As the busy owner of a local Magnet Signs franchise, Denis Barrette wears many hats. He handles the paperwork, does the sign layout, and all the marketing as a one man show. This means he rarely has time to attend networking events held by the PG Chamber.
Although he can’t attend as many as he would like to, Barrette still sees the value in these Chamber events. “I’m impressed by the Chamber for their networking, programs, and the speakers they bring in,” he explains. “And the Newsletters are well done too. I read every one.” He adds that getting his name out to local businesses through the Chamber has been useful.
But for Barrette, who frequently faces bylaw challenges with his sign business, the real value of his membership to the Prince George Chamber of Commerce is having someone who will listen to his concerns and act as an advocate for his challenges.
While sign bylaws are not standardized from city to city, he feels some can be interpreted as being a bit outdated and he needed an ally to help state his case. The Chamber sat down with him, went through the detailed research he had prepared and offered to take his case to City Hall to present some fair solutions to the existing bylaws. The feedback he received indicates that things are moving in the right direction – forward.