CHAMBER CORNER

We at the Chamber have been busy bees. Your directors have been working hard and overtime at building memberships. We are pleased to report that we are fifty plus in memberships and growing each week!

The Chamber is not strictly for the business sector as some may think, it is also for the benefit for the community as a whole. This year your Events Committee has come up with exciting events which will include the whole community.

While membership drives have taken up some energies, your directors have been able to host luncheons to speak to benefits of being a Chamber member. The Chamber has hosted a community luncheon for local MP Jay Hill that was well attended.

In May, we are pleased to have Ms. Mila Landsdowne as the motivational speaker for a luncheon to the business sector.

Mark your calendars for June as well – we will host Ms. Sue Kenny, from Community Futures who will speak to the positive Business Retention Model to local businesses in Tumbler Ridge that involves chamber members volunteers and all local business in building a positive business climate in Tumbler Ridge.

The Chamber has also undertaken a website which is near to completion.

We have been awarded a $2500. grant for the Trades Routes, state of the art training mobile which was in the community at the Rescan Parking lot on May 8. This is a mobile training unit developed by the Industry Training Authority. It is a 53 foot long traveling classroom whic accommodates classes of 12 people s per session. It is a hands-on-training in a variety of trades including: electrical, instrumentation mechanic millwright, pipefitting/steamfitting plumbing, and welding

Your Chamber directors, with the assistance of the District have been working diligently in coordinating agencies and with the Chamber in Chetwynd for the annual Coal Forum to be held in Tumbler Ridge this year. The Chamber and District of Tumbler Ridge have been meeting for several months and we are pleased to inform you that with the joint venture of both economic development officers of Tumbler Ridge, Chetywnd, the Chamber of Commerce in Chetwynd that we will have a great forum. As the job fair was so successful last year, the Northern Lights Colleges of Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd will be working towards another excellent turnout.

The Chamber has developed its long term goals for 2007 to include monthly speakers, annual events and special events.

The Chamber is committed to developing a vibrant, active Chamber. The directors who are behind the scenes doing their best to make this happen, and need your help as volunteers to ensure it does happen. Together, we can bring about events, activities, business growth and opportunities.

If you would like to share in being a part of the positive growth of our Chamber, please contact any of your directors and executive. They are: Wayne Kopec (Glacial Refrigeration), Jose Pindera,(Hub International Barton Insurance) Marla Eyre, (Macs on Main) Anthony Boos, (Cascade Realty) Loraine Funk, (Tumbler Ridge News), Joanne Kirby, (Tags Food & Gas), Ellis Howard, and Sandy Miller (Tum-bler Ridge Floral Fantasy & Gifts.

We are also looking for a Chamber Manager. For more information please email us at info@floralfantasy.ca or mail@tumblerridgenews.com.