Business After Business August

A big thank you to Nanaimo Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – Station 27 for hosting a stellar Business After Business.  We enjoyed seeing our members networking, and wearing their orange life jackets with pride. The boat tours were busy and yes, fun.   We got to learn about this strong volunteer based organization… yes – a fully volunteer based organization that saves lives on our waters.

The Nanaimo Marine Rescue Society (NMRS) is responsible for raising the funds necessary to operate RCM-SAR Station 27. NMRS is a registered charitable organization in Canada, and all donations are tax-deductible.  There are no administration fees and no hidden costs when someone donates. With no paid employees, every dollar raised by NMRS goes towards purchasing and maintaining the search and rescue equipment. All equipment, including boats, is purchased through funds raised by donation.  Very impressive – and they make a difference here in our community. Check out all that they do here.

We also want to thank 2 Chefs Affair‘s owners, Tammy and Dan, for the truly tasty treats.  The bacon wrapped plums were delicious.

Save-On-Foods – Brooks Landing were the beverage providers. It was a warm night, so we were all appreciative of the cold water and juice.

A thank you to all our members and soon to be members for coming out.  September’s Business After Business is on September 24th at Noodle Box at Port Place.

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Spark Sessions for September – webinar and an in-person session.


Date:         Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Time:        10 am – 11 am

Link: – head there on September 17th about 9:55 am.

Affordable Legal Protection For Today’s Small Business Owner

As a small business owner, have you ever been affected by any of these issues?


Have you ever had these sorts of situations in your business, where it could have been helpful to talk with a lawyer, but you didn’t because of cost?

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You know your business needs protection, for the unexpected legal questions that come up every day, but how to make sure you get the right amount?

In this webinar, we’ll discuss the legal concerns that small business owners have, and solutions used by tens of thousands of business owners to protect their business, their assets, their family, and their employees, all without busting the budget.

Speaker Bio
Kalon Goodrich, Regional Manager with LegalShield, is a Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce member, ambassador, Stanford alum, MBA grad and entrepreneur. He has a passion for giving every advantage possible to business owners, and has seen LegalShield as a unique way of doing just that. When he’s not at chamber functions or traveling the world, he can often be found hiking on the trails of Nanaimo, or sailing on the Georgia Strait.

*Reminder this is an online Spark Session. GO TO THIS LINK ON SEPTEMBER 17TH AT 9:55 AM TO TAKE PART IN THE WEBINAR.



Date:           Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Location:    Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Staples Meeting Room – 2133 Bowen Road

Time:           7:00 am networking – session starts at 7:30 am to 8:30 am


Verbal Skills for Business
A successful business person knows it takes skill, awareness, and certain knowledge to state your case, present your arguments, and ultimately gauge and adjust to your client’s reactions. What you say, when and how you say it, and a myriad of other options are available to you.
Why bother?
Because your bottom line, your profit margin, and your potential and continued business relationships depend on it!
Are your chosen words adequate? Is your body language belying your verbal message? Can you read whether your intent is hitting its mark?
Is your tone of voice appropriate? Can you manipulate your vocal intensity to suit your purposes? Are you using proximity to your advantage?
Verbal Skills for Business is an experiential workshop designed to increase awareness, discover existing strengths, and provide opportunities to experiment with the manner in which you express yourself and represent your company.

Rosemarie Barnes
The Maverick Speaker
Confident Stages
250 661-0994

Bio: Rosemarie Barnes
Rosemarie is an inspirational speaker, a presentation and vocal coach, a certified teacher, a classically trained singer, choir and band director, a writer, and finally, an entrepreneur (and she has the pieces of paper to prove she has been educated in all of it). Her company, Confident Stages, offers her as a speaker and teacher, and provides classes for improving self-confidence using theatre games and techniques as the learning conduit. In her role as a presentation coach, Rosemarie is uniquely qualified to help others be the best speakers they can be because she’s a really good teacher, because of her own training and experience as a speaker, and her deep seated objection to the overuse and abuse of power point in the speaking arena. She has performed in theatres, lecture halls, boardrooms, classrooms, at conferences, and in the shower.

September Member Profile

Strategic Natural Resource Consultants Inc.

