Great News! As another added benefit to being a member of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, which includes membership with the BC Chamber of Commerce, we are excited to announce, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the BC Chamber have joined forces to form a larger 'Chamber Network' to provide an enhanced membership for local Chambers. With all three levels of the chamber network working together, our members will benefit through increased business advocacy provincially and business cost reductions through additional cost saving benefit programs negotiated through the Network on a regular basis. Your current membership with the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce will automatically include access to all tiers of Benefit Programs with preferred member rates.

BC Chamber Benefits Flyer

*Please call the Chamber office to obtain the necessary forms to apply to receive the benefits relevant to your business.



According to Statistics Canada 2009, the average British Columbian family spends $2,455 per year for health expenses.  Keep in mind, many have extended health and dental benefits which can quite easily reduce this reported average. 

The Chambers Plan offers comprehensive prescription drug coverage (typically with an 80% co-insurance), paramedical practitioner services (physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage, etc.), vision care, emergency travel insurance and covers medical equipment and supplies for members and their families.

Chambers Plan dental options cover basic, endodontic, periodontal, major and orthodontic services with major services available to firms with as few as three employees. Orthodontic coverage is available to firms of 10 or more employees.

For a comprehensive extended health and dental plan, a single person can get benefits for under $100/month, a couple (or single parent with children) for approximately $160/month and for a family $200/month.

Included in every plan is term life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment and “Best Doctors” which connects patients and their treating physicians with world renowned specialists to confirm diagnosis and correct treatment plans. This allows you and your physician to choose the most appropriate next steps.

Included in every plan, for the business owner, is the Business Assistance Service which provides up to six hours of legal, accounting and specialized human resource services combined, per calendar year.

Other benefits available are the “Employee Assistance Program” (providing 12 hours of counselling per calendar year), critical illness insurance and disability coverage.

Chambers Plan has been providing businesses with 1 to 50 employees health insurance since 1970, offering flexible benefit plans to employees and their families, at rates usually enjoyed by larger firms.

Chambers Plan is a not-for-profit pooled benefit plan, meaning insurance premiums are based on the average of claims across all participants. When your claims are bundled together, costs stay manageable and predictable without any one firm ever being singled out for an increase.

For more information please contact our dedicated benefits specialist:

Karen Mason, CFP, CLU, CHS
6689 Sooke Rd, Sooke, BC
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The Chamber would like to welcome our new Chamber member:


Quality Marine Repair/Fabrication & Custom Built Boats since 1968

2019 Kaltasin Rd, Sooke, BC
Phone: (250) 479-2244 | E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. |

John Jenkins - Jenkins Marine LtdPhoto credit to

Jenkins Marine LTD has Expanded to Sooke!

After 50 years of excellent service in the Greater Victoria area, we are proud to announce our expansion our services in Sooke. We consider this part of a growth process of service. Our goal is to offer all that a boater would need or want in boating services and specialties.

Since the beginning, John built his company from the ground up on the notion that: "A Satisfied Customer is a Repeat Customer."  And we plan to keep generations of satisfied customers coming to Jenkins Marine LTD for years to come.

Jenkins Marine is a custom boat building, repair, and refit operation. We offer a variety of services such as: welding and fabrication, wood repairs and refinishing, fiberglass work, electrical work, painting services, & much more.

Our locations in Victoria and in Sooke are able to serve your commercial needs as well as your pleasure craft needs.

Come and see us to learn how we can help you with all of your marine needs.
~Brian Kelly


Latest 'Business Member Spotlight' Ad in the Sooke News Mirror:

'BUSINESS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT' Ad Sooke News Mirror, January 28th Edition, page 2Barking Dog Studio - SNM January 28 Edition



Sooke Emergency Program, supported by the Vancouver Island Emergency Program Society, presents the 2015 Vancouver Island Emergency Preparedness Conference.  This weekend long event will take place at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort April 24th, 25th & 26th, 2015.  Take advantage of this unique marketing opportunity by reserving a booth, donation, sponsorship or by supplying a door prize.  Contact Jan Stope by phone: 250-642-5422, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., fax: 250-642-3840 or mail to: c/o 2225 Otter Point Road, Sooke BC V9Z 1J2.  For more information, visit their website:

BUSINESS TIPS, by Ken Stratford

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.

Every Business Needs a Periodic Check-Up 

When you started in business you had a very clear idea of what you wanted to accomplish - and where you saw your business going in the coming years. (You did have a business plan didn’t you?) As an optimist you pictured your business as growing, financially healthy and meeting its goals.

From time to time it’s a good idea to revisit that original dream, looking at your business health as you would your own personal health and there are business equivalents to taking your blood pressure and checking on your weight.

To stay with the metaphor, there are a number of questions you need to ask of yourbusiness to determine if it’s overweight and out of shape.

A great exercise is to go back to your original goals. Make a list of 5-6 original objectives and then ask yourself honestly how you would rate your performance on each issue on a scale of 1-10.

Specific Goals:

  • We wanted to be seen as better than our competitors on price and service.
  • We planned to repay our initial startup loan in 3 years
  • We wanted to be seen as a great employer so that good employees would seek us out to come and work for us.
  • We wanted to make a social commitment as good citizens by supporting community initiatives which would in turn bring the added benefit of more business.

Most business owners don’t do enough self-examination, being too busy with the everyday challenges of running a business. But just as with your personal health, where you might regret it as you get older if you didn’t take the time to check on your own, diet, fitness and overall health.


