LOOK FOR BETTER BUY SOOKE DECALS & SHOP LOCAL FIRST!
Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce has recently launched the ‘Better Buy Sooke’ campaign. ‘Better Buy Sooke’ decals have been distributed to Chamber members to proudly display in their shop windows and/or on their work trucks. The Chamber has also been actively placing educational information through local media, direct mail-outs and via social media platforms to help both residents and businesses in Sooke understand why it is so important to shop local.
The ‘Better Buy Sooke’ campaign has created quite a buzz and there is growing support from both residents and businesses in Sooke to increase the amount of money they spend with local merchants.
ACCESSIBLE TAXI SERVICE - BOB'S SOOKE HARBOUR TAXI
As of November 1, 2013, B.C. businesses have new obligations under the Workers Compensation Act (Bill 14) to take action to prevent bullying and harassment in the workplace. The grace period for implementing a compliant program ended February 1, 2014.
Your Obligations: To comply, all B.C. business owners and workers need to complete anti-bullying and anti-harassment policy and procedures training around reporting and investigation, as well as to be trained to recognize and respond to this issue.
Course Requirement: As part of the legislation, all B.C. business owners and workers need to be trained to recognize, respond and report bullying and harassment.
Exclusive Savings for Chamber Members: The BC Chamber has partnered with Respect Group Inc. to provide Chamber members access to a compliant online course at a discounted price.
- Online learning program and compliance tool featuring a 90-minute self-guided program
- With testing and certification, this program enables your organization to demonstrate compliance
- To access your discount, please quote your Chamber code: (Chamber members only: contact Chamber office)
- Visit http://respectintheworkplace.com/ for more information about the program
As a member of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, your business qualifies for this program through your membership with the BC Chamber of Commerce. Please share this information with the appropriate person or department within your organization.
We hope this information will assist you in complying with these new requirements.
2014 SOOKE FINE ARTS SHOW - July 25 to Aug. 4 at SEAPARC in Sooke BC
Members are welcome to provide their rack cards at the information booth. These can be dropped off at the Seaparc any time during the week of July 2lst.
The show opens to the public on the 25th with 'Purchaser Preview' night on the 24th.
The Sooke Fine Arts Show is always happy to promote Sooke business.
2014 Sooke Fine Arts Show runs from July 25 to August 4 at Seaparc.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS! 'A SEA OF BLOOM + INSPIRE HOME DECOR & FURNISHINGS'
Chamber member Karen Stones has opened her new location, updated and re-designed to blend both businesses: A Sea of Bloom + Inspire Home Décor & Furnishings. Stop in their beautiful new central location at 2052 Otter Point Road (previously Sugar n Spice) and shop local first!
MOUNTAIN BIKING BC OFFERS FREE BUSINESS LISTING TO ‘BIKE FRIENDLY’ BUSINESSES
Mountain Biking BC wants to know what type of amenities your business provides to the mountain biking community. Membership is maintained by the District of Sooke and listings are posted at no charge for 'bike friendly' businesses. 'Bike friendly' businesses in Sooke would benefit by attracting visitors from this huge community to the Sooke region. Mountain Biking BC needs your help identifying businesses to be included on their site. Register today!
COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM ~ BUSINESS BEAUTIFICATION CONTEST
The judges have been and gone for the Communities in Bloom Business Beautification Contest!
This program is geared to encourage and inspire communities to celebrate their uniqueness, fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement. Participating local businesses are doing their part to help our community look its best.
Businesses were recognized for their participation during the Communities in Bloom Judges Welcome and Awards night on July 22, 2014 at the Sooke Harbour House and are as follows:
A SEA OF BLOOM + INSPIRE HOME DÉCOR & FURNISHINGS
B & K JEWELLERS & GIFTS
BARB’S BARBER SHOP
BARKING DOG STUDIO
BEST WESTERN PREMIER PRESTIGE OCEANFRONT RESORT
CANADA POST SOOKE
CATHY’S CORNER CAFÉ
CHERRY LANE EQUINE
COAST CAPITAL SAVINGS
DEMAMIEL CREEK GOLF COURSE
DFH REALTY SOOKE
DISTRICT OF SOOKE
DOUBLE “D” GARDENS
ELLEN’S SEWING SERVICE
JENKINS MARINE LTD.
