Business survey highlights strengths and weaknesses in Kincardine

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By Barb McKay

A recent survey indicates that businesses are operating successfully in Kincardine, but there is room for improvement.

The business survey, completed by Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation (Bruce CFDC), with the Municipality of Kincardine, Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce and the Kincardine BIA, was completed over a period of five weeks – from mid-May until late June.

Gary Cerantola, a consultant hired to interpret the results of the study and complete a report, said the survey had an incredible response rate of 45 per cent. Respondents remained anonymous. He said business owners, on the whole, have a positive outlook for their ventures in the near future, with 32 per cent expecting to grow in the next three years. Only five per cent expect to see a decline in their workforce in the next few years, mainly due to retirement.

“This report really is a success story,” Cerantola said, adding that Kincardine businesses are solid, experienced and successful. “The good news is you can do more.”

More than half of respondents said their business is positively impacted by tourism but would like the municipality to look at ways to boost tourism and create activities during the winter months. They also noted that the ‘buy local’ concept does not seem to be getting much traction.

Cerantola said business owners would like to see the Municipality of Kincardine work on product development (made in Kincardine) that would draw visitors to the community. He suggested that the municipality should use the report to assist with planning for economic development and tourism in the years to come.

“Now is the time to create the blueprint for the next 10 years. There is opportunity to do so much.”

“It was really good input from the businesses,” added Barb Fisher, General Manager of Bruce CFDC. “There are so many things that are doable.”

The survey questionnaire and report can be viewed on the Bruce CFDC website at www.bruce.on.ca.