Lindsay’s David LaMantia to serve on Ontario’s Small Business Advisory Council

By Lindsay Advocate

David LaMantia, owner of Lamantia’s Country Market in Lindsay, was selected to join Ontario’s Small Business Advisory Council, says a press release from MPP Laurie Scott’s office.

Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister responsible for Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, held the inaugural meeting of the province’s Small Business Economic Advisory Council.

The Ministerial Advisory Council consists of 12 small business owners from across the province who have been tasked with advising the Minister and in turn the government on tackling the challenges of small businesses in the wake of COVID-19.

The Council will assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and utilize their experience to advise the government on economic recovery.

“I’m very proud and excited that David LaMantia of Lamantia’s Country Market was selected to join Ontario’s Small Business Advisory Council,” said MPP Laurie Scott.

“David’s years of hard work in and for our local community together with his first-hand small business knowledge and experience will provide valuable insight and advice to the government on how best to move forward to make Ontario Open for Business again.”

Minister Sarkaria was pleased to welcome the experience and insights of Lindsay’s own David
LaMantia, owner and operator of Lamantia’s Country Market. Lamantia’s Country Market is a local grocery store in Lindsay selling fresh fruits, vegetables, and produce. David LaMantia will be a voice for the business community of Lindsay and the region and is tasked with identifying challenges and providing advise to the government as Ontario pivots from health crisis to economic recovery.

“Our small businesses are the cornerstone of local economies, and time-tested, small business owners know better than anyone what it takes to create jobs, jumpstart growth, and get our economy moving again” said Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Minister, Prabmeet Sarkaria.

“This is why it is vitally important to draw on their strengths, expertise and know-how to develop a prudent, people-focused plan that puts Ontario’s small businesses on the road to recovery.”

Representing a cross-section of sectors, regions, and experiences, ideas from this virtual Council will be reported into the government’s new Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee. The 13-Minister committee will utilize this feedback in identifying how best to protect and support people and jobs,
jumpstart the recovery, and rebuild an economy that works for hardworking families.

“The government’s number one priority remains the health and well-being of the people of Ontario, even as we restart the economy and drive subsequent recovery,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance and Chair of the Committee. “People across Ontario need to know they can count on their elected officials as we move forward from this crisis. That’s why we’re working with all partners and doing everything we can to understand what’s needed to continue to protect and support people and our economy in the coming weeks, months and years.”

These consultations reflect a Team Ontario approach, working across parties and with experts, local leaders and people across Ontario.

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