I’m always blown away in my day job by how brave small business owners and operators are. Running a business is certainly not for the faint of heart. Everyday you’re faced with extreme challenges and complex decisions that have massive ramifications not only for the survival of your business, but also for your own livelihood and those of your employees.
One of the hats I wear in our community is board director on a local non-profit called the Canadian Adaptive Network (CAN). CAN strives to be a catalyst for more inclusive communities like Fernie by championing accessibility, and currently recognizes the need to increase education and awareness locally on this critical issue.
From touring a local restaurant to virtually exploring the workshop of a local artisan to seeing the latest in family fashion, the #BuyBasin Festival takes you live to local businesses around the Columbia Basin. Attendees will learn about the local goods and services offered right here in the region, and how to keep their spending power close to home.
Many people daydream about the fanciful idea of one day being their own boss and owning their own business. It sounds awesome, right?! Choosing your own work hours, getting to pick who you work with, ideally doing something you love every day, reaping all the profits – who wouldn’t want to do that?
With the BC Restart plan now well underway and more of our local businesses returning to something resembling pre-pandemic operations, the Fernie Chamber’s focus now is on setting the stage for our local economy’s recovery and growth.
The sun is shining, you’ve finished your adventures for the day and you’re craving your favourite refreshments from one of Fernie’s awesome restaurants or bars.
Fernie tech startup Sucre Interactive Technologies Inc. has reached the final round of the New Ventures BC Pitch Competition.
On June 25, the Vogue Theatre is opening its doors to our community after a long stretch of unknown... and everyone is pumped and excited and ready to support this business and the amazing family behind it!
Winters in Fernie can be a blast but they can also be busy, long and draining – especially for business managers and owners. And no winter has been longer or seemingly darker than the one we just collectively endured.
The overall Fernie community is made up of a patchwork of many smaller and vibrant, well, communities! We have an incredible snowboarding community, for example. An awesome arts community. We also have an ever-growing community of people who work remotely from home.