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Fernie’s Ambassador program November 23, 2016

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The Ambassador program was conceived from a group of Fernie Chamber of Commerce members gathered in fall 2015. Volunteers from College of the Rockies, EK Employment, Park Vacation Management, Fernie Lodging Company, and Grow Children’s Boutique came together to develop a plan for delivering a customer service program that included teaching participants about Fernie.

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The group set out with a couple of simple goals: One–teach residents and employees how to be visitor information specialists and two–educating people with customer service skills. Combined, these two goals would ensure visitors to Fernie would have a superior guest experience.

The Ambassador Program has a four-hour All Things Fernie course which covers local Fernie knowledge on trails, history, and what-to-do. Also included in the workshop is a section on customer service skills.

Course facilitator Christine Grimble reviews tips and tools that help Ambassadors provide an excellent customer experience to any guest. The program recently celebrated its first anniversary. In the past year there have been 11 All Things Fernie courses training 151 Fernie Ambassadors. We anticipate training another 100 in preparation for the winter season.

“It is imperative my staff is knowledgeable in what Fernie has to offer. The Ambassador Program equipped my team with destination knowledge and customer service skills to be able to go above and beyond for our guest. Improving the visitor experience is beneficial to everyone and this program is doing exactly that,” said Marina Pauw, Owner/Operator Fernie Super 8.

fernie-ambassadors-urban-settler“The business support to the program has been great,” said Patty Vadnais, chamber executive director. From the beginning, businesses like Super 8 Fernie, Fernie Lodging Company and the Grow Children’s Boutique have sent their entire staff, and send new staff as they are hired. Along with the profit driven motives of providing a better service, businesses owners are using the program as a team building experience. Momentum is starting to build for the program as more business owners understand what it is and how it can help their business.

“The Ambassador program was extremely motivating for the Fernie Hotel staff. It provided us with a wide range of knowledge about Fernie that has helped us engage and inspire our customers. Attending the course as a team encouraged us as Ambassador’s to elevate the service we provide,” said Alicia Denis, General Manager of The Fernie Hotel.

Along with the great training, participants also get access to discounts around Fernie. The volunteers creating the program noted that it can be expensive to try all the things in Fernie you want. Through the discount program, Ambassadors can experience more of Fernie for less. There are currently 15 businesses offering discounts and this list is growing.

Ambassadors access the discounts through the Fernie Ambassador Pass which is a mobile app available on iOS and Android.

The program has come a long way in the first year. The All Things Fernie and Customer Service session developed in partnership with the College of the Rockies, the development of a mobile app to give Ambassadors discounts around Fernie, and training 151 Fernie Ambassadors. The chamber looks forward to developing more offerings for the course in the future.

As we look around at other communities offering similar training programs, Whistler stands out among the rest. The Whistler Experience was showcased in Forbes magazine as a town that approaches customer service from a community level rather than on a business-by-business level. The article references Ben Franklin’s notion that all merchants and shops are connected. One shop owner maintaining her storefront would not be enough to entice shoppers to come in. Rather, businesses need to work together to present a clean street and not just a clean section. It is with this in mind, to raise the level of service across the community, that the Ambassador Program was designed.

Borrowing from the Whistler Experience, the chamber will be hosting Dr. Mark Colgate of Gustavson School of Business in January. The Whistler Chamber built the Whistler Experience in conjunction with the Gustavson School of Business. Using academic research on customer service excellence, Whistler and Gustavson created a training program that delivers.

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The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that it will be hosting Dr. Colgate for a Moments of Power 1-4 session on January 18. Colgate’s expertise is in service excellence and coaching. He has taught many courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive levels in Victoria/BC, China, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. He was previously the GM of Customer Satisfaction with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Colgate is known for his down-to-earth presentation style. He has also consulted for many companies such as Toyota, TELUS, Whistler Blackcomb, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Sony, Schneider Electric, Kiwi Experience Tourism Bus Company and the BC Government.

