Chamber’s books in the black

Paul Hutchings
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Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce administrator Terrilynn Robbins speaks at the chamber's annual general meeting on  Wednesday, March 12, 2014. She said the chamber has seen excellent growth during the past year and said plans are in place to continue that growth during 2014.

The Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce saw a total net income of just over $7,300 in 2013; that’s up by just over $10,000 in 2012 when the organization saw a number that was a negative.

That was just one of the facts and figures those in attendance heard at the chamber’s annual general meeting Wednesday night. The meeting saw a presentation from chamber administrator Terrilynn Robbins about the success of the last year, as well as a presentation from Deer Lake Regional Airport CEO Jamie Schwartz, who said the airport is doing extremely well, which is good news for the entire region. Passenger traffic is up, and so is revenue, and, he said, they are looking forward to more of the same in 2014.

The chamber nominated its board members Wednesday during the meeting at the Deer Lake Motel. Stepping into the role of president is Roseann White, who said she is excited to be at the head of the organization.

“For this year, I’d like to see us obviously increase membership and continue to support local business as we have been doing,” she said. “I’d like to continue the work that we have been doing so far.”

White is the general manager of the Holiday Inn Express in Deer Lake, and she said she was happy to hear that the airport was doing as well as Schwartz told the crowd of about 40.

“I think the chamber has done a great job in the last year and we will continue to look for opportunities to help business grow in this area,” she said.

Robbins said the chamber’s foray into the black was due to increased membership and the fact the chamber was able to get some of its own salaries half paid from government sources. She praised the Town of Deer Lake for its role in the business organization.

“We have such a great relationship with the town,” she said. “We have to not just co-exist, but also work together to achieve success.”

She said looking ahead to this year, the chamber will host several workshops, as well as its usual fare, including a gala with business awards next month, a golf tournament and a variety of other events. During her speech she said social media has been a great source of information and an excellent way of getting word out on events. She encouraged the crowd to follow the chamber on Facebook and Twitter.

Organizations: Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce, Deer Lake Regional Airport, Holiday Inn Express

Geographic location: Deer Lake

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