Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett will be the guest speaker at the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce meeting on Thursday

Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett will be the guest speaker at the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce meeting on Thursday

CHAMBER CHATTER: MLA Barnett to speak at next luncheon

Welcome to our newest member: Cariboo Lenscutters. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Welcome to our newest member: Cariboo Lenscutters.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

We congratulate Save-On-Foods and all the staff for receiving the recognition of the 2016 Business of the Year Award.

The award was presented at the 21st Annual Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards and has only been given out a handful of times to a local business.

This year’s awards night will take place on October 14, 2017.

Nomination forms are now available for you to nominate a business.

We have new awards this year and great entertainment lined up for the evening.

We look forward to another successful Business Excellence Awards night.

We also congratulate the following recipients for their success in receiving special recognition in 2016 in eight categories.

The Greatest Improvement Award went to Lake City Ford Sales Ltd., Food Services Award to 4 Sure Bistro, Newsmaker of the Year was given to Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre, the Hospitality Tourism Award to Williams Lake Stampede Association, Community Booster to Lori Macala, Manufacturer award to Pioneer Log Homes of BC, Hugo Stahl Memorial Award to Charlene Harrison and the Customer Service award to 150 M&S Tire and Service.

These recipients are to be commended for their success and achievement and we trust they will use this recognition through a variety of ways to let people know about this special community acknowledgment.

This is the time of year when some of us are looking to hire summer staff.

Make sure you get the most from this experience by providing a good orientation and a great training plan.

Potential employees should know what your policies and priorities are and how to provide the best customer service you can.

A review of the job description and what your expectations are is critical.

Ask your employees what they expect to get from this position and keep in mind that if this is their first job, the experiences they take away will last a lifetime.

Take the time to make this a positive experience for you both and have a good summer.

We invite members to attend our General Meeting luncheon Thursday, March 30 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Signal Point Restaurant.

Chamber meetings offer businesses the opportunity to meet other businesses.  Please RSVP by Tuesday to 250-392-5025.

Our guest speaker will be MLA Donna Barnett, Minister of State for Rural Economic Development.

Members can enter the Chamber Chatter draw sponsored by the Williams Lake Tribune and Cariboo Country and the Goat and you could win the business profiles for the next Chamber Chatter.

Chamber business card profile winner: PDS Guard Services Ltd.

PDS Guard Services Ltd. is a local security company owned by long-time business owners, John and Ria Hack.

Our company is managed by Mark Doratti.

Mark grew up in Williams Lake, departing in the late 70s and returned in 2011 and has managed the company since 2012.

PDS Guard Services Ltd. has been in operation in Williams Lake since 1969 under different ownership.

We respond to alarms, business and residential property checks, mobile patrols, event security, document service and property protection all across the Cariboo.

We love what we do because we are able to maintain a visible presence in our community helping to keep it safe.

The opportunity to build and maintain partnerships and networks with our business community is what we like best about the chamber.

Mark is the second vice-president on the board for the chamber. Being engaged on the chamber of commerce executive also allows us to give back by supporting local business as an advocate locally and provincially, with the opportunity to effect change in government policies.