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

The Power of the Inbox – Email Marketing to Grow Your Business

The Power of the Inbox
Tips and Tricks for Successful Email Marketing
What is the first impression you give when they see you in their email inbox? And when they see you there, what do they do? This powerful seminar takes you step-by-step through the keys to effective email marketing: · What it really is (and isn’t) · What it can do for your business · And the five easy steps you must take to harness the power of the inbox!
Grow a healthy list
Create great content
Customize a beautiful, mobile-friendly template that matches your brand
How to get your emails opened
Tracking your results
From revealing why regular email doesn’t work, to insider tips and techniques like automated list building tools and the design elements that work (and those that don’t!), this seminar will give you the keys.
Robyn Quinn, APR, MA, Fellow CPRS

Wednesday, March 1st

8 am to 10 am

Coffee and continental breakfast

  • only 22 guests allowed – register onlineRobyn Quinn is President of Big Bang Communications and a dynamic corporate communications professional. Her experience over 20 years includes military, technology, government, not-for-profit, higher education, infrastructure and transportation sectors.  As a Constant Contact Authorized Expert and instructor she currently teaches media relations, content strategy and writing and is a frequent speaker on digital communications for Chambers, associations, universities and business groups.
    A graduate of Royal Roads University (Masters Professional Communications) She is a long-time accredited member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) As a passionate communicator and content strategist – Robyn works with clients to create powerful connections with target audiences.
    Robyn currently chairs Island Women in Science and Technology (iWIST) and serves on the Broadmead Care Society Board of Directors.https://ca.linkedin.com/in/robynquinnapr
    @PR4Science
    www.bigbangcommunications.ca

Get Set Nanaimo – Free Workshop – Business Emergency Plan

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Free Workshop
Get Set Nanaimo
Emergencies big or small can make or break your business.

Understand the key components of a business emergency plan
Learn how to build employee readiness
Gather tips on securing data and disaster-proofing your business

These are just some of the questions that will be explored during this 3 hour interactive FREE workshop designed for business.

Join us along with leading experts who will share their experiences including:

Alison Bird, Seismologist – Natural Resource Canada
Aaron Sutherland – Insurance Bureau of Canada
Lisa Benini and Jenn Houtby-Ferguson – Business Continuity Specialists

 

Consumer Protection BC Presentation – Feb Luncheon

As a business owner, could you be breaking consumer protection laws without even knowing it?
Do you know how bad feedback can ultimately be good for your business?

February 2017 Nanaimo Chamber Presentation
Consumer Protection BC is a provincial regulator that is responsible for the licensing and oversight over seven industries as well as the regulation of certain consumer transactions. The only organization of its kind, Consumer Protection BC is uniquely positioned to empower both consumers and businesses in their transactions under the province’s consumer protection laws.

In this presentation, Dan Stefanson, Vice President of Consumer Protection BC, will share case studies to educate you about BC’s consumer protection laws and illustrate how certain approaches to consumer transactions can help, or hurt, your business. His best practices tips will help you build customer loyalty and shed light on how to address complaints before they escalate to a regulatory body. In addition, Dan will offer insight into other dispute resolution options, including Consumer Protection BC’s own experience with online dispute resolution.

The 20 to 30-minute presentation will use creative visuals, interactive discussion, humour and storytelling to focus on key messages and will be formatted as follows:

  • Presenter Introduction
  • Fostering Topic Relevance for Attendees
  • Overview of Consumer Protection BC Authority and Operations
  • Case Studies – Providing Solutions for Consumers
  • Transaction Best Practices for Chamber Members to Build Customer Loyalty
  • Brief Introduction to our Experience with Online Dispute Resolution
  • Closing and Wrap-Up

A 15-minute (or as time allows) question and answer period will follow the formal presentation. In addition to copies of the presentation materials, Consumer Protection BC will provide copies of our Strategic Business Plan, Annual Report as well as general information brochures.

Dan Stefanson joined Consumer Protection BC, a provincial regulatory body, in 2014 as the vice president of strategic services. His work supports the establishment and measurement of the strategic direction of the organization.
As a vice president, he is responsible for a broad range of services that contribute to the efficient management and administration of Consumer Protection BC. This includes oversight of risk management, stakeholder relations, corporate communications and marketing, financial and administrative services as well as information technology.

Member Profile – Nanaimo Magazine

NANAIMO MAGAZINE – JUDY STEPHAN

Written by Bonnie Chomica, www.MarketingDoneWrite.ca

Nanaimo and Voyager Magazines deliver positive, community-oriented content enjoyed by a loyal following of readers. Since 2009, owner and publisher, Judy Stephan, has grown the publication in size, distribution, and popularity.

Locally produced as Nanaimo Magazine, when it travels between Victoria and Campbell River, it is represented as Voyageur Magazine. Advertisers and readers love the extensive distribution on all BC Ferries, in airports, and many business and community outlets, and look forward to grabbing their copy at the first of every month.

Even in this technological age, there is a need for this type of magazine as a good reflection of what the community is all about. People crave positive news, and Nanaimo Magazine consistently delivers an optimistic lineup of stories. There are respectable community news items, small business profiles, interesting personalities, not-for profits support, and arts and entertainment happenings. Along with Judy and two staff writers, there are several content contributors writing about varying interests, and some regular columns, including sports, health, and movie reviews.

Because the magazine is privately owned, it allows for very affordable advertising rates. Small business owners value this less expensive avenue to promote their product or service, and appreciate the flexibility of special packages to suit their advertising needs. Advertising dollars go along way with the wide-spread print distribution, and their website traffic increases also, because their ad in the online version is hyperlinked to their site.

Small businesses that advertise in this feel-good publication, can show their values are aligned with the community-building messages of Nanaimo Magazine. Mention that they are a Chamber Member, and businesses can receive a 10% discount off the rack card prices.  Contact Judy Stephan to book your spot, or to get more information. 250-741-8801 or nanaimomagazine@shaw.ca.

 

 

Member Profile – Legal Shield

LEGALSHIELD

LegalShield is breaking the barriers to accessible, and affordable legal rights. With a unique membership model, and a proprietary network of top legal firms that are paid in advance, LegalShield levels the playing field to the otherwise cumbersome, and high priced legal system.

Most individuals, families, businesses, or employees, would never consider contacting a lawyer because of the high hourly rate. With a LegalShield monthly membership, the designated lawyer has already been paid when a member calls, so they can get right to work, and not worry about billable time. In most cases, the member pays no additional fees.

Members learn to feel confident calling a LegalShield lawyer to get help for any number of life events, including unfair traffic tickets, warranty claims not being honoured, and adopting a child. There could be neighbour issues, family issues, job issues. These examples just scratch the surface of situations to get legal help for.

With a proprietary network of law firms across North America, and over 4 million members proving that the model works, LegalShield is changing the legal system paradigm, by helping people make a behavioural shift. Members become comfortable and confident working with lawyers. Just like going to their doctor, they know they can ask questions, any time. If something feels off, they can check it out before a crisis, or situation arises. LegalShield allows people to be preventive and proactive, versus reactive and defensive, which would previously have been expensive.

Kalon Goodrich is the Regional Manager, and welcomes a conversation with other Chamber members about the benefits of LegalShield. Besides individual legal support, they can also learn how to benefit from ongoing business legal help, with things like hiring and firing, debt collection, contract and document reviews, incorporation and succession planning. For details contact Kalon at 250-618-8718, or kalon@kalongoodrich.com.

Written by Bonnie Chomica  www.MarketingDoneWrite.ca

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Member Profile – Eclipse HR

Chelsea Allan – Eclipse Human Resources Services
Written by Bonnie Chomica, www.MarketingDoneWrite.ca

To help build a productive culture, and retain valuable employees, Eclipse Human Resource Solutions provides a suite of HR support services, including a unique approach to training. Headquartered in Vancouver, they have recently opened a Nanaimo office to serve small and medium businesses.

