LETTER: Business sense

I know five people who would like to start a business, two who are moving it home and two changing locations.

Editor:

The regional chamber of commerce has again stepped up with a new coalition to bring positive feedback for local businesses, which need support in the “shop local” mantra.

Sadly, there are areas that are not on the radar.

I know five people who would like to start a business, two who are moving it home and two changing locations.

All have the same complaint – landlords charging exorbitant rent. This is 2012, not 1962. There is a whole new demographic in town. Get real! Where do you think Grand Forks is? I’m looking forward to the phase two development at Extra Foods.

You may hire family and friends but is untrained best for your success? We suffer from the old adage “Management can’t teach what management does not know.”

Employees are not paid to be a detriment. At work, your biases, prejudices, family issues, politics, religion and culture are irrelevant and immaterial.

A deadpan stare doesn’t make it; a smile and a form of recognition (“Hello” etc.) are expected – you are not doing me a favour, so if you have to, fake it. If you can’t? Find another line of work.

Sadly, there are no courses at Community Futures or Selkirk College to assist with a training program. In this day and age, find something online to learn the basics, please!

Privacy and confidentiality are two other areas in severe need of upgrading. What happens in one business does not stay in that business. I had numerous conversations with people who have taken most of their personal business out of town.

They all feel a definite lack of privacy. Sick negative gossip, what shallow empty lives you lead.

Keep one thing in mind, Market Avenue is less than 90 minutes away from Trail, Castlegar and Osoyoos.

It’s time to mature, people. Make your move, it’s your business not mine. Support the chamber by applying for a positive business attitude.

Mack Mackay, Grand Forks