Chamber Chatter: luncheon Thursday

Welcome to our newest members: C.J.’s Southwestern Grill and Linda Coblin (realtor). We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

  • Mar. 27, 2012 4:00 p.m.

The Williams Lake & 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.

Welcome to our newest members:  C.J.’s Southwestern Grill and Linda Coblin (realtor). We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

We congratulate Cariboo GM and all the staff for receiving the recognition of the 2012 Business of the Year Award. The award was presented at the 17th Annual Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards and has only been given out a handful of times to a local business.

We also congratulate the following recipients for their success in receiving special recognition in eight categories: the Greatest Improvement Award went to Tickled Pink Beauty Bar, Food Services Award to Alley Katz Bistro, Newsmaker of the Year was given to Kirsten Braumandl, the Hospitality Tourism Award to Williams Lake Men’s Rugby Club, Community Booster to Save-On Foods, Manufacturer award to Gibraltar Mine, Hugo Stahl Memorial Award to Karen Roberts and the Customer Service award to Kornak & Hamm Pharmacy.

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.

The B.C. Chamber of Commerce applauds the B.C. government for its foresight in approving the Jumbo Glacier Resort.

“This project has been reviewed to death,” said John Winter, president and CEO of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce. “It’s good to see B.C. sending a clear signal that major projects like these will be judged on their own merits.”

The Jumbo Glacier Resort is a proposed year-round ski resort and has been involved in a lengthy environmental assessment process taking years to get to this point.

“Where major projects are concerned, we very much hope that this is a harbinger of things to come,” Winter continued. “There are several major liquefied natural gas and mining projects that are currently in planning, and I look forward to seeing this as the start of a trend where economically crucial projects go through an expeditious and balanced review process.”

We invite members to attend our general meeting luncheon Thursday, March 22 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 by calling 250-392-5025. Our guest speaker will be Brian Battison, vice president of corporate affairs for Taseko Mines Ltd..

Battison has been responsible for government and community relations, public communications, policy development, and planning.

He will be giving us an update on Taseko’s Gibraltar Mine and New Prosperity.  Members are encouraged to enter and win the Chamber Chatter draw sponsored by the Williams Lake Tribune.

The chamber will be hosting an Authors Fair at the Visitor Centre on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Local authors will be showcased with their wonderful books. We will have readings, signings and you can purchase their books. For more information call us at 250-392-5025.

— The Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce

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