Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce has worked to support businesses throughout the pandemic. (File photo)

Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce to host business walk

Short conversations will gauge challenges and opportunities for growth

The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce will host a business walk starting next week to gather information and examine the effects of the pandemic on the business community.

Millie Stirling, the Chambers economic recovery coordinator, will go door to door from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily from Sept. 27 – Oct. 8 to ask owners and managers questions about their businesses.

“The information obtained captures the pulse of businesses throughout the community, connects business support agencies to the business community, communicates industry intelligence to multiple civic and business stakeholders and identifies opportunities for business enhancement programming,” reads a news release from the chamber of commerce.

The walk is facilitated by the chamber with the support of Island Coastal Economic Trust and is designed to provide direct connections with many businesses in a short amount of time. It will help the chamber identify opportunities for growth and challenges to address.

Stirling will have a quick conversation with each business representative over the two-week period.

“By taking the time to answer just a few questions, business owners will be providing valuable information that area support agencies will use to develop programs and services to support and help grow our local businesses,” says the release.

Stirling will reach out to companies who self-identify as needing a follow-up visit to dive deeper into challenges, according to the chamber.

It will also be offering the survey online for home-based businesses and any that are missed during the walk.

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