Chamber Chatter: Chamber of Commerce to host all candidates assembly May 1 at tourism centre

Did you know that Chamber members get fuel discounts? Now how timely is that?

Did you know that Chamber members get fuel discounts? Now how timely is that?

Some of the discounts are for two cents per litre off and/or 3.5 per cent off total purchases of fuel, oil, top-up fluids, and washes.

For this and a list of all other benefits, check out the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce at www.williamslakechamber.com.  Our website promotes local and regional events encouraging visitors to come to the area and increase their length of stay.  There is no cost to list your events on our website.

April 25th is “Jeans Day.” Buy your $5 pin and wear your jeans on Thursday. Funds raised from Jeans Day benefit the BC Children’s Hospital.

Come on down to the TDC on Friday,  April 26 for the Barkerville Heritage Reception & Open House from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Get updated about Barkerville’s upcoming season. Please RSVP to our office at visitors@telus.net or 250-392-5025 by April 24.

It is election time in B.C. and it is time for you to get informed about the candidates before making a decision that will affect us all for the next four years. On May 1 we invite everyone to an All Candidates Assembly at the Tourism Discovery Centre from 6 to 8 p.m. All candidates have been invited and we are awaiting their confirmation.  This event is co-sponsored by the BC Northern Real Estate Board. We encourage you to come and hear what your candidates have to say and meet them in person.

It is with sadness that we attended the Celebration of Life for Lil MacKay recently. Lil and Bill owned and operated Mac Signs for many years and dedicated so much time for the Chamber and other community events. Lil was the infamous “Diamond Lil” during the Williams Lake Stampede. This character was created with the Chamber to add another event during the Stampede week. Lil will certainly be missed and our thoughts are with Bill and the family.

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 possible. A review of the job description and what your expectations are is critical. Take the time to make this a positive experience for you both and have a good summer.

We invite members to attend our General Meeting luncheon Thursday, April 25 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 to 250-392-5025. Our guest speakers will be Chamber of Commerce President Jason Ryll and Mayor Kerry Cook to provide an update on the first three months of the year and present a look into the plans for the remainder of the year.

We also welcome Sharon Taylor, Welcoming Communities project co-ordinator for the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (Williams Lake Branch) who will give a brief overview of the project and an update on activities. Members are encouraged to enter and win the Chamber Chatter draw sponsored by the Williams Lake Tribune and the Wolf and the Rush radio.

Chamber Chatter profile for April — Roger Solly, PMT Chartered Accountants/Business Advisors LLP.

Some of the things about the Chatter winner:

Presently I am semi-retired. I expect to continue in that capacity for the next year or three!  PMT Chartered Accountants/Business Advisors LLP has a number of offices in other communities:  Jay Cheek, CA, D. Kane Fraser, CA —Williams Lake office; Keith Greenhalgh, CA — 100 Mile House office; Debbie Wiens, CGA — Quesnel office.

PMT has been in business since June 1952 and has had the pleasure of working with many businesses throughout the Cariboo. We are pleased to let everyone know that on Jan. 1, 2013, the firm opened an office in Quesnel with the acquisition of the Practice of Ron Rasmussen, CA.

For financial advice or more information call us at 250-392-7911 or drop into our offices located at 35 South Second Ave. above BMO.

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