CHAMBER CHATTER: Succession planning and new program on the menu

Welcome to our newest members: International Union of Operating Engineers, Paradise Bay Resort, and Soul Scenery.

Welcome to our newest members: International Union of Operating Engineers, Paradise Bay Resort, and Soul Scenery.

Did you know that Chamber members have access to some great benefits? Fuel discounts? Dental and health options?   Pride of involvement through an annual bursary for a graduating son/daughter of a Chamber member? Sponsorship for one of the Chamber’s annual Business Excellence awards?

Our famous luncheon meetings with great guest speakers and networking with other member businesses; just to name a few!  Join us for lunch or another event and see for yourself, the Chamber works for you.

Call 250-392-5025 with your questions or check out the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce website at

We invite members to attend our general meeting luncheon Thursday, Feb. 23 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 to 250-392-5025.  Our guest speakers will be Larry Stranberg from Community Futures talking about Succession Planning; and joining CFDC is Jamie Wark about a new program for the Williams Lake and District Boys and Girls Club.

Members can enter one of our draws like the Chamber Chatter profile draw sponsored by the Williams Lake Tribune and Cariboo Country and the Goat.  Members are welcome to donate to this draw by calling the office at 250-392-5025.

Calling all authors!  A special “Words on Broadway,” a unique literary gathering of authors starts with a social event on Friday, April 7.

Saturday all day we will have workshops, booths, and readings.  If you are an author or a budding author, please give us a call for more info at 250-392-5025 or e-mail to reserve your space and take part in the events.

The Chamber is working on more than a dozen diverse events for this year and there are opportunities to be involved as a business.

The Chamber board has assisted many organizations and businesses who have concerns in the community and need help sometimes in the form of letters of support.  These concerns can be an advocacy issue that the board will take on.  From this simple step, the issues end up on the floor of the BC Chamber AGM in the form of a resolution.  Thanks to the board members who are up for the challenge and want what is best for our community and area.  Mark Doratti, chair of our policy committee is asking you for your help in advocacy and action.  Get involved and work with our chamber and help businesses in our community.

Business card profile winner, February

Williams Lake Chamber Chatter with Denise Myr, Licensed Insurance Broker for Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies Group:

“I have been working in the service industry for 30-plus years in our wonderful community. I have done quite a few things such as bussing tables to owning my own business. I am currently working at Johnston Meier Insurance, which has its challenges in the ever changing world of insurance.

“I started Jan. 2015 and continue to learn new things each and every day. We sell a variety of insurance such as ICBC, travel, private insurance, home, mobile home, and commercial insurance. Bruce Johnston and Tom Meier started their company back in 1973 and now have 450 employees and 43 locations across B.C.

“The Williams Lake office has been serving our community for 20 years. Lisa Wessels is our branch manager and she comes with more than 20 years of experience. We pride ourselves in customer service and making sure that our client’s needs are met. I enjoy my new career and all the challenges it has to offer.

“Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce for providing eventful luncheons, as I attend some of these luncheons and learn a lot about our community and surrounding areas. The information provided is always interesting and very formative.”

The Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce is The Voice of Business in Williams Lake and area.

We promote the well being of business in Williams Lake and District; and foster a work, stay and play at home atmosphere to all residents.