Chamber Chatter: Huffman to speak at meeting

The Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in the Williams Lake and area.

The Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in the 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 member:  Davidson Financial Ltd.

We look forward to introducing you at the general meeting.

The fourth annual Made in the Cariboo Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Tourism Discovery Centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A couple of spaces are still available by calling 250-392-5025 or email

Our year end is Nov. 30 and the 2014 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 2014.

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 chamber’s 16-member board has started to review the strategic plan and identify our priorities for 2014.

The member to member program is continuing in 2014.

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. 18.

Many of our members are offering specials for your personal fitness and we encourage you to check them out for Christmas ideas.

The board and committee have started planning for the Business Excellence Awards that will be held on March 8, 2014.

The nomination forms will be ready at the end of November 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.

We invite members to attend our November general meeting.

This will be held Thursday, Nov. 28 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Signal Point Restaurant.

Our guest speaker will be Cuyler Huffman, president of the Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association.

Acting Mayor Laurie Walters will perform the installation of officers.

We ask that you help us and Signal Point by providing your RSVP by Tuesday; call 250-392-5025 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.




Chamber Business Profile




Neil Vant of Vant Explorations.

Vant Explorations is owned by T. Neil Vant.

Neil’s business has been open since 1966 and is located in Barkerville, the Gold Capital of British Columbia and heart of the Cariboo gold fields.

Neil enjoys the history, landscape and the people of the area.

Vant Explorations is a management consulting business to a very exclusive and limited clientele.

Neil has served on many boards as a director and in the position of chair.

He was a full-time Anglican clergyman for 12 years.

Neil was our Cariboo MLA and held cabinet positions as minister of transportation and highways and also the minister responsible for BC Rail and BC Ferries.

He has a long diversified history including the construction of pulp mills and oil refineries, mining (hard rock and placer) and the forest industry (both primary and value-added).

Neil really enjoys the chamber luncheon meetings.

He likes to meet new people in a wide variety of businesses, large and small that all contribute to the economy and the services and amenities of the community.

These help to attract and retain people in the area.

Neil feels that the chamber features timely, relevant, and excellent guest speakers.


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