Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Rakesh Naidu, right, is shown Oct. 18, 2019, with Downtown Accelerator CEO Arthur Barbut during the announcement of a new partnership focused on supporting small businesses and start-ups in Windsor and Essex County. DAX MELMER / WINDSOR STAR

Originally posted by The Windsor Star

Highlighting the important contributions of small businesses across the province, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce launched a campaign Monday called Small Business Too Big to Ignore.

“Small businesses make up 98 per cent of all Ontario businesses and 30 per cent of the provincial GDP. They are the backbone — and core — of our community,” Rakesh Naidu, president and CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, said in a news release Monday. The launch of the new campaign coincided with the start of Small Business Week.

On Friday, the local chamber announced a new partnership with the Downtown Accelerator to offer some of their services to each others members and to help small businesses.

The chamber, with its partner WEtech Alliance, is holding a Tech Show Tuesday with two panel discussions on technology tools and trends for small business owners.

For Small Business Week, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has a report which outlines some of the challenges the owners of small businesses face. The report says the top three obstacles are access to talent, government investment in infrastructure and concerns about the rising costs of doing business.

Small businesses with less than 100 workers are “powerful economic drivers” and employ nearly three million Ontarians, said Rocco Rossi, president and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

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