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Mark Vaughan-Jackson: Mind your own business

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Over the next little while, readers are going to notice a few changes with The Telegram’s business section.

There’s more of it, for a start.

A lot more.

We’re increasing the number of business pages in our print edition, and upping the ante in our online coverage, as well.

But it’s not just the amount that’s going to change. We’re looking to widen the focus, too.

Sure, there’s still going to be a mix of national and international business news.

There's going to be stories about corporate financial results, stock market changes and the like.

There’s going to be stories on local issues, policy and regulation that affect how the province’s business sector operates.

There’s going to be more stories featuring local businesses from all corners of the province — from start-ups to long-established companies, new industries and old.

We’re going to try look at trends on how we do business, what consumers want, and the general pressures that we all face in the current economic times.

That’s what we’d like to do, where we’d like this section to go.

But we can’t do it alone.

And that’s where you come in.

We want to hear about your business, your community.

Entrepreneurs with a new idea looking to get started? Drop us a line.

Established companies looking to expand? Frustrated with red tape? Get in touch.

We want to hear from consumers, too.

What’s hot and what’s not; products or services you’ve heard about that you just can’t get here; the local company that day in, day out, delivers the best service, the best products despite evolving consumer trends or economic downswings.

If you’ve got something to say, my email address is at the end of this column and I’d love to hear from you.

We also hope there’s going to be a lot more opinions shared in our business section. I’ll be reaching out to find groups and individuals interested in penning guest columns on what’s happening in their corner of the economy. The first one is in today’s edition from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

More are coming — a lot more, we hope.

I’ve been working as a journalist at The Telegram for going on 30 years (28 to be exact).

In that time, I’ve covered a little bit of everything: politics, court, crime, business, lifestyles and the arts.

A few years ago I switched from writing for the paper to working as an editor.

Frankly, I’m excited to be back writing again, particularly for the business section.

But over and above what I and our team of reporters will be doing in this section, we’re also looking for voices from the community.

Business groups, industry associations, consumer groups, individual consumers or businesses — if you have an idea that would work as a guest column, get in touch and we’ll chat.

Every day on the front page of The Telegram you can see the simple motto: The People’s Paper.

I’m hoping you can apply this to the business section, too.

This is your paper. This is your business.

So mind your own business and help us broaden the conversation.

Mark Vaughan-Jackson is The Telegram’s business editor. He can be reached via email at mark.vaughan-jackson@thetelegram.com.

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