BYNC examines ways to improve Internet access for local businesses

(Flickr/ kristinmarshall)

(Flickr/ kristinmarshall)

The importance of reliable, high speed internet communications for business success cannot be stressed enough.  Entrepreneurs now say the Internet is the most important marketing tool for their companies, according to a new survey.

The Capital Access Network Small Business Barometer, a quarterly poll of 250 business owners nationwide who accept credit cards from customers as a method of payment, found that small companies ranked an Internet presence or website as the number one method for business marketing, over such traditional tools as networking, public relations and print and radio advertising.

With the Internet becoming so important for business growth, the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council is examining ways to improve Internet access for the business community.

There are some potential ideas – wireless internet, Wi-Fi hotspots, and community portals among them. These all offer some advantages to the local business community and could help spur economic growth.

You can help us determine which services to consider. Please go this link and take our short survey on Internet needs and requirements.

The results of the survey as well as any future steps will be published and shared with community residents.