INTERNATIONAL URBAN AUTHOR TO SPEAK IN NANAIMO – Gord Hume

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Nanaimo BC • October 17, 2016
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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

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BC Small Business Month Celebrated at Business Expo

BC Small Business Month Celebrated at Business Expo

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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

 

 

 

 

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Business Expo Identifies Government Support Sources

For Immediate Release
September 15, 2016
Nanaimo, BC

The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce’s 9th Annual Business Expo on Thursday, October 20 at Vancouver Island Conference Centre is excited to confirm more of its lineup of exhibitors, special guests, speakers and participants in this consumer AND business-to-business trade show.

This year, Business Expo celebrates BC Small Business Month and National Manufacturing Month. It’s no secret that small businesses are a mainstay of the Nanaimo economy, but it might come as a surprise that the manufacturing sector is also strong in the mid-Island. Exports are becoming a bigger focus of regional software developers, educators, agri-food producers and processors, craft distillers, wineries and others who are all seeking support from experts in the field.

That’s why Business Expo is adding up to twenty booths from agencies, ministries and non-profits offering government services and funding support for small businesses and entrepreneurs.. Expo organizers will present a series of free breakout sessions featuring panels of experts speaking on “How to Sell to Government”, “Pillars of Start Up” and “Access to Financing” with a focus on entrepreneurs. The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association will also present a luncheon with a keynote speaker on the subject of “Enhancing International Trade & Export from Vancouver Island”.

Business Expo began as a way for Nanaimo businesses to meet each other, and to 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. As have the trade show exhibitors who will exceed 100 this year.

At the end of the Business Expo’s day, Community Futures hosts an Awards Reception honouring the best booths. The reception, hosted by the Coast Bastion, includes appetizers and refreshments. “This is going to be the apex of the Business Expo’s” according to Kim Smythe Chamber of Commerce CEO “given the number of experts, specialists, panel speakers, and the government support we’re having on hand.”

Access to the Trade Show and breakout sessions are free but there is a small fee for the luncheon, and for non-exhibitors to attend the Awards Reception.

Business Expo only happens once a year, call us today so your business doesn’t miss out. Contact Brett at the Chamber 250-756-1191, #5 or www.nanaimochamber.bc.ca for more information.

For more information contact:

Kim Smythe, CEO
Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce
250-756-1191

Member Profile – Nanaimo Port Authority

Nanaimo Port Authority

The Port of Nanaimo is Vancouver Island’s largest commercial port, and plays a significant role in the local economy. The Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) administers, controls, and manages the harbour, waters, and foreshore adjacent to Nanaimo. They also manage port safety, assist with emergency services (fire boat, first responder, patrol boat), and are keenly responsible to the local community.

The NPA oversees the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf terminal, the Duke Point terminal, the Cruise Ship facility, and Helijet Terminal. They’re also responsible for the inner harbour marinas, including the Pioneer Waterfront Plaza, the Visiting Vessel Pier for large yachts, Swy-A-Lana Lagoon Walking Pier, and the Seaplane Terminal.

As a major cargo facility, the NPA supports local, regional, and international businesses to ship goods on and off the island. They help business owners understand costs, port systems, logistics, and economic benefits for their business shipping needs. Using global contacts, including international trade commissions, the NPA can connect businesses to export products to outlying destinations, or import products for local, regional, or national consumption.

Environmental stewardship is also important to the NPA. By using the Duke Point deep sea facility, barges are used to ship goods to the mainland port to port, providing continuous cargo movement, while reducing truck traffic and carbon emissions. This process makes shipping more efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly.

In conjunction with local support from the DNBIA and NEDC, Cruise BC, and US and International cruise lines, the NPA works hard to increase the number of cruise ships to the port, by showcasing Nanaimo and Central Vancouver Island as a unique destination. Many local businesses benefit, including retail, food and beverage, attractions, and ground transportation.

The NPA promotes the port, the city of Nanaimo and Vancouver Island to potential global clientele. To learn more about how it all fits together, contact:

Jason Michell, Manager of Terminal Facilities. jmichell@npa.ca.  250-753-4146 Ext 229

David Mailloux – Manager, Communications & Public Affairs – dmailloux@npa.ca 250-753-4146 – Ext 251

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2016 Business Expo Targeted to Businesses & Consumers

 

 

For Immediate Release

Nanaimo, BC

August 18, 2016

 

The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce presents the 9th Annual Business Expo sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union, Thursday, October 20, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. The trade show is targeted both to the public and for business to business marketing.

 

Business Expo began as a way for Nanaimo businesses to meet each other, and to network in an environment where their products and services could be on display. It was like a pop-up shopping mall for business. Consumers started to notice it was a great place to make deals and began showing up more and more. This year, well over 100 exhibitors will share the experience and meet hundreds of contacts and customers.

