Jennifer Pierce
Jennifer Pierce, Member Services Specialist

Did you make any resolutions for 2014 for your business? Chances are at least one of the below resolutions is on your list – and the Chamber can help!

  1. Do more networking
  2. Build my brand
  3. Find ways to save $
  4. Invest in training for myself and/or my employees
  5. Get involved in my community

Earlier this week I gave you some ideas on how the Chamber can help with resolutions 1 and 2 and resolution 3. Here’s the last instalment:

Resolution 4: Invest in training for myself and/or my employees

The Chamber offers a number of ways you can access great training for yourself or your employees.

All Ships Rise Training Programs – The Chamber, through the All Ships Rise program, can help businesses access funding through the provincial government to help employees access training. The Chamber also facilitates several courses funded through these programs, such as the Bluteau DeVenney Applied Leadership Training Program, Performance Excellence training from Symplicity Organizational Designs, and President’s Club Sales Training though Sandler Training.

Workplace Education Partnership – The Chamber has partnered with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education to offer essential skills training to Chamber members, funded by the provincial government. Courses vary each year but have included social media, computer basics, time management, communication, and project management. Watch the Calendar of Events and the Chamber Bulletin newsletter for upcoming sessions.

Continuing Education ­– Continuing Education seminars are offered by Chamber members for Chamber members. Learn from the expertise of your fellow members about a range of topics! Past topics have ranged from wills and estates to digital marketing. Watch the Calendar of Events and the Chamber Bulletin newsletter for upcoming sessions.

Resolution 5: Get involved in my community

Whether you only have a few minutes (or even seconds!) or you have a couple of hours a week, the Chamber has opportunities for you to get involved. It can be as simple as answering a Chamber Quickie poll on our homepage or an annual satisfaction or issues survey, participating in a roundtable or reading about issues in Business Voice, Outlook and All Ships Rise magazines. Or, if you want to get more involved, you can volunteer for a committee, task force, our Board of Directors – and maybe even one day be the Chair of our Board and have your face on the cover of Business Voice!

Jennifer Pierce is the Member Services Specialist at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. If you would like more information about any of the information above, please contact Jennifer. She can be reached at (902) 481-1227 or