CHAMBER CALLS FOR QUESTIONS IN ADVANCE OF ALL-CANDIDATES DEBATE

NANAIMO – June 5, 2017

CHAMBER CALLS FOR QUESTIONS IN ADVANCE OF ALL-CANDIDATES DEBATE

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce is presenting a Nanaimo By-election All Candidates Meeting & Debate on Tuesday, June 27, starting at 6 pm at Beban Park Social Centre. All 13 civic candidates will be invited to attend and participate. All members of the public are invited and there is no admission charge.

Candidates will have tables in Beban Social Centre where they can receive visitors from 6 –  7 pm. The debate will begin at 7 pm and will be moderated by Dr. Carrie Chassels of Vancouver Island University. The format of the debate will be designed in the weeks to come to provide fair and equitable exposure for all candidates.

Questions are invited in advance through the Chamber’s email address info@nanaimochamber.bc.ca. Questions will also be taken from the floor and vetted through scrutineers.

“The Chamber’s role as a non-partisan community organization is to focus on getting out the vote by promoting top-of-mind awareness around the candidates and issues, communicating updates on local informational events, and organizing this widely-anticipated, independent All Candidates Meeting” stated Kim Smythe, Chamber CEO & President.

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For more information:

KIM SMYTHE: 250-756-1191

2017 Nanaimo Bathtub Street Fair

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.

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For more Vendor information contact Renee Bohun, Operations and Events, 250-756-1191 ext 2

Renee@nanaimochamber.bc.ca

vendor application:

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CONGRATULATIONS TO 2017 WINNERS

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.”

Best-of-the-best included:

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

Tilray

 

Restaurant of the Year

Baby Salsa Mexican Restaurant

 

Arts & Culture Business of the Year

Nanaimo Art Gallery

 

Professional Services Business of the Year

Primal Communications

 

Planning / Design Firm of the Year

Datum Point Studios

 

Developer / Builder of the Year

Alair Homes

 

Technology-Based Business of the Year

Resonance Software

 

Sustainability Excellence of the Year

Chatwin Engineering – Cowichan Tribes Partnership

 

Healthcare / Medical Service Business of the Year

Tilray

 

Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility

Nanaimo Precast Ltd.

 

Social Enterprise of the Year

Coco Café

 

Not For Profit Organization of the Year

Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society

 

Inclusive Employer of the Year

London Drugs

 

Automotive Business of the Year

Tim’s Automotive Repair & Used Car Sales

 

Building Trades Business of the Year

Mazzei Electric

 

Retailer of the Year

McLean’s Specialty Foods

 

Young Entrepreneur

Catrina Elliot – Elite Image

 

2017 BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT & COMMUNITY AWARD FINALISTS

For Immediate Release

Nanaimo, BC

April 18, 2017

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASE AT THE BOX OFFICE AT THE PORT THEATRE

Order by phone: 250.754.8550

2. In person: The Port Theatre at 125 Front Street

3. Online: available 24/7  Business Achievement Award Finalists Announced WWW.PORTTHEATRE.COM

This year’s Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards finalists have been announced with the number of contenders greatly exceeding any past year’s count.

According to Kim Smythe, Chamber CEO, “I think the increase in nominations partly reflects the positive performance of much of the business community in the past year. Many businesses are proud of their successes and happy to join in celebrating this and their colleagues accomplishments in 2016.”

The Business Achievement Awards will be presented in an ‘Oscar-style’ red carpet event at the Port Theatre on Thursday, May 4th. Reserved seats are available at the Port Theatre Box Office.

“Paparazzi, upscale appies, plenty of bubbly available, the Wellington Jazz Combo in the lobby, 10 piece big band ‘Decadence’ on stage to help welcome winners to the podium, and an After Party in the lobby will add to the festive atmosphere” according to the Chamber CEO.

This is the 17th annual event presented by the Chamber. Nominations were open to all businesses in the Greater Nanaimo area, whether they are Chamber members or not. Finalists were determined by a points system which identified top point earners only. If the spread was too great from first place to second, only the first place is recognized.

Finalists:

Micro Business of the Year

NYLA Fresh Thread

VI Granite & Quartz Countertops

Proline Management Ltd.

Small and Medium Enterprise of the Year

G.T. Hiring

Church Pickard Chartered Professional Accountants

Foley Dog Treat Company Inc.

Major Employer of the Year

Quality Foods

Tilray

Young Entrepreneur

VI Granite & Quartz Countertops Ltd

Elite Image

Oceanvale Mortgage & Finance

Restaurant of the Year

Baby Salsa Mexican Restaurant

Power House Living Foods Co.

