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!




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:__________________________________


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



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




CONTACT PERSON:________________________________________________


Enter by calling the Chamber at 756-1191 ext 0


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.

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BC Small Business Month Celebrated at Business Expo

BC Small Business Month Celebrated at Business Expo


September 22nd, 2016


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, for more information.

Kim Smythe, CEO

250-756-1191 ext 1





Nanaimo News and Information has a new home online!

NNN media release – launch



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: produces the most daily, Nanaimo-focused, up-to the minute, reliable news content, 7 days a week.


The 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 “The news is constantly updated. Our newsroom is focused on breaking news coverage and in-depth reporting.” 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. 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


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

Written by Bonnie Chomica


Teamwork – Working as usual by Kim Smythe, CEO & President Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce


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


TheatreOne – Eva Cassidy: How Can I Keep from Singing

TheatreOne presents Eva Cassidy: How Can I Keep from Singing  starring Cayla Brooke and Tom Pickett, on stage at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre Nov. 18-22. This hot new tribute to the beloved American songstress is not to be missed!
Tickets $25/$15 students from the Port Theatre Box Office 250-754-8550