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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Summer, the time of year that networking comes to you. Community events are in abundance and opportunities to introduce yourself are everywhere. Wednesday Night Socials, The Valley Social Co. patio, or out and about on Second Ave never be afraid to say hello. As for a more formal setting, here are a few tips to consider while attending networking events hosted by our local businesses and the Fernie Chamber. 
Thursday, May 3, 2018
The Rural Development Institute State of the Basin reports on four pillars environment, economy, culture, and society. Drawing on federal, provincial, regional, and local resources, RDI compiles a comprehensive look at communities in the Basin (Columbia-Basin-Boundary Region). I spent an afternoon reading this document. I found Fernie often at the top or bottom of scales. It rarely shows up in the middle. The report points to how our success as a community is also the cause of our biggest challenges. In the end, we see that Fernie has a great foundation on which to build. 
Thursday, March 8, 2018
It happens to all of us, we have grand plans to do a renovation, re-merchandise the shop, start a business blog or whatever new and exciting thing you’ve waited until the New Year’s to declare.  Then obstacles get in the way and our goals get caste aside in pursuit of the “more important” things that have fallen into our laps. We struggle to gather the strength and effort of making time for our goals and before you know it’s time for another New Year’s declaration.
So how do we overcome our obstacles and put our goals back on the top shelf? 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fernie Coworking Feasibility Highlights

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)

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