(Left to right): Natasha Thomson, development coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters, spoke at a recent networking luncheon. Chamber members George Lewko of Paintball Paradise and Nadia Balytska of Ronald McDonald Family Room were also in attendance. Chamber of Commerce photo
Natasha Thomson, development coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince Albert and District, was the featured guest of a Chamber networking luncheon on April 18.
At the Bison Cafe meeting, Thomson delved into why employer supported volunteering is a growing movement worth companies’ consideration.
“Now it really is becoming a mainstream practise,” Thomson said.
According to the coordinator, employer-initiated and supported volunteering is a healthy way for to add value to any organization. Studies have shown that engaging workers in employer-driven volunteering decreases turnover and improves company morale.
Having workers volunteering out in the community also strengthens company branding and consumer perception. It’s positive for businesses, and allows for unique networking opportunities, Thomson said.
“It’s actually quite a large and growing trend,” she added.
A recent Ipsos poll of employees showed 60 per cent preferred a strong volunteering culture at their workplace.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has a number of volunteer opportunities for employers to get involved in. To find out more, visit their website at www.princealbert.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca or visit their Facebook page.
If your organization is interested in co-hosting a networking luncheon with the Chamber, contact Jessica for more information.
Chairman's Night 2017 saw the formal induction of the 2017-18 Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and recognized Fred Matheson as a Lifetime Member of the Chamber of Commerce.
Fred Matheson, who operates Ted Matheson Men's Wear in downtown Prince Albert, gave credit to his team, including his staff and family. A family-owned business in Prince Albert for 88 years, Ted Matheson Men's Wear is a long-time member of the Chamber, and Fred Matheson has been active within the organization for a number of years. Fred has previously served as a member of the Chamber Board of Directors and continues to participate in Chamber events.
Though he was just out of university when he joined the Chamber Board of Directors in 1986, Fred said he was welcomed by the business community.
"I learned a lot from my peers and those people," he said. "Here I was, a younger man in an older man's community and they made me feel at home."
In her address to the crowd, Meghan Mayer said she was honoured to hold the position of board chair, adding that she has learned a lot since joining the Chamber Board of Directors six years ago. Ms. Mayer said the Chamber fights for business and she will do her best to support and promote the local business community.
The Keynote speaker for the evening, Donald Cooper, challenged the crowd to think about their businesses by how they help their clients and customers, rather than just what they sell. Be clear about your goals and make your business stand out from the competition.
Donald Cooper also provided the crowd with information on how they can access free business assessment and management tools. For more on this, please visit www.donaldcooper.com/fbt
The Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce hosted the second-annual Non-Profit Leadership Forum Wednesday, September 13, 2017. The event included information about Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation, technology and resources for non-profits, communication and team-building techniques, and Prince Albert's Municipal Cultural Action Plan.
A special thanks to our sponsors from TechSoup Canada for their support of this event.
Are you informed with the digital marketing options for your business? Have you been updating your website enough for new or potential customers?
The Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce was fortunate to have Greg Sproat, commercial lines account executive, from Cornerstone Insurance, as a special guest speaker come in and talk about digital marketing at our monthly networking lunch hosted by Mr Mikes on May 17, 2017.
Mr. Sproat talked about the key elements in digital marketing, including marketing your business, keeping your customers informed, and protecting your brand. He said to always be consistent and keep your news and information updated to help drive traffic to your website.
Another vital thing that Mr. Sproat mentioned was, digital marketing tells your story and business owners are the best at telling their own stories. That is something to keep in mind for new and upcoming business owners.
We’d like to thank our Prince Albert District Chamber of Commerce members, Mr Mikes for hosting us, Greg Sproat from Cornerstone Insurance for the presentation, and all those who attended the lunch. We appreciate that you took the opportunity to expand your network, while informing us on who you are and how your business works. This event was a great opportunity to learn more about digital marketing while also networking with others in business.
We hope to see some new faces at our next networking lunch on June 21, 2017 from 11:45-1:30 at the Prince Albert Inn. There is no cost to attend, other than the cost of your lunch. To register, please click here.
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The Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce hosted a roundtable meeting Friday with Prince Albert Member of Parliament Randy Hoback and members of the local business community. The meeting touched on a number of topics around trade and U.S. relations, following Mr. Hoback’s recent trip to Washington, DC, where he talked with U.S. legislators about the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
During the roundtable meeting, Mr. Hoback urged the business community to talk to their contacts about the benefits of cross-border trade, saying Canada needs to ensure U.S. legislators are aware of the importance of NAFTA to the Canadian economy.
Gordon Jahn, Chair of the Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, said trade is an important aspect of the local and regional economy, and the Chamber appreciated the opportunity to provide members with more information. As an advocacy organization, the Chamber works to promote policies and initiatives that attract jobs and industry and make it easier to do business in Prince Albert, he said.
“From a business perspective, trade is an issue that impacts Prince Albert and the wider community and this was an opportunity for Chamber members to find out more about discussions with the United States and what can be done to advocate on behalf of business to promote and protect local industry.
“The Chamber, and our members, will be watching to see whether the U.S. plans to implement new policies around trade and we will continue to promote the benefits of cross-border trade.”
Jessica Gies - Communications Manager