Business leaders and Cassville area residents are invited to attend the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Southwest Missouri's business survey presentation on Thursday, March 5.
The WIB "Cassville Comments" survey, which was conducted with local businesses, focused on eight major categories that included: company overview; corporate value assessment; workforce overview; revenue trends; e-commerce trends; facility equipment; municipal services; and environmental issues.
Gary Box, WIB business retention coordinator, will make the presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 in the new Crowder College auditorium on Business 37 across from Barry Electric. The survey was done in coordination with the Cassville Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the City of Cassville's Economic Development Office.
"The IDC's objective is to generate more employment opportunities for area residents by supporting our existing employers and recruiting new business to the area," said Stan Kelley, IDC chairman. "This survey gives us invaluable information to ensure we focus our energies in the right direction.
"We want to be poised to move forward efficiently and effectively when the economy turns around and to retain and support our current businesses until it does," added Kelley.
In addition to an extensive on-line survey, Box also conducted face-to-face interviews with 20 local business leaders to delve deeper into each of the categories and questions.
"I was very pleased by the business community's repose to the survey," said Eugene Dilbeck, the city's economic development director. "I sat in on the personal interviews conducted by Gary. It was very enlightening and energizing to hear 20 business leaders share their views about current and future opportunities and challenges for their companies and the local business environment in general."
All interested citizens are invited to attend the WIB survey presentation on March 5. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Eugene or Lynette Dilbeck at 847-4441, extension 12.