“The Fernie Chamber of Commerce works to bring in quality sessions for our members. Getting Dr. Colgate into Fernie allows us to take advantage of education course typically only offered in larger centres,” said Vadnais. “I have had the chance to attend a session facilitated by Mark and can tell you that you do not want to miss this session. The content and his delivery style will improve your work efforts no matter your role in your organization.”

The session will be held January 18. More details at ferniechamber.com

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce represents over 265 business in Fernie and the Elk Valley. Its mission is to strengthen commerce in the Fernie area and is guided by principles of membership, integrity, best- practices, business excellence, and non-partisanship. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is ‘The Voice of Business in Fernie.’

Fernie Business Excellence Winners October 25, 2016

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On Friday, October 21, 150 plus filled the ballroom at the Fernie Best Western to celebrate the best in Fernie and announced the winners for the 2016 Community and Business Excellence Awards sponsored by CanAus Coal Limited. The evening started with welcomes from MP Wayne Stetski, Mayor Mary Giuliano, and Chamber President Sheila Byers.

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Kelsey Ramsden, 2012 and 2013 female entrepreneur of the year, shared an inspiring message about Risk, the other four letter word. She inspired the audience to push through those little things holding you back. Following Ramsden key note, the awards were presented.

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And the winners are:
Citizen of the Year
Laura Nelson

Volunteer of the Year
Karen Tse and Graeme Nunn

Spirit of Fernie
Outdoor Connections

Community Tourism Achievement
Fernie RV Resort

Outstanding Customer Service
Super 8 Fernie

New Business of the Year
Kettle Black Bartending

Entrepreneur of the Year

Marsha Churchill

Team of the Year
Mow and Snow – Landscape Team

Employer of the Year
A tie this year –
Ann’s Your Independent Grocer
Super 8 Fernie

Fernie Business of the Year

Isosceles Business Systems

People’s Choice Award
Three Sister’s Day Spa

Chamber Business Excellence
Capasiti Consulting

Community Leadership Award
Spa 901

Chamber Legacy Award
Evelyn Cutts

Fernie_Business_Awards_all finalists and winners

The Chamber of Commerce thanks the many businesses and individuals who helped organize and sponsor these awards including CanAus Coal Limited, Imagine Kootenay, Teck, Super 8 Fernie, East Kootenay Community Credit Union, FAR Summit Fund, Bridge Bistro, Island Lake Lodge, Nufloors, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Isosceles Business Systems, Castle on First, Soar Cycle Studio, Fernie Brewing Company, and Fernie Fix.

Congratulations to the finalists and winners. “The awards recognize the hard work put in day in and day out by Fernie business. It is great to take a moment and celebrate that effort and their success,” states Sheila Byers, Chamber Board President.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce represents over 260 business in Fernie and the Elk Valley. Its mission is to strengthen commerce in the Fernie area and is guided by principles of membership, integrity, best-practices, business excellence, and non-partisanship. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in Fernie.”

Connecting at Banter, Business, & Beer October 20, 2016

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As a member of the business community since 1902, the Fernie Chamber of Commerce is committed to being a leading business organization in Fernie. It works on behalf of its members to advance and strengthen commerce in Fernie. To connect with business members, each month, the Chamber arranges great sessions like Banter, Business, & Beer. Every session is hosted by a different chamber member, First Choice Realty hosted October’s Session.

Jolanda Redeker and Penelope Simpson

Jolanda Redeker and Penelope Simpson

First Choice Realty, is a new Fernie business owned by Jolanda Redeker. This first-class real estate brokerage has just celebrated its Fernie office one-year anniversary of their. To learn more about Redeker and her services visit www.1stchoicerealty.ca. Members like First Choice Realty are what make the Chamber tick, their passion and support allow us to connect with the Fernie business community and their needs. Thereby allowing Fernie businesses and the Chamber to come together as one voice when advocating for change.

Chamber monthly events, like Banter, Business, and Beers are just one way the Chamber connects with members to understand the local business needs. Events are well attended by membership, showcase a local business, and build community connections. Patty Vadnais, executive director Fernie Chamber of Commerce says “one of our members put it best when asked why they like the Banter, Business, and Beers – it gives you a chance to talk business in a social setting”. Members are invited to the next event on November 16 at Urban Settler. Visit www.ferniechamber.com for more details.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce represents over 260 business in Fernie and the Elk Valley. Its mission is to strengthen commerce in the Fernie area and is guided by principles of membership, integrity, best-practices, business excellence, and non-partisanship. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in Fernie.”

