Will be seeing you soon!

 

February 20-24, 2017 is proclaimed Chamber of Commerce Week to recognize the unwavering commitment of the Chamber of Commerce in supporting local businesses, boosting economic development opportunities and providing vital resources for businesses in our community.

Members of the Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce will be out and about touring businesses and showcasing new and ongoing projects, events and initiatives during Chamber Week.

The Chamber of Commerce is an organization that relys on membership & sponsorship support. We look forward to the opportunity of meeting YOU and spreading the word about what we do.

 

Open for Business

The Merritt Chamber of Commerce has been reviewing conditions for home-based businesses as part of its Open for Business working group.

Home-based businesses can be part of the bedrock of a healthy, stable community, as self-employment disperses income reliance beyond single industries. Homebased businesses are also an integral part of commerce in our community, providing goods and services not only locally but also nationally. From time to time, these businesses grow to the extent that they require larger quarters in a commercial section of the city, but many remain permanently in a family home.

So far, a survey of other communities’ bylaws, a telephone survey of a sampling of Merritt’s home-based business owners, and discussion with Merritt’s Bylaw Officer and Tourism/Economic Development Officer have all informed the working group’s conclusion that an improvement to current bylaws would be removal of the limitation to just a single home-based business. This would address the emerging desire of couples to each have their own business run out of the home, and would make Merritt more attractive to possible in-migration, particularly for professionals in the tech industry.

The Chamber looks forward to discussion of this idea amongst its membership, and if the consensus is to move forward with the suggestion, will make a proposal to the City of Merritt to amend the relevant bylaw.

 

 

Country Christmas 2015

Merritt's Country Christmas celebrations are just around the corner. Our famous night parade is scheduled for November 27th - start time is 7pm.

Anyone interested in participating in the parade please fill out an application by clicking on the link below. Application forms are also available at Carrie Ware and Co. or a Community Futures Nicola Valley.

The week long event kicks off with a Dance Recital – Wed. Nov. 25th  6pm – 10pm at the Merritt Civic Centre
Country Christmas Concert – Thurs. Nov. 26th 6 pm – 10pm Merritt Civic Centre
Country Christmas Parade – Friday  Nov. 27th  - starts 7pm Parade Route
Country Christmas Craft Fair – Friday & Sat. Nov. 28th at the Merritt Civic Centre
Santa Land – Friday Nov 27th – following the parade till 10pm Hall of Fame & Saturday Nov. 28th 10am - 4pm at the Hall of Fame.
Santa Land – Sat. Nov. 28th 10am – 4pm. Hall of Fame

This year we pleased to announce that the tree displays will be open to the public for two weeks following Country Christmas - till December 11th. If you are a business, group or organization that would be interested in decorating a tree please contact Etelka at the Chamber office via email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

This year we are asking for donations from the participants to help offset event expenses. We are looking forward to a bigger and better event this year! Get involved and enjoy the festivities!!!

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