Connect with older workers

The British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Atlantic Region Chambers of Commerce are leading a national project, called ThirdQuarter, to help businesses identify and connect with older workers that want to return to the workforce in fulltime, part time or seasonal work.

The British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Atlantic Region Chambers of Commerce are leading a national project, called ThirdQuarter, to help businesses identify and connect with older workers that want to return to the workforce in fulltime, part time or seasonal work. 

Third Quarter, www.thirdquarter.ca, is an online tool that can help businesses fill a vacancy, hire casual or part time employees, recruit volunteers or promote their business? 

Third Quarter connects Canadians over 50 to employment and volunteer opportunities.

There is no cost to businesses for registering or advertising job or volunteer vacancies. For further information visit www.thirdquarter.ca or call Michou Szabo, Community Coordinator for Penticton and Area at 250-809-7488 or michou.szabo@thirdquarter.ca. 

The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce is part of this program and is seeking local businesses to assist with a national survey of business and their views on older workers.

The ThirdQuarter project needs the perspectives of business on hiring older workers. An online survey has been prepared to collect your perspectives and important experiences.  To access the survey please go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/thirdquarter. 

Responses will be confidential and anonymous, and it only takes a few minutes to complete.

Business after Business

The Chamber’s next Business after Business is on Thursday Feb. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. and will be held at The Medicine Shoppe located at 108-2210 Main St. Don’t forget to bring your business cards and get ready to make some new contacts.

Seminar series

The upcoming Business Excellence Seminar Series is on Friday, March 4 from 8:45am to 12:30 p.m.

Conflict resolution strategies will be facilitated by Kerry Palmer of South Okanagan Mediation Services. Kerry will help you develop an awareness of your attitudes towards conflict; identify your own dominant conflict style; help create a constructive and collaborative tone for conflict conversations and; teach some self management techniques and communication skills.

This workshop includes a workbook that will need to be completed prior to coming to class. Cost for chamber members $53 + HST and for Non-members $73 + HST.

Social Media

Come out on March 22 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to learn about the latest and newest ways to market your business through social media marketing.

The workshop Your Business with Social Media will be facilitated by Allison Markin of All She Wrote Consulting.  Cost for chamber members $45 + HST and non members $65 + HST

All seminars are held in the Penticton Chamber of Commerce second floor boardroom.

New Members

Twongo Canada Ltd., located at 3799 Jean Road, offers the power of team buying to get great deals on local goods & services. Contact Mike Minor by calling (778) 478-0587 or email mminor@twongo.com. His website: www.twongo.com.

Louanne Sylvestre has just opened her new business “Woofin’ Good Times” located in Okanagan Falls. Louanne offers a Mobile Pet Services Company which offers Dog Walking, Home Visits, Pet Taxi and Pet Waste Removal services. Louanne can be reached at 250-488-7443 or by email woofingoodtimes@shaw.ca.

Hollywood and Wine, located at 9819 Lumsden Avenue in Summerland, produces their small batch of wine with organically grown grape. The wine is processed and bottled on premises. Come out and visit their viewing room lined with pictures of movie stars that Neil Massey has been associated with throughout his career. Contact Betty Massey can be reached at 250-494-0311or at bettymassey@telus.net. Or just check out their website www.hollywoodandwine.ca.

Becky Kay at Par-T-Perfect prides herself in creating lasting memories for children.

For over 20 years they have been developing extraordinary parties with every theme imaginable. Whether it’s a birthday party for 8, a corporate party, or a festival for several thousand, if kids are involved, they will do it for you. For more information check out the website at www.par-t-perfect.com and Becky can be reached at 250-487-9990

Local Search Heroes rescues businesses from internet obscurity. Stephen Joyce specializes in Local Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing and Mobile Marketing. They are a local company and ready to get your business found online. Stephen can be reached at 250-496-5758. Check out their website at www.localseachheroes.com.

Bell is Canada’s largest telecommunications company, providing wireless communications, high-speed and wireless Internet, and satellite TV. They provide the most innovative suite of communication services to residential and business customers in Canada. Bell is located at 100-2783 Skaha Lake Road (Peachtree Square) is the only corporately owned store in Penticton. Contact Heidi Harbinson at 250-276-7180 for more information or their products and services.

 Willow Community Midwives offers midwifery services providing professional, holistic, personal care to you and your family throughout your pregnancy, birth and early parenting experience. Midwives are 100% covered by your BC Care Card and can offer hospital or home birth. Call Alyson Jones at 250-276-6088 or info@willow-midwives.ca so set up an appointment. Their website is www.willow-midwives.ca.

Lorraine Renyard is the general manager of the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce.

Penticton Western News

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