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Getting Down to Business
October 07, 2016
Mark Gallant
As we begin to settle into October, I find myself pondering where the summer went and putting all of our summer planning into action. I’ve been out and about a lot this past month meeting with businesses and everyone seems to be curious about one thing in particular. 

What exactly do you do?

I often get asked about my role here at The Leduc Nisku Economic Development Association. “What do you do?” Technically my position is a Business Development Manager but I really see myself as a connector. Maybe a better title would be a Relationship Manager … Let me explain.

Our organization works with and represents many public and private stakeholders, such as the City of Leduc and County of Leduc, along with the towns of Beaumont, Devon, and Calmar and Village of Warburg. The work we do, helps to inform and guide our municipalities when making decisions that help or hinder business development & regional growth. So, the opportunity to meet with businesses and hear directly from you is an important aspect of my daily work. The feet on the street, or the ear to the ground if you will. We have some aggressive targets to meet with over 250 businesses in the region this year, to discover exactly what they do – sometimes not so evident from the name of the company! We gather demographic information such as number of employees, size of facility, private or publicly owned, etc. Probably the most important part of the visit is learning about the challenges and opportunities companies are facing. 

How I can help?

I find that helping to alleviate challenges or issues for a business is the most rewarding part of any business visit. As of late, it’s been about understanding who their supply chain is, their difficulties entering new markets or simply connecting them with suppliers that can help them grow their business. Sometimes businesses are unaware of how we can support them. We are known as a resource for information by presenting seminars and events that help businesses understand the issues affecting their prospects for growth.

My favorite part of my visits are the shop and office tours. I am amazed at the innovation, the technology, the creativity and the commitment to succeed that exudes right here in our own backyard. 

If you are a business in Leduc County and would welcome an opportunity to share your story with me, please contact me and we can arrange for a chat. In the mean-time, it’s just about time to put away the clubs and pick up a different kind of stick! See you at the rink!