Is a more efficient business retention and expansion strategy part of your economic development plan?
Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) has a program that can help you with that. It's called AlbertaBusinessCounts and is designed to give your community a consistent method for gathering data needed to identify and analyze business needs at the local, regional and provincial level. The program is similar to BC Business Counts and Business Counts Saskatchewan.
EDA holds the provincial master license for Executive Pulse, a software designed to collect and analyze data on existing industries in Alberta. A special licensing agreement enables EDA to make this software available to economic development organizations at a reduced price.
Even though the program was only launched a few months ago, several Alberta communities have already signed up to participate in the AlbertaBusinessCounts program.
"By participating in AlbertaBusinessCounts, economic development professionals can continue to build relationships with existing businesses, which will help identify growth opportunities, better forecast investment and connect them to important resources. Understanding who is in your back yard is absolutely essential if you want to implement a successful business retention and expansion program in your community," said Leann Hackman-Carty, EDA Chief Executive Officer.
AlbertaBusinessCounts is available for your community to license now.