We advocate for and alongside your business locally, provincially, and nationally.
Lobby and Advocacy:
- We serve as a credible choice in the political realm
- Our business community is represented at the Manitoba and Canadian Chamber levels, where recommended changes to provincial and federal education, healthcare, and business regulations are brought forward. Being in regular communication with both the federal and provincial Chamber network allows us to use our collective voices to advocate on behalf of all businesses and organizations.
We provide opportunities to connect to the resources and networks you need to grow your business, be more profitable, and attain success.
Awareness & Networking
- Build valuable relationships and engage with other business owners at well-attended Chamber events, including Mixers, Lunch & Learns, Business Excellence Awards & AGM, Annual Spring Banquet, bi-weekly Chamber Chats, Roundtable Mentor Event, Young Leaders Breakfast Series, Steinbach Burger Days, and our Annual Pioneer Days Parade.
- Lucrative sponsorship opportunities at a variety of Chamber events, including Steinbach’s business event of the year, the Annual Spring Banquet.
- Unique opportunities to put information about your business, products, and services, through advertising in our e-Newsletter, the Bottom Line, which goes out to just over 1000 contacts in the business community every week.
Eastman Immigrant Services (EIS)
- Largest initiative of the Steinbach Chamber
- Aims to optimize successful settlement for newcomers, making the transition to a new community a positive experience, both for newcomers and the receiving community.
- Welcomes an average of 200 families to our region each year for the past 20 years! This helps to provide a solid labour force from which employers can hire, and an increase in population also translates to an increase in local consumers.
Cost Savings Programs
- Discounts for Chamber members on a wide range of products and services, including affordable group insurance plans and lower fees on credit card transactions.
We provide opportunities to participate in first-rate workshops and seminars, as well as other events and programs that strengthen our community.
Business Knowledge & Development
- Access to a variety of workshops and seminars throughout the year, offering education this is good, but need to make the latter more current on how to increase health, productivity, and success in your organization.
Starting a Business Guide
- We are committed to advocating for growth and economic development in our region. See our We produced a step-by-step guide on how to start a business with a comprehensive list of local resources to help future entrepreneurs reach their goals. Meghan has also produced a PowerPoint presentation on how to Start a Business. We should maybe consider posting that here as well. See the Starting a Business Guide here.
- Support an organization that continually works to promote your community our communities and the local economy. We are committed to advocating for growth and economic development in our region. Local businesses are more than just a place to shop – they are a part of the community’s backbone. The Chamber works to educate the local community about the integral presence and support of business in our region, which aligns with our vision of Leading Growth – Connecting People.
Mission & Values
The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce unites and represents Steinbach and area businesses, in the belief that the resulting economic growth and stability provides an enhanced quality of life for the entire community
Our Vision & Core Values
The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce will continue to be a vehicle of positive change in our community, through the pursuit of the following core values:
- Service: Actively identifying and meeting the needs of our member businesses.
- Sustainability: Leveraging available resources and developing new strategies to optimize our members’ long-term return on investment.
- Innovation: Proactively implementing new ideas and improvements for local business growth and regional economic growth.
- Cooperation: Creating synergy between business, government, and residents to achieve mutual success.
- Integrity: Remaining accountable to our members and the community by operating in a fair and ethical manner.
- Respect: Honouring Steinbach’s history, culture and accomplishments, while embracing our growing diversity and opportunities.
- Promote membership development and growth
- Membership retention
- Provide member service and support
- Celebrate business excellence
- Provide networking opportunities
- Communication and resource centre
- Facilitate community events
- Assist newcomers with settlement
- Encourage business and community partnerships
- Support community projects
- Support tourism
Steinbach has had a community organization similar to the Chamber of Commerce since the early 1920’s. In the early days, the Steinbach Chamber was known as the Board of Trade.
The Board of Trade was a significant contributor to the community in terms of development. In 1929, the Transportation Committee purchased a gravel pit and resurfaced the road to Giroux with gravel which was then the freight station for Steinbach. Local merchants were then assessed a fee and farmers helped by hauling gravel.
The organization helped to organize the Bethesda Hospital Society, which in 1937 completed the Bethesda Hospital without the aid of any government grants.
In the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Chamber lent its support and helped to promote the construction of many fine facilities required by the community including the hospital, schools, civic centre, arena and public library.
In 1954 the Board of Trade officially became the Chamber of Commerce. The registration of the organization with the Department of the Secretary of State of Canada took place on March 17, 1954.
The largest initiative of the Steinbach Chamber is the Eastman Immigrant Services (EIS) program.
Its primary focus is to optimize successful settlement and integration for newcomers, making the transition to a new community a positive experience, both for newcomers as well as the receiving community. EIS is funded by Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Manitoba Adult Language Training for Immigrants (MALTI), Manitoba Economic Development & Training (MEDT), and Skills & Employment Partnership (SEP).
At EIS, we welcome an average of 200 families to our region each year! This helps to provide a solid labour force from which employers can hire, and an increased population also translates to an increase in local consumers.
Settlement services include
- Assistance with important documents such as immigration documents, health care, and benefits
- Classes including: English for Work, Communication for Health Care Aides, Computer Literacy, and more
- Job search skills, information on job training programs
- Settlement Workers In Schools (SWIS) – assistance with school registration, support and referrals to community resources
- Community connections to services such as leisure activities, info sessions on settlement topics
- Interpretation and translation of documents or help to arrange these services
- Local Immigration Partnership (LIP)
- Volunteer, Integration, and Event opportunities
- Services in the Interlake Region (EIS expanded to this region in 2020)
- Employment Fair