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Survey of Local Businesses Released by WEDC in Insights 2010 Report
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The Wayne Economic Development Council has released the first report of findings from it Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) effort.

Entitled “BizConnects”, the program utilizes volunteers from local and county government; chambers of commerce; economic development organizations; workforce development providers; agricultural associations and educational organizations to conduct in-depth interviews of local businesses.

Sixty companies were interviewed for the Insights 2010 report.
“BizConnects emphasis one of our guiding principles which is that retaining our existing businesses is our number one priority, said program coordinator Alyssa Carpenter.  "We know 80 percent or more of our new jobs are coming from existing businesses in the area, and we need to do more to assist them," she said.  "This program steps up those efforts and recognizes their great importance to our local economy."

The findings include information on the companies interviewed such as markets; industry trends, product development efforts, workforce and deployment of technology.  Interviewees were also asked to provide their perception of the strengths and weaknesses of the community, barriers to growth and their investment potential.  The full report can be viewed here.

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