Spirit of Christmas Residential Light Up

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SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

Residential Light up!

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NAME:___________________________________________________________

ADDRESS:________________________________________________________

PHONE:__________________________________________________________

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ENTER AND HAVE FUN!!!

Enter by calling the Chamber at 756-1191 ext 0

Email: memberservices@nanaimochamber.bc.ca

Fax your entry to 756-1584

or call Marilyn Sullivan at 758-9569 for more information

Deadline for entry: 4:00 pm, Monday, December 19th, 2016

Judging will be Monday evening, December 19th, 2016

Winners will be published in the Nanaimo News Bulletin on December 23rd.

INTERNATIONAL URBAN AUTHOR TO SPEAK IN NANAIMO – Gord Hume

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Nanaimo BC • October 17, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

URBAN PLANNING EXPERT SPEAKS IN NANAIMO

The Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Inspire Nanaimo, presents author and urban issues expert Gord Hume at Nanaimo’s Shaw Auditorium on Tuesday, November 1. Mr. Hume will speak on building Nanaimo’s economy by positioning itself to be more attractive as a business location for knowledge-based industries.

His presentation will define the ‘knowledge-based economy’ and describe how Nanaimo can attract businesses to consider Nanaimo as the city to start-up, migrate, establish or grow a business as we transition away from a traditional resource-based economy. Nanaimo has a head start on this with a solid foundation through Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, regional private educators, the health sciences community and tech industry growth.

Gord Hume is recognized as one of Canada’s leading voices on municipal government, sustainable development, cultural planning and creative cities. He is a popular public speaker, an advisor to municipal governments and a respected and provocative author. Gord is no stranger to Nanaimo having worked with the City to develop its own “Cultural Plan for a Creative Economy”.

In his presentation, Gord will cite his fifth book, “Places and Spaces”, a compelling look at how the decisions of a municipality impact local prosperity and community health based on whether they roll out the Red Carpet or the Red Tape. His ideas and philosophies address the topic of municipalities performing balancing acts to achieve the greatest economic and quality-of-life benefits.

Chamber CEO, Kim Smythe, offered that “Gord is a highly sought-after public speaker by large audiences and local governments in Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, across Canada and the United States. He delivered the keynote at the 2nd UNESCO Congress on Creative Cities. We’re incredibly thrilled that he’s accepted the Chamber’s invitation to visit Nanaimo again.”

Tickets to the Shaw Auditorium presentation at 7 pm on November 1 are $15 each, available on the Chamber website www.nanaimochamber.bc.ca. This event is supported by Vancouver Island University, the City of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island Conference Centre and the Coast Bastion Hotel.

KIM SMYTHE, President & CEO
250-756-1191 • 250-740-0771

Thanks, from the Rockleys

John Rockley, pictured above at The Glassies in Parksville in 2011. Picture credit: The Parksville Qualicum Beach News.

John Rockley, pictured above at The Glassies in Parksville in 2011. Picture credit: The Parksville Qualicum Beach News.

It has been a really tough time these last days and my brother Marshall and I want to thank everyone for their kind words and condolences.

John Rockley, our dad, lived and breathed Coastal Colour Printing and after purchasing the company in 2004, began a mission to develop his vision of local supplying local.

He worked tirelessly, patiently drawing new business from existing clients and networking to develop new customers with impressive skill, patience and of course charm.

We would like to say a sincere thank-you to all those loyal customers, old and new, for their support and faith in Coastal Colour. Also the loyal team, both front and back of house, who have stuck with John through difficult times and who continue their commitment in these tough circumstances, striving to give 100 per cent customer satisfaction.

We hope you will continue to support Coastal Colour and be assured of our firm intentions to continue John’s legacy supplying the mid-Island, both west and east coast, with their print requirements.

We also look forward to seeing and sharing stories with those that can make it to the Celebration of Life on Oct. 4 at Pheasant Glen.

