COLUMN: Chamber of commerce a vital part of B.C. business

This is the end of Chamber of Commerce Week in B.C.

This is the end of Chamber of Commerce Week in B.C.

The Minister of Small Business Coralee Oakes from Quesnel is the right person to help promote Chambers of Commerce this week.

As many people know the minister was the executive director for the Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce and was a big supporter of small business in B.C.

I attended many BC Chamber provincial conferences and I know how hard she worked for Chamber of Commerce resolutions that came from the Cariboo.

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett has also been involved with Chambers in the Cariboo to support  resolutions and to be involved locally.

The BC Chamber of Commerce works diligently to help grow our economy in B.C.

There are more than 125 Chambers of Commerce in this province, representing  businesses as small as one person to large corporations.

The BC Chamber is involved with the many facets of provincial politics to get members’ concerns into the hands of those who have the opportunity to do something for business people to help grow our economy.

BC Chamber President and CEO Jon Garson stated the B.C. budget this week was good and he further said that as one of only two jurisdictions in Canada to balance our budget, British Columbians are seeing the benefit as government continues paying off operating debt while investing in targeted measures that support B.C. businesses and grow our economy across the province.

The Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce is one of the top chambers in this province and in 2014 they were formally recognized as the chamber of the year.

The Williams Lake and District Chamber also has one of the highest attendances at its monthly meetings as businesses get a chance to network with other people from the city and area, also to hear politicians along with many interesting guest speakers with topics that affect Williams Lake and area.

Minister Oakes said: “Thank you to the Quesnel, Williams Lake, Likely and Wells chambers of commerce for the work you do every day to help keep our communities strong, growing and vibrant.”

“This week we’re celebrating the vital role chambers play in working with businesses to strengthen our economy and create vibrant communities throughout British Columbia. We’ve worked closely with the BC Chamber of Commerce to get input and advice so we can continue to create valuable resources for small business owners and assist future entrepreneurs.”

The Chambers of Commerce is a vital part of B.C. business.

Ken Wilson is a freelance columnist with the Tribune/Weekend Advisor.

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