CHAMBER NEWS: The season of awesome

Look out for a number of special events coming up in the Enderby area

Sure, many of us continue to look out our windows wondering what happened to the glorious extended summer that blessed us until only weeks ago.

But maybe it’s just a matter of letting go and looking forward to what goodness lies ahead of us in November, goodness that is not reliant upon sunny weather and longer days. Instead, the awesomeness that we can collectively be looking forward to is coming in the form of some amazing indoor events.

The Enderby and District Chamber of Commerce has declared November as the season of awesome.

Let’s start with an event that we consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our region. Along with Shuswap Tourism, Podollan Inns, and Jennifer Kent Marketing, we are ecstatic to be bringing world-renowned author, social media, marketing and customer engagement expert Scott Stratten to the Salmar Theatre in Salmon Arm Nov. 23.

Scott will cover key business concepts related to marketing, branding, public relations, social media and customer service during his 90-minute talk.

He’ll include case studies of successful businesses that gained exposure through being awesome and effective.

He promises to provide actionable tools enabling audience members to apply the concepts immediately to their own businesses. Having the opportunity to learn from someone of Scott’s caliber doesn’t present itself every day and we as a chamber strongly recommend checking this event out. Get your tickets at

Another awesome event worth checking out is the Enderby and District Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 annual general meeting Nov. 28 (Enderby Legion, doors at 6 p.m).

This year, we are featuring the culinary talents of our chamber restaurant members via our “Flavours of Enderby” showcase. Come and sample some of the best dishes Enderby and district has to offer, all while networking with fellow chamber and business members.

For those who are always keen on learning how to improve their business practices, Shuswap Tourism’s Robyn Cyr will also provide insight on the many marketing programs available to our chamber members through our renewing contract with the regional destination marketing organization.

Come and see how you can benefit by working with this award-winning regional tourism brand.

The event is free to our chamber members. RSVP to

Providing us with a final dose of awesome, there is a small group of passionate, talented Enderby and district artists who have banded together in the hopes of creating an artist-run gallery here where the Okanagan meets the Shuswap.

More than a dozen artists, representing all sorts of media, are collectively putting the final touches on the Artbeat of Enderby. The show happens Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. The group will convert the Enderby Visitors Centre (700 Railway St.) into a gallery for the weekend, giving residents and tourists the opportunity to not only own some unique local art, but also get a glimpse at what an artist-run gallery could look like if it were a more permanent asset in our community.

There will be a silent auction as well and proceeds from that, alongside commission revenues from all art purchased at the event, will go back into the creation of a permanent art gallery.

You can follow this exciting initiative and get exhibition times at

With all of this and more going on in November, there should be no reason at all to be looking and living in the sun-drenched past. The future remains bright. Whether or not you’ll need those shades is yet to be seen.

Darren Robinson is general manager at the Enderby and District Chamber of Commerce.