WINNIPEG – October 18, 2022 – The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) and Honourable Cliff Cullen, Minister of Economic Development, Investment & Trade, are proud to proclaim the third Wednesday in October as Chamber of Commerce Day in Manitoba.
This 2022 provincial proclamation kicks off what will be an annual celebration of chambers of commerce and boards of trade, highlighting their valuable contributions to our provincial economy for 150 years.
“As the umbrella association for the province’s 64 local chambers, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce has had a front-row seat throughout the pandemic, witnessing incredible agility, strategic thinking, and tireless grassroots support for the business community,” said Chuck Davidson, President & CEO, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. “Our chambers navigated some very complex issues, yet they continued to offer vital information and practical support to members, without missing a beat.”
From the earliest days of Manitoba’s chamber movement, chamber leaders have been active in communities, supporting local enterprise, strengthening our economy, creating vital connections to government decision-makers, and serving as the collective voice of business.
“Manitoba businesses are the backbone of our economy – the creator of jobs and goods and services that we rely and depend on, said Cliff Cullen, Minister of Economic Development, Investment and Trade. “I commend Manitoba’s chambers of commerce for the important work they do to promote Manitoba businesses to local, national and international markets all to facilitate and foster innovation and economic growth throughout the province.”
MCC requested the proclamation for the third Wednesday in October to land during bdc’s Small Business Week, and to coincide with a large “Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce” campaign which occurs annually in the U.S.
“Chamber of Commerce Day in Manitoba will provide an opportunity for us all to pause, take stock, and reflect on the tireless work of chamber staff, board members, and volunteers across the province. We are honoured to formally acknowledge their grit, determination, and spirit of collaboration, and to say thank you for championing a strong Manitoba – historically, today, and for the future. We encourage all Manitoba cities and communities which are home to a chamber to celebrate with us, and to high-five a chamber professional today.”
Many of the services and benefits offered by chambers of commerce are designed to boost member resilience and productivity in good times and bad. As advocates for a business-friendly climate, chambers deliver networking and professional development opportunities, as well as programs and initiatives to support growth.
Karen Viveiros – Director, Marketing & Communications
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