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Date set for Other Firefighter’s Ball The second annual Other Firefighter’s Ball & Fund-raiser, presented by Whistler Firefighters and the Parents Advisory Committee, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3 this year. The event, which will be burning up the Garibaldi Lift Company, kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $15 and are available from any Whistler firefighter or PAC member. Highlights on the night will include both live and silent auctions as well as music and dancing. All funds raised will go toward the local high school library and the Whistler firefighters’ auto extrication team. Sponsors for the night include Whistler/Blackcomb, Pepsi and Skyy Vodka. Community Futures give you The Edge If you’re in business and you’re looking for the inside track or a little bit more savvy in competing these days the Community Futures Development Corporation of Howe Sound has a course for you. Community Futures is presenting a series of evening workshops throughout the corridor entitled The Edge. The program is designed to provide the marketing and entrepreneurial skills necessary for local businesses to compete in today’s marketplace. The first workshop will be held in Squamish on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Whistler will host a workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 16 and there will be one in Pemberton on Thursday, Sept. 17. The seminars run from 6 to 9 p.m. with a one on one question and answer session from 9 to 10 p.m. "We’re not leaving until we create an action plan filled with great ideas specifically for your business," says business consultant Ann Ward who will be conducting the workshop. "Bring your problems and an open mind, and I look forward to sharing successful strategies and developing real solutions for your business." Topics covered at the workshop include a profile of today’s customers, the information you need to understand a changing marketplace, an in-depth look at marketing and sales strategies and action plans for a variety of businesses. Jeff Dawson, the general manager of Community Futures says the workshop is looking to support the local business community. "The concept of the workshop was developed for the many business people who are concerned their business has dropped off lately, and who are looking for creative solutions to increase business," he said. The cost of the workshop is $20 per person and there is also a special group rate. For more information contact Megan Olesky at Community Futures: (604) 892-5467.

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