Barriere Chamber of Commerce
Well, summer flew by so fast, here we are with fall quickly approaching. We hope everyone had a fun, safe and productive summer!
It was a very busy year, with the Chamber’s year-end of Oct. 31 fast approaching. We kicked off our 2014-2015 year with the BCCE AGM Conference, then hosted the All Candidates Forum, our third Passport to Christmas Shopping, held our strategic planning session, hosted lunch with the mayor, lunch with Community Futures, attended the BC Chambers AGM conference, and offered the Discover China trip, hosting a Evening of Magic in November, and we are currently updating our website with a new look and easy navigation.
For those of you who haven’t heard, rather than hosting our annual Silent Auction for our yearly fundraiser, we choose to go a different way this year. Our first event is the “Discover China Tour.” My husband and I went on the inspection trip in April with the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. The tour takes you to four cities, Beijiing, Suzhou, Hangzho and Shanghai. The trip includes three meals a day, bus and driver, five-star + hotels and tour guide. It was fantastic, we saw some incredible places. We are very excited on the great response that we have had with 23 passengers going on the Oct. 9 trip!
In November we are having our second fundraising event. Evening of Magic, is a semi-formal evening with dinner, music and entertainment by Anders Magic. It will be a night of entertainment, excellent food and lots of fun! There will be a limited number of tickets, more info to come.
This year’s Business of the Year will coincide with Small Business Week – October 18 – 24th. The winner will be announced in the Star/Journal Small Business Supplement that week with a write-up and photo. The public may make their nominations through the form going in Sept. 17 and 24’s paper. The judging will be handled by a panel of five different associations, the same way that the Citizen of the Year is done. The winner will receive two tickets to Evening of Magic and the plaque presentation will take place during the event.