Dou­bling mem­ber­ship

West Prince Cham­ber of Com­merce re­cently hired an ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WEEKEND BUSINESS - BY ERIC MCCARTHY eric.mccarthy@jour­nal­pi­oneer.com

Tammy Rix is on a mis­sion to grow the West Prince Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Since re­ac­ti­vat­ing in Fe­bru­ary, the West Prince Cham­ber’s mem­ber­ship list has grown to 50.

Re­cently hired as the cham­ber’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Rix is hop­ing to see that num­ber dou­bled.

She lists sev­eral ben­e­fits of mem­ber­ship: ad­vo­cacy for small busi­ness, shop lo­cal pro­grams, busi­ness mix­ers, ex­cel­lence awards, busi­ness re­la­tion­ship and re­fer­rals, pro­mo­tion and ad­ver­tis­ing, in­creased aware­ness and at­trac­tion, in­clu­sion in a West Prince busi­ness di­rec­tory, Esso fuel dis­counts and par­tic­i­pa­tion in a Cham­ber group med­i­cal in­sur­ance plan.

“Cham­bers are among the most ac­tive and nec­es­sary or­ga­ni­za­tions hap­pen­ing now, and not just for busi­nesses, but for com­mu­ni­ties too,” she said.

CBDC West Prince Ven­tures and its man­ager, Max­ine Ren­nie, have been work­ing with a group of lo­cal busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als to fa­cil­i­tate the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the Cham­ber. Of­fice space for the or­ga­ni­za­tion is pro­vided in the Ru­ral Ac­tion Cen­tre in Al­ber­ton

Rix, an en­tre­pre­neur and a mem­ber of the O’Leary Kraft Hock­eyville or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­tee, brings her pro­fes­sional busi­ness back­ground and a deep un­der­stand­ing of the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties that small busi­nesses in West Prince can face, said the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s pres­i­dent, Ge­of­frey Irv­ing.

Irv­ing is thrilled with the op­por­tu­nity the or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides for busi­nesses to em­brace new net­work­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

The cham­ber is or­ga­niz­ing a year-round sched­ule of lunches, break­fasts, mix­ers and other spe­cial events to make meet­ing and mix­ing with po­ten­tial busi­ness part­ners, clients and new friends more en­joy­able, he said.

“The West Prince Cham­ber is at an ex­cit­ing new cross­roads and ready for its next de­vel­op­ment. We now get to de­fine what the fu­ture looks like with our mem­bers, with our part­ners and with our prov­ince,” Rix of­fered. “We are go­ing to build on the strengths that have served West Prince busi­nesses and their com­mu­ni­ties, and we are also go­ing to de­velop ex­cit­ing new ones.”

Over the next few weeks Rix and ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers plan to ap­proach lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple, in­clud­ing farm­ers and fish­er­men, about pur­chas­ing Cham­ber mem­ber­ships. “Reach­ing out to peo­ple for a stronger sense of com­mu­nity is what it will take,” she said.

ERIC MCCARTHY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Tammy Rix, right, new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the West Prince Cham­ber of Com­merce, dis­cusses a mem­ber­ship drive with Max­ine Ren­nie, CBDC West Prince Ven­tures, and Cham­ber pres­i­dent Ge­of­frey Irv­ing. Rix plans to visit area busi­ness peo­ple and dis­cuss with them the ad­van­tages of mem­ber­ship.

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