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Chamber of Commerce president kicks off Small Business Week

The Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce is celebrating entrepreneurship with Small Business Week.

Chamber President Corrine Kelly-Hyde kicked off the week with a speech emphasizing the importance of small businesses in the community at the weekly Rotary Club of Lloydminster meeting. 

“Ninety-seven per cent of our business members are small business representing 100 employees or less. They are the backbone of our business community because there is a significant amount of them that create economic activity within Lloydminster.”

The Chamber of Commerce currently has 520 members. Kelly-Hyde says despite a weak economy, businesses in the Border City are still able to succeed. 

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“Our community has suffered from the lack of movement of oil and gas and our community is largely in that. There’s a lot of retail businesses that are thriving and there are businesses that are able to change their platform to meet the changing needs of the community.” 

The chamber released a survey to members earlier this year and gathered information on businesses’ quality of internet service. Kelly-Hyde says the chamber is looking at helping businesses in Lloydminster with proper internet services. 

“The Industrial park is an area that was suffering in terms of having high-speed internet. It’s an advocacy issue for us this year and we’ve created a policy around it. We were able to get in front of some governments to speak on that issue and hopefully, we can work with the city to find a service provider.”

The Chamber will cap off Small Business Week with the Business Excellence Awards on October 24 at the Gold Horse Casino.

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