Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce will begin developing a business centre

The chamber is expecting a busy year in 2013, which will include a new agreement with the Town of Ladysmith and expanded initiatives.

In 2013, the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce will be very busy, and chief among those activities will be expanded initiatives to support local businesses, including developing a business centre.

That was chamber president Rob Waters’s message Jan. 16 when the chamber of commerce held its annual general meeting at Cottonwood Golf Course.

“In 2013, we will be even busier than 2012,” he said after reviewing the chamber’s activities over the past year. “2013 will include a new agreement with the town and some expanded initiatives. Added to the operation of our Visitor Information Centre, the chamber is contracting to operate and maintain support services for local business.

“We intend to develop a business centre to support new businesses , work co-operatively with the town and the [Ladysmith Downtown Business Association] to support existing and new businesses in Ladysmith, liaise with the town and the local business community during filming sessions in our community, assist the town with the collection of business licences and co-ordinate workshops to support local businesses in Ladysmith.”

The chamber recently elected a new board of directors — president Rob Waters, vice-president Rhonda Shirley, treasurer Michael Furlot, secretary Cyndi Beaulieu and directors John de Leeuw, Kathy Holmes, Rick Morencie, Nita Grant, Paul Nettleton and Alana Newton.

The board will be busy, as events planned for 2013 include the Spirit of Ladysmith Community Awards; the Home, Garden and Business Show; the annual golf tournament; and a fall fundraiser.