Fernie Business Excellence Finalists Announced October 7, 2016

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The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the 2016 Fernie Business Excellence finalists. There were 221 nominations representing 91 unique entries. Those entries have been judged by a volunteer panel of business people from Golden to Toronto. “This has been a fun process, as the judges send me their rankings they are all commenting on the exciting businesses and the great community investment being made by local enterprises,” says Patty Vadnais, Executive Director of Fernie Chamber of Commerce.

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And the finalist are:
Spirit of Fernie
Fernie Heritage Library
Outdoor Connections
Stag Leap

Community Tourism Achievement
Fernie Brewing Co
Fernie RV Resort
Mountain High Adventures

Outstanding Customer Service
Crumbs Cakery and Café
Fernie Super 8
Three Sisters Day Spa

New Business of the Year
Coal Town Goods
Kettle Black Bartending
Lilac Media

Entrepreneur of the Year
Essential Yoga Studio – Francesca ter Poorten
Lance Edwards
Marsha Churchill

Team of the Year
Build Train
Fernie Alpine Resort – Adventure Centre at the Fernie RV Park
Mow and Snow – Landscape Team

Employer of the Year
Ann’s Your Independent Grocer
Fernie Super 8
Mow and Snow

Fernie Business of the Year
Isosceles Business Systems
Mine Films
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Chamber Business Excellence
Capasiti Consulting
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Spa 901

Community Leadership Award
Fernie Brewing Co.
Home Hardware
Spa 901

Don’t see your favourite on the finalist list? There is still a chance to get them an award. The People’s Choice Award has online voting until October 11. Vote HERE.

Congratulations to the many businesses that were nominated and that have been selected as finalists. “This finalist list is really a small sample of the amazing and diverse businesses we have in Fernie,” states Sheila Byers, Chamber Board President, “good luck to all the finalists and we look forward to celebrating with you at the VIP Reception and Awards Gala.” The VIP Reception for all finalists is on October 13, 7-9 at the Park Place Lodge. This reception is a chance for the finalists to come together and celebrate before the Awards Gala.

Fernie Business excellence awards party

The Awards Gala will be held October 21 at 5:30PM. Guests will hear from Kelsey Ramsden, female entrepreneur of the year 2013 and 2014. Ramsden will share insight on risk, opportunity and being a disruptor. Ramsden has founded residential construction companies and SparkPlay. Tickets for the Awards Gala are available by calling the Chamber or online at ferniechamber.com. We invite you to attend this great evening celebrating the best in Fernie Business.

Fernie Community & Business Excellence Awards August 9, 2016

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The award nominations for the 2016 Community & Business Excellence Awards are now open.

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Do you know an individual or business who goes above and beyond for our community? Well, now is the time to recognize everything they do for us.
The nomination period is from August 1 to September 11. Businesses are welcome to self-nominate. Wondering what the categories are? Check them out here.

These categories include, but are not limited to the New Business of the Year Award, the Spirit of Fernie Award, and the Volunteer of the Year Award.
Today’s feature award is the Employer of the Year Award.

Companies are recognized for their exceptional commitment to employees demonstrated through job creation, training and support, recognition and rewards, employee health and wellness and professional development.

Nominate a great employer today!

Airbnb impacts Fernie April 5, 2016

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Airbnb, VRBO, and other owner direct short-term rentals are quickly becoming the largest accommodator in Fernie and area. Airbnb alone has 80 rental options in the area. Welcoming more visitors to Fernie benefits our local economy; however, housing our visitors in this non-regulated model does come with negative local impacts. Similar problems exist in Vancouver, Revelstoke, Tofino, and many other communities.

