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LOOK FOR BETTER BUY SOOKE DECALS & SHOP LOCAL FIRST!

Better Buy SookeSooke 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

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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. 
Program details:

  • 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
  • Available to BC Chamber members for $32 plus tax (rather than $40)To register an employer and/or employees, please contact Brad Blaisdell at 604.239.5523 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 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

Sooke Fine Arts Show 2014-logoMembers 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'

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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

MBBC-photo 640x256Mountain 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 CONTESTCommunities in Bloom-logo

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:

ACADEMY DENTAL
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
BONNIE JONES
CANADA POST SOOKE
CATHY’S CORNER CAFÉ
CHERRY LANE EQUINE
CHERYL’S ESTHETICS
CHEVRON
CIBC
COAST CAPITAL SAVINGS
DEMAMIEL CREEK GOLF COURSE
DFH REALTY SOOKE 
DISTRICT OF SOOKE
DOUBLE “D” GARDENS 
ELLEN’S SEWING SERVICE
EPCOR
JENKINS MARINE LTD.
JUAN DE FUCA SALMON ENHANCEMENT SOCIETY
LANNON CREEK PARK
LITTLE VIENNA BAKERY CAFÉ & MARKETPLACE
MAI MAI’S BISTRO
MARINER’S VILLAGE
MARCUS’ BISTRO & DINNER CLUB
MOM’S CAFÉ
PEMBERTON HOLMES LTD.
REFLEXOLOGY BY MARLENE BARRY
RE/MAX CAMOSUN WESTSIDE
RBC ROYAL BANK OF CANADA
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH #54
RUSH ADVENTURES
SASEENOS VETERINARY SERVICES
SEAFLORA LTD.
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 LAUNDRY 
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 U-BREW
SOOKE VOICE NEWS

SOUTH SHORE GALLERY

STICKLEBACK WEST COAST EATERY

STONE PIPE GRILL

SUDS & PUPS AUTO & K9 WASH
SUN HARBOUR DEVELOPMENT
SUNRIVER COMMUNITY GARDENS 
SUNRIVER ESTATES
TALE OF THE WHALE
THE STICK IN THE MUD
TD CANADA TRUST
THE LAZY GECKO EATERY
TRUE BOUTIQUE
T’SOU-KE NATION
VILLAGE FOOD MARKETS
WESTBURN GARDEN CENTRE
WESTCOAST COLLISION
WESTERN FOODS
WISKERS & WAGGS
WORKLINK EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY


SOOKE FALL FAIR COMPETITION

Sooke Fall Fair 153x200Display 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

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, providing a donation, sponsorship or 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: www.viepconference.ca

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JOIN US ~ CHAMBER BUSINESS MIXER

Thursday, July 31 ~ 5:00 to 7:00 pm
PEMBERTON HOLMES
2-6716 West Coast Road, Sooke BCPemberton Holmes-logo

Great Networking!
Appetizers & Beverages
Bring your brochures/rack & business cards
Enter to WIN the door prize!


HOST A CHAMBER BUSINESS MIXER !

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 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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NEWCOMERS CLUB LUNCHEON  

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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 i
n 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~

Please RSVP to the Chamber office by July 24th: 250-642-6112 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

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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

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 Board of Directors Recruitment

The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce invites members to join the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
Areas of expertise should align with our portfolios & committees.

Join us in building a strong community!

Call 250.642.6112 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

EXCLUSIVE MEMBER ADVERTISING

'Business Member Spotlight' Ad in the Sooke News Mirror: 
Dimensions are 10.5"x3.5" for this professional designed ad which includes Chamber member’s photo, logo, 75 words or less & contact info for $60.  Our member is boldly featured and the ad is bordered by Chamber info (upcoming events or important notices).

Sooke Chamber Website Banner Ad: 
Appears on most pages on our website, $90 for 3 months, designing of ad is included by our in-house professional designer.

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We want to know...

The Chamber is here to assist Sooke Region businesses...How can we help YOU?

Call 250.642.6112 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CHAMBER PLAN NEWS

To all current Chambers Plan firms who sign up for their payroll services, Payworks will waive the $250 set up charge.  Payworks is a winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies program and they deliver world-class personalized service and a user-friendly payroll product at an affordable price.

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Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce  201 - 2015 Shields Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 0E4   Office: 250.642.6112  
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Web: sookeregionchamber.com    Social: @sookechamber