The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce began in 1909 and boasts for serving over 105 years to businesses, tourists and to the community at large. As the current Executive Manager I am proud to be a part of such a significant, and historical organization.
To say the Fort Frances Chamber is an active body would be an understatement. A month does not pass without some kind of program or event taking place, whether it’s an exclusive member activity or one for the participation and benefit of the entire community and district. We are a leader in tourism information and assistance, and work hard to ensure those that visit our area love our sunset country as much as we do.
Chambers are by nature multifaceted organizations that offer a broad range of benefits and programs to their members and visitors to the area. Some of our own highlights include our popular Gift Certificate program, cross-border brainstorming sessions held in conjunction with our sister city, Peaceful Border Days which encourages cross border networking & volunteer opportunities, participation in Heart of the Continent Partnersip with the National Geographic Society, discounts for marketing, 24 hr tourism information and assistance, Oktoberfest Celebration, a cross reference business directory, and much more.
Fort Frances has a dynamic and diversified commercial sector. Its growth and positioning in our international border community deserves recognition. To celebrate and honour some of our outstanding local businesses and volunteers each year, we host an Annual Business Awards Banquet. This glittering affair attracts close to 200 attendees of the Rainy River District’s professionals who gather to recognize and encourage the best of their peers.
Chamber members also get the benefit of preferred rates at our premier marketing event, the annual Business & Community Expo. This event attracts close to 2,000 visitors from across the region and is the largest event of its kind in the Rainy River District.
Members also enjoy the Business after Hours events, held throughout the year, affording them an outstanding networking event which also gives them an opportunity to showcase their goods and services.
The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce has earned its profile in the community because of its services, events, and commitment to our district's growth and prosperity. Our members are active, not only in Chamber activities, but in all the affairs affecting our area.
Executive Director, FFCC