Chamber Gives Federal Budget Passing Grade

NANAIMO – March 23, 2017

CHAMBER GIVES FEDERAL BUDGET PASSING GRADE

 

Chambers of Commerce across Canada gave the federal budget a C+ grading at best, as did the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, citing efforts of the Liberal government to limit deficit growth this year with less robust spending.

“Highlighted items include benefits to Ports from the National Trade Corridors Fund, a billion dollar commitment to high tech development, and the easing of inter-provincial trade restrictions on beer, wine and spirits. These all have a potential for positive impact on Nanaimo and the mid-Island,” according to Kim Smythe, President & CEO of the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.

The 2017 Budget also included extension of additional funding for Destination Canada, promoting Canadian tourist destinations internationally, and a growing investment in clean technology. “Tourism support is vital to continued growth of that sector locally. Any growth in tech development support is considered a benefit to Nanaimo’s economy as the fourth fastest-growing tech economy in BC. Combining business assistance, support and funding programs into a single source under an “Innovation” banner could also bring benefits to local entrepreneurs, start-ups and business developers”.

According to Canadian Chamber CEO Perrin Beatty, “We need concrete steps to make it easier for companies and individuals to transform ideas into commodities and services. In turn, these new businesses will support more high-tech jobs and foster further innovation. Canada needs to become an innovation leader to make sure new technologies and new jobs are created here, not in Silicon Valley.”

 

Smythe continued, “The Provincial government has been balancing budgets and investing in a more diversified economy – and this means they can now roll out bolder investments and a competitive tax structure that gives businesses the choice to invest and hire more British Columbians. As the federal government begins to rein in spending, some of these benefits may accrue over time on the federal front.”

 

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For more information:

KIM SMYTHE: 250-756-1191

Call for Nominations – Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors!

Qualifications Sought In Board Members:

The Board is strongest and most effective when the following core competencies are represented on the Board, with each director contributing their unique combination of knowledge, experience, and skills.

 

  1. Membership and Belief in the Chamber Vision, Values and Mission
  • When nominated, and during your term on the Board, Directors must be members in good standing of the GNCoC.
  • Directors must agree to support the vision, mission and values of the GNCoC.

 

  1. Integrity and Accountability
  • Directors must have demonstrated high ethical standards and integrity in their personal and professional dealings, and must be willing to act on – and remain accountable for – their boardroom decisions.
  • Directors should be respected and influential in the community, and/or possess special knowledge, skills, or experience which would assist the work of the Board.

 

  1. Mature Confidence and Informed Judgment
  • Directors shall provide wise, thoughtful counsel on a broad range of issues.
  • Directors must value the performance of the Board as a whole over individual performance and should demonstrate respect for others in executing their responsibilities.
  • A Director must put the overall interest of the Chamber ahead of their own business interests
  • Be self-motivated and demonstrate an ability to lead others in challenging work projects.

 

  1. Financial Literacy
  • Directors should be financially literate and able to evaluate organizational performance.

 

  1. Financial Contribution
  • Be aware of a modest financial commitment, including expenses for regular attendance at Chamber functions and special events demonstrating a personal commitment and establishing credibility when called upon to ask others to give.

 

  1. Time Availability
  • Directors must be willing and able to commit about 8 hours per month to Chamber work in order to devote the time and effort necessary to fully participate in the governance of the organization.
  • Directors are expected to attend one Board meeting per month, a Committee meeting and Chamber events. Directors are expected to come prepared, having reviewed all Board and Committee material, and to actively participate in the meetings.

 

Request To Let Your Name Stand As A

Nominee for the Position of Director

Please fill out the following form and return it to the Chamber office along with a digital photograph. Nominations close March 9, 2017.

 

(Applicants may attach additional pages if needed.)

