By: James Tessier, Community Economic Development Coordinator, CFABSW
Community Futures Alberta Southwest (CFABSW) has recently completed its three-year business visitation program (BVP).
Over the three year period from July 2011 to April 2013 the program attempted contact with over 1040 businesses in the CFABSW region. It arranged and completed 640 interviews with businesses owners and managers in the eight jurisdictions which make up the CFABSW region.
The interviews, conducted by BVP Coordinator James Tessier, invited businesses to provide feedback on a number of issues related to their business needs. Owners and managers were asked to address issues that ranged 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.