National business tool now available in Summerside
SUMMERSIDE – Want to start a new business? Don’t know how to navigate the gauntlet of red tape and permits associated with doing so?
Beth Doyle, with Innovation P.E.I., explains BizPal to gathered members of the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer
BizPal’s got the local business community covered.
As of this week the nationally recognized service is available in all Island towns and cities.
Summerside-Wilmot MLA Janice Sherry made the announcement Wednesday to a gathering of the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce.
BizPal has been operating in Charlottetown since 2012.
It is a free online service where people can enter a new business category, like “retail,” their municipality and province, and be presented with a list of all the permits they need to get their venture out of the starting gate.
Cheryl Paynter, CEO of Innovation P.E.I., which administers BizPal on the Island, told the crowd it is a great tool.
“The overall message for BizPal is trying to make the interaction between business and government more efficient, more effective and more business friendly,” said Paynter.
“There’s just a plethora of different government departments you might have to talk to, (when starting a business),” she added.
“Some are federal, some are provincial some are municipal. So what BizPal hopes to achieve is to answer the call of ‘I don’t know who I need to talk to.’”
The service had a relatively slow start on the Island, added Paynter, however, her office has renewed its efforts to promote the service as of late, and their efforts appear to be paying off.
Jane Sharpe, executive director of the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday was her first time seeing the BizPal up close and she liked what she saw.
“To have all that information in one place … it takes a lot of the questions out of people’s minds. You no longer need to know what questions to ask, because they’re all answered for you. It will save time and it will save stress,” she said.
The service is available online at www.innovationpei.com/BizPal.