Carman & Community Chamber of Commerce: Caring support for your business

The Carman & Community Chamber of Commerce is the beating heart of businesses throughout Carman and the RM of Dufferin. With over 120 members, the Chamber works to support business initiatives, business owners, and collaboration within our business community so that we may all grow together.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Carman & Community Chamber of Commerce and how it benefits you, your business, and our community.

A brief history

The Carman & Community Chamber of Commerce has been serving the Town of Carman and RM of Dufferin for over 50 years, having registered with Corporations Canada under the Board of Trades Act in May 1969. Since then, its board of directors have worked tirelessly to promote and care for its business members.

That sense of community well-being and collaboration remains strong today, with a board of directors and membership that truly care about our community and its businesses.

Member benefits

The Carman & Community Chamber of Commerce is a diverse group of over 120 businesses all working toward a collaborative goal of economic stability and well-being within Carman and the RM of Dufferin. Becoming a Chamber member also opens the door to many benefits for you, your business, and your employees.

Some of the major benefits include:

– Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan: Offers competitive group and individual benefits plans, which are customizable to your business needs
– Chamber Cash Bucks: The Chamber sells “Cash Buck” certificates to promote local shopping and keep business in Carman and the RM of Dufferin
– Preferred Visa and Mastercard merchant rates
– 10% discount on safety and health facilitator training
– 10% off Ceridian Powerpay payroll service fees
– Esso Business and Fleet Card program
– Bell MTS long distance, wireless, and data plans
– 20% off Pinnacle human resources and labour relations consulting services
– Preferred pricing on office products and supplies from Christie’s Office Plus
These are only a few on a long list of outstanding benefits available to Chamber members. Aside from tangible perks of joining the Chamber, you’ll also have a dedicated board that advocates for your business, not only with free listings in the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce directory, but with respect to the issues and challenges that your business faces on a daily basis.

The Chamber has also partnered with various organizations and businesses over the years to assist with community growth.

Chamber events

The Carman & Community Chamber of Commerce puts on and assists with many events throughout the year. They host “lunch and learn” sessions and host evening business events, and every year they assist with Breakfast with Santa, the Halloween Carnival, and the Carman Fair Parade.

Breakfast with Santa

Children and families from the community are invited every year to share breakfast with Santa Claus at the Carman Community Hall. All proceeds go to the Christmas Cheer Board, and the delicious breakfast includes pancakes, sausages, fruit, coffee, tea, and juice.

Halloween Carnival

Goody bags, games, crafts, face painting, and more! The Carman & Community Chamber of Commerce Halloween Carnival boasts loads of spooky fun for the whole family. Local businesses sponsor this event every year, and funds are always raised for a good cause.

Carman Fair Parade

The Carman Country Fair is one of Manitoba’s longest-running traditions, and the fair parade is always a site to behold, kicking off the weekend festivities in colourful fashion. The Chamber takes care of administration for the parade, providing float numbers and appointing marshalls.

Join today!

Do you already own or operate a business in Carman and the RM of Dufferin? Are you interested in starting a business here? Contact us today and ask about joining the Carman & Community Chamber of Commerce. We’d love to hear from you and are here to address your specific business needs to help you flourish in our community.

If you have any questions about doing business in Carman and the RM of Dufferin, please also feel free to reach out to Tyler King, Director of Economic Development, at tyler@townofcarman.com or at 204-745-2675.