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Community Futures presents results of business study

by Adrienne Tait heavily.” identified as goals.
Roberts said that the interviews were quite short Robbins also presented a brief overview of the
Nancy Robbins and Morgan Roberts from and did not get into specifics. Community Futures BizStream project. The small
Community Futures West Yellowhead were at Increased marketing of Yellowhead County was business program has been designed to assist rural
County Council on January 26 to present an identified as one change that would make businesses Alberta businesses wishing to find new markets.
overview and results of business visitation program more successful. The program is also designed to help local
study which was conducted in 2015. The majority of respondents said their local businesses develop the competencies required to
147 businesses participated in the five question community was the best part of doing business in the establish a contract relationship with larger energy
person to person interview. County. companies.
When asked how they would categorize the stage The majority of businesses within the county Robbins said, “We believe now is the time to get
of their business 32% of respondents said indicated that they were either growing or stable. ready for when the boom comes again.”
“growing.” Councillor Russell asked about the timing of the
The top five suggestions for what would improve survey and if Robbins believed those answers would
the business environment within the county included have changed with the “significant economic change Brothers Bug
high speed internet, reduction of regulations, in the past year.” and Yeti are
attracting people to the community, availability of To which both Roberts and Robbins replied
qualified personnel, and increased marketing. affirmatively. Roberts also said that the respondents about 4
Mayor Gerald Soroka asked if there was any within the oil and gas sector either did not feel months old
specific feedback on the reduction of regulations comfortable responding to some of the questions or now and are
comment. “Did they specify what they meant by simply did not know the answers such as when the still looking for
reduction of regulations? Were they talking about head office is located in Calgary. a forever
County, health, fire, or provincial regulations? As a Improved communication and exploring the
county we really don't regulate our businesses possibility of becoming a “senior hub” were also home.
Both are

Revenue sharing signing put on hold gentle and
loving guys
who were raised from about 4 weeks old
by Adrienne Tait revised agreement was first sent to the Town in around dogs, cats and kids.
September, the economy has taken a sharp Yeti (black) is the more subdued of the
County council agreed to defer the decision to sign downturn….At the time of writing this, one
the revenue sharing agreement until June in order to company is in arrears of over $600,000 and there are two but both are sweet guys looking for a
receive tax assessments. concerns of default on tax payments.” home to call their own.
The revenue sharing agreement allows the county CAO Jack Ramme noted that there were also If you’re interested in these two fellas
to cancel the agreement if the county experiences a landfill concerns to be addressed. contact the group for more details.
significant decrease in revenue. Despite changes to Councillor David Russell said he had concerns
the well drilling regulations the council previously with postponing the signing of the agreement. “We Visit
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continue with the agreement with no changes to the Mayor Gerald Soroka said he could understand CRYSTAL CLEAR ELECTRONICS
formula. Councillor Russell's concern. Satellite TV sales, installs, service
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The background report given to council at the Council did agree to table the decision to sign the Mon to Fri 8 am to 7 pm
January 26 meeting states, “Since the date the agreement until a future date.

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