Wetaskiwin Chamber plan has deep benefits

Small business owners are well aware of the complexities and expenses they face, but they may not be aware of local resources...

During the Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon Dec. 2 at Montgomery Glen Golf Course

During the Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon Dec. 2 at Montgomery Glen Golf Course

Small business owners are well aware of the complexities and expenses they face, but they may not be aware of local resources that can help them manage their businesses.

During the Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon Dec. 2 at Montgomery Glen Golf Course, members heard a presentation from Dean Chapman about programs available through the chamber’s group benefits plan. He noted the comprehensive plan offers a lesser-known group of benefits featured under the name “Business Assistance Service” or BAS.

“It’s an invisible service that’s included in your benefit package,” said Chapman in his presentation.

He said the plan offers resources similar to what large companies enjoy in their human resources departments, with up to six hours of, for example, accounting service. One end of the program benefits the business owners, one end the employees.

For business owners, the service, for example, offers accounting advice with quick answers, legal advice that can just be run through the chamber benefit plan at no added cost.

The other end of it is employee assistance said Chapman. The plan offers up to 12 hours of assistance per issue, including things stress, burnout, anxiety, weight management and diabetes management, plus much more.

Chapman also said the chamber plan includes help for addictions. He said employers aren’t always aware of the issues their employees are dealing with, but staff continue to deal with them.

He noted more information is available by contacting the Wetaskiwin chamber at 780-312-0657.