SAULT STE MARIE, ON – The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce held their 131st Annual general meeting and the news is good.
The Chamber of Commerce was hit hard this year by the pandemic. In his presidential remarks, Carlo Spadafora noted in the words of Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
He noted the year started out with vigour and they had turned their attention to working on being an advocacy group. Everything was going to plan and then they were thrust into the advocacy faster than expected when COVID hit. He said they did a lot to get businesses through.
“The chamber also set off and doing what many businesses did in this community, logging, through our website, suppliers places to go,” said Spadafora. “We were instrumental in working with our members to help get all the information and the messages to where our members had their supplies available.”
They reported to the membership that even though the year was not good, they were going to end up “in the black” when it came to finances.
All segments of the Chamber of Commerce reported back and over 40 new members were admitted into the chamber. Five new members were voted to the board of directors and the new president Michael Stone took over for Spadafora. He had a message of hope for the membership.
“The next step will be moving from survival onto adaptations, and then back to thriving in this new environment which is our reality,” said Stone. “The biggest and most profitable businesses have no guarantee of survival whatsoever, those who will survive, but those that will be able to adapt and become fit, operate in this new environment.”
He asked members to reach out, to lean on the chamber and know they will be there even though the volatility has affected them and the membership.
“But what I want to say is rest assured that the chamber is here to help guide you through this process, make you the most fit for success,” said Stone.