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The availability of rental homes and housing for employees is shrinking quickly. Home owners renting under the Airbnb or like models are no longer renting long-term to permanent or seasonal residents, putting pressure on our rental inventory. The City of Fernie introduced the R1B – Single Detached Plus Residential zone with the purpose “to provide for the development of single-detached residential units with the option of developing a secondary residential dwelling unit in the form of an attached or detached residential unit” (Bylaw 1750). It was created by the City to support development of rental suites to assist with the long-term housing rental availability. As owners chose the short-term or nightly rental model over long-term rental, there is a decrease in affordable long-term housing.

City of Fernie zoning Bylaw 1750 outlines the rules for residential Bed and Breakfast operations. These rules include: a) shall be owner occupied; b) shall not provide more than three rooms for the purpose of paying guests within the home; c) one parking space must be provided on site for each room to be rented; d) employment of one additional staff allowed to assist in operations. Renting out an entire house, apartment, or suite does not meet the zoning bylaw Bed and Breakfast criteria. Further, those operating a residential bed and breakfast are required to have a business license. Currently, there is one licensed residential Bed and Breakfast, and three licensed commercial Bed and Breakfasts in the City of Fernie.

The current City zoning bylaw is a tool that can be used to manage the impacts of this model. Bed and Breakfast operations are allowed in two residential zones by the city. Home owners in those zones may purchase a business license and meet the criteria listed in the zoning bylaw to legally operate under the Airbnb model.

Our community is also losing provincial funds as more visitor choose sharing models over traditional vacation stay option. Hotels and commercial short-term rental companies collect hotel room tourist tax and GST on behalf of the province and the Federal Government. These taxes come back to our community supporting local infrastructure and providing grants for activities and events. The Airbnb model could directly reduce the amount of funds our community receives through programs like the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI). The RMI program continues to improve Fernie’s infrastructure and local activities. Some examples are the boat launch at Dogwood Park, groomed and expanded trails (both Nordic and mountain bike), and the Summer Social’s Wednesday Concert Series.

Continuing to permit this business model to proliferate unregulated and uncontrolled, our community will suffer. Residential bed and breakfast owners are encouraged to follow current legislation and purchase a municipal business license. Education and strict enforcement of current zoning bylaws will ensure that our community has housing options available to those who choose to make Fernie home. “We have seen communities approach Airbnb and the sharing economy in a variety of ways. In Banff, they are considered illegal tourist homes and the community has strong enforcement. Tofino council recently announced a crackdown on illegal suites. Quebec last year introduced regulations that include regular users get a certificate from the tourism ministry and collect a 3.5 per cent lodging tax” states Sheila Byers, Fernie Chamber of Commerce board president. She adds “locally, we need to act now to understand the impacts of the sharing economy, how it interacts with our municipal zoning, and the best way to regulate it.”

The sharing economy platform has potential to be a valuable conduit for bringing visitors to BC and bolstering the tourism industry. With the rapid change, governments will need to act quickly to manage the emerging sector. There are an estimated 10,000+ units province-wide that are not contributing to the BC tax base.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce represents over 260 business in Fernie and the Elk Valley. Its mission is to strengthen commerce in the Fernie area and is guided by principles of membership, integrity, best-practices, business excellence, and non-partisanship. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in Fernie.”

The Smiles Stay the Same November 12, 2015

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There is fresh snow on the mountain tops and a buzz in the air about the upcoming winter season. The seasons change but the smiles stay the same. There is anticipation that the increased visitor numbers seen through the summer continue to come in the winter season. Across the province tourism numbers have increased 7.1% over 2014 numbers.

Fernie shared in the visitor increase. The downtown visitor information center housed in the Fernie Museum helped 6700 visitors or 20% more than last year, while the highway visitor center saw numbers steady from 2014. Most visitors were coming from Alberta followed by BC residents.
Local hotels also enjoyed the increased traffic seeing a 10 to 20% increase over 2014 occupancies. It was a great summer to welcome people into Fernie. Caitlin Bates of Fernie Lodging Company noted that this year saw a lot more mid-week visitation. This came from a number of family reunions and company gatherings.

