Businesses have had their say.
In early October, the City of Vernon, Community Futures, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Vernon Association conducted the second annual Business Walks survey over a two-hour period. Data from 145 companies was collected on the current state of business in the city.
“The program provides us with a great snapshot of the current economic conditions, while providing businesses with an opportunity to provide feedback to the City of Vernon and other business service providers,” said Kevin Poole, economic development manager.
“We have definitely seen a shift this year with 96.3 per cent of businesses stating that their business was either steady or growing. This is up significantly over last year and is a sign that business in Vernon is picking up.”
Most of the businesses surveyed were small businesses, with just under 80 per cent employing 10 people or fewer.
“Respondents said the biggest challenge they faced was parking (53.7 per cent), lack of customers or finding employees,” said Poole.
Business owners and managers said the labour support programs and assistance with succession planning would be valuable resources for the business community.