Updates from Barriere Chamber of Commerce

This year the Chamber's Business of the Year Banquet will be in mid-October

January is fast on it’s way out already! We had a very busy and successful 2014-2015 year, and hope that 2015 – 2016 will be the same.  Starting off with the All-Candidates Forum, our 2014-2015 AGM, 3rd Annual Passport to Holiday Shopping, Chamber Christmas Social and hosted a luncheon with the mayor, and another with Community Futures. We hosted a Discover China Tour and had several information sessions. Our manager went to China in April, sent by the tour company on an inspection trip.

We had a “Call to Artists” competition for our Passport to Shopping promotional material. Sponsored and managed the tourist information booth, oversee the operations of Barriere Employment Services, partnered for the first annual Business Walk, saw our tour off to their trip to China in October, and ended the season with the Magic Show and Business of the Year Banquet.

This year our Business of the Year Banquet will be in mid-October coinciding with small business week – stay tuned on what our entertainment will be this year.

We will be hosting a few workshops and classes this year and hope you will be able to take the time to attend these very informative sessions.  One will be about websites and the other is social media – how to make good use of your accounts.

We are going to offer another trip and are in the process of researching different places and prices at this point, and are looking forward to a busy and successful year for everyone!

Get Youth Working!

Program funding is still available for employers in our region This program, funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund, offers employers in our region of B.C. a $2,800 hiring incentive to hire eligible youth 15 to 29 years of age. Additionally, employers may request up to $1,000 to purchase training for the newly hired youth.  Check it out at: www.getyouthworking.ca

Canada Summer Jobs 2016 student funding for non-profit organizations

Applications are now being accepted until Feb. 26, 2016. The application form as well as the applicant guide are currently available on the Service Canada website. You can submit your application online, by mail or in person at any Service Canada Centre, or go to: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml