A new task force will seek ideas on how to maintain a healthy small business environment.

Seven consultations will be hosted throughout B.C. in June, to hear from entrepreneurs, chamber of commerce and First Nations. Prince George is hosting a consultation June 14.

Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, announced today the members of the B.C. Small Business Task Force and what they want to accomplish in their month long tour.

“The new Small Business Task Force will listen to entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the province, so we can continue to improve B.C.’s small business climate,” said Ralston. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. The Small Business Task Force will make recommendations to build on this sector’s strong growth, and enhance job creation for people in every corner of B.C.”

The group members are Chair Michael Hwang, founder and principal lawyer at Amicus Lawyers. The other members are Cybele Negris, vice-chair of B.C.’s Small Business Roundtable and CEO and co-founder of Webnames.ca, and Shahraz Kassam, owner and CEO of Shamin Diamonds.

After consultations take place, the task force will submit a final report to the minister.

Small businesses make up 98 per cent of all businesses in B.C.