I would make sure that businesses and entrepreneurs in our city have all the support they need at City Hall.
When I started the “Edmonton Made” campaign as a City Councillor I had two main goals. First, to promote the fantastic businesses we have in Edmonton and second, to encourage local buying and local procurement.
As Mayor, I would reignite the spirit of the Edmonton Made campaign at City Hall by:
- Promoting our local companies and entrepreneurs both in Edmonton and outside of it.
- Regularly connecting with the local business community and fostering connections between entrepreneurs in our city.
- Making it easier than ever to start a business in Edmonton or expand an existing one.
- Rallying the broader business community to get more involved in all aspects of the city and to partner with nonprofits and other agencies to help with the challenges ahead.
- Hiring locally and sourcing locally to boost skilled jobs and local supply chains.
- I will also expand upon two initiatives I started as a City Councillor: the Open Window Program which offers one-on-one support for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and the Large Investor Concierge Service which allows the City to connect directly with potential investors to help sell them on Edmonton and make the decision to invest here as easy as possible.
Edmonton needs to deliver some wins - by being a better partner that helps our business community succeed, and by ensuring investors see Edmonton as a city that will help them succeed.