Thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers, efforts to hear the voice of local business as part of an innovative project have exceeded expectations.
Lanark County, in partnership with Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC), is delivering the Business Retention & Expansion (BR+E) Project, which aims to support and strengthen local business across the county, including all eight towns and townships and the Town of Smiths Falls.
Through the project, the volunteers and business communities have come together to help Lanark County and local municipalities better understand business needs and priorities.
The BR+E project is a broad sector survey representing the many sectors and geographies across the county. More than 75 trained volunteer visitors stepped up to the plate by doing face-to-face business visits and surveys across Lanark County over the last four months.
“Thanks to an amazing group of volunteers who really care about our business community, we exceeded our goals by completing 134 business visits and surveys,” stated Teri Devine, BR+E Coordinator, Valley Heartland CFDC.
Surveys were completed across the region and across the many key business sectors that make up the vibrant economy in Lanark County.
There have already been over 100 referrals made to the many partners, business service organizations and municipalities within the resource network to address any immediate issues or opportunities that businesses identified during the visits with volunteers, explained Stacie Lloyd, Regional Economic Development Officer, Valley Heartland CFDC.
“Now that the surveys have been completed, the summarized data that was collected will be used to create a BR+E Final Report and Action Plan that will provide direction to the county and local municipalities on how best to support local business now and into the future,” added Lanark County CAO Kurt Greaves.
The final report and action plan will be presented at a public meeting to Lanark County Council in early summer.
More information is available at www.valleycfdc.com/bre.