Dear valued members, both returning and new:
We thank you for your support of our organization and the work that we do for you. The board and staff are well into 2021 and working on the needs of our business community. Our President, Chris Richards has been working closely with the City of Dawson Creek and MLA Bernier. Items that we continue to engage in are:
- Clear and balanced direction and guidance from Northern Health and the Province of BC
- Ensuring local projects are utilizing local content including goods, services and local talent.
- Providing workshops and guidance around e commerce, new marketing opportunities and broadening retailers on line reach
- Applying for grants – most recently through NDIT for a app called townapps which will put all local businesses, events and tourist attractions into one app which can be accessed through apple or google
- Working with other chambers in the region and the BC Chamber of Commerce to create a regional playbook which will have all COVID-19 resources in one document made to be efficient and user friendly
- Working to leverage all grants, loans and other revenue and income to maintain the financial stability of the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce
- Working with the City and partners to find a new tenant for the main floor of the Chamber building
- Participation with all northern chambers to lobby all levels of government for the assets that businesses require for success such as taxation, red tape, COVID-19 19 protocols, Wi-Fi and cell connectivity, safe travel routes, the need to keep the assets that our current region has in order to encourage economic growth as me move through the economic recovery
- Directors Jack Walsh, Anthony De Castro, Patricia Adamson and Jill Claus all manage files on behalf of the Board and our office. Those files include lending and financial, economic recovery roundtables, the leasing of the building. The Directors report regularly to the board on those files.
- Chamber week will have several webinars for members including e commerce, mental health and marketing your business in the new environment.
- Webinar series with a HR specialist specifically to provide guidance on HR issues in the new environment.
- Partnering with the BC Chamber on offering a course through University of Victoria called Building Resilience to Thrive. A round table is part of the course and we have partnered with Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd Chambers of Commerce to broaden understanding of issues across the South Peace and share strategies going forward.
- We continue to regularly touch base with our members to identify areas that we need to be on top of.
We appreciate your continued support both through accessing our resources and your membership. Each of the Board and staff are available and want to hear your thoughts concerns and positive outcomes that we can collectively strive towards
With much gratitude,
The Board and Staff