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Monday, October 2, 2017

Fernie Businesses are fierce, successful, and thriving. And October, as part of small business month, we are going to celebrate some local success stories and honour some excellent businesses. .

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Recently at the Chamber, we were targeted in a Spear Phishing attempt. This attempt had us replying to emails and confused. The mail looked like it was coming from a co-worker, but when we looked closer, the email was not a chamber email. We contacted our friends at Isosceles Business Systems to understand what was happening and that is where we learned about Spear Phishing. The grown-up more sophisticated version of Phising.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

If your business is incorporated, then you could be facing a larger tax bill and big compliance costs from the government’s new proposals to change the way corporations are taxed.

Here are three things you need to know about the tax changes proposed by the federal government:

1.    Do you employ family members? The government wants to scrutinize their compensation to apply a much higher tax rate on income they consider “unreasonable”.

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:

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)
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? 
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.
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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Coworking Space Survey

Click here to complete the survey. 

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. 

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.

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