Fernie Chamber of Commerce

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 Fernie Chamber of Commerce is announcing the line-up of speakers for the Housing Information Session being hosted as part of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in-person event on Thursday April 21st. Celebrating 120 years since incorporation, the Fernie Chamber is excited to return to an in-person format at the Cast Iron Grill (Fernie Golf Club) after two years of virtual AGMs.

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.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce unveiled the winners of their annual Fernie Business Excellence Awards at a reduced-capacity event that was livestreamed on Facebook on Friday night. Awards were given out across 12 categories, as listed below. 

Citizen of the Year 
(Sponsored by the City of Fernie) 
Krista Turcasso 

Chamber Business Legacy Award 
(Sponsored by Claris Media) 
Canyon Raft Company  

Business of the Year 
(Sponsored by North Coal) 
Fernie Brewing Co. 

Back in September, the Fernie Chamber of Commerce launched a campaign to support Fernie’s businesses and their frontline workers. The campaign encourages residents and visitors to be “respectful, patient and kind” with staff as our local businesses navigate unprecedented worker shortages, lack of attainable housing for staff, and evolving public health guidelines in response to the pandemic.

Event Date(s): 
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Time: 
7:00pm

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is excited to be partnering with the Sparwood and Elkford Chambers to present an Elk Valley All-Candidates Forum ahead of the upcoming federal election. The forum will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 14 September online using Zoom and will also be live streamed on the Fernie Chamber Facebook page, where people will be able to watch it afterwards. The Zoom webinar link and the link to the Fernie Chamber Facebook page.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is excited to be partnering with the Sparwood and Elkford Chambers to present an Elk Valley All-Candidates Forum ahead of the upcoming federal election. The forum will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 14 September online using Zoom and will also be live streamed on the Fernie Chamber Facebook page, where people will be able to watch it afterwards. The Zoom webinar link and the link to the Fernie Chamber Facebook page are included at the bottom of this release.

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 Fernie Chamber of Commerce and the Elk Valley Economic Initiative (EVEI) are excited to announce the hiring of a brand-new position – the Elk Valley Economic Recovery Advisor. After a thorough recruitment process, Taylor Jenkins has been appointed to the new full-time role on a 12-month contract and officially started on Monday 14 June.