Momentum is building for the Counties-wide Business Retention + Expansion Project (BR+E). A growing team from the communities of Augusta, Merrickville-Wolford, Rideau Lakes, as well as greater Leeds Grenville, met in April to receive business visitation training. More than 300 businesses will be surveyed in what will be the largest, Counties-wide BR+E to date. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) provided the training.

“The project is designed to stimulate economic development by assisting existing businesses,” says Krista George, the Leeds Grenville Business Retention Officer. “The project promotes job growth by helping municipalities and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville address concerns and learn how to improve the economic climate.”

In order to assist businesses, it is necessary to identify business needs and challenges throughout the region. Information gathered through the surveys and interviews will be strictly confidential. Aggregate data will be published in reports available to the public.
For more about the program, participating as a business, or volunteering, please contact Krista George at 613-342-3840, ext. 5368 or send Krista an email.

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