Lakecity chamber welcomes four new members

Welcome to our newest members: A &W Restaurant, Homathko River Inn, Kayanara Guest Ranch and Resort, and Ponderosa Resort.

The Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in 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 members:  A &W Restaurant, Homathko River Inn, Kayanara Guest Ranch and Resort, and Ponderosa Resort.

We look forward to meeting you all at the general meeting.

On June 26, the Supreme Court of Canada granted a declaration of aboriginal title to more than 1,700 square kilometres of land in B.C.’s central interior to the Tsilhqot’in First Nation.

While many of us including the BC Chamber of Commerce are still in the process of reviewing the full implications of the decision, our initial assessment is that this decision, while important, will not result in significant change to the way in which decisions around resource projects are made.

The two aspects of this decision that are of particular relevance and importance are aboriginal title and the implications this will have on how decisions are made regarding the use of the land base.

Join us for a special customer service workshop on Thursday, Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We are offering an affordable price of $80 p.p. or two from the same company for $150.

Pre-registration is required by August 4.

Giving the best service you can to customers should be the greatest option for any business.

Employees quite often do not have the opportunity to receive a high level of customer service training.

This training is affordable and directly relates to sales in any business.

The age old question an employer makes is what if I train my staff and then they leave, and the answer is what if you don’t and they stay!

Congratulations again to Taseko/Gibraltar on receiving the prestigious 2013 Mining and Sustainability Award.

The Chamber along with more than 100 guests were on hand at Signal Point Restaurant to celebrate and recognize the award presented by the Mining Association of B.C.

Thank you to Pioneer Log Homes for designing, crafting and setting up the most gorgeous covered picnic table with the unique cowboy carving at the Discovery Centre.

Those of you who attended the Stampede Parade would have seen it there.

Visitors and locals alike have taken many photos and it is a great addition to the building.

If you haven’t seen it, come on down.

We invite everyone to attend our general meeting luncheon on July 31 from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Signal Point Restaurant.

Chamber meetings provide members with the opportunity to meet other businesses and talk about what affects them most.

We ask that you help us and the restaurant to RSVP by Tuesday, July 22 by calling  250-392-5025.

Cost for lunch is $16 for members and non members are welcome.

Members are encouraged to enter one of our draws and your business could be profiled compliments of the Williams Lake Tribune and Cariboo Country and the Goat.

Our guest speakers this month are Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett and James Douglas, Manager of the Visitor Experience at Barkerville.

We had a number of visitors disappointed recently over not being able to reserve on the Bella Coola ferry.

Due to the size of the replacement ship, most sailings for the short summer season are not available.

As of mid-July we are asking visitors if they will provide us with their contact information or at the very least track the numbers.

The ferry trip is spectacular and it is a shame it is still one of the best kept secrets in this region.

The decision to dramatically downsize the ferry will have long reaching effects for years to come and we feel compassion for those operators who have worked so hard to build up the tourist traffic on Highway 20.

If you are considering making ferry reservations call our office 250-392-5025.

We offer preferred rates through VersaPay for Chamber members: 1.659 per cent on Visa® and MasterCard®, 10 cents per transaction fee (waived for $100 or more) and five cents per transaction for Interac direct debit.

Another benefit is with Petro Can with two cents per litre off all grades of gasoline and diesel.

There is a five per cent discount on all parts and labour at Centigrade Car Care Centres and a five per cent discount on vehicle propane.

For more information on our benefits, call us at 250-392-5025 or email

Congratulations to Geneva Gordon, our 2014 graduation bursary recipient.  We wish you all the best as you go forward into the next steps for your future.

Business profile

M&M Meat Shops Williams Lake: Owners Uli and Tom Wittal 635B Oliver Street; open seven days per week.

We offer convenient, wholesome and nutritious meals for busy people who couldn’t spend hours in the kitchen preparing meals.

Imagine too, that they are easy to prepare at reasonable prices. Frozen foods at its best. About 400 products are available from chicken and fish to beef; from appetizers and vegetables to desserts; all in convenient sizes and ready to delight the most discriminating family.

We offer assistance, nutritional information, meal ideas and suggestions.

Everyone wants to be treated like they are special. And to us, our customers are special. We offer fantastic customer service because that’s what we believe our customers deserve.

We are a proud supporter of our community and charities striving to make Williams Lake a better more prosperous place to live.

We love the Chamber luncheon meetings which allow us to network with other businesses and professionals.

We always learn something new from the speakers and look forward to each meeting.


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