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

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

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

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

 

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Member Profile – Origin at Longwood

Sharon Wood – Origin at Longwood
Written by Bonnie Chomica, www.MarketingDoneWrite.ca

Origin at Longwood is a unique, active lifestyle community dedicated to enriching the lives of the people who live with them, and the team members who provide their services.

When someone comes to Origin the first question they’re asked is, “What do you want to do today?” Origin recognizes that a life well lived is one with purpose, independence, and freedom of choice, and their entire service platform is geared to creating exceptional experiences for their community members.

Origin at Longwood is part of Origin Active Lifestyle Communities Inc., a 100% Canadian, family-owned and operated company with offices in Vancouver and Toronto. Origin owns or manages three communities in British Columbia. What sets Origin apart is their commitment to finding dedicated team members with a passion for caring. For community members, this is their home, and the staff make thoughtful effort to make it comfortable, interesting, and stimulating.

Residents are always on the go attending any one of the countless life enrichment programs offered. They enjoy gourmet meals in the Harvest Dining room, and have access to the many amenities, including fitness programs and spa treatments, crafts kitchen and greenhouse activities, even regularly scheduled outings to explore new places.

At a time in their life when their circle of friends has become smaller, at Origin at Longwood they meet new people, make new friends, and even run into folks they met years ago. Community members can be as social or involved in activities as they want.

Origin at Longwood rents 176 beautiful suites, from 1 bedroom to 2 bedroom and den. The majority of suites are for independent living however there is also assisted living and memory care available. To learn more about Origin at Longwood, or to schedule a tour, contact Melanie Johnson at 250-751-7755 or mjohnson@originlongwood.ca.

The Chamber of Commerce Position on the City’s Core Service Review

The Chamber of Commerce Position on the City’s Core Service Review

September 13, 2016

On September 12, Nanaimo City Council held an e-Town Hall with residents on the subject of the Core Service Review conducted over a six month period earlier this year. This community consultation was complemented by meetings with community stakeholders to provide their input to Council the next day in the Board Room of the SARC Building. Following is the Chamber’s presentation to Mayor, Council and senior staff.

First off, the Chamber has pointed out to Council that we feel that the conduct of this Review comes at a very good time in Nanaimo’s growth and development. Some people say that timing is everything and this is very much the case with the Review. You now have a clear window for implementation with enough of a Council term left to make an impact without the Review becoming a political hot potato.

I thought the point was very well made last night that Council members and staff are not taking a ‘slash & burn’ approach, but that they are examining priorities, seeking efficiencies and becoming better at exercising their fiscal and fiduciary duties. This, in turn, delivers greater value for the taxpayer’s dollar through the enhanced service of Council members, through improved services in some areas and more efficient services in others. I believe this came across very well during the e-town hall. And I also believe it appeals to the existing business community while adding to the list of reasons why businesses would be attracted to locate in Nanaimo, when we are seen as having a fair and well-managed tax regime. One more arrow in each of the quivers of the Chamber of Commerce for business retention and expansion and the NEDC for business attraction and growth.

The conversation touched on the topic of wages and I think one Councillor made a very good point that the Core Review wasn’t conducted to remove people from their jobs, nor to cut the earning capacity of its work force; but to make sure the work force was focused on the right things in the right order to give us the most bang for our buck.

The Chamber urges the continued expeditious strategic implementation of recommendations. I would like to now speak to a few of the highlights briefly.

Strategic Plan (1.c.1 – strategic direction Council actions) – already implemented and we have spoken in strong support of your work on this and the list of strategic priorities during a Council meeting (last e-town hall) and in discussions with individual councillors.

Strategic Plan (1.a.1-5 – the city’s strategic priorities and staff actions) – Agree that these initiatives are well prioritized.

Community Partnerships (9.C.1 – concerning NEDC’s direction) – We stand ready to work with the NEDC to help them optimize their positive impact on our economy by bolstering a healthy business climate and having effective action plans to meet our community’s goals.

Community Partnerships (9.C.2 – regarding the fate of matching funding for the DNBIA) – A sensible approach that I think can be managed by this organization and I would hope that ‘project funding’ wouldn’t be limited to the amount of funds available currently as the ‘matching grant’. I am always mindful of the rationale for forming this organization described in the Downtown Plan of 2008 which identified a set of needs required to redevelop the city centre in the most efficient way possible and it was determined that the ‘bureaucracy’ was not going to fit that criteria. The DNBIA is able to bring the right combination of expertise and volunteer energy to the table to have done a very commendable job since its inception.

Community Partnerships (9.C.3 – regarding future plans for the VICC) – The Chamber is a strong supporter of the VICC, especially so when it is effective in attracting meetings and conferences away from other communities, while providing a unique venue for community events that won’t fit elsewhere. We are happy to collaborate and enjoy a very positive and effective working relationship with management there. There are events that we do which are simply too large and demanding on a venue to do anywhere else. Very simply, that business would not be done in our community were it not for that facility. By my read of the Core Review and the further report on VICC, the City appears committed over the long term while leaving room for improvement and further support. Kudos to you for following through on this.

All in all, the Core Service Review gives direction and leadership to Council and Staff to help in decision-making to operate this City in a fashion similar to the way members of our business community run their businesses – as tightly, as productively, and as efficiently as possible so that, at the end of the day, we can say we all did our best and can now say “job well done”.

CONTACT: Kim Smythe – 250-756-1191
ceo@nanaimochamber.bc.ca