 

This year, Business Expo celebrates BC Small Business Month as well as National Manufacturing Month. It’s no secret that small businesses are a mainstay of the Nanaimo economy but it might come as a surprise that manufacturers are increasing in numbers in the mid-Island. Additionally, exports are becoming a bigger focus of Nanaimo business interests, and not just by manufacturers. Software developers, educators, agri-food producers, craft distillers, wineries and others are all seeking support in their export endeavours.

Two reasons for the Chamber to bring some special guests aboard. Public Works Canada is assembling up to twenty booths from agencies, ministries and non-profits offering government services and funding support to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Together, we will also be offering a series of breakout sessions with topics like “How to Sell to Government”, “Pillars of Start Up” and “Access to Financing”. The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association will present a luncheon with a keynote speaker addressing “Trade & Export” from Vancouver Island.

At the end of the day, Community Futures hosts an Awards Reception honouring Best Booth, Most Interactive and People’s Choice titles. The reception, hosted by the Coast Bastion, includes appetizers and refreshments.

Access to the Trade Show and breakout sessions are free but there is a small fee for the luncheon, and for non-exhibitors to attend the Awards Reception.

Mark October 20 in your calendar whether you are a business in the community with something to show off, an entrepreneur interested in developing your business ideas, or a consumer interested in emerging trends and new, breaking products and services. Business Expo only happens once a year, call us today so you don’t miss out.

 

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For more information contact:

Kim Smythe, CEO

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

250-756-1191

Nanaimo News and Information has a new home online!

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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

Member Profile Tim McGrath, ITS-FOOD Food Photography

ITS-FOOD Food Photography

Anybody in the food and beverage business knows the importance of great looking food photos. Tim McGrath at ITS-FOOD Food Photography specializes in the art of making food look delicious.

Tim creates a refined portrait of food, unlike the glut of bad snapshots on social media. He knows how to style food, create appropriate scenes with props, and apply the best lighting to make the food look its best. Distillers, restaurants, brewers, food trucks, or anybody in the production or distribution of food, would benefit from Tim’s expertise.

Shooting food for over seven years, Tim loves the art and creative elements of photography, but he also excels at the technical, marketing, and business side of photography. He provides guidance for clients, as different flavours, market, and media trends, can impact the style of photographs required for any given project.

Tim teaches clients how imagery can make a huge difference in how their company is perceived. It can enhance their message, and make their brand stand out in their advertising, or social media campaigns.

Being exclusive to food and beverage photography, allows Tim to hone his craft. He’s not distracted by other photography genres like weddings, and portraits.  His commitment pays off, as clients see Tim’s photos of their food, and can’t believe how scrumptious it looks.

On Vancouver Island, ITS-FOOD is the only food photography company north of the Malahat. Covering Central and Northern Vancouver Island, Tim also services clients in the Lower Mainland, as well as in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.

Tim creates photos to make people hungry, or thirsty. He invites Chamber members to a free consultation about their food photography needs, or welcomes introductions to anybody in the food and beverage industry. Contact Tim McGrath at ITS-Food, at tim.mcgrath@its-food.ca.

Written by Bonnie Chomica

www.MarketingDoneWrite.com

 

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

 

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Annual Business Expo Adds New Partners

 

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July 7, 2016

NANAIMO, BC

 

 

Annual Business Expo Adds New Partners

 

The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce presents the 9th annual Business Expo on Thursday, October 20th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. This free trade show is targeted both to the public and for businesses to showcase their products and services to other businesses. This year Business Expo honours Small Business Month in BC and Manufacturing Month in Canada.

 

The roughly 100 exhibitors who have been taking part in recent Expo’s will have some new company this year. Public Works Canada has confirmed they are bringing an additional 20 plus exhibitors from a variety of government departments, agencies and crown corporations whose business is helping small and medium size businesses with support programs and services. In addition to the information booths, Public Works will also host breakout sessions with panels addressing topics like “How To Do Business With Government”, “Easing Access to Funding”, and “Start Ups & Innovation”.

Another value-added component this year is the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Luncheon celebrating Manufacturing Month. The CME, a strategic partner of the Chamber, will also host breakout sessions during the day. The Luncheon’s Keynote Speaker will be announced at a later date.

The trade show floor will be a scene of energetic networking as businesses meet new customers and make vendor contacts. Creative and interactive booths are encouraged and rewarded at the Community Futures After-Party and Awards held at the Coast Bastion Hotel. That’s where door prizes and draw winners are announced as well. Businesses position themselves as leaders in their industry and build confidence in their prospects with this cost-effective, face-to-face opportunity to complement their marketing activities.

 

 

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Kim Smythe, CEO

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

250-756-1191, ext 1