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North Grenville’s Business Retention + Expansion (BR+E) Alliance: Leading the Way in Business Service Delivery

Teri Devine

Over the last three years, North Grenville’s small business community has been supported and
encouraged through the BR+E Alliance.  The Alliance is a collaboration, a partnership with
representatives from Business Service Organizations and Networking Groups, coming together to support local business.

The Alliance has come a long way from the first meeting where they met to discuss opportunities to
work together too today, where there are ten groups represented on the Alliance and a suite of business services that are offered in a one stop shop format.

The Alliance model is effective, sustainable and powerful. North Grenville now sees 250-400 businesses attend their Business Seminar Series over the year and businesses are being connected to the services that they need like never before. Business to Business learning and networking has grown and the Alliance is now able to service more businesses with more services through sustainable programs and ongoing referrals.

Navigating the business resource landscape for Small Business can be daunting and the Alliance takes that challenge out of the equation for small business.

The Municipality of North Grenville’s Economic Development department leads the program, acting as the hub. The business lands at the hub and is sent to the appropriate resources from there.

The Alliance has developed a business network, a new website and a brand that is being recognized by business and key stakeholders.

This economic development tool is also used as a key attractor to new investment, new business coming to the community. Being open for business, having business services and supports at the ready and being business friendly are impressive value propositions for those looking for a place to call their new entrepreneurial home.

The BR+E Alliance is taking another giant step by working with the University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management on Applied Research to develop performance measurement tools and guidelines to measure and track the activities and efficiencies of the Alliance and develop a framework to capture and analyze data to ensure that the Alliance continues to be effective by responding to the needs of the business community. Perhaps this can lead to setting a standard for BR+E and assist other rural communities in their business retention and expansion activities as part of their economic development plan for growth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the logos above to access Telfer School of Management and the IBM Centre for Business Analytics and Performance websites!

For more information on the BR+E Alliance, visit their website here: www.northgrenvillebusiness.com
or contact Teri Devine, Economic Development Coordinator for the Municipality of North Grenville at tdevine@northgrenville.on.ca or 613-258-9569 ext. 115

Let’s continue to support local business

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