Bringing together business owners and merchants in the community, the Kapuskasing and District Chamber of Commerce (KDCC) held an After Hours social in order to launch this year’s annual Small Business Week event.
Merchants and representatives from the Town of Kapuskasing relaxed, spoke, ate, and fostered new connections during the evening’s proceedings, held at the Golf Clubhouse.
The KDCC used this opportunity to unveil their new logo, created by local graphic design firm JT&Co.
“Moving forward as an organization, we are adding to our vision that the KDCC can be a resource based organization in order to help our members build and grow their profitability and generate new business opportunities,” said President of the KDCC, Martin Proulx.
He said that the as part of that vision, the KDCC would work towards granting local businesses further visibility and a chance for networking and building connections, using the evening social as an example.
“Our small and medium sized businesses are the heart of our economy and the chamber wants to play a role in promoting all that our businesses in the community have to offer,” Proulx said. “You will see a much more active and present Chamber in our community and we’re looking forward to hearing from you, getting your feedback, and most of all working towards solutions to help you, our local businesses, see success stories. Welcome to the new KDCC.”
Mayor Alan Spacek was present during the evening and signed the official declaration to launch Small Business Week, and offered some of his thoughts on one of the challenges local businesses are currently facing.
“I think in this community we have two thoughts,” he said. “We’re at the cusp of some great things in our community, the economy has stabilized and we’re seeing new growth. But at the same time I think we can be a bit candid and say we have a bit of a challenge in our retail and business sector. Customers have started getting into a habit of going elsewhere for their shopping needs.”
As a potential solution, he gave the old adage of fair prices and good service.
“We’ve got some good community spirit, we used to be a regional shopping centre for Hearst and Smooth Rock, and I think we are to some degree, but we have an opportunity there to capitalize on that.”
Small Business Week is taking place between October 19 through the 25, and will feature a variety of learning and networking activities, appearances by guest speakers, and the 24 annual KDCC Business Awards Gala.