Thank-you again for your valued support.

Cam and Marshall Rockley
Calgary

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BC Small Business Month Celebrated at Business Expo

BC Small Business Month Celebrated at Business Expo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 22nd, 2016

NANAIMO, BC

An amazing array of panelists have confirmed their presentations on government and private sector support for small businesses at Nanaimo’s 9th Annual Business Expo at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on October 20th.

Panelists will address issues and answer questions on topics and programs providing insight and tips on how to grow your business. Interested in selling to the public sector? One panel brings together purchasing specialists from different levels of government who will help you understand the processes around government contracting in order to prepare your business to start bidding.

Maybe you have an awesome idea for a business you’d like to start? Our ‘Pillars of Startup’ panel will bring together experts who can help you navigate the complexities of starting a business and provide you with information on the various government programs available to help you get started today.  

Who isn’t looking for the best sources of capital? We’ve got a panel that absolutely shows you the money? ‘Access to Finance’ brings together government representatives with information on various financing resources – loans,  grants, and programs available to your business.

These breakout sessions are in addition to over 100 exhibitor booths featuring local innovators, entrepreneurs and business veterans of many sectors ready to meet you face-to-face. Over 20 of those booths are focused on Public Works Canada’s presentation of the ‘Small Business Info Expo’ – government agencies, programs and support groups for small business.

This year, Business Expo also celebrates National Manufacturing Month. Exports are becoming a bigger focus of mid-Island businesses — software developers, educators, agri-food producers and processors, craft distillers, wineries and others will benefit from the support of experts in the field. The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association will present a luncheon with a keynote speaker on the subject of “Enhancing International Trade & Export from Vancouver Island”.

This event is popular for its great business draws and special deals too. This year, London Drugs holds the premier spot in door prizes with a $4,000 prize package including a 49” 4K LG SmartTV, Blu-Ray, Tech Package and an Outdoor Living Set.

Mark October 20 in your calendar for Business Expo. It’s free (except for the luncheon) and only happens once a year, www.nanaimochamber.bc.ca for more information.

Kim Smythe, CEO

250-756-1191 ext 1

 

 

 

 

Nanaimo News and Information has a new home online!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Nanaimo news and information has a new home online

 

Nanaimo, BC – July 27, 2016  Nanaimo has a new source for hyper local news and information: NanaimoNewsNOW.com. NanaimoNewsNOW.com produces the most daily, Nanaimo-focused, up-to the minute, reliable news content, 7 days a week.

 

The NanaimoNewsNOW.com team is passionate about reporting the news that matters. From breaking stories, to traffic updates, community events, sports, weather, classifieds and more – you won’t find a more complete Nanaimo news source. And with more than 40 years of combined news experience the team has a proven record of reliable reporting.

 

“As Nanaimoites we wanted an online news source that was fast, but also trustworthy. It didn’t exist- so we created it,”  said Rob Bye, General Manager of NanaimoNewsNow.com “The news is constantly updated. Our newsroom is focused on breaking news coverage and in-depth reporting.”

 

NanaimoNewsNOW.com also features regional and international news, community event information, free classifieds, auto and real estate listings and public announcements. It is mobile and tablet compatible so you can read your news easily on your preferred device.

 

NanaimoNewsNOW.com was created by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, the team behind Nanaimo’s most listened to radio stations 102.3 The Wave and 106.9 The Wolf. At a time when other media are reducing service and staffing levels, the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group is investing in providing Nanaimo with a new source of high-quality, trustworthy, local news.

 

The NanaimoNewsNOW team includes Rob Bye – General Manager; Katie O’Connor – Sales Manager, Content Editor Holly Tribble and news team- Daryl Major, Ian Holmes, Dominic Abassi, Dan Marshall and Kyle Ireland.

