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City of Summerside Economic Development Launches Survey to Establish Business Priorities

City of Summerside, PEI – The City of Summerside Economic Development has officially launched a new Business Retention & Expansion (BR + E) survey. The Department wants to better understand the future plans and needs of local businesses and how business owners/managers view the community as a place to do business. The information from the survey will be used to plan future economic development activities focused on the top priorities of local businesses.

The City of Summerside Economic Development Department has retained MDB Insight, an economic development consulting firm to assist with the project. MDB Insight will be working with Department Staff to review the completed surveys for challenges and opportunities that the local business community is facing. Businesses are encouraged to participate in the telephone survey and since selection is random, they may be contacted between November 1st and 30th. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

Business Retention and Expansion is the cornerstone of the City’s Department of Economic Development, quotes Mike Thususka, Director of Economic Development. Ensuring that our local business community is effectively served by the City’s lead economic development agency is the primary purpose of our mandate and through this survey we hope to gather and learn what opportunities and challenges our businesses are facing, to ensure we connect businesses needing help with resources available through our networks and services that are aligned with our program delivery, concludes Thususka.

The project launched in October 2018 and is scheduled to last until December when all the results of the survey are gathered and analyzed. To learn more about the project and to participate contact the Department of Economic Development for further information.

MDB Insight is a management consulting firm that helps people and places prosper in the 21st‐century economy. The firm specializes in providing economic development, workforce development, and cultural development solutions that create real‐world impact for its clients. It works with communities, businesses, and organizations across North America and around the world. Find out more at
Contact the City of Summerside
Economic Development Department for full information.


Michael Thususka
Director of Economic Development
City of Summerside
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