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November 12, 2019 – Comox Valley, BC – Four local organizations are asking local business owners and senior executives to share their views on the current state of business in the Comox Valley.
The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, Comox Valley Economic Development Society (CVEDS), Cumberland Economic Development and MNP LLP have partnered to launch the third edition of a survey to assess the local business climate and economic outlook in the Comox Valley.
Modelled after similar surveys conducted by MNP in other communities across Canada, the MNP Business Leaders Survey is a short pulse survey conducted by telephone with a sample of 200 local business leaders. The goal is to provide an economic snapshot on a range of topics including business climate, hiring intentions, growth expectations, key challenges and other local issues.
“We released the results of our first Comox Valley survey in January 2016 and our second survey in January 2018,” explained Karen Guinan, a private enterprise partner with MNP in Courtenay. “Now that we are starting to build up some historical results, it will be interesting to see what’s changed and if any trends are emerging.”
“One of our goals is to create a meaningful conversation about what can be done to continue to grow our local and regional economy — and that starts with listening to the needs of the business leaders in our community,” added Dianne Hawkins, Chamber CEO. “This type of localized economic data is extremely valuable to both business and government leaders and provides firm direction to organizations like all of the partners involved about how we can better support local businesses.”
CVEDS has undertaken annual business surveys before and the results were critical in further defining and understanding business and economic issues, obstacles and opportunities in the regional economy. Additionally, the information provides key insights to guide CVEDS program development, including the Business Counts Workshops series, and the creation of resources and tools to support existing & new businesses and industry sectors.
“The Village of Cumberland is excited to join our regional partners through this engagement to better understand both the challenges and opportunities currently facing local business,” added Kaelin Chambers, Cumberland Economic Development Officer. “With the insights provided through the MNP Business Leaders Survey, we will be collectively positioned to better support Comox Valley businesses, at both a local and regional level.”
The anonymous telephone survey will be conducted by a third-party market research firm, PRA Inc., beginning this week and is expected to take about four weeks to complete. Results of the survey will be released at an economic outlook breakfast hosted by the Chamber on January 16, 2020. Tickets for the event can be purchased on the Chamber website at www.comoxvalleychamber.com.
About MNP LLP
MNP is a leading national accounting and business consulting firm in Canada. Through a full suite of accounting, tax and consulting services, MNP’s professionals provide clear, straightforward business advice to help clients get the most from every aspect of their organization. With five offices on Vancouver Island and more than 80 locations from coast to coast, MNP offers the unique combination of strong local presence and personalized approach, backed by the expertise and resources of a national firm.
About the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce (CVCC) represents over 500 members for the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, the Village of Cumberland and the unincorporated settlements of Royston, Union Bay, Fanny Bay, Black Creek and Merville, as well as community on Hornby Island. CVCC operates as a connection between business and government and works to engage the community through local organizations and events, networking opportunities and hosting continuing education programs.
About the Comox Valley Economic Development Society
The Comox Valley Economic Development Society (CVEDS) mandate is to ‘Encourage responsible expansion of the economic base of the Comox Valley, with the intent of enhancing wealth and employment opportunities.’ By working with local governments, businesses and industry sector groups and partners, CVEDS promotes, markets and generally facilitates economic development in the region. Investment and visitor attraction, and business retention and enhancement programs are undertaken with the objective of supporting the range and quality of employment opportunities, new business start-up, investment or business expansion in the area.
About Cumberland Economic Development
Economic Development Services for the Village of Cumberland is provided by an in-house Economic Development Officer and are guided by the
Cumberland Economic Development Strategy 2018 – 2023. The Strategy is built upon Cumberland’s assets, strengths and is shaped by the concerns, ideas, and values of the community. Cumberland’s economic development services are designed to help catalyze and leverage the energy and resources bound up in the Village’s private and non-profit sectors. In addition to implementing the long-term goals and objectives of the Strategy, Cumberland Economic Development is also the main point of contact for local business and non-profits, and offers ongoing services towards the retention and expansion of existing local business.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Dianne HawkinsCEO Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce P: 250.334.3234 E: [email protected]
Karen GuinanPartner, Private EnterpriseMNP LLP P: 250.338.5464 E: [email protected]
Lara Greasley Marketing & Communications Manager
Comox Valley Economic Development Society
P: 250.334.2427 Ext 223 E: [email protected]
Kaelin Chambers Economic Development Officer
Cumberland Economic Development P: 250.400.9015 E: [email protected]
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