Businesses line up to welcome newcomers and locals 

The Whistler Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting a forum for local businesses to tell locals and newcomers alike what they are all about.

"Businesses were asking for it," said Mecki Facundo of the chamber.

It used to be that new residents learned about who did what in town as part of the Spirit program. But the trade show component was cancelled a couple of years ago. Facundo said it was decided this year to re-introduce it as part of the activities for Welcome Week.

The local business forum will be held at the Telus Conference Centre at Whistler from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. There are already 60 businesses and non-profits signed up to tell visitors about themselves said Facundo. All the information tables will be in the upper and lower lobby of the conference centre.

It’s not too late for businesses to sign up. Just call Facundo at 604-932-5922 ext. 20. If you are providing food or refreshments the cost is $25. The full price is $50 plus another $100 if you want an Internet connection.

Approximately 1,500 people are expected to attend the forum and all will have a chance to take part in a quiz and win prizes donated by participating businesses as well as cash prizes.

Facundo said the information is valuable not just for the newcomers themselves but also because it gives them a knowledge base they can draw upon when visitors ask them for help.

"As much as you learn for yourself you can give to others too," said Facundo.

Along with the business forum a number of other events are taking place for Welcome Week. They include:

Nov.15th — Ski and snowboard movie premier Remote Control by The Gathering Collective at MY Place Theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is $2.

Nov.17th — Scavenger Hunt. Meet at Glacier Staff Housing on Blackcomb Mountain at 1 p.m. Prizes and a BBQ will follow the event. Admission is $2.

Nov. 18th — C.R.A.V.E. (Clubs Recreational Activities Volunteer Experience) runs 1-3 p.m. at Myrtle Phillip Community School. Adult recreational and volunteer opportunities will be set up in a tradeshow environment.

Nov.18th — Moist II at Meadow Park Sports Centre, a LUNA event. There will be a pool party with DJ Phroh, Thai massage, snacks, hot tub, sauna and bathrobes to lounge in. It starts at 9 p.m. and admission is $2/$4.

Nov. 19th — Lounge Dinner and a Movie (Ski Bums) at MY Place Youth Centre between 6 and 10 p.m. Admission is $2.

Nov. 20 th — Business Welcome at the Telus Conference Centre between 2 and 6 p.m.

Nov. 20th — Jill Ackhurst Community Welcome Dinner between 5 and 9 p.m. Long time locals and new comers to Whistler will have a chance to get to know each other over dinner. Admission is $2.

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