September 27, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau;
Minister of Small Business Bardish Chagger;
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau;
Member of Parliament Sheila Malcolmson, Nanaimo Ladysmith;
Member of Parliament Gord Johns, Courtenay-Alberni;
Re: Opposition to Proposed Upcoming Federal Tax Legislation Changes
The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce wishes to register its disappointment in the lack of meaningful consultation prior to committing to major changes outlined in tax legislation currently tabled in the House or awaiting legislative language and activity at the Committee level.
Belief in the philosophy and the very culture of entrepreneurship in Canada is at stake. At issue are the accepted, legitimate, and legal mechanics that have for decades defined the sacrosanct relationship between government and small business. If the federal government continues down this path, what we risk compromising is small business’s ability to “do what we do”: meaningfully fund the local soccer team, hockey team, rotary clubs, hospital, hospice, soup kitchen and food bank. Thus, these changes not only threaten the “golden goose” of Canada’s economy, but are also poised to undermine small business’s role as cornerstones of Canada’s communities.
We echo others with our respectful request that the Minister consider:
1) extending the unreasonably short consultation period beyond 75 days (noting that the last such changes of this magnitude, forty years ago, involved a two-year consultation period); and
2) referring the entire conversation on tax modernization and simplification to a non-partisan Royal Commission and give this issue the attention it deserves;
3) including stakeholder input involving the 70+ organizations like ours that belong to the Canadian Business Taxpayers Fairness Coalition in future recommendations.
We are writing confident in the support of 90% of our membership of 700 who qualify as ‘small businesses’ — the backbone of our community!
KIM SMYTHE, CEO & President per
GREG PHILLIPS, KELLY WHITTON,
Co-Chairs on behalf of the unanimous support of the Board of Directors for this action.
Businesses across Canada are speaking out against proposed federal tax changes that seriously threaten the future of small businesses, the medical and dental professions, farmers, and family businesses. The government has set a deadline of October 2, 2017 for feedback.
We’re inviting businesses throughout the region to provide us with case statements of how these changes might affect their businesses and their lives. We’ll be sharing this with Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson, and the NDP’s Critic for Small Business & Tourism, Gord Johns Member of Parliament for Courtenay-Alberni. We are also working in concert with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce who have an action plan in place targeting the Minister of Finance.
Here are links to white papers outlining the issues (prepared by MNP) for more information, a link to a news segment on Global television, a link to the video of our round table event with Sheila Malcolmson on September 6, a PDF of a Canadian Chamber statement, the Nanaimo Chamber media release issued September 8 and a template letter you can use to submit your concerns to your local MP, or submit to the Chamber to use in our communications with the federal government through our MP and to the Canadian Chamber to bolster their efforts on behalf of thousands of Canadian businesses.
Summary Paper – Department of Finance Proposed Changes for Canadian Entrepreneurs
Income Sprinkling: How the Proposed Legislation Impacts You and Your Business
Tax Rule Changes: Impacts on Passive Investments, You and Your Business
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October brings us the real onset of autumn, the understanding that we’re beyond back to school and back to business, and the promise that the approaching season is among the busiest for many businesses. That’s part of the reason why October is Small Business Month in BC. an occasion celebrated to recognize the important contributions entrepreneurs make to our economy in local communities throughout BC.
As we all know, small businesses are not only the backbone of many of our organizations, but are the life blood of the B.C. economy. Small businesses represent 98% of all businesses in B.C. and employ over 1 million British Columbians.
One of the ways we celebrate Small Business Month in Nanaimo is with the Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo held on October 5th. This year we celebrate our tenth annual Expo and plan to take over the Vancouver Island Conference Centre with around 120 exhibitors representing businesses throughout the mid-Island region.
Business Expo began as a way for Nanaimo businesses to meet each other and network in an environment with their products and services on display. Consumers started to notice it was a great place to find new products and services so they began showing up in increasing numbers creating a successful environment for all parties.
