Fernie Business Pulse Check – 2021 Results January – June

The following survey is sent out to our membership at the beginning of each month. This initiative started January 2020 as a tool for the Chamber to collect more information directly from our members to allow us to tailor our programming, advocacy efforts and frame conversations about future economic development in Fernie and area. We want to be able to have our finger on the pulse with how our members are doing and how we can provide meaningful support. This survey takes about 1 minute to complete each month and we are very thankful to all who took the time to engage with us.

Below are the results from the first six months of 2021:



Compared to the same month last year, was your gross revenue/sales this past month up, down, or similar?

Question 2:

How many vacant job positions do you have in your company right now? (includes full-time, part-time, and casual positions)

Question 3:

If you were to take a course or workshop to improve your business performance, what topic would you be most relevant to you?

Top three (3) topics:

  1. Marketing, advertising, and branding
  2. Accounting and financial management
  3. Hiring, training, and retaining staff


Question 4:

Are you confident about the next 6 months for your business?


Question 5:

What sector best describes your business?

Sector Average % for 2021
Accommodation/Tourism Operator 24%
Food and Beverage 22%
Retail 19%
Construction/trades/real estate 9%
Business and Financial Services 1%
Health and Wellness 8%
Other (hair stylist, transportation, publishing, tent rentals) 17 %