As part of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce’s economic development activities, the 2020 Business Retention & Expansion Survey will be distributed electronically to all Chamber members, as well as throughout Dare County.

The purpose of the program is to gather demographic information on its existing business community, learn what challenges face area businesses, and to connect businesses needing help with resources available through its network, according to a press release.

The primary goal of a Business Retention & Expansion program is to grow and retain the existing base of business and jobs in the Outer Banks area. The program will give businesses a single point of contact, the Outer Banks Chamber, to the areas entire tool box of economic development resources and assistance including: SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), SBC (Small Business Center at the College of the Albemarle), SBTDC (Small Business & Technology Development Center at Elizabeth City State University), the Northeast Workforce Development Board, the North Carolina Rural Center, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of NC and more.

The  data collected from the surveys and interviews will help identify the long-term trends in the local business climate. and provide the business community with a single point of contact for all their business needs, the chamber said.

The survey is available on the chamber’s website, Outerbankschamber.com/BRESurvey.

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