MANAGER’S DESK: Alberni business good luck for Ty Watson House hospice

Pot Luck Ceramics in the Alberni Valley is poised to make its first donation to Ty Watson House, and it's a doozy: $15,000.

Congratulations to Helma Swinkels and her team at Pot Luck Ceramics for their first donation ($15,070) to Ty Watson House from the proceeds of pottery sales.

Pot Luck Ceramics, Canada’s first community service co-op is a going concern and the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be able to exhibit and promote their wares and services. Watch for details of their first anniversary celebration coming up on April 14.

The Alberni Valley Business Fair is almost at capacity for exhibitors; all we need now is lots of people showing up to discover the amazing array of businesses that actually work out of our community. The event is free; it’s scheduled for 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at the Italian Hall. Anyone still interested in exhibiting that evening can register at Valley Vision. Booth rental is $20. Come and visit the chamber’s booth at the fair!

Another business-related seminar being co-sponsored by the chamber is Jeff Mowatt’s half-day presentation entitled “The art of customer service…influence with ease.” These days it is exceptional customer service that often makes the difference in sales. This is a good investment for both management and staff and you can get more information and register at jeffmowatt.com/seminar/public.html.

Senior Parksville city councillor, Marc Lefebvre, will be the guest speaker at the March 14 Networking Luncheon at the Alberni Golf Club. Our April luncheon will feature Campbell River’s Economic Development Officer, Vic Goodman. It will be at the Best Western Barclay Hotel on Stamp Avenue, April 11. Both are interesting and timely speakers.

Reserve your seat for either luncheon by calling the chamber office at 250-724-6535.

The deadline for nominating businesses for the chamber’s Community Excellence Awards is Friday, March 16. You can find nominations papers on our avcoc.com website and in both local papers this week. We will introduce the finalists and hand out the awards during dinner April 12 at the Best Western Barclay.

Don’t forget to mark June 26 on your calendar as Collette Travel will present a multi-media travelogue of our September 2013 trip from Amsterdam to Budapest. The evening is free and it will take place in our chamber boardroom.

Thought for the Week:

Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received.” — Seneca