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Our winter services are getting ready to welcome another season of skiers, boarders, fat-tire bikers, and general outdoor enthusiasts. New this year, FAR will be offering a mobile app with snow conditions, weather reports and trail maps. Island Lake Lodge’s glading crew has worked extensively on terrain in the summer to ensure more terrain options and a better ski experience in early season.

As the snow falls there is an anticipation in the air of new opportunities and new experiences. The Chamber of Commerce this year is working with businesses to provide the best customer experience through the Fernie Ambassador program. This four-hour session is designed to build a community-wide experience and to help new-comers (and those here a little longer) know all things Fernie. “The Fernie Ambassador program is designed to elevate the guest experience by teaching all those who connect with Fernie guests customer service skills and details previously known only by locals. The Chamber is very excited about the program and is getting great support from the business community” states board president Sheila Byers.

Call the Fernie Chamber for more details about the Fernie Ambassador Program. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce represents over 260 business in Fernie and the Elk Valley. Its mission is to strengthen commerce in the Fernie area and is guided by principles of membership, integrity, bestpractices, business excellence, and non-partisanship. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in Fernie.”

Community and Business Excellence Awards Winners October 26, 2015

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On Friday October 23, nearly 150 people filled the Clubhouse restaurant at the Fernie Golf and Country Club to celebrate the Community and Business Excellence Awards. The evening started with welcomes from MP Elect Wayne Stetski, MLA Minister Bill Bennett, Mayor Mary Giuliano and
Chamber Board President Sheila Byers.

Spa 901 tourism award

Derrick Emsely, CEO and co-founder of tentree apparel, shared his story with the crowd on being authentic and an agent for change. The Clubhouse prepared and excellent meal and the crowd was entertained by the band Wild Honey before and after the presentations.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Community and Business Excellence Awards

Citizen of the Year – Sponsored by the City of Fernie
Rick Ganter

Mayor Giuliano with Rick Ganter

Mayor Giuliano with Rick Ganter

Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by the Free Press
Kevin McIsaac

Spirit of Fernie – Sponsored by Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge
Emily Brydon Youth Foundation

Community Tourism Achievement – Sponsored by Tourism Fernie
Spa 901

Outstanding Customer Service – Sponsored by Fernie Alpine Resort
Healing Hollow

New Business of the Year – Sponsored by Majic, Purdy Law Corporation
The Chopstick Truck

Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by Community Futures East Kootenay
Nourish Through Nature

Employee of the Year – Sponsored by EK Employment and Work BC
Deanne Milley, Evolution Health and Fitness

Employer of the Year – Sponsored by College of the Rockies
Super 8 Fernie

Fernie Business of the Year – Sponsored by Telus
Super 8 Fernie

Chamber Business Excellence – Sponsored by Fernie Chamber of Commerce
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

People’s Choice Award – Sponsored by Park Place Lodge
Three Sisters Day Spa

Chamber Legacy Award – Sponsored by Fernie Chamber of Commerce
Ingrid Sombrowski

Business Leadership Award
– Sponsored by Finning
Claris Media

The Chamber of Commerce thanks the many businesses and individuals who help organize and sponsor these awards. Including Telus, ISL Engineering, BC Hydro, Super 8 Fernie, Fernie Brewing Company, Western Financial Group, Fernie Fix, Freshies, The Bridge Bistro, White Ladder Painting, Fernie Home Hardware Building Center, Ann’s Independent Grocer, Fernie Ford, Lilac Media, 6:8 Photography and Clawhammer Press.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce represents over 260 business in Fernie and the Elk Valley. Its mission is to strengthen commerce in the Fernie area and is guided by principles of membership, integrity, bestpractices, business excellence, and non-partisanship. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in Fernie.”

Fernie Business Retention and Expansion October 22, 2015

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The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is spearheading a Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) survey.

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A BR+E is designed to take the pulse of the business community. Representatives from the Chamber will be interviewing local businesses in the upcoming months gathering the survey data.
The Chamber of Commerce recognizes that existing businesses are valuable economic and employment assets contributing to the vitality of our community. The survey, that takes about one and a half hours to
compete, will collect first-hand information from our businesses on their current position. “Our Chamber’s mission is to strengthen commerce in Fernie,” states board president Sheila Byers, “and
completing a Business Retention and Expansion survey is one tool we can use to understand our economic climate and the needs of our local businesses.” The survey information can be used to address
urgent problems, connect businesses with relevant support programs and services, and identify gaps where business programs and resources could be improved or created to support economic development strategies within the community.

