Author: Steve Rhone, 2023 MBOT Chair, President & CEO, Weston Forest
As we bid farewell to the warm embrace of summer and welcome the changing leaves, cooler temperatures, and shorter days of fall, it is a fitting time to reflect on the vibrant tapestry of Mississauga’s business landscape.
In our bustling city, where big retailers, shopping malls, and chain stores ensure we have access to everything we need, it is crucial not to overlook the unique contributions of our smaller businesses. They are the ones who often go the extra mile to provide personalized experiences that make our lives more memorable.
Mississauga is home to tens of thousands of these small businesses, each offering a distinct charm. We encourage you to seek out these hidden gems, those special places that add an extra touch of magic to our daily routines. By supporting them, we ensure the continued vitality of this important segment of our business community.
Fall is a season of transition, both in nature and in our business endeavors. It is a time when we anticipate a strong finish to the year’s plans and goals while laying the groundwork for what is to come in 2024.
Many of us use this season to engage in strategic planning, innovative thinking, and budgeting to achieve our personal and professional aspirations. It is a time of renewed energy and focus. In the spirit of giving, consider how you can contribute to our community. As the year draws to a close, let us reflect on how we can share our success with those in need, especially the smaller organizations that play a crucial role in our city’s fabric.
Mississauga has experienced unprecedented population growth, a trend that shows no signs of slowing. While this presents incredible opportunities, it also challenges us to provide housing and infrastructure that can support our expanding community. We must remain patient and understanding during the disruptions caused by ongoing construction projects, such as the LRT, as they represent essential investments in our city’s future. A solid foundation ensures our business community has access to the skilled labor needed for growth.
In conclusion, we extend our appreciation to all those actively contributing to making Mississauga the destination of choice for living and working in Canada. Together, we will navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead as we work towards building a prosperous future for our businesses.
At the Mississauga Board of Trade, we are excited to close out 2023 on a high note and look forward to the possibilities that the future holds. Take some time to reflect and plan for what is next as we continue to build our businesses together.