BETTER BUY SOOKE DECALS - 2015 MEMBER
WELCOME NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS!
The Chamber would like to welcome our newest Chamber members:
ARBONNE INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT
Pure. Safe. Beneficial.
Arbonne's botanically-based products utilize the best of what nature has to offer, to improve your health, your energy, your appearance, and your sense of well-being. Their world-class products, crafted with integrity, expertise, and innovation, are formulated to be highly effective, and free from harmful ingredients.
Deep Tissue & Swedish Massage
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CloverCare Massage offers mobile & in-studio treatments.
STAR MOBILE AESTHETICS
Spa treatments done in the comfort of your home
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Manicures, pedicures, waxing, threading, tinting, body treatments, facials and ear piercing done in the comfort of your home.
NEXUS ELECTRIC INC.
Nexus Electric Inc. is a full service electrical contractor based in Sooke.
BUSINESS EXAMINER VICTORIA ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY
APRIL ISSUE AD SPECIAL: SAVE up to $400
Showcase your company and services to over 34,000 readers including business owners, decision makers and influencers.
Full Page Ad or Ad/article combo (9.8” W x 13.4” H): $995 - SAVE $400 (Reg. $1,395)
Half page ad or Ad/article combo (9.8” W x 6.2” H): $550 - SAVE $330 (Reg. $880)
Distribution: 10,400 copies (Victoria to Duncan, Saanich Peninsula to Sooke).
If you are interested in an ad/article combo please contact Thom Klos directly to book your space ASAP so he can coordinate the interview process with their writer in order to meet the applicable deadline.
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. www.kenstratford.com
Where Will You Find The Next Great Idea?
Personal and professional development is vital to business success, but it seems to be the thing that is most easily neglected in the grand scheme of life’s demands, especially by small business owner-managers.
Why not make this the year that you commit to improvement for your business? There are many creative ways to bring professional development into your busy schedule, and the more that you do, the more you’ll boost your creativity, your perspective, your skill and your confidence. If you do, you’ll easily reap the benefits. Here are a few ideas.
Conferences – Chances are, there are conferences in your industry every year. Connecting with other people in your industry, hearing about progress and new developments, and being challenged by great speakers, can boost your development as a person along with your business. Look for ones that are close to home to keep down the costs of travel. If the event is in Victoria, your costs of attendance are very low. Even if it’s in Vancouver, you might be able to bunk in with a friend or business colleague.
Seminars and Workshops – the next time a flyer about a workshop or seminar crosses your desk, review the contents and see whether anything appeals to you (or what you think would be valuable for you to learn). If a majority of the content appears worthwhile, give yourself permission to take a day and attend. What you learn will give you a fresh perspective on what’s going on in your business, as well as the opportunity to network with others, which can be a great marketing by-product. Again, look for the ones that are close to home.
Training Videos Online –You can view them on your personal time, or don’t feel guilty about taking the time to watch them during the workday. And while there’s a lot of garbage online, use your judgement skills to pick the good ones. Thanks to YouTube, there are literally thousands to choose from and you can watch them over and over. You’ll be surprised at how many different things you notice each time you view them depending on what’s going on in your business at the time. To be truly inspired, check out TED talks. www.Ted.com
Focus or Peer Groups – gather together a group of people you know in other businesses and form a focus group whose purpose is professional development. I was part of a group like this several years ago and we met every second Wednesday over a sandwich lunch in the Chamber office. Because we came together from different industries, the topics were usually focused on the challenges faced by entrepreneurs in general but It was useful to have a specific development activity each time, and to meet with others who were facing the same challenges.
Books and tutorials – another practical way to build development into your business is to read books and to use tutorials. Look for special deals on Amazon and find a business book that interests you – it may be an industry-specific book or a more general one where you will apply principles to your business – and commit to reading it by a certain date (because we all know that if you don’t, it will still be sitting on your bookshelf, unread, six months from now!).
There’s really no excuse for not committing to development in the coming year. Set a goal for how many development days you’d like to build in, and then schedule your time accordingly. Whether you take a few days to listen to a high achiever share how he or she built their company, or attend a seminar to learn how to improve some aspect of your work, you’ll benefit greatly from that commitment. So will your business.
Owning a business out here in Sooke at the ‘end of the road’ can easily lead to becoming isolated from changes, developments and new ideas in the business world. Make the effort to ensure that this doesn’t become the norm for you.
2015 VANCOUVER ISLAND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CONFERENCE - April 2015
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Nominations have been submitted for Favourite Sooke Region Businesses
Stay tuned for a complete list of nominees soon to be available on our website and announced in the March 18th edition of the Sooke News Mirror
All businesses in the Sooke region (Saseenos to Port Renfrew) are eligible for awards, whether they are a Chamber member or not. Nominations have been judged and award recipiants chosen by an impartial panel of community members not affiliated with the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce.
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 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.
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS GALA
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN BUSINESS AFTERNOON TEA
The first annual Women in Business Tea, presented by the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, was a smashing success. Local businesswomen and guests gathered on International Women’s Day to celebrate their business achievements over a scrumptious afternoon tea service in the idyllic sunshine laden dining room of the Sooke Harbour House. Hats and fascinators were donned, new business relationships were formed, and all were inspired by the words of Her Worship, Mayor Maja Tait. Special thanks to our sponsors: Sooke Harbour House, S.D. Robb and Associates, A Sea of Bloom, Sooke River Hotel Cold Beer & Wine Store, Star Mobile Aesthetics, Jackie Tabone from Steeped Tea, and Marg Elliot who graciously donated most of the take away teacups and the Isagenix chocolate treats.
BUSINESS MIXER &
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 5 pm to 7 pm
~Royal Canadian Legion Branch 54 Sooke~
Our event was a great success with over 40 people in attendance. Many great relationships were formed with people in business and newcomers to Sooke.
Many thanks to our excellent hosts:
With a special thank you to our guest speaker
RCMP Staff Sergeant
who gave a lively, interesting and informative presentation to our guests followed by Q&A period.
HOST A 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
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