The BR+E will be completed by accessing resources from the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute. Dr. Terri MacDonald, the Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development for Selkirk College and the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute states, “with the valuable information collected through community-driven BR+E projects, decision makers and economic development practitioners will be well positioned to provide support to our local businesses and take action to improve the overall business climate in our region.”

In the next few weeks, Fernie businesses will receive more details on how they can participate. Businesses are urged to take this opportunity to share their views and to contribute to the pool of
information about the local business community. Individual information and comments will be confidential, but the aggregated information will be of great value in understanding our current economy, planning for the future, and general promotion of business in Fernie.

This project is made possible through support from Columbia Basin Trust and the City of Fernie. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce represents over 260 business in Fernie and the Elk Valley. Its mission is to strengthen commerce in the Fernie area and is guided by principles of membership, integrity, bestpractices, business excellence, and non-partisanship. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in Fernie.”

Community and Business Excellence Awards Finalists October 9, 2015

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The Awards committee of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the finalists for the 2015 Community and Business Excellence Awards. This was the first year that the nominations were collected only through online nomination forms. Received were 125 submissions that included 60 different businesses, organizations, and individuals.

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A volunteer judging panel has gone through the nomination applications and narrowed down each category to a list of finalists. We have a community full of fantastic business and simply trying to identify the top three or four was a challenge. We are excited to celebrate the success of these great businesses at the Awards Gala on October 23.

Community and Business Excellence Award Finalists – 2015

Spirit of Fernie – Sponsored by Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge
Elk Valley Hospice
Emily Brydon Youth Foundation
Wapiti Music Festival

Community Tourism Achievement – Sponsored by Tourism Fernie
Happy Cow Ice Cream & Desserts
Infinitea T-Bar & Boutique
Spa 901

Outstanding Customer Service – Sponsored by Fernie Alpine Resort
Elk Valley Hospice
Healing Hollow
Nevados

New Business of the Year – Sponsored by Majic, Purdy Law Corporation
DIY or DIE
Eye of the Needle/Fernie Forge
Lilac Media
The Chopstick Truck

Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by Community Futures East Kootenay
Elevation Showcase
Nourish Through Nature
Three Sisters Day Spa

Employee of the Year – Sponsored by EK Employment and Work BC
Catherine Sullivan
Deanne Milley
Paul Rolph
Shayne Brideau

Employer of the Year
Canadian Tire
Heaven Boutique
Nevados
Super 8 Fernie

Fernie Business of the Year – Sponsored by Telus
Infinitea T-Bar & Boutique
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Super 8 Fernie

Chamber Business Excellence – Sponsored by Fernie Chamber of Commerce
Fernie Brewing
Mow and Snow
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Business Leadership Award
– Sponsored by Finning
Claris Media
Fernie Brewing
Grow Children’s Boutique
Home Hardware

Other awards to be given out at the Awards Gala include Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and The Chamber Legacy Award. The Chamber Legacy Award recognizes a business or business personwhose efforts have accomplished extraordinary things that have benefited Fernie and area in unique and meaningful ways. It is a business that is an inspiration and role model for the community. To be considered for this award, the business or individual must have been operating for ten plus years. It is achance for the business community to recognize those businesses that have been integral to the Fernie community.

The Chamber of Commerce thanks the many businesses and individuals who help organize and sponsor these awards. Including Telus, ISL Engineering, BC Hydro, Super 8 Fernie, Fernie Brewing Company, Western Financial Group, Freshies, and the Bridge Bistro.

You can buy your tickets for the Awards Gala through the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, call 250.423.6868 or online

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce represents over 260 business in Fernie and the Elk Valley. Its mission is to strengthen commerce in the Fernie area and is guided by principles of membership, integrity, bestpractices, business excellence, and non-partisanship. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in Fernie.”