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Walking the walk to help Burnaby businesses

Business is about to pick up in the City of Burnaby! On Monday, the Burnaby Board of Trade held its first ever Business Walk, touring roughly 120 businesses along Henning Drive.
BBOT Business Walk Henning Drive
Burnaby Board of Trade president and CEO Paul Holden and Mayor Derek Corrigan were among the 30 or so board members, city councillors and Burnaby staff who visited more than 120 businesses along Henning Drive in the BBOT's first business walk.

Business is about to pick up in the City of Burnaby!

On Monday, the Burnaby Board of Trade held its first ever Business Walk, touring roughly 120 businesses along Henning Drive. Members of the board and Burnaby council, as well as city officials, went door to door, asking business owners about their experiences in the city and the outlook of working in Burnaby.

“In the meetings I attended, most people there said their business was going pretty well, with very few exceptions,” said Paul Holden, president and CEO of the board of trade. “We asked them what they like about being based in Burnaby, and without having seen all the other results, it seemed like location was a common theme that went through most of the responses.

“The overriding sense that I got was, people really appreciated the initiative that was being taken to reach out face-to-face with businesses.”

The walk was designed to gather feedback – both for the BBOT and the city – on how business in Burnaby could improve. The responses from the Henning Drive walk will be compiled in a public report to help guide business in the area.

Holden said the BBOT plans to conduct business walks in the future, though the next neighbourhood and timeframe have yet to be decided.

“It’ll take a while to get around the whole city, but in the future, we’ll be making sure we cover the whole city off,” he said. “It’s something which, I think, we’ll be benefiting from.”

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