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					Chamber Newsletter Week of March 5 ,2009                                                 th
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Mission: The Squamish Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the community by actively supporting business, economic
growth and diversification. Come grow with us!




 NEW 2010 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES BREAKFAST                                                                             Quotes of the Week
 Enjoy an informal breakfast session with 2010 Commerce Centre’s Ken Veldman. Bring all your 2010                    “I have noticed that the
 opportunity questions.                                                                                            people who are late are often
                                                                                                                     so much jollier than the
 Date: March 11, 2009                                                                                                people who have to wait
 Time: 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.                                                                                                for them.”
 Location: White Spot Restaurant, #410 - 1200 Hunter Place, Squamish                                                       ~E. V. Lucas
 Facilitator: Ken Veldman Manager, Business Connections
 Cost: $10.00 Members, $15.00 Non –Members
                                                                                                                     “Television has proved that
 Advance registration is required. Admission will not be available @ the door. Sign up on our website by                 people will look at
 visiting www.squamishchamber.com (Member Services- Events) or by contacting Carolyn directly at                        anything rather than
 (604) 815 – 4990 / carolyn@squamishchamber.com.                                                                            each other.”
                                                                                                                     ~Ann Landers (1918 - 2002)
 FOREIGN WORKERS SESSION - SQUAMISH EMPLOYERS HR NEEDS
 The Squamish Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Business Squamish presents:
 A Foreign Workers Session - Squamish Employers HR needs workshop.

 Date: Monday March 16, 2009
 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
 Location: Howe Sound Inn (Garibaldi Room), 37801 Cleveland Avenue, Squamish
 Cost: FREE to the Public, Chamber Members and Non-Members welcome.

 Advance registration is required. Sign up on our website by visiting www.squamishchamber.com
 (Member Services- Events) or by contacting Carolyn directly at (604) 815 – 4990 /
 carolyn@squamishchamber.com.

 Will you need Foreign Workers for next season or the Olympics and Paralympics? "Learn how to get your                For information on our
 LMOs preapproved for the 2009/2010 winter season." Every year, Canadian employers hire thousands of                  Chambers of Commerce
 foreign workers to help address skills shortages. There are a number of different ways that allow for a              Group Insurance Plan,
 foreign national to work in Canada on a permanent or temporary basis.                                                click here
                                                                                                                      www.chambers.ca
 In most cases, Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires that employers in Canada obtain a Labour
 Market Opinion from Service Canada. In conjunction with Citizenship and Immigration, this session will               Squamish Chamber of
 explore the Service and-Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the BC Provincial Nominee Program.                      Commerce
 This session will outline how employers can access these programs and the program requirements to
 obtain foreign workers.                                                                                              “Come Grow with Us”

 ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS WITH A WEB BANNER ON OUR WEBSITE HOME PAGE                                                   Victoria Rigdon,
 Advertise you business on the Squamish Chamber of Commerce website with a direct link. On line banner                Manager
 ad space available. Call to inquire 604.815.4990 or email carolyn@squamishchamber.com.                               604-815-4991
                                                                                                                      victoria@squamishchamber.com

 CHAMBER MARCH AFTER 5 – THANK YOU
                                                                                                                      Carolyn Green,
 A big thank you to the fabulous staff at The Copperhouse Restaurant. The food was amazing and, with
 such a great turn out, we keep the staff busy. If you missed out, every Wednesday is half price appie
                                                                                                                      Special Events
 night at The Copperhouse Restaurant.                                                                                 Coordinator &
                                                                                                                      Administration
                                                                                                                      604-815-4990
                                                                                                                      carolyn@squamishchamber.com
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NEW 2010 Commerce Centre Workshop - Winning Strategies.
                                                                                                             and at least two to
Follow up to 2010 Business Opportunities Workshop.
                                                                                                             three ovens
  LOCATION: Gelato
Date: March 18, 2009 Carina on                                                                               (preferably
  Cleveland Ave, Downtown
Time: 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.                                                                                    convection), sinks and
Location: Capilano University Squamish Campus 1150 Carson Place, Squamish
  Squamish                                                                                                   a walk-in cooler that
Facilitator: Ken Veldman Manager, Business Connections 2010 Commerce Centre
                                                                                                             you can rent out for
Cost: $20.10 Members / $25 Non-Members
Advance registration is required. Admission will not be available @ the door. Sign up on our website by      three days in July? An
visiting www.squamishchamber.com (Member Services- Events) or by contacting Carolyn directly at (604)        accredited catering
815 – 4990 / carolyn@squamishchamber.com.                                                                    company from North
                                                                                                             Vancouver is
Are you: A small business owner, manager or executive? Wondering how to participate in opportunities         interested! They are
related to the 2010 Winter Games? Find out:                                                                  looking for a kitchen to
      How to identify 2010 business opportunities                                                           rent for 3 days
      How to interpret and respond to bid opportunities                                                     in July. Please contact
      Where the bids are posted                                                                             Rick at
      How to create successful bids                                                                         rick@tommycaters.co
      Where to get information and support
                                                                                                             m for more
                                                                                                             information
*Ken Veldman will be available for one-on-one meetings after the workshop. Please bring with you a one
page summary of the business idea you wish to discuss. Let Carolyn know at the time of registration if you
are interested in meeting with Ken.

