Anxiety high among businesses as Olympics get closer 

VANOC to hold ‘Game Plan’ this month to answer questions


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Owner Lawrence Black is enticing former Australian employees back for the Games to help out with the predicted onslaught of business in February.

"I've been aware of what to expect," he said. "And expecting to be really busy."

But it remains to be seen what business will be like for him in December and January.

"That's the part I'm nervous about," said Black.

Like Long at Katmandu, Pat Kelly has been trying to adapt to the changing circumstances of 2010, to no avail.

As the owner of The Whistler Real Estate Company, Kelly had done the research with realtors in Park City and the message was: things were not busy in the real estate business during the Olympics. He wants to lease out his space but no one is knocking on his door, despite the prime village location, steps away from Celebration Plaza.

"Certainly nobody's getting rich on their leasing," said Kelly.

"I haven't had anyone come along and rent my space."

He too is scrambling to come up with a Plan B in a vacuum of information.

"Most business people just want to know where they stand," he said.

"The level of detail is insufficient for anyone to make a plan."

For example, if his office stays open: will he be able to park at Marketplace, how many staff will he need, will he be impacted with security issues based on his proximity to Celebration Plaza?

SMD's manager Rob Sustarsic, who runs the busy auto shop in Function Junction, also has unanswered questions.

Sure, the resort will be jam packed with guests, but not the typical winter guest with cars needing repairs.

Sustarsic is expecting business to be down. But by how much?

"I wish that we would know exactly what to expect," he said.

"I wish they had a plan set in stone and could tell us what to expect and then we could make some arrangements."

Not only is he trying to predict how much business may dip, but also if he can operate SMD without too many disruptions, given the fact that he relies on twice daily deliveries from the city.

Other businesses are also concerned about how transportation requirements will impact business. Though they have a broad idea of the picture - deliveries will be happening overnight at Games time - the finer details have yet to be shared with them. And sometimes, the devil is in the details.

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