Published: Aug 12, 2010 12:26 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 12, 2010 1:21 AM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - There's a new plan to help businesses in Collier recover from the economic slide.

It's called "Grow Collier." The program is designed to help businesses survive and thrive by informing them about free assistance offered at the Economic Development Council.

Volunteers at the Economic Development Council have already contacted 200 business owners.  Their plan is to collect surveys from 150 of those businesses.

EDC volunteers also found that 40 businesses went under, but others opened their doors.

"It's the summertime and a lot of businesses are seasonal, so it's the ideal time for them to talk and answer questions about the programs we have," says Brooke Gabrielsen with the Economic Development Council.

The campaign will last from June 22 - August 23.

For more information on "Grow Collier" and other programs at the Economic Development Council head to or call (239) 263-8989.