September 27, 2014 - 11:12 AM
VERNON - On Wednesday, Oct. 1, the City of Vernon will be visiting over 150 Vernon businesses as part of the second annual Business Walks program to kick-off Small Business Month.
The City has partnered with Community Futures North Okanagan, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Vernon Association to ensure as many businesses as possible can be visited.
“We have assembled over 20 volunteers that will be visiting commercial businesses throughout Vernon from 10 am until noon with a goal of gaining a better understanding of the economic climate in the community,” Kevin Poole, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism. “Last year we were able to visit 170 businesses in Vernon and are hoping to visit just as many this time around.”
Business Walks is meant as a five-minute check-in with businesses to gain a better understanding of how business is going and how support agencies can better meet their needs.
“The goal of Business Walks is to get a pulse on the immediate issues and challenges that companies may be facing,” said Poole. “Prominent economists such as David Birch and David Kraybill have said that up to 80 per cent of job growth in a community is created from within. This is contrary to the belief that new job growth is achieved through business attraction efforts. Our goal is to create an environment in Vernon where business can continue to grow and thrive.”
Along with the City of Vernon, communities throughout Central Okanagan will also be undertaking the Business Walks program on October 1st. Last year, a total of 550 businesses were visited in Vernon, Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and Westbank First Nations.
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