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New Bridge over Kathlyn Creek in Smithers

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Work will soon be underway on a project to replace the Kathlyn Creed culvert with a bridge on Highway 16 near Smithers, annnounced Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Tood Stone. "Replacing hte culvert wiht a bridge will make a big difference for drivers using th is part of the highway, said Stone. "Highway 16 is a key corridor for the transportation of people and goods in Northern BC and these improvements will increase th esfety and capacity of this crossing and provide a more efficient route for commecials traffic in the region."  A contract for $1.49 million was awarded to Surespan Construction of North Van. The culvert will be replaced with a clear span bridge, improving hte fish habitat and fish passage on Kahlyn Creed. A two lane detour route will be insalled for the duration of construction. The total cost of the project is $3.2 million and completion is scheduled for next spring. The project is part of BC "On the Move", the BC governments 10 year plan for the improvement of the province's transporation network.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 09:53

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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 August 2016 14:50

Smithers-Telkwa Business Walk

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business walk
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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