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North Grenville Holds Successful Training Session for Business Retention and Expansion Volunteers

Sixteen community leaders met at the North Grenville Municipal Centre on Wednesday, February 1st to prepare for the community’s economic future. The two-hour meeting was the official kickoff of the 2017 Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) Volunteer Visitors project, sponsored by the Municipality of North Grenville, Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area and the North Grenville Chamber of Commerce.

Existing businesses are the best sources of growth and we want to find out how we can help them grow in our community.  We have an excellent team in place to work on the survey and we expect excellent results,” says Kevin O’Dair, coordinator of the project.

According to Matt Gilmer, Economic Development Coordinator, the project is designed to stimulate economic development by assisting existing businesses. Gilmer pointed out that to assist businesses, a community must first identify businesses needs and problems and then address those concerns to improve the local economic climate.

The Volunteer Visitors will be visiting 85 local businesses of all types and sizes between now and the end of March. During the visit, each team of two volunteers will use a survey to gather information about each business. The February 1st training session was held to help prepare the volunteers for their interviews.

Great training.  Awesome”, said Kevin Savoy, one of the volunteers at the training session. “I am so honoured to have been involved with the North GrenvilleBR+E project last night - a night of training for those volunteering their time to do interviews for the business community. The information from last night will be used to provide more resources to local businesses, based on the answers gathered through the surveys,” Savoy added.

During the training, volunteers viewed a BR+E video and participated in role play to practice their interviewing skills. They also asked questions of O’Dair and Katie Nolan, Agriculture & Economic Development Consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs. The survey was also reviewed in detail. O’Dair and Nolan emphasized that the information gathered through the surveys will be strictly confidential.

The BR+E project will result in a plan to prioritize and act upon the needs of North Grenville’s business community”, said O’Dair.  “However, the despite the positive turnout at last Wednesday’s training session, we do require additional volunteers to step forward to assist with the project to ensure a successful outcome. This is a community-based project and therefore requires community participation.

To become a volunteer visitor or for more information, contact:

BR+E Coordinator
613-258-9569 ext. 119

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.