“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffet

This year marks the 120th anniversary of the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce - originally founded in 1898! I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve in such a long standing and honorable organization with such a high quality and diverse group of directors and staff. Although the faces of the Yorkton Chamber and Yorkton business community have changed many times over the past 120 years, the prior Chamber members, directors, and staff have laid the foundation for the business community of 2018 and will continue to help shape it going forward.

Last year the Yorkton Chamber gained full accreditation and is now the 4th Chamber in Saskatchewan to achieve this status joining the Regina Chamber, Saskatoon Chamber, and the Saskatchewan Chamber. There are over 450 Chambers of Commerce across Canada and only 68 accredited Chambers nationwide. This puts the Yorkton Chamber in an elite group. Accreditation recognizes “Chambers that satisfy a set of high standards and practices – Chambers that seek to stand out, and that look to the future.”

This promises to be another busy year at the Yorkton Chamber (120 in a row!). We are hosting the NDP Leadership Panel February 8 at the Gallagher Centre which promises to be another informative evening. The next event on the slate is the Yorkton Chamber Annual General Meeting in April, followed closely by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce AGM which the Yorkton Chamber is hosting this year. We’ve changed the timing for the Dinner to correlate with the Sask Chamber AGM which means our Business Dinner will be held on May 9th. Watch for an upcoming announcement naming our exciting guest speaker! We’ll be hosting a multitude of smaller events and lunches during the rest of the year, culminating with the much anticipated 2018 Celebrate Success Business Awards in the fall.

Outside of the event schedule the Yorkton Chamber Directors will continue to advocate for businesses in a multitude of ways, including correspondence with the new (T.B.D.) Premier of Saskatchewan. The Chamber will closely watch developments regarding commercial property taxes. If you have, or your business has, any concerns about the upcoming 2018 property taxes, please do not hesitate to contact the Chamber office.

We are also looking forward to continuing our meetings and fluid correspondence with His Worship Mayor Maloney and the City Council. These meetings have allowed the Yorkton Chamber to express members’ opinions and suggestions on a variety of subjects (please respond to our emailed survey requests when they are sent out) while also allowing us to hear firsthand explanations and participate in discussion on a wide range of pertinent topics and questions affecting our member businesses and the City.

If you have any questions, concerns, or information you’d like to share regarding or affecting the Yorkton business community please do not hesitate to give the Yorkton Chamber office or myself or any of the Chamber Directors a call. The Yorkton Chamber represents over 480 members and strives to truly be “the voice of business in Yorkton”. Advocating for our members is the long term historical foundation our Chamber is built upon.

Mike Popowich

President

 

 

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