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WE NEED YOUR INPUT FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS

As part of a 10 year plan for future transportation improvements being developed by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Chamber President Michael Nyikes will be meeting with the provincial government's parliamentary staff to discuss transportation ideas and needs to, from and within the Sooke region. The Chamber would welcome any comments or concerns from both the business and resident community prior to Tuesday, September 2nd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


WELCOME NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS!!

The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome two of our newest members:

MOM'S CAFÉ - 2036 Shields Road

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$3.3M INVESTMENT HELPS INTEGRATE SKILLED NEWCOMERS INTO B.C.'S WORKFORCE

More skilled immigrants will be able to have their professional qualifications recognized in B.C. with the renewal of the Foreign Qualifications Recognition (FQR) funding agreement between the federal government and the Province of British Columbia.

Under this agreement, federal funding of $3.3 million over three years will help speed up and improve the process for recognizing the foreign credentials and qualifications of immigrants in B.C. With over 280 regulated occupations in the province of British Columbia and approximately 38,000 newcomers to B.C. each year, a fair, efficient process for immigrants to get their certification and/or license to work in these occupations is essential to meeting B.C.'s labour-market requirements.

The federal government in co-ordination with all provinces and territories recently announced 10 additional priority occupations that are part of a national framework to streamline foreign credential recognition. Service standards for priority occupations are established so that internationally trained professionals can have their qualifications assessed within one year, anywhere in Canada. 


2015 VANCOUVER ISLAND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CONFERENCE - April 2015

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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, donation, sponsorship or by supplying a 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.


AUGUST IS STAYCATION MONTH

Muir Creek, photo taken by Aline Doiron

The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce wishes to promote a B.C. government campaign encouraging British Columbians to take a vacation close to home. The Province officially declared August "Staycation Month" in B.C.

As part of the campaign, the government has released two videos that highlight exceptional tourist experiences British Columbians can find in their own backyards.

To view the staycation videos, please click the links below:
http://youtu.be/PXfYgbp73m4 
http://youtu.be/WGRUfhDbWnM 

Tourism is an important economic driver in British Columbia and is one of the eight key sectors in the BC Jobs Plan. In 2011, the tourism sector generated revenues of $13.4 billion and employed 127,000 British Columbians, almost 1 in every 15 jobs in B.C. The industry supports businesses of all sizes - with approximately 18,000 tourism-related businesses in B.C.


EXCLUSIVE MEMBER ADVERTIZING OPPORTUNITIES

'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).

'BUSINESS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT' Ad in the Sooke News Mirror, July 30th Edition, page B1Clearpath Acupuncture SNM Ad

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.Sooke Philharmonic Ad


CHAMBER EVENTS WEBPAGE - GOOGLE CALENDAR LINKS

The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is pleased to include Google Calendar links to the following organizations on the Chamber events webpage:

Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra

Transition Sooke

Sooke Region Museum

If your organization is interested in linking to our website’s Google Calendar, please contact the Chamber office.


SOOKE FALL FAIR COMPETITION

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Display your Best Sooke Merchant Spirit 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.  Or contact Ellen Lewers, President Sooke Fall Fair 2014 directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 250-812-2830. 
Judging will take place on Friday and Saturday, August 29 and 30, 2014.

BEST OF LUCK TO ALL PARTICIPANTS!


NEW FORMS & CONTACT AT ESSO

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Chamber benefit provider Esso has provided key updates to our network, which are available on the BC Chamber members-only site here:

A new Business Information Card (fillable PDF)
A new Business Card Application for businesses (fillable PDF)
A new Business Card Application for individuals (fillable PDF)

Please note also that our network's contact at Esso has changed. The new B.C. rep is Gene Currier This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Esso benefit includes a discount of 3.5 cents off the posted pump price at any Esso branded station.


 

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!golfposter

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

$45 (members), $55 (non-members)
Dinner only is $25

*LIVE AUCTION ~ GREAT PRIZES!*

Contact the Chamber Office to Participate

Call 250-642-6112 or 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

~ PLAY, SPONSOR, DONATE ~

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JOIN US ~ CHAMBER BUSINESS MIXER

Thursday, August 28 ~ 5:00 to 7:00 pm

TD CANADA TRUST - Sooke Branch
6670 Sooke Road, Sooke BC

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Great Networking!
Appetizers & Beverages
Bring your brochures/rack & business cards


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, September 28, 2014 - 1:00 pm
~VENUE TBA~
Guest Speaker:  Councillor Maja Tait!

"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."

Meetings take place at various venues throughtout the Sooke region, typically on a monthly basis with local guest speakers.

~All newcomers to the community are invited~

Please RSVP to the Chamber office 
by September 26th: 250-642-6112 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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The Chamber office has WIFI...

Chamber Patio

Members are always welcome to stop by the Chamber office and enjoy our balcony!

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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

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