The first annual Business Walk by the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce resulted in more than 55 survey responses.
The walk was held last week stretching from French Creek to Bowser. Nine economic development agencies and 21 volunteers interviewed business owners and managers in a two hour period on Wednesday morning.
“I think that’s pretty good for a two hour period,” says Evelyn Clark, president and CEO of the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Business Walks aim to take the pulse of the business community by connecting face to face with businesses.
It involves a partnership between local, municipal, regional and provincial service providers. Business Walks are recognized as economic development best practices by the Province of BC.
Gathering community and business information is a key ingredient in fostering economic growth and expansion potential. Volunteer walkers went from business to business asking owners and managers a couple of simple questions about their business.
“The questions were things like, ‘how would you rate the current state of your business, what do you like more about doing business in the area, what is challenging about doing business, what can be done to help your business thrive,’ says Clark.
Businesses that expressed a need for assistance will receive follow-up visits and provided support. As well, once all information is gathered, a public report will be available to the regional business community.
“We did strike a committee at the end of it to talk about follow-up and how we can present this to the community,” notes Clark.
She says an intern will be collating the findings for follow up.
The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of the Qualicum Beach and area businesses that made the Business Walk. The Qualicum Beach Business Walk would not have been a success without the efforts and generosity of many service providers in the area.