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The Burin Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is one piece of a structure composed of local, provincial, regional, and Canadian Chambers. Its staff and Board of Directors represent businesses on the Burin Peninsula in promoting and fostering the area's economic benefits and growth. The Burin Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in our region, promoting prosperity, growth and business excellence. It does this through community leadership, communication and networking and through advocating and promoting the economic interests of its members. The Chamber became incorporated on the 22nd of August 1990. It is run by a 13 member board with the assistance of a Business Manager.

The Chamber recently adopted its first Strategic Plan which covers the period from January 2013 – December 2015. The plan highlights four strategic directions - each with its own actions and anticipated outcomes. The strategic directions are: communicate the Chamber’s purpose, benefits and community role; promote and create opportunities for collaboration and information sharing; provide training, education and professional development opportunities for the business community; and be leaders in promoting both the economic and social well being of the community. In addition, the Chamber is committed to becoming accredited through the Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada over the course of the same period. This process involves meeting the core definition of a Chamber of Commerce, as well as meeting all of the criteria under three mandatory pillars. The pillars are: Policy and Advocacy; Membership Programs/Services; and Organization/Administration. The overall theme is increasing the value to our membership and running a controlled and transparent operation.

The Chamber has run many projects and initiatives in the past. These include:

Connections Program

In the past the Connections Program has proven successful for the Chamber.  During the Pilot Program several participants were able to secure employment through the skills gained from the Program. Currently, we are running the Connections Program for the third time and it is in its second quarter. The participants of the Program have expressed their gratitude to the Coordinator on how beneficial the Program has been for them thus far.  The goal of the Program is for the participants to remain gainfully employed beyond the end of the Program or to obtain and retain employment after the completion of the Program, or to seek funding for further skills development to enhance their employability skills.

Marystown-Burin Employment Services

The Marystown-Burin Area Chamber of Commerce is the official administrative sponsor for Marystown Burin Employment Assistance Services Office. This office works to enhance employment opportunities for citizens of our community and assists local organizations by offering a number of employee subsidization programs.         

Community Pride

Launched in 1994, the Community Pride program is designed to promote and foster environmental beautification, while improving leisure and recreation in the community through the construction of walking and hiking trails and parks. The award-winning Adopt-a-Spot program, under which individuals or businesses take care of a piece of property, has been mimicked in numerous other Atlantic Canadian communities.

Partnerships in Progress

The Partnerships in Progress 2005 Conference and Exhibition was possibly the largest event of its sort ever held on the Burin Peninsula. In addition to the Burin Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the event combined planning and directing efforts from ten partner organizations. At the exhibition, over 50 private sectors, government, and not-for-profit organizations showcased their products and services for two days. The conference saw top government and industry leaders from across Canada serving as delegates and speakers as the spotlight shone on the Burin Peninsula on the eve of the Sea Rose FPSO’s departure.

Youth Awareness Conference

This Conference will engage approximately 100-150 youth on the Burin Peninsula Area, in providing information and creating awareness about careers and entrepreneurship as a career option, particularly in local emerging labour market growth industries. This conference will make youth aware of opportunities available to them from various organizations.

Business Retention and Expansion

The Burin Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will play a key role in the revitalization of the business retention and expansion initiative, this initiative will serve to identify red flag that are detrimental to business owners on the Burin Peninsula, and to search for  resolutions to these issues.

Networking Receptions and Events

The Burin Peninsula Chamber of Commerce recognizes the importance of interaction within our business community, and consequently works to offer members the opportunity to meet and greet and discuss ideas and current ventures. Such events as our annual John Coady Memorial Golf Invitational and our annual Small Business Week reception in October see great participation from the community year after year.

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