Business survey entering next phase

In the wake of recent presentations on the results of a business retention and expansion survey conducted here last summer, project co-ordinator Crystal Godbout is looking to take the next step with the initiative.
“We’re looking at having a meeting in April,” said Godbout. “We want to be able to sit down, go through the issues raised in the survey, and put down actions to see them get resolved.”
She added the task force that was struck earlier this year met last week and has begun to look seriously at concerns voiced in the survey, such as parking space, transportation costs, and telecommunications.
“We talked about who would best look after what issues. Is this a BIA issue? Is this a Chamber issue?” noted Godbout.
The task force currently consists of reps from the Chamber of Commerce, BIA, Town of Fort Frances, and the Rainy River Future Development Corp.
“But with the meeting in April, we want to get as many people as possible involved,” stressed Godbout, adding the “Re-inventing Fort Frances” committee’s plans—if and when they’re implemented—could address many of the issues raised in the survey.
The survey was conducted in last May, June, and July, with 54 local businesses participating. Godbout then compiled and analyzed the survey results over August and September through the use of a database.
Godbout said the survey was a lot of work but definitely worthwhile.
“It was to find out what the businesses’ needs are. To open the communication waves between us and say ‘We can work together to strengthen the business community,’” she noted.
“Doing the survey was good. But doing something about it now is even more important,” Godbout remarked.
Beyond the large planning session slated for April, Godbout said other needs indicated in the survey—such as a demand for seminars to teach management and customer service skills—may be held later this year.