RICHMOND - The city of Richmond is looking to boost its area businesses with a new program next month.

The Richmond Business Retention and Expansion Visitation Program will work with area businesses to give them feedback on how to be more competitive.

Richmond will fund the project through money from the Initiative Foundation and the Richmond Economic and Development Authority.

 

Adeel Ahmed is an associate extension professor at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality, he says the program will work with area businesses to give them feedback on how to be more competitive.

Ahmed says over 30 volunteers  will take part in the program and are expected to visit 80-100 local businesses.

Volunteers will provide feedback using a questionnaire to identify the businesses strengths and weaknesses. A local city task force will then review the findings later in the year.

The project will start in January and is expected to go into March. A local city task force will review the findings later in the year.

Members of the Richmond city staff will also play an active part in the project.