Let's Do Business

Posted on Oct 3, 2017

Vernon business owners and managers will be heard this Thursday, Oct. 5.

City of Vernon staff and volunteers will be visiting approximately 150 local businesses for the fifth annual Business Walks program as a part of 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 a record number of volunteers that will be visiting commercial businesses throughout Vernon from 10:00 a.m. until noon with a goal of gaining a better understanding of the economic climate in the community,” said Kevin Poole, manager of economic development. “Last year, we were able to visit 112 businesses in Vernon and we are hoping to surpass this in 2017.”

Business Walks is meant as a five minute check in with businesses to gain a better understanding of how things are 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. 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.”

Vernon began Business Walks in 2013 and staff have visited over 550 businesses throughout the community since that time.

For more information on the Business Walks program, email Kevin Poole or 250-550-5565. 

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