2015 SOOKE REGION CHAMBER AGM - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Annual General Meeting will take place on December 6 at Sooke Harbour House (Potlatch Room) starting at noon and is open to the public.
The Chamber Board of Directors can have up to a total of 12 directors and we encourage members to consider joining the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in the future and be directly involved in helping make Sooke a more vibrant community!
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CHAMBER MEMBERS!
B & K JEWELRY AND GIFTS
106-6661 Sooke Road, Sooke, BC
While we continue to retail our jewelry to nearly 225 jewelry stores around British Columbia, in addition to selling our current inventory and custom jewelry pieces on the internet, we have also opened this gift store in Sooke.
~ Brett & Kathy Borrie.
Brett carves his jewelry while Kathy assists customers in the store.
Read Brett's Bio
660 HARDWOOD FLOORING
6108 Kirby Road, Sooke BC
LE SOOKE SPA
Level 1, 6929 West Coast Road, Sooke BC
Relax... Rebalance... [email protected] Le Sooke Spa
We are located at the Best Western Premier Prestige Oceanfront Resort, offering a tranquil escape for Body, Mind & Spirit.
Visit our luxurious Spa offering a wide variety of Spa treatments with an ocean view.
We have ongoing promos, spa specials, and special discounted prices for residents of Sooke, we care and know how to take care of our back yard!
We have been supporting, donating and employing the community of Sooke since 1996
Thank you, Michelle Glanfield-Bohn
CHAMBER AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
Over the past two years, direct services to members have been enhanced with greater opportunities for learning, improved communications and by maintaining such things as member fees.
To access the full article published in the November 2014 edition of the Business Examiner Victoria, click here.
RECENT LETTERS OF ENDORSEMENT FROM THE CHAMBER
The Chamber's activities and initiatives are based on following its core purpose, which is defined as being:
- a supportive resource for local businesses to achieve greater success
- to facilitate new ecomomic development opportunities
- to foster positive business relationships with the community
- to constructively influence public policy and governments in supporting free enterprise
In the month of November, the Chamber has provided support with letters of endorsement in two separate matters:
District of Sooke application to the Provincial Government NBCF-SCF Program for Phase 2 of the Grant Road Connector Project.
Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association (MBTA) application by Best Western Premier Oceanfront Resort and Convention Center to host the MBTA 2015 BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium in Sooke, BC.
To view additional letters of support provided by the Chamber, visit our website under Media | News, Position Letters.
BUSINESS TIPS, by Ken Stratford
This series of business tips is brought to you by Ken Stratford, the Sooke Chamber’s strategic advisor. Ken’s organization mentors and advises over 150 small business owners every year in all aspects of commerce, including business planning, marketing and growth.
Doing Well by Doing Good
One of the most encouraging developments in business in recent years has been the movement toward Social Enterprise. This term means that your small or big business agrees to do more than just pursue the profit margin by contributing in some way to the betterment of your community or the world. On the grand scale that means being Bill Gates, who gives away hundreds of million of dollars of Microsoft profits to the mission of eradicating malaria. In the case of small businesses such as we have in Sooke, it might mean contributing small amounts of cash or services in kind to the Food Bank or to agencies helping the homeless.
In addition to the feeling good about your commitment, there’s an expression is often used, ‘doing well by doing good’. It illustrates that once you have decided where to spend your time, money or skills in helping others, research shows that your customers and clients will respond to your initiative by patronizing your business.
Once you’ve embarked on a path to help your community via social enterprise, don’t be afraid to let your market (and media) know what you’re doing. This isn’t just about bragging, since you will be helping the agency or cause that you support to gain awareness which in turn increases contributions from others. Also don’t be afraid to invite your customers to join your commitment. It might be promoting local foods or locally made products, or it might be helping the Rotary Club in its worldwide mission to eliminate polio.
How much is too much? Your main responsibility is to yourself, your family and investors so don’t get carried away. I have generally earmarked about 5% of my company income or time to social enterprise. I found that if I didn’t set a goal, it was too easy to drift into doing more at the expense of the company.
It’s important to know that it makes a difference to your customers. In a recent study across Canada, 70% of people under 35 said that they would prefer to give their business to companies that demonstrated a social conscience.
Being socially aware doesn’t mean running your business down. It can do just the opposite. Anita Roddick, international businesswoman and human rights activist, became a multi millionaire in her global business: The Body Shop, offering skin products that were not tested on animals and supporting locally made goods produced in small African villages.
Here in Sooke a number of Chamber-member companies have made a commitment to social enterprise. Susan Nyikes at the Little Vienna Bakery commits a small percentage of coffee income to a local charity and on many community occasions she will contribute bakery products to a good cause. Dr. Tera Groff of Academy Dental, for one day each year joins her professional colleagues in offering free dental services to people who cannot afford important dental care. The Sooke 2 for 1 Pizza supports a wide range of community activities including Cops for Cancer, the Sooke Seahawks Football and the SEAPARC Teen drop-in program. There are literally dozens of other companies in Sooke making a difference every day. If you haven’t already done so, why not join them. Your motivation should be fairly obvious; you’ll attract loyal customers; if you hire staff, you’ll attract motivated employees, you’ll gain media attention and you’ll sleep well at night, knowing you are making a difference.
LITTLE VIENNA BAKERY'S PASTRY CHEF TAKES ON CHOPPED CANADA
Chopped Canada Season Two Competitor.
Little Vienna Bakery's very own pastry chef, Carol Christie from Sooke BC, is out to prove to Canada that a small town bakery chef can compete with the big city cooks. Entering the Chopped Canada kitchen to compete for a $10,000 grand prize and the Chopped Canada title. Way to put Sooke on the map Carol!
Airs Saturday, January 10th at 9 PM ET/PT on the food network channel. For more information, visit their website.
SOOKE REGION CHAMBER AGM
Saturday, December 6, 12:00 PM
Sooke Harbour House
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce encourages you to attend our Annual General Meeting on December 6 at Sooke Harbour House (Potlatch Room) starting at noon.
~ Open to the public ~
Refreshments will be served.
CHRISTMAS MIX & MINGLE
December 7, 2014 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Private home of newcomers to Sooke: Prem & Dee Chainani
Appetizer Potluck: Bring along your favorite appetizer to share with the group. Tea and coffee will be served.
Please call or email the Chamber office to RSVP and for the address by
"The Newcomers Club is a get-together for relatively new residents to the Sooke region (3 years or less) to meet with other newcomers as well as learn about our local community in the areas of history, recreation, volunteer opportunities, local amenities, services and businesses, along with other topical items that are important to the future of the community and its residents."
Meetings take place at various venues throughout the Sooke region, typically on a monthly basis with local guest speakers.
~All Sooke Newcomers are Invited~
2014 SOOKE SANTA PARADE!
Photo taken by ©Sooke Region Chamber.
Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Special THANK YOU! to all our wonderful volunteers and participants who were instrumental in contributing to the giant success of the 2014 Sooke Santa Parade!
Hosted by Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by District of Sooke and EPCOR Water Services.
Photos are posted on the Chamber website: Events Gallery.