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Our primary goal is to truly represent the entire business community of the Valemount Area, whether it be a home based cottage industry or a corporate chain. We are maintaining a comprehensive Business Directory and try our best to make sure we don't miss anyone. Still, if you recognize an error or an omission, please do bring it to our attention.
Listings are free, but paid chamber members will enjoy priority listing, a profile with a live link to their website, as well as access to many other Membership Benefits.
WHY JOIN THE CHAMBER
by Marie Birkbeck, Chamber Manager
On an almost daily basis someone will ask “Why should I join the Chamber?” and the unspoken question inevitably is “what’s in it for me?” These are both very valid questions that cannot be answered easily.
As Manager of the Valemount & Area Chamber of Commerce,(VACC) I recently was given almost 300 reasons to join the chamber network when I was awarded a full bursary to attend the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce 63rd Annual General Meeting and Conference in Prince George; three action packed days, sixteen corporate sponsors, one hundred and sixty three Chamber managers, executive, and directors, fifteen workshops and seminars featuring twenty five guest speakers, fifty-four proposed policies to be discussed and voted on, many new friends and countless memories.
Some of the key-note speakers featured during the three day event covered such timely and important topics including The Chamber Brand – What’s in a Name; to Branding and Marketing; to Planning for the Future. Honorable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training topic was “Setting the Table- Skills Training and LNG”; Bruce Anderson of Abacus Data talked about The Public Mood - Canada’s Economy and the Talent We Need; while the president of BCIT addressed BC’s Future Workforce – Re-think Learning; to the Evolving Role of Post-Secondary Education for Tomorrow’s Workforce.
Pigeon Hole Live, an interactive app for mobile phones and devices was a popular addition to the conference this year, allowed delegates to type their questions to the panel of speakers without having to go to the microphone.
Every Chamber of Commerce board member should make it a point to experience The Policy Sessions at least once in their reign! This is truly Advocacy in Action. Many Chambers of Commerce work hard all year, advocating for changes that will make an impact on the businesses and the communities across the province. At the local chamber level a task force is entrusted to identify an issue, gather all the facts and supporting statements and develop a proposed policy in consultation with the Policy Review Committee of the BC Chamber. During the Annual Conference, the sponsoring Chamber then pitches the proposal to the delegates, who in turn will either approve or defeat the policy. This year, fifty -four policies were put before the congregation and more than half of them were approved to be put forward to the Provincial Government as recommendations, and some of them will go on to the Federal Government. Over the years many of the proposed policies from BC Chambers have gone on to become law.
The Conference wound down on Tuesday evening with a Pick-ups and Plaid Tailgate Party at the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum. One of the big highlights was the Green Magic photo booth which gave us all a chance to get up close and personal with a Grizzly bear, or just chill in front of a campfire by the lake! Thank you to Prince Rupert Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this booth. Taking a trip on the mini train was not only a lot of fun, but gave us the chance to see the museum yard from a different perspective.
So now that the BCCC AGM is over it is time to get down to the business of growing the Chamber movement within our own community.
In addition to the numerous benefits programs offered to Chamber Members Valemount & Area Chamber of Commerce can offer Network, advocacy and Marketing.
The Chamber of Commerce is often the first point of contact for those outside of Valemount who may be anticipating moving into the community, starting a new business or to just inquire about existing businesses. We produce and distribute, through the local realtors, a Welcome Package to newcomers to the village that is chock full of information about the Village and the Area.
The Chamber of Commerce is up to date on most business grants and loans available. We frequently arrange seminars and workshops at no extra cost, to bring together members and experts from inside and outside of Valemount, to maximize all possibilities to enhance new and existing businesses.
Your Chamber of Commerce can be influential in the development of policies at provincial and federal levels. We also play an important part in investigating complaints and advocate on behalf of the local business community if required.
Your local Chamber of Commerce works with other Chambers of Commerce in BC to stay informed on subjects and issues outside of Valemount, so we have the overall “big picture” of businesses to aid local decisions.
There is strength in numbers! Membership in a Chamber of Commerce provides businesses with an influential avenue to voice their ideas for economic improvement in their community. A large membership contributes to a stronger Chamber, and that can affect a more positive impact on decisions made toward attracting investment into the area.
At only $80.00 a year, membership in the VACC is affordable. The Board meets once a month and the general membership meetings are called quarterly – Jan, April, July and October. All of our meetings are open. Please call the Chamber office to be on the agenda.
So when someone asks Why Join the Chamber the answer should be Why Not?
Let's all work together to create an awareness of what Valemount has to offer!
If you are affilated with any club, group or organization we haven't listed, we want to hear from you! Does your club have any special dates coming up -- AGM, registration, bake sale, wine & cheese? Or set dates for specific functions? Check out our overview of community happenings at the Community Events Calendar. Please contact the Chamber office to have your events added to the calendar.