Local tourism company starting a small town, small business discussion

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Sheila Willis, of Smith area, is a self-taught historian and app developer.

Her company Impact Tourism has the History Check app, which focuses on tourism in Alberta. She’s also involved in various initiatives, the most recent of which is a small town small business online round table which started Nov. 25.

The focus of the first session is getting to know your neighbour.

“In rural Alberta, we’re (businesses) very versatile,” says Willis. For example, when Willis can’t find something in Slave Lake or Athabasca, she goes to Kinuso Mercantile because it has a little bit of everything.

The goal with the group is to get “small town small business owners to talk,” says the other coordinator, Patrysha Korchinski. The discussion will be guided by the business owners, and focus on helping them find the resources that they need.

Korchinski is in Whitecourt. She’s a certified small business coach and owns a marketing company.

One of the courses she’s taken is in ‘cluster development,’ which is to “bring together businesses to work together to a common goal.”

This can be anything from connecting vital services to bringing different industries together.

The plan is for the group to meet for an online discussion weekly on an ongoing basis.

“As long as, we have business owners interested in being part of the conversation,” says Korchinski.

Information to sign up for the discussions is on the Impact Tourism Facebook page.

Sheila Willis of Impact Tourism

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