Wednesday, March 12, 2013
Chamber of Commerce ramping up for spring trade show
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - The annual Yellowknife spring trade show is fast approaching. Vendor booths for the May 9/10 event are quickly selling out, stated chamber executive director Deneen Everett in an email to the Yellowknifer.
"We have 105 booths in the Olympic room for sale with 69 already sold, and 45 booths in the community room with 27 already sold," stated Everett. "There are still lots of booths available for anyone who is interested, but they have been selling quickly. We’re hoping to be sold out by the end of March."
The Chamber is looking for volunteers or volunteer groups to assist on May 8, 10, and 11 to assist with set-up and take down of displays, as well as for assistance with garbage and recycling disposal. Volunteers groups can take in recyclables for the deposit. The Chamber will also make a donation to a volunteer group able to lend assistance during the show.
Non-Chamber members are invited to rent a booth as well, but a membership in the Chamber will give prospective vendors a discounted rate.
"We charge $600 for Chamber members and $850 for non-members," Everett stated. "Membership growth is a priority for the Chamber and businesses with one to five employees can become a member for only $200. They'll save $50 off a booth and they get to take advantage of all of the benefits that the Chamber offers."
To arrange a booth before they're sold out, or to look into volunteer opportunities, contact Everett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SSi micro passes savings on to customers
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Yellowknife's SSi Micro announced on March 3, 2014 , four new Internet plans for Yellowknife customers. Ranging in cost from $24.95 for the "Snowshoe" plan for light Internet users, up to $139.95 for the "Ice Road" plan, that includes 100 GB of monthly data.
In a statement released by SSi, the new plans were made possible by a CRTC decision last year ordering the reduction of the wholesale rates Northwestel was charging competitors to access their network.
Although SSi introduced some immediate usage cap upgrades at that time, Northwestel had appealed the CRTC decision, delaying this recent plan roll-out. Last December, the CRTC clarified wholesale distribution rates for companies like SSi.
"The last four years have been a challenge for us," stated Jeff Philipp, founder and CEO of the SSi group of companies. "We spent tons of money on this fight, and now it's paying off. Loyal customers that stood by us are seeing a benefit today."
Current SSi subscribers will receive a rebate on their current months invoice to reflect the pricing changes. SSi has also ended the $50 registration fee it charged previously for new residential accounts.
The company hopes to win back customers they say they have lost during their wholesale pricing struggles.
Yellowknife Quiznos in no danger of closing
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Denver-based sandwich chain Quiznos Inc., with more than locations in 30 countries and territories around the world including Yellowknife, is reportedly preparing to enter into bankruptcy court protection.
Abdullah Al-Mahamud, local franchise owner since 2009, told the Yellowknifer that he isn't concerned about the Yellowknife location at all.
"It will have no effect at all," Al-Mahamud said of the the U.S. parent company's financial manoeuvring. "They're a big corporation, doing their own thing ... as far as I know it just has to do with clearing up their debt and doing better for their shareholders."