Businesses consulted

Council members and municipal staff recently asked merchants for their views on business

Lake Country officials are strengthening relationships with local businesses.

Council members and municipal staff recently asked merchants for their views on the state of business, what they like about being an entrepreneur in the area and what could be done to improve business.

“Overall, I think this pilot project was a huge success, but it’s only the beginning,” said Coun. Jamie McEwan.

“We need to continue working with the business community to help our local economy thrive.”

From the district, the participants were McEwan, Mayor James Baker and Coun. Lisa Cameron while there were five people from the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce and one person from the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission.

More than 80 businesses were canvassed.

“Civic leaders can better connect with businesses in their communities through the face-to-face conversation that is initiated, and identify and remove barriers to doing business in their areas,” said Corie Griffiths, COEDC business development officer.

Cameron says she learned a lot while speaking with business owners.

“Some of the take-away points we heard were more professional space is needed, residents need to be educated on the value of shopping local and the importance of bringing more people into town through events or festivals like ArtWalk,” she said.