Slocan District Chamber of Commerce AGM
Chamber to present new website, five-year plan, tourism plan and BR&E at AGM
The Slocan District Chamber of Commerce (SDCC) is holding is its Annual General Meeting at the Hidden Garden Gallery in New Denver on Thursday, February 7, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Everyone is welcome to stop by for wine and cheese and to find out what your local Chamber has been up to in the past year.
The year 2012 was filled with many exciting Chamber initiatives. The organization hired a new manager, Theresa Tremaine, in May. Theresa and her family moved to the Slocan Valley over four years ago. Initially drawn by the mountains and outdoor recreation, the Tremaines decided to settle in the area because of the wonderful community.
Theresa brings to the Chamber marketing and technical communications expertise as well as project management experience.
Planning for the future was in the forefront in 2012. The board held four strategic planning sessions throughout the year and developed a five-year plan. Details of the plan will be presented at the AGM.
Another big project in 2012 was the Chamber’s new website. The website project, funded by Columbia Basin Trust, will be a valuable tool not only for Chamber members, but also for locals and visitors alike. The website will be officially launched during the AGM.
The board also did the planning legwork in 2012 to launch two projects this year: a Business Retention and Expansion project (BR&E) in partnership with the Slocan Valley Economic Development Commission, and a community tourism plan in partnership with Kootenay Rockies Tourism.
The BR&E program aims to improve and expand existing businesses by identifying and responding to their needs.
The Chamber’s application for the Community Tourism Foundations program has been approved. The objective of this program is to develop a tourism plan for the area. A full-day workshop will take place in late February or early March, led by a Tourism BC consultant. The Chamber invites local people in the tourism industry and other interested stakeholders to participate in the workshop. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1 if you would like to participate.
Finally, the Chamber’s membership drive is ongoing. Membership dues help fund projects relevant to growing local businesses and the economy. Some benefits of Chamber membership include: an online listing in the membership directory on the website, a voice in the business community, and access to the Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan. To download a membership form, visit www.slocanlakechamber.com.