Busy times for the members of the Kicking Horse Country Chamber

Update from the Kicking Horse Country Chamber president.

It’s been a busy six weeks with the KHCCC since our AGM On May 16 and I am pleased to share some highlights with you.  Several of our members have had important successes.

Mountainside Gardens had a fantastic radio campaign with spring gardening tips.

Heather Mountain Lodge launched a Groupon sales campaign.  The Golden Farmers Market expanded by adding a Saturday market in Spirit Square.

Apostoles further enhanced their building with a fresh new paint job.  The College of the Rockies added a new covered timber frame walkway built by their own “Introduction to Trades” students. Kicking Horse Culture secured funding from the Government of Canada for Golden’s Live Kicks performing arts series.

Personal Touch Hair & Body Day Spa opened a second location, expanding their services.

We are fortunate to have these and many more vibrant, creative and dedicated members in our community, and thus far in 2012 have added 27 new members.

Following the results of our “How are we doing” survey to members in January the KHCCC intensified its focus on Policy and Advocacy.  In recent weeks we have represented our members by attending and participating in every Town of Golden Open Council session, as well as the BC Chamber of Commerce AGM, Tourism Golden AGM, Golden Area Initiatives AGM, Golden & District Community Foundation AGM, The Golden Women’s Resource Centre AGM, The Columbia River Treaty Consultation and Information Session, the “Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning” as hosted by the Golden Early Childhood Development Coalition, and the BC Hydro Regional Operational Update Meeting.

Make no mistake we are fully committed to staying informed and identifying issues that affect our members.

This commitment led us to address the Town of Golden’s proposed bylaw for the long term borrowing of funds for the Bridge to Bridge Project.

An issue of this importance meant we had to go to our membership to hear their thoughts and opinions.  The survey has closed and we are now in the process of reviewing the data and comments.

With a strong and ambitious strategic plan; the KHCCC will continue to grow, linking members with community and developing a robust business awareness in Kicking Horse Country.

We wish all of our businesses and members in the community a successful and enjoyable summer season.