Beyond the trade show format, two panels will focus on “How to Sell to Government” (Thursday morning from 11 – 12) and “Access to Financing” (Thursday afternoon at 2 pm). Panelists in the morning session will come from all levels of government procurement offices but will also include businesses accustomed to selling to government providing insider information on how to increase your chances of success. The ‘finance’ panel will include traditional funders, start-up funders and private funding sources to help businesses both big and small capitalize on their dreams.
For the second year, we’re welcoming Public Works “Small Business Info Expo” with 20 exhibitors from government and related agencies providing information on funding, support programs and other assistance for small business.
At the end of the Business Expo day, an After-Party and Awards Reception is held for networking, to honour the best booths, and give away draw prizes from exhibitors including the London Drugs electronics package – a prize with a value in excess of $2,000.
Business Expo is a great way to kick off Small Business Month in BC and find out what’s happening with business in Nanaimo now – and it’s all free! See you there.
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NANAIMO – June 5, 2017
BATHTUB DAYS STREET FAIR IS BACK FOR 2017!
The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the ever-popular downtown summer celebration known as ‘Bathtub Days Street Fair’ will continue during the 2017 Marine Festival.
Two days of festivities will take place on Commercial Street and in the Victoria Crescent area. Saturday morning’s “Sail Past on Wheels” parade will be one feature of the weekend’s celebration. The parade gets underway Saturday with a 10:30 am start time. The parade is one way that the celebrations can touch on all three of the recognized downtown neighbourhoods including the Old City Quarter, Victoria Crescent and Commercial Street.
Street closures will be in effect on Friday and Saturday, July 21 & 22. This will allow for vendors, entertainment on stage and street, special events and activities during the daytime hours. Specific plans are in the works with updates posted to the Chamber and Marine Festival websites
“Once we saw that this was an event that could have possibly been lost with the demise of the DNBIA, we began to take action to save it for 2017. It is too important of a community-wide, family celebration and a vital component of the Marine Festival overall. We’re working with Commercial Street merchants, Victoria Crescent Association, the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society, and Old City Quarter Association to help make this all work.” stated Kim Smythe, Chamber President & CEO.
More details will be released as plans unfold. Preliminary vendor applications and early information are currently available at www.bathtubbing.com under ‘Downtown Street Fair’. Vendors and performers can also contact the Chamber at 250-756-1191. For specific information on Victoria Crescent activities, contact Jean Lemieux at 250-754-7877 or visit him at Sound Heritage.
For more Vendor information contact Renee Bohun, Operations and Events, 250-756-1191 ext 2
NANAIMO – MAY 5, 2017
2017 BUSINESS AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Nineteen excited businesses and non-profit organizations received top honours at Nanaimo’s 17th Annual Business & Achievement Awards in the Port Theatre Thursday night.
“Out of over 125 nominations, 57 finalists were chosen by an independent judging panel and the winners were the top-ranked among those finalists. Businesses did not have to be Chamber members to qualify. This was the largest group of nominees we’ve ever seen and the best-attended awards event we’ve held,” according to Kim Smythe, President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. “Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for making this ‘Oscar-style event’ a night to remember for so many Nanaimo organizations.”
Micro Business of the Year
NYLA Fresh Thread
Small and Medium Enterprise of the Year
Foley Dog Treat Company Inc.
Major Employer of the Year
Restaurant of the Year
Baby Salsa Mexican Restaurant
Arts & Culture Business of the Year
Nanaimo Art Gallery
Professional Services Business of the Year
Planning / Design Firm of the Year
Datum Point Studios
Developer / Builder of the Year
Technology-Based Business of the Year
Sustainability Excellence of the Year
Chatwin Engineering – Cowichan Tribes Partnership
Healthcare / Medical Service Business of the Year
Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility
Nanaimo Precast Ltd.
Social Enterprise of the Year
Not For Profit Organization of the Year
Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society
Inclusive Employer of the Year
Automotive Business of the Year
Tim’s Automotive Repair & Used Car Sales
Building Trades Business of the Year
Retailer of the Year
McLean’s Specialty Foods
Catrina Elliot – Elite Image
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.”
For more information:
KIM SMYTHE: 250-756-1191