Featured Business Resources – Opportunities for Growth
Funding and Grants for BC Businesses
If you’re looking at funding options for your business, you know there are an overwhelming amount available – from industry related funding to subsidies.
To help you find what you’re looking for, WeBC have complied a comprehensive list of Funding sources and grants available for Businesses in BC.
Event Engagement Opportunities
Are you looking for a way to speed up entry into a new market, improve your productivity, gain a competitive edge or increase your range of products? A partnership may be your answer.
With the return of in-person events we have a LOT of different, innovative opportunities to help you elevate your business in the local market.
8 strategies to Grow Your Business
Once you’ve decided you want your business to grow, the next question is: How?
With so many strategies available to you, it can be hard knowing where to begin. Our friends at BDC have put together this useful resource to help you plan for growth: 8 strategies to grow your business.
Skills Development Opportunities
Events & Training
The Whistler Chamber offers a variety of training and events to help you and your team learn new skills, develop expertise, and build on your existing knowledge set.
Free In-person Business Coaching Sessions
First week of each month | In Person | Whistler Chamber Gateway Boardroom
Book a confidential, hour-long session with an industry professional from Community Futures Howe Sound to gain advice on a specific question, aspect of business you are struggling with, get help with your business plan or learn about resources available to you.
Foodsafe – Monthly Cohorts
In Person | Whistler Chamber Gateway Boardroom
Break down Food Safety laws and information into simple lessons, so your team gets the training to keep your brand and your customers safe.
Online Training Available with The Whistler Experience® Program
Available until August 31, 2023 | On demand | Full List of Courses Below:
The ABC’s of Service Excellence
Build the foundation for great service by exploring and understanding the ABCs – to be Accountable, Bold and Connected.
Gender Diversity Basics
This mini course has five key objectives to support you in leading respectful interactions with customers and employees who are trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people.
Management 101: Conflict Resolution
Learn how to turn dissatisfied customers into loyal customers while increasing your team’s work satisfaction!
Management 101: Performance Management for New Leaders
Performance Management for New Leaders is guaranteed to improve your effectiveness as a manager and a coach.
For up to date information about upcoming events and training sign up for our eNewsletter
Labour & Staffing
As a community, our workforce is a driving force behind the visitor experience contributing to Whistler business’ recovery.
To help you reach the right candidates, build the perfect team for your business, and deliver the very best to your customers, we’ve given our Members* access to complimentary job postings on our online Chamber Job Board – the best resource for finding work in Whistler!WHISTLER CHAMBER JOB BOARD
Thank you for your participation and support of Whistler business’ recovery.
*complimentary job postings available to Build, Grow, Influence and Lead Members only
Canada Job Bank’s Jobs for Ukraine Webpage
The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has announced the launch of the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). The CUAET is a special, accelerated temporary residence pathway for Ukrainians seeking safe haven in Canada while the war in their home country continues.
Learn more about how you can support Ukrainians with offers of employment at Job Bank’s Jobs for Ukraine webpage.
Recruiting Employees to Live & Work in Whistler
Employee recruitment and retention is critical to Whistler’s economic health, and we recognize securing adequate staffing is the biggest challenge for Whistler’s business community.
Tourism Whistler and The Whistler Chamber have created a new series of video assets to help our Members recruit new talent.
This new resort-wide campaign features a recruiting video showcasing our beautiful Mountain town, Whistler and features locals sharing what makes Whistler such a special place to live, work and play.
Available on the Tourism Whistler Content Hub, this series of 15-second short videos can be used in social media and digital advertising. Plus, as Chamber Members and resort partners you have the option to customize the videos with your own personalized call-to-action.
Share the video on your social channels today!
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How to Access Global Talent
Canada’s flexible immigration system and innovative programs can help you attract and retain the right talent to fill labour shortages and bring new skills to boost your competitive edge. Find out how you can hire permanent or temporary foreign workers
Foreign workers can help employers meet their labour needs when Canadians and permanent residents are not available. Employers can support a foreign worker’s application for permanent residency in several ways, find out more on our Immigration Roadmap.
Recruit & Retain Staff with Spirit Pass
Level up your recruitment and retention efforts this season with The Whistler Experience® + Spirit Pass! The Program provides thoughtfully designed training courses to equip front-line workers with the skills to create world-class customer experiences, while offering useful, high-value benefits to participants.
FREE Business Coaching Sessions
Held the first week of each month, you can book a confidential, hour-long session with an industry professional to gain advice on a specific question, or aspect of your business you are struggling with, get help with your business plan or learn about resources available to you.
Employment Resources Cheat Sheet
The Whistler Chamber has created a ‘Labour Cheat Sheet’ to help employers find solutions to Whistler’s labour challenges. Find out where to post, free job boards, fee based job boards and what recruitment agencies used in Whistler.
To address the regionally specific needs of businesses, the BC Chamber of Commerce has launched tailor-made regional Resource Guides for Small Business Resiliency, to help build and maintain resiliency through challenging times.
Recruitment & Retention Toolkit
Help your business thrive with our Recruitment and Retention Toolkit. To hire a consultant or take training to access all these insights in one place would cost thousands, but your chamber membership unlocks this very valuable tool.
Grant Opportunities for BC Small Businesses
Learn about what grant options are available for small businesses in British Columbia.GRANT OPTIONS
Labour Market Statistics
Inform your Human Resources strategy with statistics that reflect the labour market characteristics of the population of British Columbia.LABOUR MARKET STATISTICS
BDO – How Businesses Can Mitigate Inflation Risks
According to Statistics Canada, the consumer price index (CPI) increased 8.1% on a year-over-year basis in June 2022—the largest yearly change since January 1983. This article provides tips and options available to businesses to deal with rising inflation.GO TO ARTICLE
2019 Commercial Lease Report
This report provides a snapshot of ranges of commercial lease rates and operating costs throughout the Resort Municipality of Whistler as of June 2019*.
READ THE REPORT
*Please note the Chamber may conduct another study in the future however, this is the most up to date information at this stage.
Advocacy in Action Sessions presented by TD
Whether it’s lobbying for business support programs or speaking up on National immigration reform, and labour initiatives, we champion your interests.
For additional resources to help with your recruitment efforts, or to provide support for new employees, visit our Workforce Hub Page.
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