Early this year, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that SaskJobs.ca would be migrating to the federal government online job back, National Job Bank. The result of the transition provides many new and enhanced services including job matching, job alerts, online resume builder, career planning tools, labour market information and intelligence, a visibly accessible site in both official languages, self-help support and increased security features. Although the transition provides many enhanced features, employers and some job seekers have also found it not user friendly and more difficult to post jobs. As a result of these concerns, the provincial government reprieved SaskJob.ca for six months. Over that time, the government will work with employers to look at innovative ways to keep the front end of the SaskJobs while still harnessing the backend functionality of the federal job bank.
On June 4th, Alastair MacFadden, Deputy Minister of Immigration and Career Training with the Government of Saskatchewan along with representatives from the National Job Bank spoke to Chamber Executives from throughout Saskatchewan explaining the reason for the transition, and the increased security. They also were very open to answering questions and listening to the concerns Chambers are hearing from their members.
The Prairie Sky Chamber is in the process of having a Service Canada representative present and answer any questions you may have regarding the SaskJobs.ca transition to the National Job site at one of our upcoming events. Please stay tuned for details. In the meantime, if you are having issues with the new job site, we would encourage you to view the National Job Bank Support videos to help you with the process.
There are many benefits of belonging to a Chamber of Commerce. In addition to networking and advocacy there are opportunities to increase sales and brand awareness through your Chamber membership. Below are some easy tips on how your Chamber membership can generate business leads:
1. Have some exciting business news? Inform us and we will promote it. We regularly publish members news and events through our “Members In The News” section of our newsletter, on our website and through social media.
2. Contribute to the “Share Your Knowledge” section of our newsletter. We are more than willing to post articles on behalf of businesses. Have an area of expertise you think other businesses will find useful and relevant? Let us know and we would be happy to post that for you.
3. Give a presentation at our BB9 (Business Before 9) Business Breakfast or our Power Hour Business Luncheon. We love it when we can highlight our members this way.
4. Does your business have a promotion you are running or employment opportunities? Be sure to take advantage of our Hot Deals and Job Openings section of our website by posting these opportunities here. Not sure how? Contact our office and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.
All of these opportunities are included with your membership. Be sure you are taking advantage of them.
On November 15, 2017, the Warman and Martensville Chambers of Commerce officially amalgamated and announced the new name and logo – the Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce. As the Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce, the membership-based, non-profit business organization will continue to provide services and programs to increase the success of member businesses in the Warman, Martensville and region.
The new Board of Directors were also announced at the unveiling. The inaugural board of the Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce will comprise of the following:
Chair Elise Hildebrandt (1 year)
Vice-Chair Tracey Fesiuk (1 year)
Treasurer Tracy Cocks (2 year)
Secretary Janna Larochelle (2 year)
Other: Tamara Bell (2 year)
James Dietrich (1 year)
Trent Ens (1 year)
Josh Fedorowich (2 year)
Gary Moore (1 year)
Stephen Nicholson (1 year)
Jaime Holowaty (2 year)
Darla Schwartz (2 year)
Shanine Sealey (1 year)
“The Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce is honored to have these dedicated and committed community leaders on our Board of Directors. As a member driven, non-profit organization, we could not accomplish our great work without our volunteer leaders.” said, Chair, Elise Hildebrandt, “I look forward to leading the board as chair and enhancing our role as the voice of business for our region.”