New program helping Peace Region businesses connect with their communities

On Tuesday evening, the NPEDC launched a brand new program for the Peace Region called the Business Retention and Expansion program. The program has been designed to build relationships within the Peace Region in order to strengthen a connection between companies and community.

The idea behind the BRE process is to first identify "priority sectors", which in the North Peace has been identified as oil and gas. Following that, the NPEDC schedules what they call retention interviews, which help them identify a specific company’s goals and concerns.

After completing the interview process, the information gathered will then be analyzed, in order to help the NPEDC pinpoint a company’s barriers and develop a way to help meet their needs.

The final stage of the process involves connecting the interviewed business with the appropriate agencies to help meet their business goals.

The one-on-one retention interviews take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete, and include NPEDC staff and the specific company’s owner/staff. These confidential interviews are available to be booked on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. They will take place from Oct.5 until Dec. 16, 2011.

To schedule an interview or for more specific information on the program, please contact Kaleena Ross at 250-785-5969 or email her at bre.invest@npedc.ca.

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