New Chamber of Commerce executive announces plans for upcoming year

Committees, known as “task forces”, are being activated slowly, by priority, with membership always being a prime concern

The Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, was the second meeting for this executive and it is apparent they are taking an active approach to evolving their operation.

Adopted changes to their meeting and agenda formats are designed to deal with the general issues more efficiently. This seems to provide more time to work on business items.

Committees, known as “task forces”, are being activated slowly, by priority, with membership always being a prime concern. Developing the strategic plan also is a priority as it will lead into the hiring of a manager and flow into a business plan. A job description for the manager is to be developed soon.

Guest speaker Marieke Oud introduced the group to the WorldHost Training Services. This program was developed by Tourism BC and replaced the old SuperHost program in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

As a trainer, Oud would help businesses train employees on how to behave around and effectively communicate (both verbally and via body language) with customers. She suggested that school students should take this program as they tend to make up a significant portion of the service industry workforce. Oud has arranged with Sylvia Arduini of the Clearwater Resource Center to manage the program.

 

A Job Fair is in the planning stage for sometime in late April. Information about that will be posted as it becomes more available. One place to watch for it will be the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.