June 8, 2018: Big Lakes County has officially launched a Business Retention & Expansion (BR + E) survey. The County 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.

Big Lakes County has retained consulting firm MDB Insight to assist with the research project. MDB Insight will be working with the Big Lakes County Economic Development Authority (EDA) to review the completed surveys for challenges and opportunities that the local business community is facing. Aggregated insights will be shared with the all communities within the county.

The survey is designed for all businesses located within the county limits, including in Swan Hills and High Prairie. Businesses are encouraged to participate in the telephone survey and since selection is random, they may be contacted between June 11th and July 6th. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

“This survey helps us to help you. Our business community is very important to our economy and has much strength that we’d like to build upon. If there are weaknesses, then we can address those together, too. Please take time to respond to the survey questions.”

– Reeve Ken Matthews

The project launched in May 2018 and is scheduled to run through July when all the results of the survey are gathered and analyzed.

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

For further information, please contact: Victoria Pegg, Communications Coordinator, [email protected]