The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that voting is now open for the 2022 People’s Choice Award. Given out every year at the annual Fernie Business Excellence Awards, any business or organization that is nominated for any award will be in the running to win the People’s Choice Award.

The general public can now cast their vote at

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the annual Fernie Business Excellence Awards will take place again this year on Friday 21 October at the Rusty Edge. Nominations from the public are now open! The nominations period will run from today until 5pm on Friday 2 September 2022.

To nominate your favourite business, organization or individual across the categories – please head to to cast your nomination.

Remember vinyl records? Cassettes? CDs? I sure do! My basement is full of them. Living rooms and dens around the world used to be bursting with these, with audiophiles boasting about their expansive collection of physical media. Now, every track or album you ever would want to listen to is in the cloud and can be streamed on to your mobile device with the tap of a button. 

I am writing my column from Prince George where Chambers of Commerce from across British Columbia are gathered in-person for the first time in three years for the BC Chamber AGM and Conference. It has been an awesome week – packed with amazing presentations from government officials, business analysts, and industry leaders. And of course, being in the mix and networking with people who do my role around the province is worth the price of admission alone. There has been a lot of valuable information that I can’t wait to bring back to Fernie and put in action in our local Chamber. 

The Elk Valley Economic Initiative (EVEI) has released the Elk Valley Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) survey report. BRE surveys and reports are an effective economic development tool that encourages local businesses to stay and grow in the community through identifying and responding to their needs.

Local businesses impact all our lives everyday – whether we work for them or buy goods and services from them. Our local businesses are powered by people, and those people come from all walks of life and backgrounds.

We’re all pretty done with this pandemic, huh? Indubitably. It’s been a lot and has dragged on for way too long. One of the many things that have had to take a back seat in the interest of public safety these past two years is the traditional idea of networking and connection.

As we all ring in the new year, it’s the natural time to reflect on the year that was and the year ahead. For small business owners and managers, it’s usually a time of taking stock and planning for the new year with strategy, budgets, and all that fun stuff. It’s also a time we tend to set resolutions or goals for the year – both for our businesses, and ourselves.

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Throughout this pandemic, children are still coming into government care. Vulnerable children, youth and families could be at greater risk. 

What happened to this year? Seriously?! It’s December already, and that means ski season is kicking off. It also means the holiday season is upon us – a critical time of year for our local businesses. Some retail businesses can make up to 25-30% of their annual gross revenue for the year during the holiday shopping period. After another challenging year, Fernie businesses are looking forward to this holiday boost.