The Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce has added a new member to its board of directors.
Lorne Leeson is the Commercial Loans Manager at the Columbia Valley Credit Union in Golden. Leeson has been at the credit union in Golden since Nov. 27, 2011 and has enjoyed working with other credit unions in the past.
“I volunteered for the chamber. I have been on the boards of three other chambers where I have been stationed,” he said.
Leeson added that being involved with the chamber gives business owners a place to develop connections within the business community. This, he thinks, only makes the business community stronger for both established and new businesses.
“It gives us a chance to mingle with the business community, and by doing so and chewing the fat, you get leads on new businesses. It has worked out great.”
He also said being a member of the chamber gives people the chance to meet new customers. “People do not know that you are out looking for business unless you go out there and pound the streets to get to know people.”
One of the issues Leeson feels some businesses have is looking only to the short term, rather than further down the road.
“I was very disappointed to encounter in the past couple of months, a couple of businesses that look at the short term rather than the long term consequences,” he said. “People go to Invermere to shop. People go to Calgary to shop, and yet everyone complains we don’t shop locally. There have been other businesses I have been at who are very welcoming and the service is great and they are the ones I feel will survive in this recession.”