Monday, December 12, 2011

Cut Red Tape and get back to business

We're calling out to all business owners, business representatives and entrepreneurs.

Do you wish business licencing, registration, taxing and other processes and interactions with The City of Calgary were more simple? We sure do! And we're opening up the floor to you for ideas.

Last week Mayor Naheed Nenshi and business organizations launched phase two of the Cut Red Tape initiative. Cut Red Tape began in February 2011, with the support of City Council, by asking all City of Calgary employees:

What is the one thing that can be done where you work to cut red tape and improve citizens’ experiences with the City of Calgary?

With more than 180 submissions received in just over two weeks, it was evident that fostering this corporate culture of continuous improvement and innovation would lead The City towards improving City services.

Phase two now aims to collaboratively find solutions with business representatives that will make it easier for citizens and businesses to interact with The City of Calgary.

Richard Truscott, Director of Provincial Affairs for Alberta, with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business—one of the Cut Red Tape partner organizations, said,

“If we can work together to find meaningful ways to get entrepreneurs back to running their businesses and doing what they love to do instead of grappling with municipal red tape, then we will have succeeded.” 

Business representatives can visit or call 3-1-1 to submit their suggestions to cut red tape until January 31, 2012.

Phase three will open the floor to all Calgarians for recommendations on how to cup red tape.

To submit a suggestion to cut red tape, or learn more about the program, visit

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