Laughter pealed from the conference rooms at the Wayside Inn on March 25th as motivational speakers entertained, educated and motivated local business people. Spring Session, a new twist on the traditional AGM, was an event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce that was filled with inspiration, innovation and laughter. Before heading into 2 concurrent sessions and a keynote luncheon speaker a short meeting was held to present the Chamber’s Annual Report and elect the 2014-15 Directors. The sessions provided participants with knowledge on how to build leadership strategies and use the positive effects of humour in the work place. Heather D. Swain, professional actor, writer and comedian had the audience fully engaged in tangible tools to help relieve stress, depression and fear in the work place. In the second concurrent session Alexis Nelson described ‘branding’ and how it separates competitors and makes consumers remember a product. The Keynote speaker, Kevin Burns provided blunt, direct, funny and thought provoking views on how to build a leadership attitude.
The new Wetaskiwin’s Business Awards Program was launched announcing new categories, new selection processes. The Chamber encourages the community to identify and nominate businesses that demonstrate outstanding performance in marketing, client services or human resources. The GALA will be held on October 23, 2014. The new categories unveiled are:
• Business of the Year.
• Manufacturer/Industry of the Year.
• New Business of the Year.
• Volunteer of the Year.
• Non-Profit Organization of the Year.
• Customer Service of the Year.
• Employer of the Year.
• Tourism/Hospitality of the Year.
• Award of Excellence.
Several businesses were recognized for graduating and receiving their certification from the Recommended Experience Business Program.