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Community Futures to visit Macleod businesses

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Community Futures Alberta Southwest, in cooperation with the Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce, has initiated a business visitation project.
Through this project, it is expected that information will be gathered that will allow Community Futures, the Town of Fort Macleod, the Chamber, and other community leaders to more fully understand the needs of local businesses.
Businesses in Fort Macleod will be contacted through June and July to provide feedback on a number of issues related to their business needs.
Owners and/or managers will be asked to address topics that range from basic business activities, to market conditions and the company’s primary market base, to labour force requirements, and the community’s strengths and weaknesses as a place to do business.
The visitation, with a brief survey, will take about 25 minutes.
All information collected will be kept in confidence and released only in summarized form.
“The objective is to be comprehensive and contact as many Fort Macleod businesses as possible in order to gain an accurate picture of what the community requires to grow and where the potential for growth lies,” Community Futures general manager Tony Walker said. “It is about gauging the pulse of the business community and equipping leaders with the information they need to make informed decisions about what affects our business community.”
This program follows on the 2011 business visitation survey in which businesses in the Community Futures Alberta Southwest region were contacted.
“The results of these initiatives and the information that Community Futures will gather can be used internally, and shared with our stakeholders, to assist in capacity building, entrepreneurial development and technical assistance,” Walker said.
Walker said the participation of all business owners and/or managers is critical to the success of this project.

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