Chamber of Commerce spent 2013 growing

Over the course of 2013, the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce kept itself busy with both new and traditional and activities.

Over the course of 2013, the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce kept itself busy with both new and traditional and activities.

Executive manager Les Jaster says the Chamber become involved in four new areas over the past year, including co-sponsoring the Jeff Mowatt Art of Customer Service event last May. It focused on teaching participating organizations — including the Chamber, which helped sponsor as well as attended — how to strengthen customer loyalty, increase spending per customer and recharge customer service teamwork.

“We provided a sponsorship for the new project, the one-eight mile drag race that took place out at the airport. Heck of a good deal that was,” said Jaster.

The Chamber also co-sponsored the Engaging Our Aboriginal Workforce seminar that took place in October, and “we’re co-sponsoring Ian Hill in becoming a community builder,” said Jaster.

At the Jan. 21 Annual General Meeting, the Chamber will be choosing the new executive.

The Chamber’s net income for November was $13,000, but after payables $6,000 remained.

“We’ll probably end the year with a small surplus but other than that we’re right on budget,” said treasurer Pam Baron.