Are you a business owner or manager within the City of Spokane whose company is located on the route of a planned construction project in 2011? If so, the City is hosting a workshop designed to help you cope with these projects on Thursday, March 24, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

The free workshop, titled “Open For Business: Making the Best of Rough Road Construction,” is intended to help businesses plan for and manage the disruptive impacts of local street construction. The workshop is a partnership between the City and the Greater Spokane Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). PRSA members are volunteering their time and expertise to help interested businesses.

The program will cover:
• How to get information on local projects and provide feedback to construction engineers.
• What to expect when construction begins.
• Developing business planning strategies to ready your company for street construction.
• Survival tips for making it through the construction project.
• Developing communication, staying on message, staying positive and using creative promotion and business strategies.
• Post-construction ideas to get your business back on track.

The workshop also will be videotaped by CityCable 5, the City’s government-access cable station, for replay at a later date.

In addition to the presentations at the workshop, participants will receive a “Surviving Construction Toolkit” that will provide specific, detailed and relevant information to surviving construction.

For more information on the workshop, visit the Business and Development Services Department website here.

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