Chamber of Commerce seeks volunteers for working groups

Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Chatter for July 2012.

Your Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business:  Businesses working together toward economic and social well-being to make our community a better place to live and work.  Our goal is to promote the well being of business in Williams Lake and district; and to foster a work-, shop- and play-at-home atmosphere to all residents.

Welcome to our newest members:  Alterior Motives Design, Darla Wear, and West Chilcotin Tourism Association.

The Williams Lake Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Our well trained and friendly staff offer a wealth of information for visitors and locals alike.

Did you know that within the Tourism Discovery Centre there is a coffee shop? Bean ‘Round B.C. provides a variety of hot and cold beverages and brews locally roasted Uncle Paul’s Coffee. Come on in and check us out! We have a variety of local and B.C. products as well as souvenirs.

The chamber has benefits that can save you money: two cents per litre off all grades of gasoline and diesel, a five per cent discount on all parts and labour at Centigard Car Care Centres, a five per cent discount on vehicle propane, individually numbered credit cards for each vehicle, and receive exclusive hotel discounts, hospitality and reduced room rates for Accent Inns (in specified cities around B.C.) and the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa (Vancouver). Call for more information.

Following adoption of a new prioritization process the B.C. Chamber is looking for volunteers to participate in our Policy Prioritization Working Groups. These groups will advance the development of comprehensive policy papers on the five priority themes adopted at the 2012 AGM in Penticton. The themes are: local government, skills and labour, finance and taxation, resources, and energy terms of reference.

Membership in each of these working groups will be open to Williams Lake Chamber and its members. To volunteer for a working group please forward the completed signup sheet to Neal Wells via e-mail at or by fax to 604-683-0416, attention Jon Garson.

As in past years, the chamber will take a break from general meetings in August so we will see you in September. If there are any requests from members to get together for any issues, we always try to accommodate them.  Our phone number is 250-392-5025 and e-mail is

We invite members to attend our general meeting luncheon Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 11:45 a.m. at Signal Point Restaurant.

Come as you are in an informal atmosphere that provides an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and meet with other businesses.

Members are encouraged to enter one of our draws and your business could be profiled in the next Chamber Chatter.  These draws are compliments of the Williams Lake Tribune and the Wolf and The Rush.

Our guest speakers will be Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett speaking on the timber supply, and Bill Sheridan with the Cariboo Caledonia Pipe Band.