As I look back at September and towards Thanksgiving, I am so thankful for our robust business community. The backbone of the economy is our hard-working individuals who are so generous to local charities and events. Without the caring support of these businesses, rural Saskatchewan would not be would not be the place we all enjoy. So, for this, I say thank you!
The Chamber would like to congratulate Dr. Robert Kitchen on his re-election in the Souris-Moose Mountain constituency. We look forward to continuing our work with him. Post Federal election, your Chamber will continue to work toward the needs of membership in our focus on government.
This last month the Chamber hosted a variety of events including an All-Candidates Forum prior to the Federal election, and a Coffee with the Chamber that featured the Regina Airport Authority. The presentation the Airport Authority gave was very informative. Some of the topics they discussed were the successful securement of the air traffic tower and what it means to the airport. We looked at the current renovations to the airport to serve travelers better. Direction around how flying currently is and what it will look like in the future—the steps on leaving and re-entering Canada with current Covid restrictions. Our next Coffee with the Chamber will be held in November. Coming up in October during Small Business Week (October 18 – 22) we will sit down for breakfast with Community Futures Sunrise and learn about their Go Digital Sask campaign, and all the great ways they help our small businesses grow.
The Chamber is in full swing with its shop local campaign, “Meet Weyburn”. It has included multiple videos and advertising in the area regarding what shop local means to the economy. As a Chamber, we are working on an education component to the public, emphasizing that even small purchases make a huge impact. The videos that have already been released have reached over 27,000 people to date. The final step that will take us into December is “Chamber bucks”. This allows one lucky winner $1,000 in Chamber bucks to spend at participating businesses, and the Chamber redeems the Chamber dollars to the retailer. We hope, as a Chamber, this will not only create a buzz around the area but will also aid in Christmas shopping locally. To be part of the Chamber Buck campaign, please reach out to our office. It’s not too late to join.
The Chamber is once again excited to host Agriculture Appreciation Night in November. We look forward to honoring someone from our incredible agricultural community. The opportunity for fellowship and entertainment within the ag sector is always a great event.
As your Chamber, we are always here to strengthen our business community. Should you require any assistance, please feel free to stop by the office at #11 3rd St. Weyburn or call us at 306.842.4738.