ECONOMIC UPDATE: Business and retention efforts expand

NANAIMO – Program brings together nine industry groups to discuss challenges and opportunities facing key business sectors

By Sasha Angus

The Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation is gearing up to launch the newest installment of business retention and expansion efforts in the region: Nanaimo Business Counts 2014.

This program will bring together nine distinct industry groups to discuss not only the challenges and opportunities facing those key business sectors in Nanaimo, but will also focus on specific topics relevant to each group.

These will be focused round-table discussions, and will address topics that business owners in the region have identified as pertinent to their business success.

Since the organization’s inception, NEDC staff has been gathering information from business leaders in all industry sectors, and have now used that ground-level information to create themes for each 2014 sector forum. A professional facilitator will be utilized in conjunction with NEDC staff to deliver the program, which will run from February to November of 2014. These sessions include:

Construction – Building Capital: Traditional and non-traditional financing;

Manufacturing – Managing efficiency and productivity;

Tourism – Preparing to welcome more non-North American-based tourists;

Retail – Leveraging social media for local community businesses;

Professional, Scientific and Technical – Importing talent versus developing homegrown;

Arts and Culture – Attracting new customers to the arts;

Real Estate – Attracting more non-North American based buyers;

Start-ups – Entrepreneurial opportunity and resources in Nanaimo;

Education – Relationship building between education and business.

We’re excited to provide great value for our business community through this program.

This is an example of the NEDC’s effort to develop our local business community through communication, relationship building and the sharing of important information.

While each sector forum will be attended by 10-12 business owners, the information taken from the sessions will be shared widely with the entire business community.

We are currently contacting businesses to take part in the Nanaimo Business Counts program.

If you are interested in gathering further details about the program, or would like to participate in one of the sessions, please contact Peter McGee, economic development coordinator, at peter.mcgee@investnanaimo.com.

Sasha Angus is CEO of Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation.

Just Posted

Nanaimo Art Gallery exhibition aims to bridge generations

‘Across the Table’ features work that highlights artistic and cultural family connections

Dover Bay high school principal named an assistant superintendent

Don Balcombe, Dover Bay Secondary principal, to assume assistant super role effective August

Candidates face questions on Nanaimo doorsteps about supportive housing and crime

Federal candidates asked about social issues on campaign trail

Liberals say Nanaimo’s port important to economic diversification

Transport Minister Marc Garneau campaigned in Nanaimo-Ladysmith on Wednesday

Editorial: Byelection riding boundaries are simpler this time

Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection will be held May 6 to choose a new MP for the riding

Nanaimo’s A Cappella Plus choir presents gems from the ’60s and ’70s

‘Remember When’ show is Sunday, April 28, at the Shaw Auditorium

Beefs & Bouquets, April 25

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Struggling B.C. adoption agency elects new board that intends to keep it open

The previous board announced that Choices would close May 31

Island-born Snowbirds pilot enjoying homecoming in skies over Comox

Logan Reid once stood clinging onto the fence outside the Comox Air… Continue reading

Attack on student in Courtenay ‘way more than bullying’, says mom

A Comox Valley mother said “it was way more than bullying” at… Continue reading

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Amber alert issued for 5-year-old Ontario boy

Ethan Montes is believed to be in the company of his mother, 47-year-old Juliet Mohammed

First Nanaimo-Ladysmith all-candidates’ meeting is today

Six candidates expected to debate issues Thursday, April 25, at the Beban Park social centre

Most Read