In the spring of 1993, not too long after Headingley had succeeded from the City of Winnipeg, it was decided that a Chamber of Commerce was needed. In June 1993 a group of business owners met and formed the Headingley Chamber with an initial membership of 40.
In 1997 the Rural Municipality of Headingley announced the unprecedented act of removing the Business Tax levy in Headingley, which the Headingley Regional Chamber of Commerce (HRCC) was jointly active in.
During its lifetime, the Chamber has had its office in four different locations and has had ten presidents.
In 2010, the Board of Directors created a new position of mentorship on the Board, the Youth Board Member. Jade Wood was the first to serve in this position.
The Headingley Directory was a project that the HRCC published every 2 years. Every household and business received, free of charge, a directory which listed all Headingley residents and businesses. The 2019/2020 Headingley Directory will be the 11th and final edition that the Chamber will publish.
Starting in 2021, the Headingley Directory will transition to a online Headingley Business Directory. This directory can be found on the Chamber’s website and any business in the RM of Headingley is eligible to be listed. There are several different categories and options available for listings.
The Headingley Chamber hosts member luncheons, alternating between The Gates on Roblin and Breezy Bend Country Club on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. These luncheons are not only an opportunity for business people to meet and network, but also feature a guest speaker addressing topics and issues to help our business owners.
Monthly Morning Coffee Chats are held, on an alternating basis, at The Gates on Roblin and Best Western Plus Hotel on the first Wednesday of each month. These are informal get-togethers where members can share a cup of coffee, exchange ideas and network with other businesses. There is no formal program and the format is a Come-and-Go style.
One of the longest running events in our community is the Annual Headingley Community Golf Tournament. The proceeds from this tournament go towards the “Leaders of Tomorrow” Youth Scholarship program which is administered by the Chamber. Every year three $1,000 scholarships are awarded to Headingley area youth who will be entering into a trades program.
The HRCC supports a number of community group activities and our members are active in the community. Through the years, the HRCC has hosted the Community Volunteer Awards, Election Debate Forums, Community Tree Planting, Community Garden Shows, Breakfast with Santa, and the 20th and 25th RM of Headingley Anniversary Galas.
Like any business, the Headingley Regional Chamber of Commerce has had successes and failures but through it all our mission has always been the same:
“To Promote Commerce in Headingley and the Surrounding Region.”