TRURO - Colchester County residents are being asked to help with research looking into shopping habits.
While the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce is continuing its efforts to encourage more people to shop locally, support local events and festivals and community minded-groups and charities, it is asking as many people as possible to complete a survey that has been developed to learn more about shopping habits.
"We've already received close to 75 responses to this survey as it was distributed at our Best of Colchester event in early June," said chamber president Don Hay in a news release. "However, we are looking for more responses so the survey can be statistically significant. Our ultimate goal is 500."
The chamber's 'Live Local' committee (originally named the Support Local Committee) asks people to estimate what percentage of their spending dollars they spend locally in several different categories, their main reason for not shopping locally as well as some general information on the benefits of spending money where they live. Those who fill out the survey will remain completely anonymous.
"For those who are willing to donate five to seven minutes of their time, we a very appreciative," said Hay. "The survey will remain on our website for two to three months and the information will be used to generate a full-blown campaign centred on the benefits of being involved in the local community."
The survey can be found online at www.trurochamber.com/survey. Print copies are also available to any storeowners who are willing to offer them to customers. Storeowners can get the survey by contacting the chamber at 895-6328.
The ultimate goal of the committee is to create pride in the Truro/Colchester region and to promote the area as a great place to live, work and raise a family.