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Get the most from your chamber membership!

Here at the Warman Chamber of Commerce we work hard to serve our members and help you to be more successful. Most businesses benefit in some way from membership, and small businesses often benefit dramatically from the power of joining together with their peers in this way. Here are some of the things that the Warman Chamber of Commerce does for our members, along with a few suggestions for getting the most from your membership.

Advocacy

The Warman Chamber of Commerce represents the viewpoints of our members in front of our municipal government and advocate for their business interests when necessary. Your dues support the efforts that we make on your behalf to make our community a better place to do business. This alone is a reason to become a member! If you’re interested in getting more involved, contact our chamber office.

Be sure to attend Chamber events featuring political candidates and elected officials. You’ll often have an opportunity to meet them, ask questions, and perhaps even give them your opinion about important decisions that impact your business.

Networking

For many of us, it’s important to be visible. The Warman Chamber of Commerce holds a variety of  networking events that are designed for members to meet and do business together. If your business depends on local-business generation, this is an opportunity that you shouldn’t pass up. Even if your customer base is not local, the connections you make can be an invaluable source of local goods and services for your business needs.

Contact the chamber office if you’d like to have a built-in opportunity to welcome and meet new members.

Advertising & Promoting

When you’re a member, you’ll be listed in our online chamber directory (this alone is worth the annual membership fee), but opportunities for promoting your business don’t stop there. The Warman Chamber of Commerce website, newsletter, Chamber Spotlight feature in the Clark’s Crossing Gazette, to name a few offer advertising opportunities, and you have to be a member to advertise. The costs are modest, and if your target market includes other Chamber members, the ROI can be fantastic.

We love to publish news about our members and promote your events – on our website, email, facebook page and in our newsletters.  Don’t be shy.  Let us know what’s new at your company and we will promote your news!

Speaking & Writing Opportunities

We offer ample opportunities for members to give presentations that introduce themselves and their businesses to fellow members and the community. Speaking formats can vary from simple introductions and expert panels to full 30 minute presentations. One of the benefits of these speaking opportunities is that they are in front of “safe” audiences.  That means the room is full of people just like you, and they will be supportive.  As businesspeople, they appreciate the pressure of giving a presentation, and they understand that everyone is there to network and pitch their services.

As previously mentioned, we are eager to publish our members’ news and events.  However, an even better way of using print to get in front of potential sales leads is to write an article that other business owners will find useful and relevant.  We are very willing to post well-written articles submitted by members in our “Share Your Knowledge” section of our monthly Chamber Chat newsletter.

Education

Training yourself and your staff can be expensive, but it’s important to keep up with new developments and continue improving everyone’s business skills.  The Warman Chamber of Commerce work hard to bring in professionals who go out of their way to do a great job speaking on their area of expertise.  Topics can include social media training, marketing, patents and trademarks, WCB regulations, human resource issues, taxes, etc.

Referrals

Businesses and residents that are new to a community as well as visitors frequently call the local Chamber of Commerce for referrals for the goods and services they need.  Guess what?  If you’re not a member, the chamber staff can’t refer you.  Take the time to get to know the staff of your local chamber and make sure that they have the information they need to send business your way.

Chamber Exclusive Benefits

Chamber members have access to chamber discount programs such as FirstData and ChamberPlan.

  • Preferred rates on the electronic processing of VISA (1.49%) MasterCard (1.49%), Discover (1.60%) and debit cards ($0.05/transaction) through First Data Canada
  • Highly-rated health, dental and employee benefits plan, ChamberPlan Group Benefits plan is afforable and locally serviced.

Committee Involvement

Volunteering to serve on a chamber committee that fits your interests or expertise creates leadership opportunities, helps you become better known in the community, and can help position you as an expert in your field.

Belonging to the Warman Chamber of Commerce is an easy, affordable way to grow your business.  If you’re not already a member, contact our office to find out more, and if you are a member, be sure you are getting the most out of your membership!

WCB Rebate 100% of Investment Funds

June 29, 2016

Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce applauds WCB surplus distribution

The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board announced their decision on June 29, 2016 to rebate 100 per cent of the investment funds that are over their mandated surplus levels. This move was strongly advocated for by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber applauds the WCB Board’s decision to act so quickly in releasing the full amount.

Over 40,000 Saskatchewan businesses that will be receiving payments in July 2016 and December 2016 as part of the massive WCB surplus redistribution are very happy with the WCB Board’s decision and remain firmly committed to enhancing their workplace safety.

“The vast majority of Saskatchewan businesses have expressed a sincere interest in maintaining and improving their workplace safety practices and these cheques are a reward for that hard work. Businesses that currently have a positive safety rating with the WCB will soon be receiving cheques. Across the province there will be a total of $281.5 million in rebates being deposited and that is a huge amount of money back in the pockets of businesses,” said Saskatchewan Chamber CEO Steve McLellan.

“While companies will receive a wide range of rebate amounts, from $200 to millions of dollars, we encourage all businesses to reinvest this money back into their current and future safety plans. Making sure staff are well trained and have all the necessary equipment to work safely needs to remain the top priority for businesses. These rebates can help fund those efforts,” said McLellan.

The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce also advocated for the distribution of the WCB surplus in 2015, which resulted in a significant refund to many businesses throughout the province.

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The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, through the province’s Chamber Network, represents the interests of over 10,000 businesses. Advocating for expanded opportunities and regulatory simplification, the Chamber encourages strategic economic growth.

www.saskchamber.com

For further information, contact:

Steve McLellan, CEO

Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

Cell: 306.533.7686

Email: smclellan@saskchamber.com

 

Chamber Speakers Corner at WOBE

WOBE 2016
NEW Speakers Corner at WOBE 2016
New for WOBE 2016 is the Chamber Speakers Corner on Saturday, October 15th.  This new feature will provide a platform for you to inform and educate existing and potential clients on your area of expertise allowing you to expand your reach.  Limited 30 & 45 minute spaces are available to chamber members.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Jaimie at the chamber office at 306-292-7066.
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