The executive director of the recently rejuvenated West Prince Chamber of Commerce has used the time to help the chamber’s board of directors plot out a full year of activities, and it all gets going again with a ‘Greet & Grow’ business mixer this Wednesday, September 6, at Holland College West Prince Campus.
When she took on the position early in the summer, Rix indicated she was hoping to help grow the chamber to 100 members by the end of summer. By Aug. 30 there were 97 signed-up members and Rix was confident of hitting the target by end of the day.
Of course, that just leads to a new objective, Rix admits, suggesting 125 members by year’s end is not unrealistic.
“The West Prince Chamber is at an exciting crossroads and ready for its next development,” Rix advises perspective members. There are about 1,800 small businesses, including farmers and fishermen in West Prince and Rix wants the chamber to be a voice for them all.
As membership grows, networking opportunities also increase. Upcoming West Prince chamber events to help with that networking include the West Prince Chamber of Commerce’s first annual golf tournament on October 6 and a Small Business Week breakfast meeting the following week. Rix said a schedule of meetings and special events is in place right through until next June. Sub-committees have been formed to help with the planning.
During the Sept. 6 mixer, Brent Gallant will explain the benefits of the Chamber Group Insurance Plan. There will also be presentations form Ellen Rennie, Human Resources specialist with CBDC and Debbie Brady from Graphically Speaking.
West Prince is one of six chambers across P.E.I. and Rix said they are part of a network of approximately 95 Chambers, or Boards of Trade, consisting of approximately 16,000 members across Atlantic Canada.
Also during the mixer, which begins at 7 p.m. and runs until approximately 9 p.m., the West Prince chamber’s new website will be officially launched.