Busi­ness poll

The Glengarry News - - News - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

South Glen­garry coun­cil has ap­proved an ini­tia­tive to help spur eco­nomic growth in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, re­tain­ing MDB In­sight Inc. to com­plete a Busi­ness Re­ten­tion and Ex­pan­sion (BR&E) triage pro­gram/sur­vey.

Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism co­or­di­na­tor Shauna Baggs ex­plains MDB will be con­duct­ing ran­dom in­ter­views with be­tween 60 and 100 South Glen­garry busi­nesses “across all busi­ness sec­tors, in­clud­ing com­mer­cial, in­dus­trial and agri­cul­tural” to ob­tain re­sults that “re­flect the most ac­cu­rate out­come.”

Those brief, ten-minute in­ter­views will in­clude ques­tions re­gard­ing lo­cal en­trepreneur­s’ con­cerns and in­put about nat­u­ral gas and In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity is­sues, mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices, and “over­all busi­ness op­er­a­tions.”

The triage pro­gram, which will “iden­tify the town­ship’s busi­ness needs, pri­or­i­tize im­me­di­ate ac­tions and iden­tify trends and op­por­tu­ni­ties for de­vel­op­ment,” is ex­pected to get un­der­way shortly and be com­pleted by the end of July.

Fol­low­ing its com­ple­tion, a pre­sen­ta­tion of the re­sults will be made to coun­cil.

The project’s cost ($15,000) was in­cluded in the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment al­lot­ment of the 2019 bud­get, and in­cludes con­sul­tants’ fees and ad­ver­tis­ing.

MDB In­sight – a con­sult­ing firm spe­cial­iz­ing in cul­tural, eco­nomic and work­force de­vel­op­ment with an of­fice in Kingston – has pre­vi­ously done sim­i­lar work for the United Coun­ties of Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in­clud­ing North Glen­garry.

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