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NEWSLETTER March 2017 What’s New? As some of you may be aware, the Yukon Chamber of Commerce has, over the last year, been in pursuit of funding to add a research analyst position to our chamber staff. I’m very pleased to be able to share with you that CanNor has approved funding for this position for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2017. We have run advertisements for the position and will be interviewing candidates next week. With the perspective of more than four years as the president, it is extraordinarily encouraging to me that we received more than 15 applications for the position. I hope and think that this level of response reflects the successes that the Chamber has built on over the last four years; in partnership with our members and the five community chambers of commerce as well as relationships that we have formed with organizations such as TIA Yukon, the Yukon Chamber of Mines, the Yukon First Nations Chamber of Commerce, the Yukon Agricultural Association, Tech Yukon and the Association of Yukon Communities. This new research analyst resource will allow the Chamber to focus in more detail on issues and policies that impact the Yukon business community. They will include but will not be not limited to:  Energy  Transportation and infrastructure  Procurement and the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)  Housing, and  Employee attraction, development, and retention. As well this new resource will be available to help backstop and provide additional horsepower for the five community chambers of commerce, with the objective of identifying and bringing forward to the Yukon chamber community and municipal issues that impact the individual and multiple communities across the Yukon. I’m excited by the addition of this new resource for both YCC and the chamber movement as a whole across the territory. We look forward to continuing to serve the business community of the Yukon, and feel that we will be better equipped to do so with the addition of this new position. The Research Analysis will be reaching out to the Yukon business community and the five community chambers of commerce rapidly upon taking on the role. Contact information as well as their background and experience will be shared with you as soon as we’ve identified and hired our new team member. Stand by for further news!

News & Events  Featured Events: Business Connect Conference April 19-20 See poster page #2 Partners in Safety BBQ May 10 Shipyards Park Yukon Chamber AGM & Reception June 01 Waterfront Station Building Social Events with a visit from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce June 9-11 Various locations in Whitehorse Yukon Chamber Annual Gala Dinner June 11 $90.00 Yukon Convention Centre Tickets NOW Available

Keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page for event details

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We are happy to welcome a new YCC member Whitehorse Physiotherapy – Kristy Lerch and Associates: Come See Us! Suite 205, 2237 – 2nd Ave Whitehorse, YT Y1A 0K7


The Yukon Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Yukon government Department of Tourism to get the word out to the business community about tourism’s “Explore Your Yukon” program. The Chamber sees this as a tremendous opportunity for Yukon businesses to build their local customer base as well as work towards incremental business volume by participating in the program. See the following information for details on the program. We encourage you to participate. The chamber will be conveying further information as the program rolls out.

Explore Your Yukon is a promotional campaign aimed at creating ambassadors of Yukon travel experiences by encouraging people to EXPLORE, EXPERIENCE and SHARE the great things to see and do around the territory. While the campaign targets Yukoners, we also want to reach our ‘early season’ visitors, so we’re considering them ‘Honorary Yukoners’ for the duration of the campaign! This is the third year of the Explore Your Yukon campaign and based on feedback from last year, we’ve made a few changes. Here’s how you can participate: 1. Offer an incentive to experience your product (Examples include: a discounted tour price, a two-for-one offer, a bonus gift, etc. You decide.). 2. Host a special event or program during the campaign (For example, you could host a “Yukoners Day”, an open house or a special event). By participating in this campaign, your organization will be included in the Explore Your Yukon promotional material and you will have an opportunity to showcase your experiences to Yukoners and 'Honorary Yukoners'. Please help us get this summer season off to an exciting start! If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Sarah Marsh at 867-667-5632 or Sarah.Marsh@gov.yk.ca. For more information and to register your business CLICK HERE


The Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon is excited to host recruitment Retention Workshop + Succession Planning Workshop & Consultation in partnership with the Department of Economic Development. Recruitment Retention Workshop March 27th 9:00 – 3:00pm at the Alpine Bakery Finding and Keeping the People Your Business Needs Join the HR Specialist from Chemistry Consulting Group who will be presenting the key steps you need to take in order to be successful in building your team. This workshop provides the strategies you can apply in recruiting and keeping the employees you need. Having the right employees, at the time you need them, will enable you to better focus on your organizational goals and strategies and bring an improvement to your bottom line. Poor HR practices are costly, with recruitment costs ranging from $5,000 to tens of thousands of dollars. Learn some of the new ways of recruiting, the interview process, orientation and retention strategies in this one-day workshop.

REGISTER HERE


Putting you in touch with Yukon businesses http://www.directoryyukon.com To find a Yukon business, simply enter a keyword, business name, category, or location using the search fields. To register your business click “Register Your Business� in the top right-hand corner. For more information, or to edit an existing business listing, please contact the Yukon Chamber of Commerce 867-667-2000 or by email office@yukonchamber.com .


Membership Recognition

The Yukon Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Whitehorse Pizza Hut as they have been a member since 1993. Thank you to all our members for your ongoing support for the efforts of the Yukon Chamber…. It’s your memberships that allow us to do the work we do for the Yukon Business Community.

Yukon Chamber of Commerce Suite 205, 2237 – 2nd Ave Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 0K7 office@yukonchamber.com 867.667.2000 www.yukonchamber.com

Yukon Chamber Of Commerce Newsletter  

March 2017