Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) is one of the most effective economic development programs. BR&E focuses on existing businesses and builds a trusted working relationship with them in order to support their expansion plans. We will:
- Provide information on applicable government assistance programs, such as grants or funding.
- Help the local company access export markets. We can also make introductions to expert government agencies or Canada’s Trade Commissioners.
- Facilitate discussions, which resolve planning or regulatory impediments to expansion plans.
- Introduce local business to support networks, potential suppliers and partners, potential investors or partners.
Through our BR&E initiatives, the Economic Development team has been working closely with the business community to create helpful tools for businesses, such as the City of Abbotsford’s Business Visitation Program. If you want to learn more about the program, please contact our Economic Development team.