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Strengthening local businesses


Helping make small business successful is the mandate of the BizPal program across Newfoundland and Labrador.

Further enhancing this program and adding to its already successful history, seven new communities across Labrador signed on as members of the program according to a government news release on Friday morning.

Coming online with the program are municipalities in Red Bay, Charlottetown, Mary’s Harbour, Port Hope Simpson, Forteau, L’Anse au Clair and L’Anse au Loup.

This brings the total number of communities in this province in the program to 87.

“Our government is supportive of small and medium-ized businesses to help strengthen the economy. The BizPal program continues to grow in Newfoundland and Labrador, with the goal of providing business owners with accurate, accessible, complete and current information about the requirements needed at all levels of government. I encourage municipal leaders to contact Service NL if they would like more information about how they can use BizPal to support new ventures in their community,’’ Minister of Service NL Eddie Joyce said in the release.

The program helps local entrepreneurs save time and money by simplifying the process of obtaining permits and licences.

BizPal prompts clients online with a list of questions about their business venture, and responses are used to generate a customized list of all permits and other regulatory approvals needed in order to operate a specific type of business.

The provincial BizPal website is accessed thousands of times each month by local businesses and potential business operators from outside the province.

To date, Service NL has added an average of 10 municipalities within Newfoundland and Labrador per year.

For more information on BizPal, please visit www.bizpal.gov.nl.ca.

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