Get in the habit of taking the time, on a regular basis, to ask yourself why you wanted to own your own business, what you expected to achieve from it, how large you wanted the business to be, how much profit you hoped to make, and then give some honest evaluation as to how well you did. Bring into the debate, someone you trust to provide objectivity.


Every owner started with a goal; a reason for wanting to open a business. And if you lose track of that goal you may find yourself with a company that has failed to provide you with what you wanted to achieve.


Broad Concept questions:


"Do I look forward to going to work?”


If you're not enjoying what you're doing, it’s time to take whatever corrective action is necessary to resolve the problem.


"Does my business determine who I am?" 


As an owner, you should be running the business rather than having the business run you.


"Has the business given me the kind of financial rewards I’d hope for?" 


If your answer to this question is "No," you have to determine if your market, and your business skill, is capable of delivering that kind of financial success - even if you reorganized the operation.


"How and when and with what benefits will I get out?" 


It's never too early for a successful owner to start thinking about an exit strategy. And since the overall goal of every owner is to get out of the business healthy, wealthy, and satisfied so they can enjoy the future, asking yourself this question will remind you of what you have to do to make sure that happens.


Here in Sooke we live in one of the world’s most beautiful locations. Maybe the next stage of your life is to enjoy the wonders of nature all around you. Maybe it’s to start a new venture. Whatever the goal, you’re going to need an exit strategy to make it come true.


The bottom line is that owners do what they do for a variety of reasons such as independence, financial rewards, and the thrill of creating success. And if you stop every once in a while to do a check-up and ask yourself if that's what your business is providing you, you're much more likely to achieve it.

Call for Nominations

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Please Cast Your Vote for 
Your Favourite Sooke Region Businesses

All businesses in the Sooke region (Saseenos to Port Renfrew) are eligible for awards, whether they are a Chamber member or not. Only one business can be nominated per category and a reason for nominating MUST be provided on the form. Nominations will be judged and winners chosen by an impartial panel of community members not affiliated with the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:  During the evening of the gala, one special Business Excellence Nominee will be awarded the People’s Choice Award, voted upon by their business peers and esteemed guests in attendance.  The winner is acknowledged as THE favourite amongst Sooke’s business community.  The People’s Choice is an honour and a well-deserved recognition to the recipient.

Nomination forms are available online on the Chamber webpage.

Drop-boxes with forms are located at: 
Western Foods & Village Food Markets in Sooke BC

Nomination forms can also be emailed directly to the Chamber office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or dropped off at #201-2015 Shields Road, Sooke BC.

Deadline to submit Nomination forms is
*March 2, 2015.


Promote your business by sponsoring a Business Excellence Award!  For only $250, your business name will be engraved as a sponsor on one of the ten trophies to be presented by you in front of your peers on the evening of the gala to the chosen recipient. Sponsorship includes a ticket to the event. Limited availability ~ Act now!

Showcase Your Business!

The Chamber is now graciously accepting donations of silent and live auction items from business owners.  Please include your business card, rack card or brochure with your donation to further promote your business.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

As one of Sooke’s premier events of the year, everyone is invited to attend the Chamber’s Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala which will be held in the ballroom on Saturday April 11th at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort. 

The event starts at 5:30 pm with a cocktail reception and appetizers, followed at 6:30 pm by a gourmet carvery roast beef and wild salmon dinner with all the trimmings including decadent desserts. The awards ceremony begins at 7:00 pm. There will be a fully stocked cash bar available. 

Attire is formal to jeans ~ Everyone is welcome!

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Chamber office: 250.642.6112, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via PayPal on the Chamber website.

Join us in celebrating Sooke’s best-of-the-best businesses at this award winning annual event!

Saturday April 11, 2015
Prestige Oceanfront Resort
6929 West Coast Road, Sooke BC

5:30 pm Cocktail Reception with Cash Bar
6:30 pm Gourmet Dinner in the Ballroom
7:00 pm Awards Ceremony

$55 per person|$100 per couple|$500 table of ten

Advance ticket sales only, available until 
*Friday March 27, 2015.


Chamber employee benefits members are now able to use their direct pay card for services such as physiotherapy, chiropractic, registered massage therapy, acupuncture and naturopath treatments.    Direct pay means that you are not out-of-pocket waiting for reimbursement by the insurer and instead only pay the co-payment amount if applicable (usually 20%).  The rest is taken care of for you up to your plan limits.  If your health care professionals are not on the direct pay program, ask them to sign up.  It saves both time and money!








Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 5 pm to 7 pm

~Royal Canadian Legion Branch 54 Sooke~
6726 Eustace Road, Sooke BC
Guest Speaker:  RCMP Staff Sergeant Jeff McArthur

Donation: $10 per person (non-members & guests)
*FREE ENTRY & APPIES for Chamber Members!

Cash Bar

Great Networking!
Bring your brochures/rack & business cards

Requested by Sooke Chamber members and newcomers, this combined event offers the rare opportunity for both groups to mix and mingle. Attract new clients or learn more about our business community in a social atmosphere.

 All Sooke region businesses and newcomers to our community are welcome to attend.

*To attend, EVERYONE must RSVP to the Chamber office by
FEBRUARY 26, 2015 
250-642-6112 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Chamber Business Mixer

Hosting a Chamber Business Mixer is a prime opportunity to promote your business to a captive audience while displaying firsthand the quality of your product, service and facility.  

Learn more about the benefits of hosting a 
Chamber Business Mixer 
Call 250-642-6112 or 
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Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce  201 - 2015 Shields Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 0E4   Office: 250.642.6112  
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