Council passes streamlined business license bylaw

A new streamlined business license and rate bylaw was passed by council at the Monday, Jan. 23 regular meeting. The new bylaw looks at ways to make it easier to conduct business in High River, for both residents and non-residents, by simplifying and improving the business licensing process.

“Developing ‘business friendly’ policies that make things easier for both current, as well as new businesses, is a high priority,” said Jodi Dawson, manager of economic development for the Town. “We want to support our business community, as well as attract new residents and investors to town and it is important that the business licensing process is straight forward and easy to follow.”

One of the major changes to the bylaw was to combine the “Storefront” and “Home Occupation” licenses into one category named “Resident.” There will now be just one license for all businesses operating in High River, whether it is located in a resident’s home, or at a commercial location. The rates have also been harmonized, which means that businesses operating out of a home will see savings when applying for or renewing their business license.

Another important change was renaming the “Student” category to “Youth” and increasing the age from 18 to 25. Entrepreneurs that are 25 years old or under can now apply for a no charge business license.

“We want to encourage our own young people to stay and invest here, while also encouraging young people from outside of the community to establish themselves here. This is a small policy change that can help us do that,” added Dawson.

Additional changes to the bylaw included:

· Added a monthly option for temporary or seasonal business to provide more flexible options for businesses that may only be in operation for part of the year.

· Created a “good neighbour” discounted rate for residents from the MD of Foothills.

· General clean-up and changes to the bylaw for clarity and to simplify the administrative process for Town of High River staff.

This article was originally posted on the Town of High River Website. To view the original article click here

Small Business Tax Credit Elimination not good for Business

High River Chamber of Commerce President Steven Muth was disappointed to see the Liberal Government eliminate the Small Business Jobs Tax Credit.

“The elimination of the Federal Small Business Jobs Tax Credit is not good news for local job seekers.”

That from High River Chamber of Commerce President Steven Muth, who says the credit, which allowed business owners to claim back a tiny bit of their portion of an employee’s E.I., wasn’t costing taxpayers much.

“It was just a good little carrot if you will, to help business owners feel good about hiring extra staff.”

Muth says with the increase to the minimum wage, the carbon tax and elimination of this and other credits, small business owners are going to think twice about hiring new employees.

High River businesses are facing some tough decisions in the years ahead as they wrestle with government legislation in Alberta’s challenging economic climate, according to Steven Muth, High River and District Chamber of Commerce President.

Click to read more on HighRiverTimes.com – Business Community Grapples with Government Legislation

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