Follow Up: Lack of Business Support Already Documented by Town of Aurora
Posted by auroracitizen on September 18, 2010
In regards to the lack of support for small business this is not something new, the Mayor has known about this directly from the below:
(I reference from the Town of Aurora’s website from the page) http://town.aurora.on.ca/aurora/index.aspx?ArticleID=2949&lang=en-CA
2009: The Year of Business Initiative (page title)
2009 Achievements (subheading)
A Business Retention and Expansion Strategy
In the ‘Year of Business’, the Town of Aurora engaged the consulting firm of Millier Dickenson Blais to prepare a Business Retention and Expansion Strategy. The purpose of the Strategy is to expand and strengthen the Town’s relationship with the business community. The Town of Aurora Business Retention Strategy was presented to the Town’s Economic Development Advisory Committee on December 17, 2009 and is available for download in PDF format.
Download the Business Retention and Expansion Strategy (see document EDAC09-10_BRES.pdf)
Town of Aurora – Business Retention & Expansion Strategy, November 20, 2009
(It is filled with pages and pages of demographics, filler material etc. but I note the following: )
Pg 44 – under the heading
Finally the Town of Aurora’s role in supporting businesses was viewed as being a weakness in retaining and growing businesses in the town. There was quite low recognition of economic development within the business community and it was felt that there was little direct support of small businesses and entrepreneurs, through the provision of advice and guidance. The Town was also seen as bureaucratic with too much red tape and too many layers of approvals, though there was an understand of the need for this it was believed that the Town could provide some assistance through the process.
Pg. 45 – under the heading
Aurora is not currently seen to be very supportive of their businesses or new business start-ups. Businesses or entrepreneurs looking for support will often migrate to those places they will be supported. Indeed one of the attendees at the focus group, though he lived in Aurora, has established his business in Markham so that he could be close to the town’s Innovation Synergy Centre.
So though it is great to have a study, what is truly happening in order to encourage business? What has happened in 2010 in order to go forward with implementing the Study and turning the Weaknesses around and reducing the Threats? It is far easier to commission a study than to actually do the work to move forward and get results. Perhaps the 1st step is to have a positive attitude towards those businesses.
What do you think?
Is the Mayor sucking and blowing at the same time — or does she really have no clue what is going on in her own town.