The Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce believes there are a number of factors contributing to the struggles of local small business.
According to the Chamber, despite around 3,900 operating businesses in the community – some of these businesses are seeing obstacles.
Chamber Executive Director Alexis Foster says some businesses are wisely utilizing grassroots programming to help get back on even ground.
She tells Mix News they continue to work with each branch of government to be the voice of business in the RMWB.
“I think some people don’t necessarily realize that the businesses that are most impacted by these changes are those smaller businesses. The ones that give back to the community, that donate to hockey teams or sponsor other sports teams.”
Foster notes these changes to the Labour Standards Act, increased taxation and increases to minimum wage are the main reasons for the negative impact on local small business.
She tells Mix News despite this, new ones are still popping up.
“We had the ‘Moonlight Madness’ event which was entirely grass roots. That was lead by local businesses. So, it’s really great to see the pride of shopping locally actually growing.”
Foster adds the growing ‘shop local feeling’ in the RMWB bodes well for the local economic outlook.