Penticton a finalist for Golden Scissors Award

The City of Penticton has been short-listed for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) annual Golden Scissors Awards, which recognize initiatives that reduce red tape for businesses.

“Entrepreneurs make up a large portion of Penticton's economic engine, so we are pleased the CFIB is recognizing us among the finalists who champion small business by reducing regulations,” said Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “Our organization is constantly looking to streamline processes at City Hall, and these two initiatives were great solutions that cut red tape for small business owners.”

Economic Development Officer Colleen Pennington and former Director of Development Services Anthony Haddad were nominated for implementing a “30-day conditional business licence,” which allows business owners to kick-start a new enterprise as soon as possible. As long as the business is within an appropriate zone, inspections and paperwork can be submitted within 30 days so entrepreneurs can launch on their timeline. Small business owners are reporting faster implementation of their business plans.

In addition, Development Services undertook a substantial revision of its Sign Bylaw that also slashed the amount of red tape requirements around promotional signage available to businesses. This has resulted in a 60% reduction in sign permit applications, meaning businesses were able to quickly and effectively promote their enterprise.

Each year, the CFIB dedicates one week in January to raise public awareness about the impact of excessive regulations and red tape on small business, as well as challenging governments across the country to take action. The Golden Scissors Award recognizes politicians, public servants and other Canadians who have successfully motivated or demonstrated leadership and courage, as well as produced meaningful and positive results in cutting red tape for small business. Learn more here.