Small Town Chamber

There is one small town Chamber in British Columbia that is leading business out from under a seriously hurtin’ economy. No point dwelling on the past, but recall just a handful of blows to the body that Summerland Business has endured:
– Loss of 3 major employers, payrolls gone.
– Hiway closings due to fire(s), and due to rock work.
– Loss of Major Golf Resort Development
– Wharton Street downtown revite was stalled for years
When you look at the vacant store fronts, the for rent and for sale signs, its important to remember what Summerland has come through, but its even more important to dwell on the progressive future the Chamber is leading us toward.
Last night the Summerland Chamber hosted another of its well attended Business after Business events. There are tell tale signs of the small business community coming together like never before.
1) QUALITY OF THE CHAMBER EVENT
No other small town has the Premier Name in BC Wine history quietly pouring to serve business owners some of the best premium wines in BC. Yes, thank you very much, the McWatters Meritage tasted excellent. And how about the perfect pairings with Local Lounge & Grille food catering? Incredible for small town business to enjoy!
2) THE POINT OF THE HOST’S MESSAGE
When one of the town’s main money guys politely reminds of the importance of shopping local, (and gives his own example of how he does it) you know the town is heading the right direction.
3) THE difference IN THE NEXT CHAMBER EVENT
The announced speaker for the upcoming Chamber Gala is a first, and a very welcome addition to the nearly sold out event. The Gala is set to celebrate Summerland Business in progressive new ways, with a clear focus on business on quality and on the progressive future.

Thank you Chamber, just what the doctor ordered for this otherwise still ailing small town. Lots of hard work ahead, but with the Chamber leading the way, we are already going the right direction. Together.

Patrick Murphy

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