Summer staff welcomed at Chamber of Commerce

We extend a warm welcome to our summer staff: Amy Stafford, Alex Page, and Keziah Froese who will join Taylor Williams and Sherri Heraid.

We extend a warm welcome to our summer staff: Amy Stafford, Alex Page, and Keziah Froese who will join Taylor Williams and Sherri Heraid.

We have started our busy season and they would love to hear from you.

If your business has something exciting going on that we could share with the public, let us know. We can help you plan your Cariboo holiday whether it is hiking, biking, bird watching, accommodations, fishing, geocaching, or anything else you might need to have a great holiday in our region. Call us toll free 1-877-967-5253 or visit our website.

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Welcome to our newest members: Dream Builder and Tyee Lake Resort.

We invite everyone to attend our general meeting luncheon on May 28, from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Signal Point Restaurant.

Chamber meetings offer businesses the opportunity to meet other businesses. We ask that you help us and the restaurant to RSVP by Tuesday, May 26, to 250-392-5025.

The cost for lunch is $16 for members and $25 for others. Members are encouraged to enter one of our draws for $1 and your business could be profiled compliments of the Tribune and The GOAT FM and other prizes.

Guest speakers will be Stewart Muir with Resource Works and Beth Holden and Shawn Lewis with the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium.

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Why Join the Chamber?  This is probably the question that is asked the most and the answer is the same. Contacts, contacts, contacts and networking, networking and networking!

It is the single most important opportunity for your business. So you say I’ve heard that before but what does it mean? The short answer is use the opportunity as an excuse to interact with your peers, no matter if they work within your particular type of business or not.

Networking is guaranteed to increase exposure to what you do and creates a visual in a potential customer’s mind of each individual company.

Now that you have started some networking, learn from each other. If you are a new business or have been around a long time (and some of you have) you can pick up new ideas or a different way to do something or find a common goal to perhaps work together.

At least once a month at the Chamber of Commerce, the room is buzzing with all kinds of things.

Sometimes, when a member hasn’t attended for a few months they say there are new faces here. Of course, because things are always changing and you need to keep up with it.

When you network you come out of the isolation that occurs to you sometimes in business. By being a member of an organization and staying involved, you become visible to your fellow members and who knows, you may be asked to become involved in the newest business venture.

Don’t forget another benefit is meeting new people just like you who are trying to succeed in this community. They will appreciate your experience and knowledge that goes into the making of a great community like Williams Lake.

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The 89th Williams Lake Stampede Parade is being held June 27.

This year’s parade theme is “Be a Gift to the World” A Tribute to Volunteers.

To register your parade float please go online at www.stampedeparade.com and download the registration form or you can pick it up at the Chamber Office at 1660 South Broadway Avenue.

Entry deadline is June 22. All entries will be judged for best theme — $500 first prize, $250 second prize, and $100 third prize.

If you have any event you would like listed, please let us know.

Business Card Profile Winner

Julie Bowser manages the Continuing Studies department at WL Thompson Rivers University.

During her 20-plus years with TRU, Julie has worked with many different industries, businesses and community groups towards helping them meet their educational and training needs.

Her vast knowledge and expertise stems from co-ordinating and instructing many courses offered through Continuing Studies.

The Continuing Studies staff works hard to co-ordinate and implement scheduled training.

Courses can be taken through our public offerings in the brochure or through contract customized training. Look for our new fall course offerings such as Retail Readiness, Camp Cook and Personal Health Leadership Studies in our upcoming brochure. Have a new course idea? Please contact us at 250-392-8010.

The Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in Williams Lake and area. We promote the wellbeing of business in Williams Lake and District and foster a work, stay and play at home atmosphere to all residents.

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