Economic development comes down to in-person engagement

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After nearly two years of phone calls and virtual meetings, Chatham-Kent economic development officials will return to in-person engagement with the business community.

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Staff will speak with businesses of all sizes to determine how the municipality can be a better partner, reduce red tape and help fuel recent growth in Chatham-Kent, a statement said.

“It’s fantastic to be able to do face-to-face consultations again; to be able to sit down with business owners at a table in their restaurant or across from them in their office, face to face, and really engage with them on how economic development can offer our support; how we can help them grow and expand their business,” said Doug Robbins, Economic Development Officer.

Mayor Darrin Canniff, who often attends the tours, said “with the easing of provincial and municipal restrictions, now is the time to start engaging our business community in person again. The municipality is here to support CK businesses and investors, and we are always available to discuss their growth plans and how we can help them move forward.

Economic Development is also planning in-person events, hosting a free seminar titled “Resilient Businesses: Thriving in Times of Change and Chaos” at the Bradley Center on May 5 with keynote speaker Gary McDonald.

This seminar focuses on finding ways to increase staff engagement and profitability.

To book a consultation with Economic Development or the Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre, contact CKEDS@chatham-kent.ca or call 1-866-542-5994.

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