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SaskJobs.ca migrates to National Job Bank

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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.

How Your Chamber Membership Can General Business Leads

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.

2018 WMBEXA Nominations Set to Open Monday, December 4, 2017

Introduced in 2016 to recognize and celebrate excellence in business, WMBEXA has become the region’s most prestigious business event of the year. The Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce has the honour of publicly recognizing local businesses that have demonstrated a passion for excellence, a commitment to their community and a strong entrepreneurial spirit.

The 2018 WMBEXA nominations will open on Monday, December 4, 2017. Nominations can be submitted HERE or by contacting the Chamber office at (306) 292-7066 or by email contact@prairieskychamber.ca. Whether you are a business owner that has an amazing story to tell or you know a local business that you feel deserves to be recognized – we want to hear from you! Nominations will be accepted for the following categories:

Customer Service is presented to a business with a proven record of delivery outstanding service to its customers/clients.

Community Involvement will be awarded to a for-profit business demonstrating exceptional performance in its support of the arts and culture, amateur sports, education, health care, voluntary groups, and/or overall community well-being.

New Business is presented to a business that has been in operation for 1-3 years as of December 31, 2018. The business must show positive performance in terms of current or expected profitability, job creation and/or entry into new markets.

Business of the Year is presented to a business that demonstrates all-around excellence, shows growth and profitability, and acts as a role model for other businesses.

**NEW**Non-Profit of the Year celebrates the valuable contributions non-profit organizations make to the Warman, Martensville and surrounding area. It recognizes organizations that serve and promote the community through time involvement, energy and volunteer hours spent. This award will be given to an organization whose example demonstrates excellence in the enthusiastic support and promotion of the community.

Nominations will be open for a 2 week period, closing Monday, December 18th, 2017.

The awards gala, with Steve McLellan and Shawna Nelson as masters of ceremonies, will be held at the Brian King Centre in Warman on May 4, 2018, offering an excellent opportunity to connect with and celebrate the Warman, Martensville and region business community.

For more information contact:
Jaimie Malmgren, Executive Director, Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce
WMBEXA Planning Committee
Phone: (306) 292-7066
Website: www.prairieskychamber.ca