The Barriere & Area Chamber of Commerce was registered on November 4th, 1948 as the Lower North Thompson Board of Trade. It was later renamed in 1966. In the early 90's "Barry the Bear" was developed as the official logo. After the wildfire of 2003, the North Thompson Economical Development hired Lorne Richardson as a manager to help get Barriere on the map. Mr. Richards worked with Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) to help promote Barriere & Area. The new office and Information/Tourism booth was opened at Conner Road, and he worked with the businesses to help them get the promotion needed by creating a website and vacation guides.
Later on the Lower North Thompson Tourism Society (LNTTS) was formed, now separating the tourism from the Chamber. The Chamber still continues to co-manage the Info booth with the LNTTS and the District of Barriere.
The Chamber today has over 70 members to date. We represent all sectors of business in the community. Our goal is to ensure that the town of Barriere and surrounding area has a growing successful economy. We sponsor the Community Christmas Dinner, Stuff the Cruiser & hosted the All Candidates Forum.
As the Voice of business the Chambers mission is achieved through the hard work and dedication of our members, Board of Directors and Staff, who work in partnership with the community.
Being a part of the Barriere Chamber connects you to a bigger network across Canada and with that comes Member privilege and access to an assortment of saving and discounted opportunities.
The Chamber Plan – is Canada’s #1 plan for group benefits. The plan enables you to customize an employee benefits plan that matches your needs. Comprehensive medical, dental and disability options are available. The plan is available to all industries, including 1 person firms, home business and farms.
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First Data offers a complete range of credit and debit card solutions, next day deposits as well as 24/7 customer service, and on-site support. Their various systems and solutions are tailored to your individual business needs and designed to simplify how your business operates.
Esso – Save 3.5 cents per lite off the posted pump price at any Esso-branded service station.
Petro-Canada – Save 2 cents per litre off the posted pump price at any Petro-Canada retail service station.
Shell – With the Shell Fleet Card receive discounts off the pump price for gasoline and up to 30% off car washes at participating locations.
Barriere Chamber members receive volume pricing and discounts for ALL members based on combined volumes. Save on: toners, copy paper, Staples brand products, eco-office products and next business day delivery.
Chamber members that travel frequently can register online to expedite their service and receive exclusive member rate discounts automatically every time they park.
Access worldwide business and leisure travel and car rental discounts. Savings can be as high as 50% and average 10% to 20% below market rates.
Payworks innovative online solutions for: payroll, human resources and employee time management increase payroll accuracy and reduce costly errors.
Come in and see us at the Chamber office to discover all the perks of joining our fast growing Chamber of Commerce
Approximately 70 businesses - representing all business sectors - belong to the Barriere and Area Chamber of Commerce.
As a member of the Chamber, you and your employees can enjoy many benefits.
The Chamber offers many opportunities to develop new business relationships though participation in events such as Member Dinners, Business To Business, Lunches, and social events.
Referrals and Racking Privileges
The Chamber receives numerous inquiries for local products and services. The inquiries come from phone calls, e-mails, mail and through our website. The Chamber office staff respond to these inquiries and referrals are made exclusively to member businesses. As well, our partnership with the Visitor information Centre allows member businesses to rack - attracting business from visitors who come through the Visitor Information Centre's doors every summer.
Advertising & Marketing Opportunities
Our Chamber offers many ways to get the word out about your business. You can place an ad at the Visitor Information Centre or insert in the E-Newsletter. We also offer racking at no charge, website advertising is available on our Chamber website, and Kiosk board, we have all members on our website business listings.
The Barriere & Area Chamber of Commerce acts as a source of business contact information with over 70 member organizations. It provides the most up-to-date contact information for Chamber member businesses. You can search the directory by category/classification. Click here to view membership directory.
The Barriere & Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping local businesses grow and succeed. It regularly provides practical information through resources on its website, emails/newsletters, opportunities at networking sessions and through small business seminars.