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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

 

 

 

Why attend the 2017 WMBEXA?

The WMBEXA (Warman & Martensville Chambers of Commerce Business Excellence Awards) is not only the premier event in the Chamber’s busy event schedule, if you are a business owner, it is also one of the MUST attend events in the region.   It is a time for businesses to come together and celebrate business excellence.  Attended by nearly 350 of the most respected and recognized business leaders from every industry and size, you will not want to miss this event.

Why should you attend?

  1. Be inspired by and join in the celebration with award recipients and finalists
  2. Great opportunity to reward your staff with a night out at this glamorous event consisting of cocktail reception, excellent cuisine and of course, the announcement of the 2017 WMBEXA recipients
  3. Support and celebrate businesses achievements
  4. It’s a unique opportunity to network, make new connections and promote your business to 350  likeminded and passionate business and community leaders
  5. It’s an excellent platform to promote business excellence and shine a light on the many new and innovative businesses operating out of sight.  A great way to enable smaller enterprises to gain the recognition and exposure to grow

This was a sold out event last year so don’t miss out on the 2017 WMBEXA Gala.  Purchase your tickets today!

This is a night to shine!  So it is a Black Tie Encouraged event.  (Black Tie Encouraged = We encourage all men to be in a suit with a bow tie or business formal.  We encourage all women to glam up, whether it be a long gown/skirt or a blingy cocktail dress.)

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