10 DEADLY SINS OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Date: March 26, 2009
Time: 6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Location: Mountain Retreat Hotel
Facilitator: Conny Millard, MILLARD CONSULTING GROUP inc.
Cost: $20 Members / $25 Non-Members
Advance registration is required. Admission will not be available @ the door. Sign up on our website by
visiting www.squamishchamber.com (Member Services- Events) or by contacting Carolyn directly at (604)
815 – 4990 / carolyn@squamishchamber.com.

In this seminar, you will learn the top 10 bad habits that most business owners face and how to avoid
these ‘sins’ and make different choices. These choices will ramp up your revenues, create new groups of
niche markets, and develop a systemized approach to building business seven days a week, twelve
months a year. Guaranteed by Conny Millard.
For more information about the workshop see www.mcgbusiness.com .

COMMUNITY EVENTS AND INFORMATION                                                                               Squamish Chamber of
                                                                                                               Commerce
WILD AT ART FESTIVAL
The Wild at Art Festival kicks off this Friday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the West Coast Railway Heritage      “Come Grow with Us”
Park. Come savour some jazz, wine, canapes, bid on some great silent auction items and of course be
inspired by all the talent in our community! Tickets at the door, $15 cash, or in advance at the Adventure     Victoria Rigdon,
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Centre. The festival runs from March 6-15 . For more information visit www.wildatart.ca.                       Manager
                                                                                                               604-815-4991
A V-DAY BENEFIT PERFORMANCE OF "THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES"                                                         victoria@squamishchamber.com

Date: Thursday March 12th & Friday March 13th
Time: 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00 p.m.)                                                                      Carolyn Green,
Location: Quest University, third floor, Squamish                                                              Special Events
Cost: $10 adults and $5 students.A student and community collaboration of The Vagina Monologues will           Coordinator &
be shown at Quest University for two shows. Donations will be accepted to support the Howe Sound               Administration
Womens Centre. Please park in the underground parkade.                                                         604-815-4990
                                                                                                               carolyn@squamishchamber.com
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GOLF OPEN AT FURRY CREEK THIS MONTH
Spring is here and Furry Creek opens for play and dining March 13th. Take advantage of our March
golf promotion. For just $49 enjoy 18 holes and power cart. Want to stop by for a bite to eat? The Sea
to Sky Grill at Furry Creek is always open to the public. Interested in a special event please contact
Shannon Lorenz (Meetings&Banquets) 1.888.922.9462 (ext. 259) or Julie Wolfe-Dennis (Golf
Tournaments) 1.888.922.9462 (ext. 225)

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY DAY CAMP – SPRING BREAK COURSE
Date: Monday 16 March, 2009
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Age: Under 16’s
Cost: $50 (includes entry to the Museum and printing and framing of best photo). Booking is essential
(numbers limited to 10).

Everyone loves taking photos, but how do you take your skills to the next level? Spending time with a
professional photographer is one of the best ways to do this.
The BC Museum of Mining and photographer Cindy Cardiff from Squamish’s Trek Photography, are
running a one-day camp during Spring Break for under 16’s. With the help of Cindy’s one-to-one, they’ll
learn how to take great shots, getting the best from their own camera.
For more information, contact Robin on 1-800-896-4044 ext 226, or email
robin@bcmuseumofmining.org.

CAPILANO UNVERSITY TOURISM STUDENTS FOR SUMMER HIRE
Need to fill summer positions? Love to develop talent?
Capilano University's tourism students are looking for summer positions Students are available
from June- Mid September Contact Stephanie Wells, 604-892-5322 or swells@capilanou.ca for
more information.

TD FIRST DATA – MEMBERSHIP RATE
Do you know what your Merchant Services (how people are going to pay you for your product or                    For information on
service) options are? Your membership with the Squamish Chamber of Commerce provides you with                   our Chambers of
exclusive rates and the preferred solution for your VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and IDP Point           Commerce Group
of Sale transaction processing, to help you grow your business and save money! Invest 10 minutes in a
                                                                                                                Insurance Plan, click
FREE Merchant Services Analysis by calling Nancy @ 604 230 9622 today.
                                                                                                                here
PASSPORT NEEDED FOR BORDER CROSSING                                                                             www.chambers.ca

The WHTI is a U.S. law that requires all travellers, including Canadian citizens, to present a valid passport   Squamish Chamber of
or other secure document when travelling to the U.S. from within the Western Hemisphere. On June 1,
2009 a second and final phase of document requirements for travel by land and water travel to the U.S.          Commerce
will be implemented. It is important to note that there are no changes to the entry or re-entry
requirements into Canada.                                                                                       “Come Grow with Us”

