WELCOME NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS
The Chamber wishes to welcome our newest members who joined during the month of November:
WEST COAST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE RENTALS
We'll Get You "INTO" Nature
On a fast and stable foot powered Hobie kayak, you can photograph the abundant wildlife with ease, explore the spectacular coastline or maybe catch a salmon for supper! For the more adventurous, you can do all of above on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP).
With qualified instruction, even 1st timers will be confidently gliding along the water - and peering down into the clear waters at a world full of wonder and surprises. The more experienced can take on the surf waves that frequent our rugged outer coastline!
Their bikes are ideally suited for the famous 56km 'Galloping Goose' converted railway trail, but also able to take on some of the challenging terrain that BC is known the world over for!
SECURE KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT INC.
We are your partners in protection...your organization's most valuable asset ~ knowledge.
Secure Knowledge Management helps their customers protect valuable knowledge and avoid the risk of damage to the organization's professional reputation by identifying and treating threats and vulnerabilities to the organization’s most valuable asset - knowledge.
REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE - POSITION LETTER
Recently, the Greater Victoria Development Agency (GVDA) proposed the creation of a regional economic development strategy with the overarching goal of diversifying and strengthening the economy of Southern Vancouver Island. Our Chamber president attended several of the monthly Mayors' luncheons where this proposed partnership between the region's thirteen municipalities was discussed and has spoken with several members of the GVDA Board of Directors since then.
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is broadly supportive of all economic development activities that are likely to benefit our community. We consider this regional initiative an excellent compliment... MORE
KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE - SHADOW WEST SECURITY
Every year for the past four years, Chamber member David Babbage of Shadow West Security volunteers his time to provide a safe and secure environment for our annual Sooke Santa Parade, leading the charge for traffic control to ensure the safety of everyone. He is committed to protecting your interests to help make Sooke a safer place to be; all in support of our community. We appreciate you and your continued services very much David ~ A BIG Thank you from the Chamber!
Shadow West Security, has proudly been protecting clients in our community for almost 10 years. Available and highly qualified to accept contracts to protect all types of Sooke businesses as well as residential customers, please give them a call anytime at 250-514-1196.
Shadow West Security proudly supports local businesses and giving back to our community.
LEARNING ON THE EDGE IN SOOKE - CONTINUING STUDIES IN SOOKE
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Royal Roads University-Continuing Studies, the Sooke & Port Renfrew Libraries, EMCS Society, SD #62 and SEAPARC Leisure Complex have joined together as THE SOOKE REGION LEARNING COLLABORATIVE and has established a program entitled ‘Learning on the Edge in Sooke’ for continuing education and general interest studies. We established this program to provide additional learning opportunities in Sooke without having to leave our community. The poster below lists the initial offerings with more to come. To register and for more information, please follow the link from the main page of our website.
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.
Why You Need Entrepreneurship Education
WAIT, STOP; I know. You’ve heard it all before as to how training in business is so important. But hey! you’re too busy to find the time to take online courses or attend seminars.
But the world of small business is changing at a phenomenal rate. How much do you really know about the role of social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) in marketing your product or service? Are you really up to date about the rights of your employees and customers? It’s very much a case of what you don’t know can hurt you.
Your Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is committed to promoting small business members... MORE
BUSINESS EXAMINER - 2015 VANCOUVER ISLAND BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS
On January 21, 2016, Business Examiner Victoria and Business Examiner Vancouver Island will host the 16th Annual BE Awards in Nanaimo. The prestigious awards celebrate the achievements of almost every industry from Victoria to Port Hardy, and from Nanaimo to Tofino in various categories.
If you would like to nominate your business or another’s please click the following links. Deadline for nominations is December 15th, 2015.
Get Youth Working! Program has received NEW funding and is now available in your region of BC. This Program, funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund, offers employers in specified regions a $2,800 hiring incentive to hire eligible youth 15 to 29 years of age. Additionally, employers may request up to $1,000 to purchase training for the newly hired youth. The Program is open to all employers and youth if they meet the following eligibility criteria:
Eligible regions: Cariboo, Kootenay, North Coast and Nechako, Northeast, Thompson-Okanagan, and Vancouver Island/Coast
NEW HIRE Criteria:
For more information, please click Get Youth Working Program Flyer.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 ~ 6:00 PM
In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, the nomination process for members to serve on the 2016 Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is now closed. This two-year term commences after being sworn in at our 2015 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort in the Harbour View Room.
We are very pleased to announce the following Chamber members who have been nominated to join our 2016 Board of Directors:
We are also thrilled to accept the return of the following Chamber Directors who will be continuing their term into 2016:
Please click on the following links in relation to our 2015 Annual General Meeting:
~ We look forward to your attendance. ~
2015 SOOKE SANTA PARADE
Santa Claus arriving Sooke style! ~ Courtesy of Silver Streak Boats.
On November 29th at 5:00 PM, the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce hosted our annual Sooke Santa Parade which was sponsored in part by EPCOR Water Services. Our Sooke Santa Parade had a record number of participants this year with over 1,000 people in attendance! A big THANK YOU! to all the wonderful businesses and organizations who participated and all those in attendance!
Special thanks to David Babbage of Shadow West Security and Sooke RCMP for traffic control and all our helpful volunteers from the following businesses/organizations:
For a full list of participants in the 2015 Sooke Santa Parade CLICK HERE
The parade was moved to evening this year to showcase the many improvements in our town core and to facilitate magical 'Tree Lighting' ceremony performed by Acting Mayor Kevin Pearson and District of Sooke Council concluding the event at the Royal Canadian Legion.
SOOKE NEWCOMERS CLUB
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