Barriere Chamber reports a busy start to the year

The Barriere and District Chamber of Commerce was established in 1948

The Chamber of Commerce reports they have had a busy start to the year. The board of directors and office manager recently completed a strategic planning session which will help determine the direction of the Chamber over the course of the next five years. They continue to encourage input, involvement and attendance from their members.

The Chamber hosted a ‘Lunch with the Mayor’, this past week, and note, “It was extremely well received with a full attendance.”

The next Chamber luncheon will be with representatives from Community Futures, who have been operating since 1987 helping in the growth of economy by providing small business loans, expert advice and a wide range of tools and resources for this area. Date of the luncheon is yet to be determined. Anyone who is interested in attending is encouraged to call the Chamber office to reserve a seat.

The Chamber’s Discover China trip on Oct. 9, is currently taking bookings. This is an all inclusive nine day trip that includes a visit to the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, and the Ming Tombs.

For more information people are encouraged to attend the Discover China Information Session on Monday, Mar. 16, 5:30 p.m., in the multi-purpose room at the Ridge. This trip is open to anyone, you do not have to be a Chamber member.

The Barriere and District Chamber of Commerce was established in 1948 as the Lower North Thompson Board of Trades. The name was legally changed to Barriere and Districts Chamber of Commerce in 1966 (they have since dropped the ‘s’).  The Chamber was instrumental in establishing the Barriere Employment Services, and they still oversee the operations.

Chamber board meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month, 12 noon, at the Chamber office.  They also hold general meetings or “Business After 5” every second month on the second Tuesday, with the upcoming one set for April 7.

The Chamber welcomes its newest members for the 2015 year; Thompson Valley Awards, District of Barriere, Anti Violence Advocates Society and Lenaura Building Group.

For more information about the Barriere and District Chamber of Commerce call 250-672-9221.