EMBODY HEALTH HOMEOPATHY IS NOW LOCATED AT THE GARIBALDI HEALTH CLINIC!                                         Victoria Rigdon,
                                                                                                                Manager
Homeopathic medicine is an integrated, non-invasive health care alternative, in which natural
                                                                                                                604-815-4991
substances are used to stimulate the bodies own healing abilities. Homeopathy is able to treat virtually        victoria@squamishchamber.com
any illness, whether physical, mental or emotional. Chamber members receive 10% off their initial
consultation! Please call 604.848.8770 for more info.                                                           Carolyn Green,
                                                                                                                Special Events
THE DISTRICT OF SQUAMISH RE-LAUNCHES DISTRICT WEBSITE                                                           Coordinator &
After several months of careful research, planning and development, the District of Squamish is pleased         Administration
to announce today the official re-launch of its website www.squamish.ca. The focus of the redesign is to        604-815-4990
                                                                                                                carolyn@squamishchamber.com
create easier navigation and add more resources while continuing to provide helpful and informative
information regarding the District of Squamish.
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                                                                                                                Tip of the Week
MOJO SIGNS - SPRING CLEAN UP                                                                                “Automate your e-mail
                                                                                                             communications with
MOJO SIGNS is offering a Spring Clean up Special with a 10% Discount off all Signage to Chamber
                                                                                                               web based email
members. We've had a brutal winter that has damager may exciting signs throughout Squamish. With
                                                                                                              marketing solutions
Spring and one of the biggest tourist season approaching take advantage of this offer & look your best.
                                                                                                               such as Constant
For more information please contact Christine Bennett, Manager 604-815-6807 or info@mojosigns.ca.
                                                                                                             Contact or iContact.”
SQUAMISH BEAR AWARE PROGRAM GETS UNDERWAY 10 WEEKS EARLY                                                    ~Brought to you by
The District of Squamish proactively works to reduce human/bear conflict and is supporting, for the fifth   Conny Millard. Please
year, the Squamish Bear Aware Program. The Squamish Bear Aware program is getting a 10-week head            forward your
start this year thanks to additional funding from both the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the           questions to:
Winter 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games (VANOC) and the District of Squamish. The Squamish Bear            conny@ghostceo.com
                                      nd
Aware Coordinator started March 2 and continues until December 31, 2009.                                    your local Business &
                                                                                                            Ghost CEO Advisor
Bear Aware’s goal is to reduce human/bear conflicts in residential neighbourhoods through education,        from Millard
innovation and cooperation. With the support for an early start up for 2009, the program will begin         Consulting Group inc.
focusing on various bylaw amendments, aligning planning and decision-making documents with Bear
Smart and begin working on strategic planning and initiatives for the year. This program is available to
the District from the Province through a program administered by the British Columbia Conservation
Foundation, a non-profit organization. Squamish residents can report bear sightings and bear incidents
to the RAPP (Report a Polluter or Poacher) line at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP).

Bear Aware is always looking for volunteers. Contact Meg at mtoom@squamish.ca or at 604.815.5066

E-COMMERCE SURVEY FOR CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
One of the issues that the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is actively engaged in is e-
commerce. Canada’s slip in terms of e-commerce adoption is well-documented; this paper
aims to put information and communication technologies back on the government’s agenda.

In order to get a better sense of where businesses are today, the Canadian Chamber would
like to gather data from you and your business.
                                                                                                            For information on
Please take 5minutes to complete this short survey. Survey results will be plugged into a paper             our Chambers of
that the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is preparing on business e-commerce engagement in
                                                                                                            Commerce Group
Canada. http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB228VJC2RNCF
                                                                                                            Insurance Plan, click
Thank you for your consideration. Please note this survey will close on March 20th. If you                  here
have any questions on the e-commerce paper or on this file generally, please contact Chris                  www.chambers.ca
Gray, cgray@chamber.ca.
                                                                                                            Squamish Chamber of
BUSINESS QUESTION OF THE WEEK
                                                                                                            Commerce
Q. Going into partnership. What do I need to consider?
A. Going into business with a partner has some great advantages such as pooling resources,                  “Come Grow with Us”
skills and equity as well as sharing responsibilities. Make sure you devise a partnership
agreement upfront, clearly outlining terms, time commitments, financial contributions and                   Victoria Rigdon,
draws, dissolution, etc. to avoid any difficulties later on in the partnership. Have your lawyer            Manager
take a look at it but be careful to put a limit on the amount you are prepared to pay for                   604-815-4991
                                                                                                            victoria@squamishchamber.com
reviewing the document.

Please forward your questions and comments to conny@ghostceo.com, our local Business & Ghost CEO            Carolyn Green,
Advisor from Millard Consulting Group inc.                                                                  Special Events
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                                                                                                            Administration
                                                                                                            604-815-4990
                                                                                                            carolyn@squamishchamber.com

				
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