Great things are happening to help the business community in the Town of Marana.  On Wednesday, March 21 from 9 a.m until noon, the Marana Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Marana will host its first Business Walk.  

Volunteers from the Chamber and Town, including council members and staff will be going door-to-door to visit with, listen to, and gather input from local businesses of all sizes.

Credit for this concept belongs to the Marana Chamber’s Economic Development Committee Chair Jeff Bronaugh, who first brought the idea for the Business Walk Project to the committee last year.  The walk is modeled after a successful business retention and expansion program from the Sacramento and West Sacramento area.  

The Economic Development Committee felt this project would enhance outreach in the Marana business community and help establish dialogue between the Marana Town Council, the Chamber, and civic leaders by allowing Business Walk volunteers to listen to business owner’s opinions, issues and concerns.

During the summer of 2011, the Economic Development Committee developed a Business Walk Project that was presented to the Town Council and staff this past December.  This project highlights one of the key focus areas and initiatives of the Town’s Strategic Plan, the Commerce Center Focus Area, which is to “identify resources and strategies that support the retention of existing businesses.” The Business Walk Project was unanimously adopted by the Town and Council.

The first phase of the project will commence on Wednesday, March 21 with future Business Walks being scheduled throughout the remainder of the year. Each walk will have approximately 40 volunteers participating and will take place between 9:00am and noon.  The goal of this first walk is to visit more than 350 businesses along Ina Road, east and west of I-10, along Camino Martin, Jeremy Place, and Thornydale Road south of Ina Road.  

Businesses will be asked the following three questions: How is business? What do you like about doing business in the area? What should be done to improve business?

After each walk, responses will be compiled and formulated into a final report that will be presented to the Town of Marana, highlighting areas of strength and areas that need improvement. This information will be a vital resource for the Town’s Strategic Plan that focuses on encouraging business retention and expansion as well as attracting new businesses to our community.  

For more information about the Business Walk Program, contact Ed Stolmaker with the Marana Chamber of Commerce at info@maranachamber.com.

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