Another resource is available to local businesses.
Kimberley Worthington has been hired as the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society’s business support co-ordinator.
“Primarily my main focus will be business retention and expansion,” she explains. “Working with businesses we already have, to see what they need to continue to be a success, and those on the verge of closing, to see what resources they need to remain open.”
Having earned a bachelor of arts in international relations, which focused on formal and informal economies, and a masters degree in local economic development policy, Worthington has owned two businesses.
She is also community resource developer with the North and South Shuswap Community Resources Association.
The purpose of her new position is to provide resources to the business community. She says if all the businesses in a specific industry were experiencing a similar problem, she might, for example, co-ordinate a seminar addressing the issue.
Lana Fitt, economic development manager, explains that the economic development office has been restructured, now housing two full-time positions. There will no longer be an administrative position, and the business support co-ordinator will be full-time rather than part-time.
Regarding the business support co-ordinator, Fitt says, “We’re taking a more proactive approach, visiting, on-site, businesses in the community. Before we were a bit more reactive, businesses could contact us…”
Worthington will be going out and scheduling meetings with businesses to get a better understanding of their individual situations.
As for the ongoing grant- technical writing service, Fitt said that job will be split between Worthington and herself.
To get in touch with Economic Development, call 250-833-0608.