Today, the Grainery Bakery hosted the first collaborative meeting of local business owners. Around 14 business owners and entrepreneurs were in attendance. Twyla Weddrick, proprietor of the Grainery Bakery, sponsored the event and offered guests with some delectable delicacies. Twyla also updated everyone on a few accessibility renovations she has planned for the bakery, including the addition of a ramp for easier access.
Lindsay Alliban, Economic Development Officer, provided an overview of the Economic Development Committee's responsibilities and objectives. She also provided an update on several committee initiatives aimed at enhancing community and local business development. Additionally, she informed the group about some beneficial local and regional resources available to businesses.
There was some collaborative discussion by the group about improving the existing sign corridor that runs alongside the number 1 highway. There was also discussion regarding spring and summer community market ideas..
Karla Wiens of the Swift Current Chamber of Commerce gave an excellent presentation on the new Shop Southwest website, which was launched last April. Shop Southwest provides a platform for local Southwest businesses to increase their online presence and sell their products or services online. It is completely free to join and sell your products. The only expense is the transaction fee of 2.9 percent + 30 cents per transaction. Visit https://shopsouthwest.ca/ to learn more about the platform.
This was an excellent first meeting, and the group intends to meet on a regular basis moving forward. On March 11, 2022, the Economic Development Committee will have another informative meeting on Local Investment Generation (see event details below).
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