Thank you to all members and for the Salt Spring Island Community for making this an excellent year in business. We had a great tourism season in 2014 and look forward to the year ahead. We are excited about the many initiatives we started this year which we will continue to work on including the Shop Local Program and the Boardwalk Completion Task Force. We hope that you will pitch in and help grow the local economy!
As a part of our Shop Local Program, the Chamber is proud to sponsor Christmas on Salt Spring. We are encouraging all Salt Spring residents and visitors to celebrate an uniquely Salt Spring Christmas by visiting our local shops, restaurants, cafes and local attractions. There are many events and community programs to be fount at www.christmasonsaltspring.com
Last Year’s Guide was another great success – the Map included in the Visitors Guide was a huge hit! We are now working on the 2015 Salt Spring Visitor Guide and Salt Spring Island Map which will have a new look and feel. 45,000 Guides with Fold-out Map will be produced. Here is your chance to advertise in this excellent Guide to Salt Spring Island! Our advertisers have the attention of thousands of tourists planning their trip and using the Guide while here!
The 2014 Salt Spring Island Business Awards drew a capacity crowd of local Salt Spring entrepreneurs to the Harbour House Hotel on Thursday, October 23rd. Award winners in 10 categories were on hand to receive their trophies in front of a supportive group of fellow local business owners and event Sponsors Island Savings and the Gulf Islands Driftwood.
The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce is excited to be launching a new Shop Local initiative for Salt Spring Island. According to Chamber President Li Read “Shopping locally is a way to sustain our entire local economy. Spending dollars in one store allows that owner to spend dollars at his/her chosen locations, which allows other people to benefit by being hired for specific jobs. It’s a trickle down effect and it works.” Our members have the opportunity to participate in this great initiative that will support their businesses and create positive community spirit!
Now is a Great Time to Join the Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce! Become a member of Salt Spring’s business co-op which has been here since 1948! You could receive membership free for one year – ask how! This offer includes: member discounts, your profile on the Chamber member directory, access to member benefits and referrals from the Chamber’s Business Resource and Referral Centre and Visitor Information Centre, member mixers and events. Act soon as this offer is only available until October 20th! Take part in our new Shop Local Program and join today!
The new “Salt Spring Island – Discover Yourself Here” video has now been launched! The 2 minute video, with song “Northern Lights” by local young musician Shane Hooper in the background, is a day on our Island Paradise from sun rise to sun set. It profiles the people who call Salt Spring home and features the many creative, fun, soul filling, adventurous and culinary experiences you can enjoy while here. See it by visiting our new tourism website and share it with your contacts and friends: www.saltspringtourism.com