City surveying small businesses

As part of its Business Insights 2018 outreach initiative, the city is inviting local business owners and managers to take part in a survey and to meet directly with City staff. Business owners and managers who would like to participate are asked to reach out to Jo-Anna Johnston (pictured), Business Development Officer, at 250-561-7633. City of Prince George photo
As part of its Business Insights 2018 outreach initiative, the city is inviting local business owners and managers to take part in a survey and to meet directly with City staff. Business owners and managers who would like to participate are asked to reach out to Jo-Anna Johnston (pictured), Business Development Officer, at 250-561-7633. City of Prince George photo

The City of Prince George is seeking information from the small business community in order to improve its business support programs and services, and is inviting local business owners and managers to take part in a survey and to meet directly with city staff. The in-person survey, which is part of the city’s Business Insights 2018 outreach initiative, will provide staff with a view of many important factors including:

  • the local economy
  • workforce and business trends and challenges
  • expansion and market opportunities
  • potential investment attraction ideas

“Business Insights 2018 aims to learn first-hand from stakeholders about the key priorities the city should focus on in 2019 to ensure that Prince George maintains a positive business environment,” said Melissa Barcellos, Manager of Economic Development, in a news release. “This year, the goal is to meet with more than 60 businesses from sectors where small business is the main employer. This survey is a way to gather information and examine our strong and challenging areas to ensure city programming and services meet the needs of the business community.”

According to the province’s Small Business Profile 2017, approximately 98 per cent of all businesses in British Columbia are small businesses. The province defines a small business as one with either fewer than 50 employees, or a business operated by a person who is self-employed and without paid help.

“Small business plays a critical role in driving employment and generating investment in Prince George,” said Barcellos. “The city works collaboratively with its partners, such as the Prince George Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures Fraser Fort George to support an environment where local businesses will continue to thrive and grow.”

Business owners and managers who would like to participate in Business Insights 2018 are asked to reach out to Jo-Anna Johnston, Business Development Officer, at joanna.johnston@princegeorge.ca or call 250-561-7633. For further information about the City of Prince George’s Economic Development initiatives, please visit the City website.