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New Business Reception Friday, March 11 from 6:30 to 9:30 at the BV Rod and Gun Club.
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2015 New Business Reception
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.
Empowering Young Entrepreneurs to ThriveNorth
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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