About The Chamber
Our members are partners in the largest business organization of the Fort St. John and District area. Our “membership area” has no formal boundary. If the business environment of Fort St. John affects your business your membership in the Chamber is vital. It is a partnership that brings together positive and innovative thinkers to create an active and responsible Chamber. Our members come together to solve problems and create opportunities to establish a more vital business environment in Fort St. John and area. Membership in the Chamber of Commerce means something different to each business, organization and individual. Obvious reasons include the reduced costs for items such as phone bills, Interac fees, discounts on gasoline prices, and car rentals. The Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan is also only available for members. This plan was made for businesses with one to ten employees in mind. Many members also feel that Chamber membership is part of being involved in the community. Some of the most important things we do as a business organization are:
The Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to doing “Business for Business”. We help businesses grow & succeed in reaching their goals by providing a collective voice on their behalf at all levels of government, services for business development, and organizing networking events. We believe in building a strong community by supporting our businesses. We partner with the City of Fort St. John, North Peace Economic Development Commission, Community Futures and many others. The Chamber of Commerce is made up of business members working together to promote the progress and development of Fort St. John & Area, in order to make it a better place in which to live and do business.
Issues Affecting How We All Do Business
The Fort St. John & District Chamber is a member of the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Our voice is heard at all political levels.
Recruitment & Retention
The Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce is in partnership with several intiatives to assist members to recruit and retain good employees. Working for a better Fort St. John for everyone, One business at a time, one person at a time. Membership in the Chamber offers an exceptional range of benefits for businesses of all sizes. Membership in the Chamber is a wise investment for businesses who are serious about succeeding and who value community development. As a Chamber Member you will: Get Immediate Returns: * –Reduced rates on Visa and Mastercard * -Savings on group benefits and insurance * -Special discounts on: Esso, Petro-Canada, and Shell * -Luncheons with Keynote Speakers * -Discounted long distance
Increase your Sales
Company Name listed on Chamber web site (www.fsjchamber.com) Network with people who will not only buy your products and/or services, but become your outside sales force. Market your products or service eg: Chamber luncheons Receive business referrals from the Chamber. We actively promote “Shop Local” and that means our members. Issues affecting how we all do business * -Electoral boundaries * -Labor Standards * -WCB * -Taxation * -And all other red tape – we lobby on your behalf for positive changes.
Common Questions About The Chamber
WHAT IS A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?
* -Your Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization comprised of businesses, professionals, residents and community groups working together to ensure a healthy economic and socio-economic base to benefit the entire community. * -Your Chamber of Commerce harnesses the tremendous potential of the private enterprise system and the community at large and enables its membership to accomplish collectively what no one person could do individually.
HOW DOES YOUR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WORK?
* -The policies and programs of the Chamber are determined by its Board of Directors, who are elected each year by the membership. * -They in turn, employ a paid Manager, whose basic responsibility is to organize and execute the chamber’s programs and carry out its policies.
WHAT DOES YOUR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DO?
* -Your Chamber represents and promotes our City’s economy, education system, crime prevention programs, tourism initiatives, environmental, cultural and governmental concerns, and encourages business, residential and industrial investment, broadening the tax base and providing employment.
WHO FINANCES THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?
-Your Chamber is a “business” and it incurs costs of operation and expenses similar to any other type of business. Those expenses are apportioned among its members, individuals and firms, representing all types of business, industry and professional sectors. -Your Chamber is also active in major fundraising events to assist with our operation costs.
WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?
-Your Chamber of Commerce is the salesman for our community and businesses, unceasingly promoting their products and services, and at the same time is their watchdog – protecting their interests, particularly in the political arena. * -The united voice of the Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce has often proven effective and beneficicial to businesses and the residents of our community. * -The Benefit of belonging to the Chamber is full-time representation and results. We are very proud that the Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest Chambers per capita in the province. We have over 400 members to date. As part of this community we hope that you will join the Chamber and together we can work towards our common goals. Call the Chamber office (250) 785-6037 to find out how you can become more involved in your community by volunteering on the Board of Directors or volunteer on one of our many committees. Fort St. John Employment information City of Fort st. John: www.fortstjohn.ca/employment.html Employment Connections: www.employmentconnections.ca
General Community Links
City of Fort St. John – www.fortstjohn.ca
Business Start up – www.smallbusinessbc.ca
Fort St. John’s Community Portal – www.energeticcity.ca