The Town of Gravenhurst’s Economic Development Team is seeking feedback from business owners for the 7th Annual Business Survey. Information received through the survey is one of the ways the Economic Development Team sets priorities and designs new projects that support Gravenhurst businesses and fosters healthy growth in the community for the upcoming year.
“This annual survey gives business owners a real chance to have their voices heard and share their experiences. It provides the Economic Development Team with vital information regarding triumphs and challenges that the local businesses have faced over the year. Just as important, it also gives us a chance to connect with business owners so we can better understand how we can properly offer our assistance to them,” said Jeff Loney, Manager of Economic Development, Marketing and Tourism. “We are constantly looking for new opportunities to improve our community and the Annual Business Survey is one of the ways we accomplish this.”
Since implementing the program in 2015, the Annual Business Review has shed light on many local challenges, including the ones that come with living in a seasonal destination. Initiatives such as the Tourism Destination Plan and the Wharf Revitalization Plan are direct results of the feedback that has been received in prior years. Collaboration and coordination for those programs was made part of the 2020 and 2021 work plan and continue as time goes on.
“The Annual Business Survey is not just about gathering data, it’s also about building and maintaining relationships with our business owners,” noted Jeff Loney. “Communication and partnerships are important within the community, and for identifying and developing solutions to common challenges.”
Between mid-December and mid-January, the Economic Development Team will be contacting businesses via email, phone and/or in person to collect data and feedback which will be analyzed and formulated into a statistical report that outlines key achievements and challenges in our business community.
As a number of Gravenhurst businesses are seasonal, while other business owners are busy getting ready for the holiday shopping season, a convenient online form at www.gravenhurst.ca/BusinessSurvey has been created for participants to complete at their leisure. The deadline for input is January 14th, 2022.
The final report will be completed and released during the first quarter of 2022. Previous reports can be found under the Community Profile tab in the Doing Business section on the Town’s website www.gravenhurst.ca.
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