The annual general meeting and convention of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce kicked off the three day event in Sault Ste. Marie.
“The role of the Chamber of Commerce is to be the voice of the business community” Mark Barsanti, President of the local Chamber told SaultOnline. “We have to be the body that speaks for the business community in order to ensure that government is acting in a manner that is fiscally responsible so our local economy grows”
That said, one of the main challenges is to attract more small business to the chamber of commerce as a whole across the province, Allan O’Dette , President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce told a crowd of delegates representing communities from Northern and Southern Ontario.
On the top of minds Friday morning was the reaction from the convention floor on the 2014 Provincial budget tabled by Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals Thursday. “Concern is growing among Ontario’s business community about the state of Ontario’s finances O’Dette said.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce own analysis on the proposed budget was fairly positive “we’re pleased to see the government taking a sector-based approach economic development. The OCC’s economic agenda for Ontario Emerging, Stronger calls on government to support the provinces competitive advantages.”