EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE
2019 CHAMBER LEADERSHIP MESSAGE
Port McNeill Chamber of Commerce,
Dear Chamber Members:
I would like to thank the board of directors for their continued service and assistance to me this past year. They conduct themselves with the highest of integrity and are truly dedicated to making the economic climate of Port McNeill and the region the best it can be.
People want to know what the Chamber does, or can do for them. In a nutshell, we are a business network, we aim to further the interests of the businesses in our membership, and in turn improve the economy and community of our North Island Region.
The three main pillars we, and most Chamber of Commerce’s hold, are Advocacy, Benefits for our membership, and Education. (Business covers all our membership from Standard Business Models to Not for Profit Organizations, Societies, and Home Based Businesses etc.)
Advocacy is seen in letters of support, lobbying government in Regional, Provincial, and Federal matters, and pulling measurable data to show the needs of our region. This is where most of our efforts were focused in 2019. This past year alone we have been a part of the Chinook Salmon survey, we have been bringing the need for housing to every level of government, and are now involved in pulling together with many other Chambers across BC to talk about the measurable impact the logging shut down is having on our people, businesses, and community. We have attended meetings with Federal, Provincial, and Municipal government and have brought the real struggles you have been facing to them in person, and advocating passionately on your behalf. Advocacy takes time, and is not something that we see quick results from often, but we take it very seriously.
Benefits for our Membership is an area we would like to highlight, and educate on more in the coming months and year. Port McNeill Chamber’s membership with BC Chamber provides you, our member, access to many benefits including Group Insurance Plans, Merchant Services, Fuel Discount Cards, Legal Advice, and more.
Education is providing our membership with access to Networking and the education services relatable to their businesses. We are very privileged to highlight the many courses Community Futures holds, as well as have access to innumerable web and in person courses through BC Chamber. If you have a specific need please bring it forward and we will see how we can fill it.
The Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce is small and growing, as well as the three main pillars above we strive to bring added value to our membership with Advertising, Networking Opportunities, and Events. We look forward to bringing these to our membership and our region in 2020. Thank you for being a part of what makes our community a great place to live.