Our previous Assiniboia Chamber columns have provided readers with information about the new retail businesses that are coming to west Winnipeg and consumers across our city and province.
Despite the additional competition that these much larger box store retailers like IKEA and Target are bringing, local businesses will benefit from the additional consumer traffic the new attractions will be generating.
With this in mind, I see it as an opportune time for long-established small and medium sized, family owned businesses across the area to consider joining their local chambers of commerce. Local chambers offer smaller enterprises the opportunity to tap into the experience of other business people, to source valuable business information and learn about industry trends. In most cases the yearly membership fee is minimal and is recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as a business expense. It is therefore tax deductible.
Membership in the local chamber provides access to the local business community’s social network and professional inroads into the political structure of the community. It offers smaller businesses direct and tangible economic benefits and also the chance, as part of the chamber’s advocacy efforts, to play a role in shaping public policy.
The Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce has been serving west Winnipeg since 1930. We would be delighted to include smaller businesses, who so far have refrained from joining, as members of our business community. I invite all businesses interested to call the chamber office at 204-774-4154.
Ernie Nairn is president of the Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce.