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

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