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Key Statistics about Small Businesses in Canada
-- Small businesses contribute more than 30 percent of Canada's GDP.-- As of 2011, small businesses employed approximately 5 million individuals in Canada, or 48 percent of the total labour force in the private sector.-- On average, approximately 100,000 new small businesses are created in Canada annually.
(Source: Industry Canada, Key Small Business Statistics Report, July 2012)
Key Impacts and Benefits of Local Shopping
-- Local businesses create jobs-- Local businesses create neighbourhood prosperity-- Better customer service-- Decision-making power stays local-- Local businesses keep dollars close to home-- Local businesses are community-oriented-- Local shopping reduces environmental impact due to shorter commuting distances
(Sources: Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Industry Canada, Oakville Chamber of Commerce)
About Yellow Pages Group
Yellow Pages Group (YPG) is a leading media and marketing solutions company in Canada. The Company serves over 300,000 local businesses through its nationwide sales force of media consultants. YPG also caters to the country's largest national agencies and advertisers through Mediative, its national digital advertising and marketing solutions division. YPG is held by Yellow Media Limited (TSX: Y), which owns and operates some of Canada's leading properties and publications including Yellow Pages directories, YellowPages.ca, Canada411.ca and RedFlagDeals.com. Yellow Media's network of online properties reaches over 9 million unique visitors monthly.
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