WELCOME NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS!
The Chamber would like to welcome our newest Chamber members:
THE COTTAGE AT SEAWARD
Only ten minutes away from Sooke with beach access, this newly constructed oceanfront cottage offers a number of impressive extras: floor to ceiling windows on the south wall overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains, a unique wooden ceiling using Sitka spruce from the property, radiant in-floor heating under slate tiles, an extra-large loft bedroom with a king-sized bed, a second bedroom with a queen-sized bed and a separate entrance.
Guests have easy access to two secluded beaches, a private beach house, gardens, forest trails and open sea views along 1400 feet of wild oceanfront.
Perfect for a honeymooning couple as well as a small family. The Cottage was designed by Jim Merrill and built by Paul Clarkson. The Cottage gardens were designed and developed by Spindrift Garden Designs.
SOOKE POCKET NEWS
FREE ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY WITH SOOKE POCKETNEWS
Sooke PocketNews is an online news source that focuses specifically on what's happening in Sooke, right now. Real news, no paper.
As a start-up only four months old, Sooke PocketNews is primarily focused on building readership engagement.
"Our readership numbers are great," said Britt Santowski, sole owner and operator of Sooke PocketNews, "and I'm working hard to make them even better. And before Sooke PocketNews begins to charge for ads, I want to ensure that businesses get the right ad type, the right placement, and the traffic reach they deserve."
To that end, Sooke PocketNews is offering free advertisements to local businesses until June 15.
"We will monitor views and hits, play with ad types, and adjust placements during this growth period," said Santowski. "Paying for ads that don't get seen is just throwing good money away. As an online source, we can provide actual feedback of how many times an ad has been viewed."
Sooke PocketNews offers a variety of ads, which can be seen online, on their Advertising page.
CHAMBER NEW MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES
SOOKE FEATURED IN VANCOUVER ISLAND VISITOR MAGAZINE
The Chamber Marketing Committee recently coordinated a multi-page feature on Sooke in the 2015 edition of Vancouver Island Visitor Magazine. Over 20 businesses in Sooke participated; many of them Chamber members taking advantage of the great Chamber discounted rates.
The 2015 edition of Vancouver Island Visitor will be available on shelves and online the May long weekend. Make sure you pick up your copy at the Chamber office or check it out online to see how our community and businesses are being promoted as a must visit destination at www.islandvisitor.ca.
NEW CHAMBER MARKETING EMAIL ADDRESS
DISTRICT OF SOOKE 2015 STRATEGIC PLAN
The District of Sooke Council approved their 2015 Strategic Plan at the meeting held on April 13, 2015. The role of the Strategic Plan is to guide all municipal processes within the District of Sooke over the next 4 years based on five fundamental principles: fiscal sustainability, excellence in management and governance, streamlining community planning, promoting economic prosperity and enhancing community livability. The Strategic Plan is the result of a Council and staff workshop with Paragon Strategic Services Ltd. held on February 13, 2015 and a series of meetings to develop objectives for the work plan.
The goal of the District of Sooke corporate strategic planning process is to identify and document the priorities of the Corporation for the term of Council, and to lay the foundation and internal structures for the development of detailed longer-term work plans.
The 2015 Strategic Plan is now available on the District of Sooke website at sooke.ca.
SRVC MAY WORKSHOPS
Marketing, Promotion and Communications
Sooke Region Volunteer Centre (SRVC) and Saseenos Communications are pleased to support local small businesses and non-profit groups with new training opportunities. Workshops in May are open to Sooke and area volunteers, small business owners and non-profit organizations.
Marketing, Promotion & Communications will provide you with some new tips and tricks. Originally scheduled for April, the workshops will be held over two Saturday mornings, May 9 and 16 (9:30- noon each Saturday) and will help build awareness of events, attract new members and raise revenue through donations or grants.
Participants can discuss their communications challenges, learn how marketing, promotion and communications can benefit their organization in today’s rapidly changing communications environment and receive hands-on help in developing a strategy. They will also receive feedback and discuss getting the message out, social media and no-cost and low-cost techniques. Participants will take away additional resources including handouts, templates and further reading list and be able to sign up for one-on-one structured feedback at a later date to polish their final product.
This workshop is free for SRVC members and $10.00 for non-members.
EMCS~FORMING COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Edward Milne Community School is currently in the middle of their full time TASK (Trades and Skills Knowledge) program at EMCS. Students are gaining basic skills in the Trades via a dual credit course with Camosun College. One of the requirements of the course is that they gain worksite experience in the area they have been inspired by (carpentry, joinery, electrical, welding, drywall, plumbing, automotive, landscaping etc.) That is where community partnerships play a vital role.
Many employers value the opportunity to provide leadership, pass on their knowledge and skills to help in preparing tomorrow’s employees and the community’s future work force. Employers also value having access to capable and motivated students for temporary opportunities at no salary cost. There are opportunities for those students already working as a paid employee to gain credit towards graduation as well.
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS GALA
ROTARY AUCTION & SPRING FAIR
May 2, 2015
Photo by Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Vice-President Terry Cristall with our Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce display at the Annual Rotary Auction & Spring Fair exhibiting our most recent initiatives. The fair provided us with the opportunity to talk about advocacy, economic development, group insurance plans, leadership, referrals, special events and influencing public policy.
Two tickets to our 13th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament and Dinner on September 17, 2015 were drawn. Congratulations Corrine Labelle, our lucky winner!
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