Chamber of commerce taking the pulse of business

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is looking to get a snapshot of how local businesses are faring.

The online survey was launched on Friday and queries businesses about a number of factors that might influence them.

Reg Warkentin, chamber policy and advocacy manager, said the survey will be up for about three weeks.

The chamber usually does a couple of surveys a year but this is the first focused on civic issues, he said.

Businesses are asked whether their growth has been affected by municipal, provincial or federal red tape, access to skilled labour, financing or training, taxation, crime and market access.

The chamber wants to know if businesses feel companies located outside Red Deer have a competitive advantage because of less red tape.

Respondents are also asked if they get good value for their municipal tax dollars, to rate council’s budgeting efforts, and whether business permits are issued in a timely fashion and whether the city does enough to support the business community.

Companies are also asked to assess the current business climate, predict what it will be a year from now and whether they expect to be hiring, firing or holding pat.

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