Milton Street Public House

Arts & Culture Business of the Year

Nanaimo Art Gallery

Vancouver Island Symphony

Dale Schulz – Artist

Professional Services Business of the Year

Primal Communications

Eric Kuehnel – Raymond James

Church Pickard Chartered Professional Accountants

Planning / Design Firm of the Year

Datum Point Studios

The Vancouver Island Chapter: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Downtown

Nanaimo Business Improvement Association!

Developer / Builder of the Year

Alair Homes

B.Gallant Homes

Windley Contracting Ltd.

Technology-Based Business of the Year

Seamor Marine

Resonance Software

Pixelstream Communications

Sustainability Excellence of the Year

Nanaimo North Town Centre

Chatwin Engineering

Healthcare / Medical Service Business of the Year

Nanaimo Child Development Centre

Tilray

Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility

Coastal Community Credit Union

Coast Hotel

Nanaimo Clippers

Nanaimo Precast Ltd.

Social Enterprise of the Year

Coco Café

Charlie’s Closet

Not For Profit Organization of the Year

Vancouver Island Crisis Society

BC SPCA Nanaimo & District Branch

Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society

Inclusive Employer of the Year

Tim’s Automotive Repair & Used Car Sales

MBA Games

London Drugs

Automotive Business of the Year

Tim’s Automotive Repair & Used Car Sales

Trojan Collision

Building Trades Business of the Year

Mazzei Electric

Retailer of the Year

McLean’s Specialty Foods

 

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For more information contact:

Kim Smythe, CEO

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

250-756-1191

All Candidates Debate- Information update

 

NANAIMO – April 20, 2017

 

CHAMBER CALLS FOR QUESTIONS IN ADVANCE OF ALL-CANDIDATES DEBATE

 

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce is presenting the Nanaimo riding All Candidates Debate and Independent Forum on Tuesday, April 25, 6 pm at Beban Park Social Centre. Candidates expected to be on hand include BC NDP’s Leonard Krog, BC Liberal Party’s Paris Gaudet, and BC Green Party candidate Kathleen Harris and, now, the BC Libertarian Party’s Bill Walker.

 

“We’re pleased to welcome, as our partners this year, Vancouver Island University, Vancouver Island Real Estate Board and the Canadian Home Builders Association,” stated Kim Smythe, Chamber CEO. VIREB has just launched its candidate information website for the north Island at www.novotenovoice.ca

 

Questions are invited in advance through the Chamber’s email address info@nanaimochamber.bc.ca. Questions will also be taken from the floor and vetted through scrutineers. The event will be video-taped by Shaw and replayed up until the election on Channel 4.

 

“The Chamber’s role as a non-partisan community organization is to focus on getting out the vote by promoting top-of-mind awareness around the issues, communicating updates on local information events, and organizing the widely-anticipated and independent All Candidates Meeting”.

 

The event is open to all community members with candidate information booths from 6 until 7 pm when the debate begins. Dr. Carrie Chassels, VIU’s appointee to the Chamber, will moderate.

 

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For more information:

KIM SMYTHE: 250-756-1191

Chamber Hosts Provincial All-Candidates Forum – With Community Partners

 

NANAIMO – April 11, 2017

 

 

CHAMBER HOSTS PROVINCIAL ALL-CANDIDATES FORUM — WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS

 

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the Nanaimo riding All Candidates Debate and Independent Forum on Tuesday, April 25, 6 pm at Beban Park Social Centre. All three parties have agreed their candidates will be on hand – BC NDP’s Leonard Krog, BC Liberal Party’s Paris Gaudet, and BC Green Party candidate Kathleen Harris.

 

“The Chamber’s role as a non-partisan community organization is to focus on getting out the vote by promoting top-of-mind awareness around the issues, communicating updates on local information events, and organizing the widely-anticipated and independent All Candidates Meeting” according to Kim Smythe, Chamber President & CEO, “We’re pleased to welcome, as presenting partners this year, Vancouver Island University, Vancouver Island Real Estate Board and the Canadian Home Builders Association.”

 

The event is open to all community members with candidate information booths from 6 until 7 pm when the debate begins. Dr. Carrie Chassels, VIU’s appointee to the Chamber, will moderate. Q&A will be included with scrutineers screening questions for the candidates. Negotiations with Shaw TV are underway for cable TV coverage and repeat cablecasts.

 

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For more information:

KIM SMYTHE: 250-756-1191

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