Yorkton Chamber to hold Business Summit

The Yorkton Chamber of Commerce will host a Business Summit in the city March 27.

“It’s open to all from beginning entrepreneurs … to senior entrepreneurs,” said Chamber president Mike Stackhouse at a press conference to announce the event.

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Stackhouse said the summit, which will be held at the Gallagher Centre, has two goals.

The first is to provide information whereby participants can each take home one or two pieces of information that will help them with their respective businesses.

The second goal is about boosting local business confidence by creating “an atmosphere of positivity within the business community,” said Stackhouse.

The summit will begin with a keynote address by Ben Voss, CEO of Morris Industries. The company has long been a member of the Yorkton business community and Voss will share the perception Morris Industries has of Yorkton and its expectations of the future.

The Summit will also offer a number of information sessions such as developing your brand and online presence; tools for building your team; tools for moving your business forward; and presentations from local First Nations discussing their economic development strategies.

The day will conclude with a panel of business people; Laurie Renton of LR Futures, Jordan Schenher of Modern Mattress and Evan Ortynsky of Key Auto Group, sharing their thoughts on the state of business in Yorkton.

Stackhouse said it was deemed important to have local business people who have proven successful in the city be part of the summit as presenters.

“We want local people involved … We feel they can relate (to the local situation),” he said.

Stackhouse said the event mimics one that has successfully been held in Estevan in the past, adding it fit with a key goal the Chamber has.

“We wanted to come up with a day to create a positive atmosphere,” he said.

The agenda is posted on the Chamber’s website at www.yorktonchamber.com along with details on registration fees.

As for limits on participants, Stackhouse said they just want to have a good turnout.

“It would be a great problem to have if we have to turn people away,” he said.

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