“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 & District; and foster a work, stay and play at home atmosphere to all residents
Our third annual Made in the Cariboo Fair was held on Sat. Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Tourism Discovery Centre. It was another great success. We will be holding next year’s Made in the Cariboo fall fair in the beginning of November. Stay tuned for the dates!
Our year end is Nov. 30 and the 2013 membership dues will be sent out Dec. 1.
Thank you so much for all the support you have given over the past year and we look forward to working with you all in 2013. If there is something that we can assist with, please give us a call. We are a relatively small but active chamber and have accomplished a great deal in our work in the community and area. The chambers’ 16-member board will start soon to review the strategic plan and identifying our priorities for 2013.
The member-to-member program is continuing in 2013. If you are interested in offering a discount or finding out more contact the Chamber office at 250-392-5025. Cariboo Memorial Complex Fitness Passes are now available from our office for members with the deadline Dec. 14. Many of our members are offering specials for your personal fitness and we encourage you to check them out for Christmas ideas.
The majority of B.C. Economic Forecast Council members predict B.C. real GDP growth will slightly outperform the Canadian average in 2013. On average, the council expects B.C. real GDP growth to be 2.1 per cent in 2012, down minimally from its 2.2 per cent forecast in January of this year.
The board and committee have started planning for the Business Excellence Awards that will be held on Mar. 9, 2013. The nomination forms are ready to go public and we are confirming sponsorship for the event. If you are interested in having lots of fun in the planning of our largest social business event of the year, let us know.
The Micro-Business Training Pilot Program (“MBT Program”) offers eligible, small business owners funded training programs in business skills such as bookkeeping, marketing, social media, management and other areas with the goal of improving productivity, decreasing costs and generating new revenue. A variety of formats are available such as traditional classroom, seminar/webinar, online and even on-site. Providers include public post-secondary universities and colleges, PCTIA Accredited organizations, and private trainers with membership in the Chamber Learning Network, a member benefit owned by the B.C. Chamber of Commerce. Eligible micro-business owners receive up to $1,500 of funding support for courses. The MBT Program runs through Mar. 31, 2014 with the last applications being accepted Dec. 31, 2013 dependant on funding availability.
Premier Christy Clark recently announced a new Destination BC industry led crown corporation that will work directly with tourism sector professionals to market the province as a tourism destination. It will ultimately have protected funding through a legislature-based formula. Developed in partnership with tourism stakeholders, Destination BC’s structure will provide greater responsiveness to the tourism industry and increase accountability to taxpayers.
We invite members to attend our meeting and luncheon on Nov. 29 at 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Signal Point Restaurant. Our guest speakers this month are Mayor Kerry Cook and Brian Battison VP Corporate Affairs for Taseko. Mayor Cook will perform the installation of officers and give a year in review and a brief look for the coming year. Brian Battison will talk about the proposal for New Prosperity and answer any questions you may have. The chamber looks forward to the panel hearings and will be participating in them. Chamber meetings provide an incredible opportunity to meet other members and share what is going on in Williams Lake and area. Members can enter the Chamber Chatter draw sponsored by the Williams Lake Tribune and Vista radio; you could win the business profile for the next Chamber Chatter. We ask that you help us and the restaurant by providing your RSVP by Tuesday; call 250-392-5025 or email email@example.com to reserve your seat.
Chatter Business Profile is Cariboo Saddlery
Cariboo Saddlery, a very unique downtown business is located at 183 Oliver Street in Williams Lake. Cariboo Saddlery is a family owned business specializing in custom saddle and leather and repairs. Cariboo Saddlery first opened its doors in Williams Lake 35 years ago. The first store was opened on First Avenue in 1977 by Tom Denny. Tom was joined by his son Mark in 1980, after Mark completed his training in Calgary. Cariboo Saddlery moved to its present location in 1990 and Mark took over the business after Tom’s death in 1995.
Today Cariboo Saddlery specializes in the horse industry but also does all kinds of custom leather work and repairs. More information or to speak with Mark call, 250-392-3735