The labour shortage in BC affects most companies, so it is imperative to make efforts to retain employees and keep them engaged. Eclipse’s training programs do just that, by enabling change in culture, in communications, and in productivity. They are the official trainer for the BC Association of Manufacturers, and have helped local clients like the Nanaimo Port Authority, and Kw’umut Lelum First Nation.

Eclipse’s training approach is different. They don’t just come in, conduct training, and then leave. Eclipse has a comprehensive follow up program to mentor and coach participants over several weeks, to help facilitate results. This method ensures that a positive shift occurs with both executives and employees.

Eclipse excels at delivering customized training programs to address things like immigrant support, employee or corporate culture, or overall communications dynamics. Their dedicated stable of instructors are inspiring, and devoted to making a difference. Students feel that commitment.

On the Human Resource support side, Eclipse offers HR management support at many levels. They can provide services by the hour, create or revamp an entire HR department, or provide assistance with recruitment. They also help clients with the Canada Job Grants process.

Actively involved in giving back to their communities, the Eclipse team volunteers and provides support to groups like Nanaimo Family Life and Nanaimo Multicultural Society. Excited to now serve Nanaimo and other parts of Vancouver Island, Chelsea Allan invites Chamber members to contact her to learn more about Eclipse and their human resource and training services.

Chelsea Allan
250-937-0801
Chelsea@EclipseHR.ca

List of Amazing “Spirit of Christmas” Displays

Let us know if you would like your address added to, or removed from, the list. If any addresses are incorrect, please let us know as well!

Residential Locations

3341 Bournemouth Road

6037 Breonna Drive

921 Cadogan Street

520 Churchill Avenue

525 Deerhorne Place

2172 Duggan Road

3592 Fairview Drive

2835 Fuller Lake Road

6552 Groveland Drive

5200 Hammond Bay Road

1755 Harvest Place

182 Heritage Drive

700 Hunter Street

6369 Icarus Drive

4311 Jinglepot Road

2147 Lang Crescent

1836 Latimer Road

1700 Meridith Road

5480 Mildmay Road

2091 Mountain Vista Drive

1080 Nelson Street

6262 Olympia Way

2385 Porcupine Hill Trail

103 Pryde Avenue

140 Pryde Avenue

143 Pryde Avenue

449 Renfrew Street

2500 Rosstown Road

5152 Sams Way

3319 Savannah Place

2875 Shady Mile Way

624 Shepherd Avenue

6148 Somerside Place

3726 Victoria Avenue

346 Warbler Place

2320 Whitney Road

 

Commercial Locations

Supreme Self Storage – 40 Maki Rd

Woodgrove Centre – 6631 Island Highway North

Spirit of Christmas Business Light up!

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Decorated Commercial Premises Contest

This Year’s Theme is “Your Favourite Christmas Movie”

Official form right here 2016-spirit-of-christmas-decorating-for-businesses

NAME OF BUSINESS:_______________________________________________________

ADDRESS: _______________________________________________________________

PHONE:                                    Contact Person:__________________________________

Categories:

Businesses up to 5 employees                Businesses 5 – 10 employees

Businesses – Corporate                           Restaurants/Lounges/Pubs

Hotels/Motels                                           Banks

Seniors Living Facilities                          Centre Mall – Administration

 

Window Display Only

Awards will be given in each category.

Deadline for entry: Friday, December 19, 2016

Judging will be December 19, 2016

 

Spirit of Christmas Residential Light Up

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SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

Residential Light up!

Official Entry Form –residential-decorating-entry-form-2016

 

“join the fun” by planning to decorate the outside of your home.light-up

NAME:___________________________________________________________

ADDRESS:________________________________________________________

PHONE:__________________________________________________________

CONTACT PERSON:________________________________________________

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.