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FACE TO FACE: New Delta Chamber head eyes local growth
The new head of Delta’s Chamber of Commerce says the time is right to invest in Delta, and the local chamber has long been an effective ally when it comes to promoting growth and prosperity locally.
“Our vision is to strengthen commerce and industry, because Delta matters,” says executive director Ian Tait. “We work to connect businesses with each other… and support the local economy.”
The Delta Chamber of Commerce has long been an advocate for local trade, dating back to its founding in 1910. Today, more than 400 businesses belong to the Delta Chamber of Commerce, making the organization a great place for residents and consumers to seek out referrals.
As a long time Delta resident and business owner, Tait knows all about the challenges and opportunities local businesses are presented with.
Tait’s own company, Tait Consulting Ltd, works with individuals, businesses, communities and governments to help advance their relationships with First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples; and develops and implements branding, fundraising, event and communications strategies.
Tait previously worked with BC Hydro, and was most recently general manager of Artiss Aminco ULC, an Official Licensee of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Ian established a Canada-wide retail network of 1,400 locations and generated nearly 20 per cent of all licensed merchandise revenue for VANOC in just three years.
Before landing the executive director position, Tait served on the Delta Chamber of Commerce’s board.
He says some of the most important work the Chamber does for local businesses is advocating for public policies that will foster a strong, competitive economic environment, including initiatives that will create jobs, provide tax relief for individuals and businesses, and improve the quality of life here in Delta.
“We’re the one organization that represents your business interests to all levels of government,” says Tait.
The Delta Chamber of Commerce offers members a variety of services, including networking events, competitive insurance packages, and business training seminars. The Chamber is also involved in community through events like the annual Hats Off to Excellence Awards.
When it comes helping the local economy thrive, Tait says one of the biggest things local businesses and consumers can do to support the local economy is to shop and buy local.
“Those dollars are recirculated in our community,” says Tait. “These businesses pay taxes, and that helps pay for the amenities we have here in Delta.”
With an influx of new retailers expected as the Tsawwassen First Nation’s mega malls nears completion, Tait says it’s important for local businesses to work hard to maintain and expand their customer base.
“With all of these new developments, the time is right for businesses to better prepare themselves for increased competition,” he says. “Get closer to your customers and understand their needs.”
• To learn more about the Delta Chamber of Commerce, visit www.deltachamber.ca