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Posted:
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Google My Business

“Google it!” A common saying when you don’t have the answer or don’t know what to get or where to get it.  With over 3.5 BILLION searches per DAY, Google is the perfect way to have your business seen.  But how can you make this top search engine work for you?

Google My Business, is an improved way to maximize your listing.  Post photos, create a website and events all one page where everyone in the WORLD can see it. 

GREAT! What do you do?

First, get your business registered.  Use the following steps:

Posted:
Monday, July 31, 2017

Executive Summary

Based on comments and feedback from businesses, the Fernie Chamber of Commerce surveyed business to better understand the current staffing situation in Fernie. 
The highlights from 52 respondents: 
60% of businesses have unfilled positions
20 businesses have been advertising for more than 5 weeks (71% of those advertising)
Posted:
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Focusing on work-life balance and how to do it, we chatted with Kieran Summers of Giv’er Shirt works on their success balancing work and life. 
 
Chamber: So we’ve all seen the closed for Powder Day signs at Giv’er Shirt Works and assume that the staff must love it, what outcomes do you see at your business for putting a priority on powder days? 
Posted:
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Technology has made it is easy to be connected 24/7. Combine this with increasing workplace demands and a constant push to do more with less results in a work centric life. Our connected world means worktime can easily creep into home time. Hours become longer, work day start and ends become blurred, the demand for constant accessibility weighs on one’s time.
Posted:
Monday, May 1, 2017

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization. This does not mean that we spend without regard for revenues or profits. As a business association, the Chamber board mandates that we follow financially sustainable business practices. We do not spend more than we have. Further, our spending is focused on our mission. Our offered programming and education courses are the results of a thoughtful process on what our members need.

Posted:
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Coworking Space Survey

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce announced it is completing a feasibility study for the creation of a Coworking and Business Acceleration Centre in the City of Fernie. 

Posted:
Monday, April 3, 2017

What business activities are taking up the most of your time? Are these activities making your company money? Are you defining your to-do list with what needs to be done, or what you want to do? What is your goal for this quarter, for this year? This question will often bring up more than one urgent task. But the most successful businesses will go through the next step which is deciding who on your team is best suited to accomplish these tasks. Great leader will assess the list, identify the ones he or she is best suited to tackle and delegate the others.

Posted:
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Some people are keen to meet celebrities. I enjoy meeting politicians, and regardless of their political party. I appreciate the people who commit to spending their time serving an often angry and critical public. In my role as executive director, I have had dinner with our Member of Parliament Wayne Stetski, I have met Christy Clark, twice. I have been in meetings where Bill Bennett has spoken about his early days of running a fishing lodge. And, every two weeks I attend our City Council meetings, and get a chance to chat with our Mayor and City Councilors. 
Posted:
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This month the Chamber if focusing on community goals and priorities. What better way to celebrate what Fernie has to offer, than to talk with one of our new business owners. 

Posted:
Friday, February 3, 2017

This month, the Chamber is focusing on communication and public relations. These two vital components of advertising a business, are at the core of what keeps your customers coming back. 
In order to give you a real life example of how communications and public relations can help your business, we asked Fernie Brewing Company some questions. As the favourite brew of the Elk Valley and beyond, Fernie Brewing is obviously doing something right. Keep reading to see how they mingle with their people.

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