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The Chamber is once again planning for the Annual
Northwest Trade Expo
being held on May 6 & 7, 2016

Both Areans will be utilized again this year.  We know that by hosting the event in two arenas we will draw larger crowds and we are really excited to share the excitement with our exhibitors.


2016 Indoor Floor Plan        


2016 Outdoor Floor Plan                


2016 Exhibitor's Contract



If you are interested in being in the Outdoor Show please contact the office for details.


Throughout the weekend, sell your product to approximately 3,000 potential customers who attend from around the area.

  • Achieve qualified leads for personal follow-up.
  • Network with customers not normally called upon.
  • Great Marketplace for finding targeted audience.
  • Build brand awareness.
  • Test new products.
  • Present your products to buyers face-to-face.
  • Communicate the benefits of your product or service.
  • Show and demonstrate new products and features of old products.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2016 09:58

New Business Reception Friday, March 11 from 6:30 to 9:30 at the BV Rod and Gun Club.

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Annually the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce organizes and hosts a New Business Reception. It is an opportunity to host new businesses in both Telkwa and Smithers and to acknowledge new chamber members. This year's reception will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 at the BV Rod and Gun Club on Glacier Gulch Road. Elected officials will be in attendance with welcoming addresses to new owners. During the evening the Chamber displays pictures of the new businesses that rotates continously throughout the evening. Guests are treated to door prizes, Jazz Combo entertainment, appetizers from multiple caterers, along with sponsor exhibit tables. This year as the event is hosted at the Rod and Gun Club the Chamber is featuring organizations whose activities are suitable for corporate team building outings. Heli-hiking anyone? How about a corporate trap shoot? Door pizes include a trip for 2 donated by Central Mountain Air and a Business Coaching Package (valued at $235) from Peak Life Coaching. Since the event is being hosted a couple miles out of town there will be designated driver service. Pre-registration is required, call 250-847-5072 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . It is the Chamber's privilege, along with our sponsors, to honour business by organizing this event. Thanks to the main event sponsor, the Bulkley Valley Credit Union; BDC; BVEDO; Central Mountain and Peak Life Coaching for contributing to the evening.

Smithers-Telkwa Business Walk

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 11:08

2015 New Business Reception

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New Business Reception Friday, February 13, 2015

Last year the Chamber and the event’s main sponsor, the Bulkley Valley Credit Union welcomed over 100 guests at the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce New Business Reception. This year marks the seventh year the event has been held so please consider coming out and meeting the new businesspeople that took out business licences over the past year in both Smithers and Telkwa.  Also meet new Chamber members who joined in 2014.

The New Business Reception takes place Friday, February 13 from 6 to 9 at the Hudson Bay Lodge and is an evening where the Chamber honours entrepreneurial spirit.  

Over 50 invitations go out to a variety of diverse new businesses from helicopter companies to construction businesses to personal care providers. The evening is all about networking and giving new business owners the opportunity to meet established business owners from the area. There’s appetizers; cool sounds from the Smithers Secondary Jazz Combo; no-host bar;  welcoming addresses are provided to the new business owners and new chamber members by Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach, Telkwa Mayor Darcy Repin, Greg Wacholtz of the Bulkley Valley Credit Union;  Smithers District Chamber of Commerce President Colin Bateman, CityWest Rep and Economic Development Officer Allan Stroet.  

This is a wonderful evening to promote the diverse business activity in the Valley and the evening happens because of the tremendous support of our Sponsors: The Bulkley Valley Credit Union; Business Development Bank; CityWest, Bulkley Valley Economic Development Association and thanks to the Bulkley Valley Credit Union for the door prizes and Hawkair for the flight for 2 to Vancouver.  At the event there will be sponsor exhibit areas including Small Town LoveSmithers.

Tthe Chamber is producing a 40-page publication dedicated to acknowledging the terrific efforts of local organizations whose work results in the cultural richness of our communities through the many events and activities they create on our behalf. From concert halls to backcountry trail development our volunteers make life here so vibrant. The publication will be launched at the New Business Reception where we have so much to Honour.

Tickets for the New Business Reception are $15, (prices are low with our sponsors covering most of the cost) available  at the Smithers Chamber office,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by phone 250-847-5072.  

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 15:08

Empowering Young Entrepreneurs to ThriveNorth

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BG Canada share the belief that a mix of thriving local businesses and larger development projects is essential in building a stronger, more resilient local economy. With this common philosophy in mind, the two organizations created ThriveNorth, an exciting new initiative that grants young people in the Northwest region of British Columbia access to the resources, mentorship and financing necessary to launch and grow their own businesses.

As part of the ThriveNorth initiative, the ThriveNorth Business Challenge is an opportunity for people between the ages of 18-39 years old to win $10,000 to help jumpstart their own business.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Futurpreneur Canada to launch the first ever business competition for young people in Northern B.C.,” said BG Canada President, Madeline Whitaker. “The potential in the region is enormous and we’re determined to do everything we can to help people succeed.”

The Thrive North Business Challenge is currently accepting applications in three categories: Best New Business Idea; Best Business Expansion Opportunity; and Best Social Enterprise Idea.

Applicants that qualify as finalists will have the opportunity to strengthen their business skills, attend specialized training sessions, and receive personalized coaching to help them perfect their business pitch and prepare to present their idea to a panel of business experts.

“At Futurpreneur Canada, we know that with the right tools and support, what starts as a small idea can turn into a big success, and with ThriveNorth we’re bringing these resources to a community we haven’t reached previously. We can’t wait to see what Northern B.C. has to offer,” said Jill Earthy, British Columbia Regional Director, Futurpreneur Canada.

The application period for the ThriveNorth Business Challenge closes at 11:59 p.m. PST on February 6, 2015. Interested individuals can find more information on the competition and submit their application at http://www.futurpreneur.ca/thrivenorth

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