 

For more information contact:

 

Rob Bye

General Manager

rbye@islandradio.bc.ca

250-758-1131

Teamwork – Working as usual by Kim Smythe, CEO & President Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

TEAMWORK – WORKING AS USUAL…

Summer living on Vancouver Island is nothing less than great. The weather has been fantastic since spring, business seems to have found a good groove locally, and there is much going on to entertain ourselves in our communities.

The best part of summer seems to start on the weekend of the Save On Foods Dragonboat Festival – always the weekend after Canada Day. I participated in planning this event during its earliest years, we were mainly made up of a group of business colleagues who simply thought “what a good cause, what a good party”! That team has evolved and transformed, the event has grown into one of the premier annual special events in our community, contributing nearly a million dollars to the Hospital Foundation, and impacting the local economy by untold millions with the 80 or so teams of paddlers and supporters participating each year.

Nanaimo Child Development Centre’s Silly Boat Regatta followed the next weekend with teams of businesses, community groups and families whipping up vessels in a few hours that were expected to float, move forward and stay under control for a hundred meters or so. Few finish, but the experience of working together to attempt that, plus the experience of the organizers and volunteers who are successful in raising over $100,000 on that day, makes it about as rewarding as it can get for a team.

The Great Bathtub Race is the final jewel in the crown of Nanaimo’s Marine Festival month. A lot of reorganization went into celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic, exclusive event in 2016. Now, the race starts and finishes in the same Maffeo-Sutton Park location, a festival has regrown around race weekend, and a concert featuring the likes of Trooper, Chilliwack and Valdy launched the celebration in the park this year. Sunday, what looks like a solo sport due to the single occupant in the ‘tub’, is actually a team sport with a big group of supporters getting each racer to the start line!

The season carries on with numerous major events and festivals like VIEX – our own country fair – the Blues Festival, car shows… you get the idea. A common thread running through the success of all these events and activities is the committed and enthusiastic teams it takes to make them happen.

Teamwork is obviously the key to success in so many endeavours in our community, in fact throughout  our lives. All of these successful events that benefit community services and our quality-of-life in Nanaimo should be honoured for the collaborative efforts produced by teams of tireless workers. I hope you’re part of one of these so you can enjoy the rewards that teamwork delivers and the resulting pride in your community.

Kim Smythe

President and CEO

Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

 

Member Profile – Oneaftereight Design Studio – Garret Phenix

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When a company wants to improve their position against the competition, they go to Garret Phenix at Oneaftereight Design Studio. Garret provides creative graphic design services, plus marketing direction, to help clients increase their brand exposure, and attract more clients.

Specializing in corporate branding, from concept to implementation, Oneaftereight’s packages can include overall brand look, plus logo, business card, and rack card. Publications and newsletters can also be produced, as well as support for events, tradeshows, and any print or digital media requirements. If it’s visual, Garret can create it.

Very service oriented, Garret doesn’t just produce designs, he takes the time to collaborate with his clients. Often people come to Oneaftereight with specific design ideas, some good, some not so good. Garret will explain why certain design elements work better than others, and which ones will work best for that client’s brand project.

Client’s goals are key to graphic design, as well as how they fit into their marketing strategy. Oneaftereight helps them focus on their messaging, so they are using their dollars wisely, and not just throwing random ideas out into the market.

Oneaftereight creates a strategic action plan for each client, so they can roll out branding elements at a manageable pace.

Clients receive the design they need, and impactful marketing tools that are more affordable over the long term.

Garret experienced considerable success in Alberta where he supported companies in the health care, oil and gas, and government sectors. Since he and his wife moved to Nanaimo, almost four years ago, he has contributed design support for local clients like Kw’umut Lelum Child and Family Services, and Reed Family Wellness.

Garret is an Ambassador with the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, and invites Members to contact him for a free consultation. info@oneaftereight.com 250-668-9539
http://oneaftereight.com/

Written by Bonnie Chomica
http://marketingdonewrite.ca/

Board Nomination Form

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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 February 26, 2016.

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