Local chambers of commerce are quite pleased with the area’s recent commercial growth, though it’s still too early to tell if 2014 will see a similar boost.
"Predictions for this year is a tough question because in business, you just never know for sure," said Headingley Regional Chamber of Commerce president Graham Hawryluk, who also added there are no indications Headingley’s business growth will slow in 2014.
He attributes part of the continuing growth to municipal improvements to infrastructure designed to accommodate new business.
Hawryluk cited King’s Septic & Portable Toilet Service as one of the businesses that moved into the RM of Headingley in 2013, and AMC Foam Technologies is expected to hold a grand opening at its new location at 35 Headingley St. in the next few months.
"AMC Foam Technologies has probably been the most recognizable addition to the Headingley business landscape with their wonderful new facility," he said.
Hawryluk said he and the other chamber members are looking forward to their annual golf tournament in May. Funds raised at last year’s tournament are given out as three $1,000 scholarships for three students attending high schools in parts of Winnipeg located closest to Headingley.
"This scholarship program was a huge hit, and we look forward to its continued success this year," said Hawryluk.
The chamber plans to keep recruiting new members and to work on bringing value and perks to their members.
"I encourage our existing and potential membership to stay up to date with the Chamber through our website, www.headingleychamber.ca, or social media pages," Hawryluk said.
La Salle Chamber growing Director Dave Littleford said the La Salle and Area Chamber of Commerce is in its second year of re-establishment, and has seen very positive growth with 57 members. It’s open to all business owners located in the RM of Macdonald.
The chamber hosted its 2nd Annual Home & Life Show at Kingswood Golf & Country Club last April with more displays and people attending. Littleford said plans are underway for this year’s show.
The chamber’s revamped website at www.lasalleonline.ca includes information on chamber activities and local announcements of importance.
"The chamber also created a Facebook page and is exploring other social media avenues to create awareness for our association and its membership," he said.
The chamber distributes a quarterly newsletter to more than 2,000 homes and businesses in La Salle, Domain, Oak Bluff, Sanford and the McGillivray business district. Members are able to promote their businesses through the newsletter.
After filling all spots on a large business advertising board located within La Salle, the group is talking to provincial highways staff in hopes of getting approval for erecting a second sign, Littleford said.
The chamber revived the Lights of La Salle competition last year and plans to continue the annual event.
Its annual general meeting is scheduled for Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Kingswood Golf & Country Club and is open to all members and the public. Littleford said it gives non-members the chance to find out more about chamber membership.
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