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Proposed Chamber Amalgamation

                                                     

Proposed Chamber Amalgamation

Over the last few months, the Board of Directors from the Warman and Martensville Chambers of Commerce have been exploring ways that our two organizations could collaborate more extensively for the good of the region’s businesses and the communities that we each serve. Both organizations recognize that we have many shared goals and issues and that combining our resources will make us a much stronger advocate for the future growth of our economic region.
The Board of Directors have each approved, unanimously, to pursue the amalgamation of the Warman and Martensville Chambers of Commerce. This partnership is a result of the collaborative efforts among both chambers supporting one another’s organizations over the last few years by hosting successful joint events like the Warman & Martensville Business Excellence Awards and working closely on business initiatives. The natural progression is to form a partnership that would benefit members across the board, from marketing & networking opportunities to government affairs.

VISION STATEMENT
To be the voice of the Warman, Martensville & area business region.

MISSION STATEMENT
Representing businesses through advocacy, education, and networking, to build and promote a strong and prosperous economic region.

BENEFITS OF CHAMBER AMALGAMATION

1. There is power in numbers. The new combined chamber would move up from 10th/11th largest to the
5th largest chamber in the province. This larger voice, combined with the joint influence and expertise of the individual members offers both communities a seat at the provincial table.

2. Access to a wider range of services, increased exposure, B2B networking connections, etc.

3. Efficiency savings in back office and overhead costs, enabling more resources to be focused on member
services.

4. This amalgamation is about building collective capacity. Municipal boundaries do not define our
economy. This region is, in fact, one economic marketplace. This amalgamation will provide for stronger collaborations with other partners and provide greater opportunities for new ones. It will enable the Chamber to grow so that you, our members, can grow too.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Who is involved in the steering committee that is leading this amalgamation?
Elise Hildebrandt, President of the Warman Chamber of Commerce; Tracey Fesiuk, President of the Martensville Chamber of Commerce; Gary Moore, Director of the Warman Chamber of Commerce; Stephen Nicholson, Director of the Martensville Chamber of Commerce & Jaimie Malmgren, Executive Director.

2. What does this mean for each Chamber?
Each Chamber will bring their membership, assets and liabilities to this new Chamber bringing combined membership count to just under 200. It will also result in operational cost savings.

3. What does this mean for my membership?
Essentially, your membership will improve for the better; having access to a larger network of potential customers and vendors, stronger advocacy clout, access to broader markets, greater business resources and an increased regional audience to support business growth.

4. Will this cost me more?
No, membership fees will remain the same.

5. How will the new chamber be governed?
The new Chamber will be governed by one board of directors with one set of bylaws and a uniformed dues structure. Each city will have a minimum of three (3) representatives on the board of directors.

6. How will my concerns be address?
Same as always. Our diverse board of directors, comprised of talented local business people, are invested in ensuring our economic region remains vibrant and strong. We will continue to engage our membership with surveys, member visits, and events. Of course, if there are specific concerns you would like us to be made of aware of, please feel free to contact Jaimie Malmgren, Executive Director or one of the current chamber presidents.

7. Where will the office be located?
Although we do not require office space yet, we know that we will in the near future. We will keep our options open and look for the best space that meets our needs.

8. How does the process of the proposed amalgamation proceed?
The Warman and Martensville Chambers of Commerce will each be hosting Open Houses for our members to come out and learn more about the proposed amalgamation. The vote will then go to the members of each of the Chambers for approval. A Special Membership Meeting for the purpose of considering authorization of the merger will be held on the following dates.

Open House
Martensville: Tuesday, September 5—7pm
Canalta Hotel
Warman: Wednesday, September 6—7pm
The Legends Centre

Special Meeting
Wednesday, October 4
Martensville: 6pm Canalta Hotel
Warman: 7:30pm The Legends Centre

 

Questions or comments, please contact the following representatives:

Elise Hildebrandt, WCC President, Phone (306) 221-2373, Email elise@mortgagecentre.com

Jaimie Malmgren, Executive Director, Phone (306) 292-7066, Email: contact@warmanchamber.com

Tracey Fesiuk, MCC President, Phone (306) 260-0886, Email mvp@martensvilleplumbing.ca

 

 

 

CARBON TAX

Carbon Tax has been a hot topic in the headlines lately.  While the general consensus is that there needs to be a reduction in carbon emissions, many feel that implementing the proposed federal carbon tax will not only be detrimental to businesses in Saskatchewan but it will have very little effect on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the province.  While revenues from the carbon pricing system will stay in the province, the Federal Government is still non-committal about whether this revenue will be given directly to the province for distribution or if the federal government will bypass the province altogether and distribute revenues to businesses and households directly.
The Warman Chamber of Commerce supports the Saskatchewan Chamber on its research and advocacy efforts.  The Saskatchewan Chamber has formed an Energy Efficiency Taskforce to articulate a clear policy framework for Saskatchewan in-line with promoting energy conservation.  The Energy Efficiency Taskforce is comprised of individuals with technical expertise in the area of energy conservation.  The mandate of the Energy Efficiency Taskforce is to create a series of recommendations to advance the implementation of energy efficiency measures as the first step toward reducing carbon emissions.
In addition to this, the Warman Chamber of Commerce has responded to Honorable Scott Moe, Minister of the Environment, request to support their position on the federal government carbon pricing program.  WCC Letter to Hon Scott Moe, June 27, 2017

WOBE – September 22 & 23, 2017

It’s the time of year again to start planning for Warman’s Open for Business Exhibition scheduled for September 22nd & 23rd, 2017!  This is always a popular event in Warman with 100 trade show booths, food vendors, entertainment and great B2B networking.  Over 1200 people walked through the doors last year and we are expecting that number to increase this year.

Public registration for the show opens June 15th, 2017.  Tradeshow booths fill up fast, so don’t delay reserving your spot soon!

General Registration Form

Several things about the show have changed, so make sure to take a look at the attached forms. All you have to do to reserve your spot is have the form filled out, signed and remitted with payment. Additional information regarding the show can be found here: http://www.warman.ca/index.aspx?nid=415.

 

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