Business Walk a success

Enderby officials insist they are taking action on concerns coming directly from businesses.

Enderby officials insist they are taking action on concerns coming directly from businesses.

As part of the recent Business Walk program, six referrals have been sent to the city’s planning department.

“We’re getting back to people with questions with answers for them,” said Mayor Greg McCune.

Staff have followed up on all six referrals, including information on metered water rates, bylaw enforcement, parking and possible business expansions.

During the Business Walk Oct. 28, representatives from the city, the Enderby Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures met 53 with businesses to learn more about them and identify potential stumbling blocks.

“They were pretty much what we hear on a daily basis,” said McCune of the feedback.

Eleven referrals have been sent to the chamber of commerce, while 10 have gone to Community Futures.

“The Business Walk has proven to be a valuable tool in identifying community economic trends, opportunities and threats,” said Kurt Inglis, assistant corporate officer, in a memo to council.

“Staff recommends that a Business Walk be conducted on an annual basis as this will allow the city to continue to keep its pulse on the community’s economic climate, gather valuable feedback from the business community and compare results from previous results.”

 

Vernon Morning Star

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