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Small Business - Doing Business with Government Session in Smithers November 19

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The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training has representatives travelling to communities throughout BC to conduct sessions with small business owners to provide an overview of its Small Business – Doing Business with Government project. It was developed to provide recommendations to government, based on direct consultation with small business owners, to make i teasier for small businesses to do business with government. In August 2013,George Farkas, Assistant Deputy Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training,was appointed as the Executive Lead and his recommendations report is due in early 2014. A Smithers consultation session will be held on Tuesday November 19th from 11:30 to 1:30pm (lunch will be provided) in the meeting rooms at Smithers Community Services. There is room for about 5 more businesses to join in the discussions. Details about these sessions can be found at the ministry’s website Shouldyou want to be involved you can contact either the Chamber of Commerce, 250-847-5072 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Anna Maria Campbell | Manager | Corporate Planning and Priorities BranchMinistry of Community, Sport and Cultural DevelopmentMinistry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (andResponsible for Labour)Ministry of International Trade (and Responsible forAsia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism) Direct:  250-356-7004Also, thereis project survey for small businessesacross the province asking for your input.

Project Comeback Survey Youth Returning to Smithers

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Project Come Back Survey  (Adult who has been away from thecommunity and returned to Smithers)  Thankyou for assisting the Smithers Chamber of Commerce, the Rural BC Secretariatand the Fraser Basin Council with your thoughts, ideas and opinions to guide us in future planning and the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce fax 250-847-3337 or drop off 250-847-5072 email heather@smitherschamber.comGender                                 Male__                Female__ 1. If you were raised in Smithers, what opportunities were you seeking that made you leave?Post-secondaryeducation Yes__ No__                    Travel   Yes __ No__                             Work       Yes__  No___If “Work” was a Yes, were you unable tofind work in your chosen profession here in Smithers Yes __ No___Other______________________________________________________________________________________________ 2. What do you like about living in Smithers? (ie: lifestyle; strong sense of community;vibrant music scene; etc)________________________________________________________________________ 3. Please rate Smithers from 1-7 (with 1 being not positive and 7 being very positive the following factors:Safe streets andneighbourhoods    ___        Good public school systems     ___ Good work opportunities     ___          Good recreation facilities     ___ Place with environmental concerns   ___            Near family & friends     ___ Strong sense ofCommunity    ___            Affordable    ___ Scenic Beauty   ___            strong cultural scene    ___ Post-secondaryopportunities    ___       Welcoming Community   ___ Other     ______________________4. How wouldyou rate the amenities/recreational opportunites/cultural activites Smithers offers, again using 1-7 with 1being not positive and 7 being very positiveRecreational Facilities Winter    ___            Recreational l Facilities Summer    ___ Cultural Events      ___            Cultural Facilities    ___ Airport      ___            Hospital      ___ Parks    ___            Restaurants    ____ Nightlife   ___            Shopping  ___ EducationalOpportunities   ___           Job opportunities and assistance   ___ EntrepreneurialOpportunities     ____ 5. Do you own your own home or are you rentingOwn ______   Rent ______           Didyou find finding accommodation a challenge: Please explain_____________________________________________________________________________________________6. Do you currently have a job? (full or parttime) Full time ___ Part Time ___ Are youcurrently working in your chosen profession which is ______________________________ and/or wouldyou consider opening your own business    Yes ___ No____ or have youopened your own business, which is________________________________________8. How would you describe your perfectcommunity? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Keeping in mind population (supply and demand) accounts for amenity/shopping/cultural activity and opportunities how do you rate Smithers, as a small, rural town, in its provision of community amentities required to create a happy, healthy place of residence,  again using the 1-7 with 1 being not positive and 7 being very positive.)              ______ What made you comeback to Smithers __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ What are some challenges our community facesin attracting more young people to our town? __________________________________________________________________________________
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:15

