There seems to have been a general exodus of people from rural Alberta in recent years, but you wouldn't know it if you to talk to many in the Hanna business community.
They've just published the results of their third annual Business Walk, which was held just before Christmas, 2016.
"We have people from the municipality, our local Chamber, Economic Development, myself with the Rural Alberta Business Centre, our Hanna Learning Centre; the AFSC office actually helped this year as well too," recalled Larae Pierson. "It's really about having a basic conversation with the business owners and making them feel heard."
They went door to door throughout the town on December 20 and polled 95 local businesses with a new questionnaire.
"We asked them to rate the current state of their business, we asked them what they like most about doing business here, what resources or connections would make their operations better or easier, what type of specific professions or trades they were possibly recruiting for and their business plans in the next three years," Pierson outlined.
"Fifty per cent are fair/steady and 27 per cent are good and increasing, which is up a little bit since 2015," she reported. "What people love most about doing business here are the clientelle and location."
To learn more about the Hanna Business Walk, including a look at pie charts from the survey answers, follow this link.