The Quesnel Business Support Team is reaching out to local business owners and mangers asking the question “What is the biggest challenge facing your business today?”
The support team, which is made up of staff from the City of Quesnel, Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures North Cariboo is collecting the information in order to better support the business community through the identified challenges in the coming months.
“Working as a team ensures each organization is aware of the others’ activities and there is no duplication of effort,” said Executive Director of the Quesnel & District Chamber of Commerce Kathy Somerville. “We’re listening, and ready to work together to help business through this time.”
According to the release from the City, business owners and managers can provide their feedback through on online platform called Though Exchange where they will be asked a few questions about their business for categorization purposes before having the opportunity to share their challenge.
Participants will also be able to see the challenges identified by others and rank them as they see fit. The release states that all responses will be anonymous however they may be sorted by sector and size of business.
According to the release, since the launch of the Quesnel Business Support Hotline in early April its team has called out to 775 business during the COVID-19 pandemic and direct support has been provided to 225 businesses in the community. The hotline remains open Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and businesses with questions regarding available programs from the City may call 1-888-241-7714.
“Our business community has been through a lot over the past few years,” said Manager of Economic Development & Tourism for the City of Quesnel Amy Reid. “Covid-19 is hitting on top of mill closures, curtailments, and wildfires. We want to hear about the hardest pressure points from business in order best to tailor our supports to meet their needs.”
Business owners and managers who are interested in participating in the Quesnel Business Support Team’s feedback program may do so by visiting https://tinyurl.com/businessinquesnel.