Fernie Chamber receives grant from CBT for tech upgrades at new coworking space

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is set to receive $10,000 from Columbia Basin Trust’s Non-Profit Tech Grant program towards technology upgrades for Fernie’s brand new community coworking space – 2nd Edition Coworking. The program supports the acquisition of technology to increase efficiency and effectiveness of non-profits to improve operations, adapt programming and/or offer public use.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce will use the funds to purchase new computers, a tablet, and an integrated teleconferencing setup for the meeting room at 2nd Edition Coworking that people can use for Zoom/Skype calls on a 55-inch TV. The new technology will help better serve both Chamber and 2nd Edition members, offer virtual professional development workshops, and provide a well-equipped space for local entrepreneurs and business professionals to hold their virtual meetings.

Brad Parsell (Executive Director of the Fernie Chamber) explains, “We are incredibly grateful to Columbia Basin Trust for this opportunity to equip the Fernie Chamber’s new downtown community coworking space with state-of-the-art technology that will help local professionals connect virtually, and work on their business goals. Now more than ever it is important that our organization and our entrepreneurial community has access to this critical technology as we look to our competitiveness and resiliency during recovery from the pandemic.”

2nd Edition Coworking in downtown Fernie is now open to the public with reduced capacity and offers a range of flexible work options including private offices and hot desks. The meeting room is also currently available to book – with a strict COVID safety plan currently in place. For more information and to book your spot, please visit www.coworkingfernie.com

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