The Regional Municipality of Durham


News Release

Business Count returns to Durham Region

WHITBY, ON April 23, 2014 – Businesses in Durham Region should expect a knock on their door this spring/summer, as part of an annual Regional project to gather employment statistics and build a stronger local economy. The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department, is conducting its third Business Count–a survey of local businesses that gathers statistics about their operations.

Between May and August, the Region’s Business Count team is scheduled to visit each and every business establishment in Durham Region, to gather basic information about the type and nature of the company, the number of employees, plans for growth, floor space and location. All collected information will be kept confidential.

“The data collected via the Business Count allows us to monitor economic trends; develop business attraction and retention strategies; forecast infrastructure and service requirements; and plan transit services,” says Alex Georgieff, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development.

Business owners will recognize these individuals by their navy blue Region of Durham shirts and photo identification cards.

Businesses are encouraged to utilize the online directory, at www.investdurham.ca, to “look local first” when seeking out new suppliers. The directory will be available very soon. Additionally, the data will be used by the area municipalities, which are partners in the project.

“The co-operation of our local businesses is instrumental to the success of the Business Count project,” said Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “This process provides insight into the business community and employment market in Durham Region.”

In addition to in-person visits, businesses (including home businesses and farms) also have the option to conveniently complete an online survey. For more information, please visit www.durham.ca/businesscount.

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