Following a years that saw critics of the chamber question its relevance in the community, 2019 saw the business organization begin to raise its profile with a series of initiatives.
It hosted business strategy seminars, launched a social media contest, and co-hosted the 2019 federal election all-candidates meeting.
The chamber is also seeking the return of $28,000 in municipal funding it gave up in 2016, without any expectation of the economic development responsibilities that was earmarked with the original funding.
“It wasn’t reasonable,” Mason said.
“Economic development is a whole career set — a six-figure-a-year job. There was no way that a group of volunteers at the chamber, without experience in economic development, could or should have been expected to pull it off.”
The funding request is still before district council.
Mason said a properly funded chamber of commerce will help to turn the corner for Sooke businesses.
i'm not sure how relevant a sooke chamber is but i do know they should be independant of government - and government support.
they should be selling memberships to raise operating funds. period. if they can not raise enough money from memberships then they are too small to be a real entity.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 04 February 2020 - 05:28 AM.