Chamber Chatter: AGM set for Oct. 31

Chamber Chatter for the month of October highlights coming up AGM and the Made in the Carboo Fair.

Welcome to our newest members Kinikinik Restaurant and Store and Total Ice Training Centre Ltd.

We look forward to introducing you at the general meeting!

Our guest speakers will be the Honorable Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development and James A. Belsheim, chair of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce and president of Neptune Terminals in Vancouver.

The terminal handles potash, steelmaking coal, vegetable oil, and agricultural products from across Western Canada. They also handle imported phosphate rock used in the production of fertilizer.

In addition, there will be a special presentation to the 2013 Business Excellence Awards recipients by the Business Development Bank.  Keith Viger, account manager from Kamloops will be making the presentation.

Do you go the extra mile? What percentage of your customers return? Are you helping your staff?

We all know when customers have a great shopping experience in a business as a result of excellent customer service; they will continue to shop there.  If their shopping experience is less than desirable, they will look for other places to conduct their business.  It makes sense that business owners would want to send their staff for customer service training simply to ensure return customers.  The Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce can help.  We offer many workshops depending on your needs.  One workshop — a one day targeted customer service — is called WorldHost Fundamental.  Give us a call and we can customize a workshop made just for your type of business.

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The fourth annual Made in the Cariboo Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Tourism Discovery Centre from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m.; a couple of spaces are still available call 250-392-5025 or email visitors@telus.net.

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We invite members to attend our AGM and election of officers during Small Business Month. This will be held Thursday, Oct. 31 from 11:45 a.m to 1 p.m. at Signal Point Restaurant. We ask that you help us and Signal Point by providing your RSVP by Tuesday; call 392-5025 to reserve your seat; $16 for members and $20 for guests.

Chamber meetings offer you the opportunity to meet other businesses and talk about ideas and issues that you have in your workplace.  Members are encouraged to enter one of our draws and your business could be profiled in the next Chamber Chatter.

October Business Profile: Bolster Real Estate Investing — Cheryl Chan

I have lived in Williams Lake for 25 years.  I am an educational assistant working with special needs students and my goal is to provide long-term wealth for my family.  My husband, Jamie, and I became real estate investors three years ago.  My name is Cheryl Chan; we are Bolster Real Estate Investing.

It’s about a dream or should I say, “Our Belize.”  It’s a collage of pictures on our wall.  Places we want to travel to, activities we enjoy. “Our Belize” is we’re working towards our dreams.

We purchase real estate rentals, providing our clients with clean, safe and secure units.  We are interested in Real Estate Rent to Own and Joint Venture deals.  We do our own property management, renovations and maintenance.

I became a member of the Chamber of Commerce to educate our business on what economical fundamentals are here; or coming, so we can continue to invest and grow in Williams Lake.  We see a great future for us in real estate investing.  As Dr. Wayne Dryer said,  “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”