Report shows small business confidence static in Alberta plummeting elsewhere

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by Jonathan Muma Posted Jun 29, 2017 12:12 pm MDT Small business confidence in Alberta didn’t change much in June, but it took some big downward swings in other parts of Canada.As a result, our province is now above the national average for the first time in two-and-a-half years.There was a 10 point drop in Ontario and according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, small business owners in Alberta can relate to that number.“Alberta had this idea to do $15 minimum wage, they had these radical labour changes coming in, and at the same time, Ontario is looking at that,” said CFIB Alberta director Amber Ruddy. “I don’t think it’s been a success story for small businesses here.”She added it’s worrying because the results of these surveys are often a glimpse of where the economy is headed.“The business barometer does tend to trend ahead of GDP, so small business owners feel it first and that’s later reflected through some of the numbers,” said Ruddy.The good news is that the general state of business health in Alberta is almost in line with where it used to be. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Pixabay) Report shows small business confidence static in Alberta, plummeting elsewhere Alberta|Calgary|Canadian Federation of Independent Business

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