BC Chamber of Commerce on Small Business Accord

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NEWS RELEASE BC Chamber welcomes work done under Small Business Accord, urges continued momentum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vancouver, October 23, 2013 – As B.C. celebrates Small Business Week, the BC Chamber welcomes recent gains for small businesses under B.C.’s new Small Business Accord and urges continued momentum on the Accord’s implementation. "This Accord has the potential to be a game changer for B.C.’s small businesses," said John Winter, the BC Chamber’s president and CEO. "Already, we’ve seen some tangible action flow out of the Accord including a new staff appointment to help tackle red tape and the creation of an awards program to encourage municipalities to act in the spirit of the Accord." The government’s planned actions under the Accord can be found here. Some key actions taken to date include the appointment of a senior adviser to help small businesses cut red tape and the launch of Open for Business Awards with a cash prize of $10,000 for winning municipalities. Winter said the challenge going forward will be to maintain momentum on implementing the Accord. "This Accord is full of bold principles but it’s important that we don’t get complacent and assume that just by articulating those principles the job is done," Winter said. "We encourage the government to keep driving the implementation of the Accord, and we encourage B.C. businesses to help the government get it right by participating in consultation efforts." B.C.’s small businesses can share their insights on how to implement the Accord on Twitter using the hashtags #BCBizChat or #SmallBizBC. Businesses and business organizations can also request a consultation with the Small Business Roundtable in their community on Accord issues (info and consultation request forms here). B.C.’s Small Business Accord was signed into force on March 19. The BC Chamber played a pivotal role in calling for the Accord and partnering with the provincial government to deliver it. The Accord contains principles about considering the needs of small business in policy and program decisions; fostering a regulatory environment that small businesses can navigate Suite #1201-750 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T8 (604) 683-0700 Fax: (604) 683-0416 Website: efficiently; deploying training programs to meet the needs of small business; and enhancing small business’ access to government contracts. The BC Chamber is the largest and most broadly-based business organization in the province. Representing more than 125 Chambers of Commerce and 36,000 businesses of every size, sector and region of the province, the BC Chamber of Commerce is "The Voice of Business in BC."

Chamber Board Welcomes New Directors

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The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce held its 2013 AGM and Election of Officers Thursday, March 21 at the Pioneer Activity Centre in Smithers. Guests and members were welcomed by Chamber president, George Whitehead, specifically mentioning Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson and out-of-town visitors, Tsanasi Tsardis of the Business Development Bank and Seabridge Gold's Vice-President of Environmental Affairs, Brent Murphy. Colin Bruintjes CGA presented the audited books of the Chamber and then the election of officers was conducted by manager Heather Gallagher. A nominating committee consisting of President George Whitehead, Past-president David Mckenzie and the manager put forth its recommendations to the membership. Dale Clarke of Pacific Employee Benefits and Truscott Fowler, the Chamber's current treasurer, agreed to let his name stand for another term as did Director Bruce Hutchinson of Applied Fire Solutions, who was welcomed back to the board for his third term. New board members for 2013-2014 are Brian Atherton, retired from the Ministry of Forests and Elizabeth Miller, manager of the Seabridge Gold office in Smithers. Linda Hanson, outgoing director, was presented with the coveted Alpenman for her three terms of service. Also finishing his three year term is Dave Walters from Valhalla Pure. Both Linda and Dave contributed many volunteer hours, great ideas and new directions for consideration in day-to-day operations of the Chamber. The board and staff welcome new board members and thank the current board members for their dedication and efforts on behalf of the Chamber.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 March 2013 09:21

New Business Reception honours 100 guests

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Chamber President George Whitehead and Bulkley Valley Credit Union Branch Manager, Greg Wacholtz, welcomed 100 guests at the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce New Business Reception held Friday, February 22 in Smithers. This is the sixth year that the Chamber, along with valuable sponsors, have developed an evening to honour the new business licensees from Smithers and Telkwa, as well as the year's new chamber members. Over 75 invitations go out to a variety of diverse new businesses from helicopter companies to trucking companies; construction businesses to personal care providers. The evening is all about networking giving new business owners the opportunity to meet established business owners from the area. The evening was catered by the Smithers Senior Citizen's Association with a wide array of delectable appetizers and this was complimented with appetizers from Sweet and Savoury Culinary Creations, Subway and delicious desserts were provided from Sawyer's Oh So Good Cupcakes. Bulkley Valley Wholesale had a table to display the many cheese choices available in-store - hundreds of fine cheeses! The mood was set with decor items from PartyLite (local representative is Michelle Wacholtz) and the Smithers Jazz Combo took the stage to entertain the guests with their smooth, cool sounds. At the Centennial 2013 Centre guests were encouraged to have a little fun by trying on the many hats from 1913 and Mandi Storey, of Storey Photography, took pictures to preserve the memories. Welcoming addresses were provided to the new business owners and new chamber members by Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach, Telkwa Mayor Carman Graf, Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson, Greg Wacholtz of the Bulkley Valley Credit Union and Smithers District Chamber of Commerce President George Whitehead. At the Martini Bar guests tried the wonderful Mountain Martinis created by the Aspen Riverhouse (Pain in the Aspen); the Fireside Pub and the Alpenhorn (Mountain Tini). This is a wonderful evening to promote the diverse business activity in the Valley and the evening happens because of the tremendous support of our Sponsors: The Bulkley Valley Credit Union; Business Development Bank; Bulkley Valley Economic Deveopment Association and thanks to the Bulkley Valley Credit Union for the door prizes and Hawkair for the flight for 2 to Vancouver. Here's a link to pictures of the event

Last Updated on Friday, 22 March 2013 09:26

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