 

NAME: _____________________________________________________________________________

POSITION IN COMPANY: ______________________________________________________

COMPANY: _________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________________________________

PHONE: _____________________ EMAIL: _________________________________________________

 

I am prepared to let my name stand for election and will be free to carry out my responsibilities as an active Director should I be elected.  I hereby certify that I have perused the Directors commitment and responsibilities and should I be elected to represent the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce I will fulfill those obligations.

 

Here is a brief summary background, and my community involvements and a picture.

 

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Signature of the Nominee ______________________________________________________

 

This nomination form must be signed by any three members in good standing, as well as the nominee.

 

Member: ____________________________________

 

Member: ____________________________________

 

Member: ____________________________________

 

Mike DeJong – Feb 23rd – Your first chance to discuss the budget in public!

Join Finance Minister Mike deJong on Thursday, February 23 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre for breakfast. Minister deJong will be sharing his presentation at the legislature with Nanaimo businesses just two days after releasing BC’s Provincial Budget for 2017-18. This is the budget that the government will take into the provincial election this May and will be a major milestone for BC. Typically, budget details are kept under wraps until released on budget day. Minister deJong’s visit here will be his first chance to discuss the budget in detail in public. He will give the public presentation, then invite your questions and engage in open discussion on the fine points of interest to Nanaimo businesses and residents. Reserve your seat now!

 

7:30 Networking

 

8:00 Buffet Breakfast

 

8:15 Introduction of the Finance Minister

 

8:45 Q & A Session

 

9:15 Presentation concludes

 

(All times approximate)

 

Michael de Jong was re-elected in 2013 as the MLA for Abbotsford West, an area he has represented since first being elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in a 1994 by-election. Michael was reappointed as Minister of Finance on June 10, 2013. He currently chairs the Treasury Board and the Legislative Review Committee, and is a member of the Cabinet Working Group on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the Priorities and Planning Committee, and the Cabinet Working Group on Core Review. The six-term MLA previously served as Minister of Health, Attorney General, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Labour and Citizens’ Services, and Minister of Forests. In addition, he also served as Government House Leader

The Power of the Inbox – Email Marketing to Grow Your Business

The Power of the Inbox
Tips and Tricks for Successful Email Marketing
What is the first impression you give when they see you in their email inbox? And when they see you there, what do they do? This powerful seminar takes you step-by-step through the keys to effective email marketing: · What it really is (and isn’t) · What it can do for your business · And the five easy steps you must take to harness the power of the inbox!
Grow a healthy list
Create great content
Customize a beautiful, mobile-friendly template that matches your brand
How to get your emails opened
Tracking your results
From revealing why regular email doesn’t work, to insider tips and techniques like automated list building tools and the design elements that work (and those that don’t!), this seminar will give you the keys.
Robyn Quinn, APR, MA, Fellow CPRS

Wednesday, March 1st

8 am to 10 am

Coffee and continental breakfast

  • only 22 guests allowed – register onlineRobyn Quinn is President of Big Bang Communications and a dynamic corporate communications professional. Her experience over 20 years includes military, technology, government, not-for-profit, higher education, infrastructure and transportation sectors.  As a Constant Contact Authorized Expert and instructor she currently teaches media relations, content strategy and writing and is a frequent speaker on digital communications for Chambers, associations, universities and business groups.
    A graduate of Royal Roads University (Masters Professional Communications) She is a long-time accredited member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) As a passionate communicator and content strategist – Robyn works with clients to create powerful connections with target audiences.
    Robyn currently chairs Island Women in Science and Technology (iWIST) and serves on the Broadmead Care Society Board of Directors.https://ca.linkedin.com/in/robynquinnapr
    @PR4Science
    www.bigbangcommunications.ca

Get Set Nanaimo – Free Workshop – Business Emergency Plan

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Free Workshop
Get Set Nanaimo
Emergencies big or small can make or break your business.

Understand the key components of a business emergency plan
Learn how to build employee readiness
Gather tips on securing data and disaster-proofing your business

These are just some of the questions that will be explored during this 3 hour interactive FREE workshop designed for business.