JUAN DE FUCA SALMON ENHANCEMENT SOCIETY
LANNON CREEK PARK
LITTLE VIENNA BAKERY CAFÉ & MARKETPLACE
MAI MAI’S BISTRO
MARCUS’ BISTRO & DINNER CLUB
PEMBERTON HOLMES LTD.
REFLEXOLOGY BY MARLENE BARRY
RE/MAX CAMOSUN WESTSIDE
RBC ROYAL BANK OF CANADA
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH #54
SASEENOS VETERINARY SERVICES
SEAPARC LEISURE COMPLEX
SHOPPERS DRUG MART
SOOKE BOTTLE DEPOT
SOOKE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
SOOKE RIVER CAMPGROUND (THE FLATS)
SOOKE ELDERLY CITIZENS HOUSING SOCIETY
SOOKE FAX & COPY CENTRE
SOOKE FINE ART GALLERY
SOOKE FINE ARTS SOCIETY
SOOKE FLOWER HOUSE
SOOKE GLASS LTD.
SOOKE GOODLIFE WELLNESS CENTRE
SOOKE HARBOUR HOUSE
SOOKE HARBOUR RESORT & MARINA
SOOKE HOME HARDWARE
SOOKE NEWS MIRROR
SOOKE PROFESSIONAL CENTRE
SOOKE REGION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
SOOKE REGION MUSEUM & VISITOR CENTRE
SOOKE SENIORS DIAMOND JUBILEE HOUSING SOCIETY
SOOKE SHELL PACEMART
SOOKE VOICE NEWS
SOUTH SHORE GALLERY
STICKLEBACK WEST COAST EATERY
STONE PIPE GRILL
SUDS & PUPS AUTO & K9 WASH
SUN HARBOUR DEVELOPMENT
SUNRIVER COMMUNITY GARDENS
TALE OF THE WHALE
THE STICK IN THE MUD
TD CANADA TRUST
THE LAZY GECKO EATERY
VILLAGE FOOD MARKETS
WESTBURN GARDEN CENTRE
WISKERS & WAGGS
WORKLINK EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY
SOOKE FALL FAIR COMPETITION
Display your Best Sooke Merchant Spirit and build on your Communities in Bloom display for the annual Sooke Fall Fair competition! Trophy & Rosette will be awarded for the window or in-store display promoting the Sooke Fall Fair. Consideration will be given to originality and use of the theme ‘Sooke Fall Fair Celebrates Family Farms’. Submit entries to Sooke Fall Fair, Box 291, Sooke, BC, V9Z 0S9. Deadline for entries is Friday, August 22, 2014.
Judging will take place on Friday and Saturday, August 29 and 30, 2014.
VANCOUVER ISLAND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CONFERENCE - APRIL 24/26, 2015
JOIN US ~ CHAMBER BUSINESS MIXER
Thursday, July 31 ~ 5:00 to 7:00 pm
2-6716 West Coast Road, Sooke BC
Appetizers & Beverages
Bring your brochures/rack & business cards
Enter to WIN the door prize!
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
Chamber Business Mixer
Call 250-642-6112 or
NEWCOMERS CLUB LUNCHEON
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 1:00 pm
~Mai Mai’s Bistro~
6676 Sooke Road in town center Sooke, BC
$10 Sushi Lunch Combo
"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 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."
~All newcomers to the community are invited~
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
DeMamiel Creek Golf Course
6518 Throup Road, Sooke, BC
BBQ Lunch at Noon
Shotgun start at 1:00 pm
Gourmet BBQ Dinner to follow