Smithers District Chamber of Commerce

New Business Reception 2015

Thanks to the Aspen Riverhouse Lounge and the Alpenhorn Pub and Bistro for sponsoring the Mountain Martini Bar. Enjoyed by all!

Taco Bar at the New Business Reception sponsored by the Business Development Bank

New Business Reception sponsors: Bulkley Valley Credit Union, BVEDA, Hawkair, CityWest, & Citywest. Alpenhorn Pub and Bistro supported by creating Mountain Martinis (have you ever tried the Pain in the Aspen?).

Small Town Love featuring and was featured. It's an on-line site that features small, independent businesses and was sponsored by the BVEDA; Village of Telkwa; Town of Smithers and the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce with funding through Northern Development Initiatie Trust

Chamber Manager Heather Gallagher has husband Pat in Valentine cuffs at the New Biz Photo Area

Fun at the New Biz photo area

Welcoming address to the new business owners and new Chamber members by Smithers mayor Taylor Bachrach

The Mayor joins the fun at the New Biz Reception photo booth, with Amanda of Creative Roots and Chamber manager Heather Gallagher

Three beauties at the event, the Mainerz Streetwear Gals

Thanks to Hawkair for the flight for 2 to Vancouver won by Whistler Road Cheese Co. Chamber President Colin Bateman and the evening's main sponsor (and Chamber Vice-President) Greg Wacholtz of the Bulkley Valley Credit Union.

Yummy buffet at the Hudson Bay Lodge

Telkwa Mayor Darcy Repen provides a welcome to the new businesses.

Off My Griddle owners, a new Smithers business, enjoy the music, appetizers and slide show, featuring all the new businesses.

Crowd shot at the well attended event.

Citywest Don Hokensted and Chris Armstrong were in attendance to sponsor the event and provide a major announcement of fibre optic high speed internet, expanded services in the area...and the opening of their new office (soon).

Evening had a valentine theme (even though it was Friday the 13th)

Two beautiful Bandstra ladies, Alyssa and Betty

Taco Bar sponsored by Business Development Bank

Smithers Secondary Jazz Combo supplied the cool tunes for the event (seventh year in a row)

Candy Buffet at the Reception

"Smithers Shines", published by the Chamber was launched at the event. Pick up a copy at the Chamber office in Central Park

Susan and Heather at the New Biz Reception Photo area.

The Chamber hosted over 120 people at the New Business Reception

Valentine's Theme at the New Business Reception

I think the future of Smithers’ business community is bright. There’s a new generation of people starting out and taking over old businesses in the community, supplying new ideas and breathing life into this town. The people here are friendly and support each other, but I think that the best thing about our town is the diversity of people here.

-Peter Krause, Owner, McBike & Sport and Chamber Member since 1983

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