Join us along with leading experts who will share their experiences including:

Alison Bird, Seismologist – Natural Resource Canada
Aaron Sutherland – Insurance Bureau of Canada
Lisa Benini and Jenn Houtby-Ferguson – Business Continuity Specialists

 

Consumer Protection BC Presentation – Feb Luncheon

As a business owner, could you be breaking consumer protection laws without even knowing it?
Do you know how bad feedback can ultimately be good for your business?

February 2017 Nanaimo Chamber Presentation
Consumer Protection BC is a provincial regulator that is responsible for the licensing and oversight over seven industries as well as the regulation of certain consumer transactions. The only organization of its kind, Consumer Protection BC is uniquely positioned to empower both consumers and businesses in their transactions under the province’s consumer protection laws.

In this presentation, Dan Stefanson, Vice President of Consumer Protection BC, will share case studies to educate you about BC’s consumer protection laws and illustrate how certain approaches to consumer transactions can help, or hurt, your business. His best practices tips will help you build customer loyalty and shed light on how to address complaints before they escalate to a regulatory body. In addition, Dan will offer insight into other dispute resolution options, including Consumer Protection BC’s own experience with online dispute resolution.

The 20 to 30-minute presentation will use creative visuals, interactive discussion, humour and storytelling to focus on key messages and will be formatted as follows:

  • Presenter Introduction
  • Fostering Topic Relevance for Attendees
  • Overview of Consumer Protection BC Authority and Operations
  • Case Studies – Providing Solutions for Consumers
  • Transaction Best Practices for Chamber Members to Build Customer Loyalty
  • Brief Introduction to our Experience with Online Dispute Resolution
  • Closing and Wrap-Up

A 15-minute (or as time allows) question and answer period will follow the formal presentation. In addition to copies of the presentation materials, Consumer Protection BC will provide copies of our Strategic Business Plan, Annual Report as well as general information brochures.

Dan Stefanson joined Consumer Protection BC, a provincial regulatory body, in 2014 as the vice president of strategic services. His work supports the establishment and measurement of the strategic direction of the organization.
As a vice president, he is responsible for a broad range of services that contribute to the efficient management and administration of Consumer Protection BC. This includes oversight of risk management, stakeholder relations, corporate communications and marketing, financial and administrative services as well as information technology.

Member Profile – Nanaimo Magazine

NANAIMO MAGAZINE – JUDY STEPHAN

Written by Bonnie Chomica, www.MarketingDoneWrite.ca

Nanaimo and Voyager Magazines deliver positive, community-oriented content enjoyed by a loyal following of readers. Since 2009, owner and publisher, Judy Stephan, has grown the publication in size, distribution, and popularity.

Locally produced as Nanaimo Magazine, when it travels between Victoria and Campbell River, it is represented as Voyageur Magazine. Advertisers and readers love the extensive distribution on all BC Ferries, in airports, and many business and community outlets, and look forward to grabbing their copy at the first of every month.

Even in this technological age, there is a need for this type of magazine as a good reflection of what the community is all about. People crave positive news, and Nanaimo Magazine consistently delivers an optimistic lineup of stories. There are respectable community news items, small business profiles, interesting personalities, not-for profits support, and arts and entertainment happenings. Along with Judy and two staff writers, there are several content contributors writing about varying interests, and some regular columns, including sports, health, and movie reviews.

Because the magazine is privately owned, it allows for very affordable advertising rates. Small business owners value this less expensive avenue to promote their product or service, and appreciate the flexibility of special packages to suit their advertising needs. Advertising dollars go along way with the wide-spread print distribution, and their website traffic increases also, because their ad in the online version is hyperlinked to their site.

Small businesses that advertise in this feel-good publication, can show their values are aligned with the community-building messages of Nanaimo Magazine. Mention that they are a Chamber Member, and businesses can receive a 10% discount off the rack card prices.  Contact Judy Stephan to book your spot, or to get more information. 250-741-8801 or nanaimomagazine@shaw.ca.