Small Business Week Oct 21st – Oct 25th

October 21, 2019 – October 24, 2019 all-day
Pomeroy Hotel
Chamber of Commerce


Small Business Week “BOOST YOUR BIZ” Proclamation Breakfast. 

Join Mayor Lori Ackerman and FSJ Chamber President Christopher Flury to declare the official opening of Small Business Week and the Kick off to the “Boost your Biz” Chamber week of Business Development. A buffet breakfast will be served and there will be lots of time for networking and connecting with old and new friends.  Hope to see you there!



“Boost Your Biz” Workshop Sessions – $20.00ea

Growing an Entrepreneurial  Community

Monday, Oct 21 – 9:00am – 12:00pm – Jacqueline Jennings

Facilitated by Jacqueline Jennings, business consultant, strategist and entrepreneur coach, this workshop is designed to empower everyone in contributing to a strong business community, whether you’re a business owner, mentor or supporter.
You’ll be able to:
• Explore how you play a role in creating an entrepreneurial community
• Better understand the impact small business has on your community
• Learn how you can support through collaboration, education and your network
• Connect with resources to help support the next generation of entrepreneurs
• Network with others interested in supporting local small businesses

Payment and Card Industry Security

Monday, Oct 21 – 1:30pm – 3:30pm – Ron Borsholm
Have you ever had your credit card information stolen and used to make fraudulent purchases?

The Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) applies to all merchants and service providers that accept credit card payments and is focused on the business and technical environments that support the processing, transmission and storage of cardholder data. In addition, an organization must also consider the compliance responsibilities related to any third-party service providers that handle cardholder data on the organization’s behalf.

During this session, we will discuss the PCI DSS and an organizations contractual responsibilities related to the acceptance of credit card payments. We will review current breaches, how they were accomplished and ways to protect your organization from becoming a victim. In addition, we will discuss the various organizations that support payment processing such as merchants, service providers, acquirers, credit card companies and how fines and penalties are assessed for noncompliance with the PCI DSS.

Lastly, we will discuss common requirements such as staff training, inspection of Point of Sale (POS) devices, incident response activities and PCI DSS reporting.


Facilitating Access to Global Talent

Tuesday, Oct 22 – 9:30pm – 11:30am – Sarah Finall

IRCC Outreach officers provide targeted information to help employers address skills shortages and labour market needs when there are not enough Canadian and Permanent Resident workers for jobs that are available.

During today’s session, participants will learn about IRCC permanent and temporary economic programs and supports, including International Mobility program work permits that are exempt from a Labour Market Assessment, and Global Skills Strategy which allows employers to hire highly skilled workers faster. There will also be information on how employers can support an employee’s application for permanent residence.

Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for questions and interaction with the IRCC officer.


Situational Leadership

Tuesday, Oct 22  – 1:30pm – 3:30pm – George Emmett

The best leaders are situational leaders. They know how and when to provide the right leadership to help their team members succeed. As the world’s most taught leadership model, Situational Leadership® II (SLII) teaches managers the skillset they need to guide their people through predictable stages of development and provide them with what they need to be successful. Backed by years of research and proven results, the SLII® framework has stood the test of time. When people get the leadership they need when they need it, their performance accelerates, work passion increases, and your organization thrives.

This workshop is facilitated by George Emmett, co-founder of GR8Solutions, and an Associate with Keldar Leadership. With a forty-year history of success in business, George specializes in customer service and team building, working with clients to improve business focus and developing the hidden talents within their organizations. Over time, George has held various positions, starting from entry level positions, to a regional sales manager, to a business manager-owner. Spending the last forty years in Northern Alberta, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories has given George a profound understanding of the challenges and complexities of life and business in the north.”


Trust and Fraud

Wednesday, Oct 23 – 9:30am – 1:30 pm – Graham Quast

55% of Canadian companies know they are victims of fraud and many more are unaware. Most frauds are committed by individuals in a position of trust. Through specific examples of real fraud cases, you will learn how to recognize fraud and fraudsters. We will help you understand fraud by introducing what motivates a person to commit it, the different kinds of fraud that exist (including theft of time, money, and equipment / materials, collusion with vendors and falsifying financial reports), and how signs of fraud present themselves. Further, we will walk through effective fraud prevention measures you can consider for your business. Having a plan before fraud occurs and executing it quickly upon suspicions of fraud is paramount to a successful outcome. We will explain the key elements of a fraud response plan to help you understand what you need to do if you spot red flags of fraud.


Social Media Strategies

Wednesday, Oct 23  – 9:30 – 11:00 – Jenna Moreland

If you are in business you probably are utilizing social media to share information, promote your business and connect with your customers. Are you doing it in the most professional and effective way? Jenna is here to talk about some strategies to help make your online marketing perform at its optimum. Join us to find out all those social media secrets that you have been wondering about!


Succession Planning Success

Thursday, Oct 24 – 9:30 am – 11:30am -Lynne Fisher
In Canada, an estimated 80% of business are family-owned*. Yet only a third of these businesses are currently planning for their future succession.
Succession planning is about developing a business continuity plan and figuring out the process of transition a business, whether that transition is to an outside sale or passing the business down to the next generation.



B2B Mega Mixer Trade Show

Join us for the “Boost your Biz” Mega Mixer Trade Show! Get in and showcase your business and network with other businesses. Set up a booth or just visit and enjoy some refreshments.  A great time to “Boost Your Biz”

Are you a Love Fort St. John Member?  Then register for the B2B Mega Mixer Trade Show and be featured with other Love Ft. St. John Members

To Register for the Tradeshow, please call the office at 250 261 4486

Registration Package  click  Trade show Registration Package


Business Excellence Award Luncheon

Oct 24  11:45 – 1:30 pm

The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce is committed to celebrating the Business Community and economic backbone of our region, through recognition of businesses who contribute to their community.  The Chamber is pleased to host the first annual Chamber Excellent Award Luncheon and we want you to be part of the excitement!  Attend the Luncheon and celebrate your fellow business colleagues along with the Chamber and community members.



Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you a business that is looking to get involved and promote your business? Small Business Week is a great opportunity to showcase your contribution to supporting community initiatives and events.  We have lots of ways to get involved and you can contact us to find out your way to be a part of the excitement.  Check out our Sponsorship Opportunities.

Sponsorship Package