CentrePort Canada recently launched an online directory to provide opportunities for local businesses.
"It’s part of our marketing partnership program," CentrePort marketing and communications executive director Riva Harrison said.
While the directory includes CentrePort’s nominating agencies and business development partners, such as the Business Council of Manitoba, it also lists businesses located within and outside the inland port’s approximately 20,000 acres.
One of these is Bison Fire Protection, which signed on as an associate partner. Even though the company’s Winnipeg-area office is in the RM of Springfield, owner Rob Read said he sees a huge opportunity for his company to do more business in CentrePort.
"I just think there’s nothing but opportunity out there," he said.
He said new businesses locating within CentrePort could use his company’s products during their building’s construction, then stay on as a client for ongoing fire protection service.
The company already has clients in CentrePort, Read added.
Harrison said the directory is meant to build networks and raise local businesses’ profiles.
"The goal is to put some of our marketing relationships in a more formal arrangement," she said. "I hope it’s also a practical resource."
She said CentrePort staff are often contacted by business owners looking for information on Winnipeg and area companies, and they will provide the online directory as a starting point.
Businesses are listed on the directory according to three levels of engagement, dependent upon how much a business partner invests in the CentrePort marketing program. Harrison said she expects the directory’s listings to keep increasing.
The directory can be found at www.centreportcanada.ca/business-directory