With roots in their north-island offices in Port McNeill and Campbell River, Strategic Natural Resource Consulting is the largest consulting firm in British Columbia. Strategic excels in several sectors from small-scale individual land owners’ needs, to multi-national mega projects. They started in Forestry, but soon expanded into Mining and Mineral Exploration, Energy and Utilities, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Environment Conservation.

Strategic is a full-service provider that delivers consulting, project management, and boots-on-the-ground operations. They have the resources and capacity to turn things around quickly. Clients are surprised to learn that Strategic can also look after their requirements for human resource planning, IT infrastructure, and finance issues.

The Nanaimo office opened in 2013. This Strategic team delivers professional resource and land management services to local land owners, and municipalities. Everything from urban arborist service, timber valuation, mapping, and permitting; emergency response for spills, fire protection plans, and wild fire management; to environmental assessments.

Specialized problem solvers, no project is too big or too small. They adapt to clients’ needs, taking on their client’s problems as their own. Strategic prides itself in building great relationships with their clients. This stems from the owner’s core values to deliver flexible, affordable, and quality service.
Strategic also emphasizes employee satisfaction, by creating a positive work environment, opportunities for career growth, and promoting a healthy work/life balance. Their happy staff are productive and appreciative, and it reflects in the value they deliver to clients.
Strategic’s Nanaimo office staff are open to hearing new ideas of how they can share their expertise to offer guidance to support local folks. There are no bad suggestions, or unusual requests.

They are also looking to expand their involvement in the local community. Aaron Fujikawa welcomes input from any Chamber member who would like to have a conversation. Contact him at 250-758-0010.
Written by Bonnie Chomica,

CEO Message – Celebrate Our Culinary Culture


“FEASTIVAL” is the name of Nanaimo’s newest annual festival and a unique celebration of the Island’s culinary culture. FEASTIVAL is the biggest one-day food festival in Nanaimo’s history and takes place Saturday, September 26 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre from 10 am to 4 pm.
You’ll find Food Trucks, a Farmers Market, Celebrity Chef Demonstrations, Family Cooking Lessons, a trade show profiling growers, producers, processors, distributors, value-added products, appliances, kitchen goods and culinary accompaniments. Then there’s our “Sips” section featuring tastings of Island wines, craft brews and spirits and an on-site retail outlet. Finally, the 2nd Annual Seafood Chowder Competition will be decided by a panel of celebrity judges and, ultimately, a People’s Choice vote.
Four celebrity chefs will choose recipes from their own cookbooks to demonstrate and share with the audience. Don Genova, of CBC fame, will highlight items from his first book, a BC-best seller, Food Artisans of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Cory Parsons, a Nanaimo chef and author who happens to be quadriplegic will show you how he gets around a kitchen to produce some amazing dishes. Daksha Narsing, spice master and author of numerous Indian inspired cookbooks will spice things up. Hilary Malone of Sea Salt Food Co, one of the trio of family caterers and cookbook authors, will feature dishes most popular with their customers.
Family Cooking Lessons will be held in three sets during the day. One each for families with children, teens, and seniors hosted by the chefs at FoodShare. The focus will be on preparing local, natural, nutritional foods for your family that please the taste buds and cut the bottom line on your grocery bill.
Our Seafood Chowder Competition debuted last year to much popular acclaim for the 12 Nanaimo restaurants participating. This year, 2014 champion “Bold Knight” returns to challenge all comers.
Up to 75 trade show booths will present a wide variety of food-related products and services from a variety of Island exhibitors selling directly from their booths. From food specialties to small and large appliances, flatware and dishware, artisan creations, caterers, restaurants, and value-added products like spices, seasonings, locally prepared and packaged goods and more. Food Trucks and the Farmers Market will be located outdoors and more information on these components will be released soon.

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August Business Before Business.

What a fun morning at the Nanaimo Lawn Bowling Club. Great turn out – we got to network and bowl – and that was pretty fantastic. Did you know the balls aka THE BOWLS are not round. There is great skill on the throwing of the bowls. Many of us had a go at playing and there were loads of laughs – and we have some great lawn bowlers in our organization.

Big thanks to David Mitchell and all the lovely folks at the Nanaimo Lawn Bowling Club. They made us so welcome and patiently taught us how to play the game.

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August Luncheon at Cactus Club

Big thanks to the Cactus Club in Nanaimo for hosting our August Luncheon. Lots of laughs and loads of networking.  We want to thank Brett and his team for making this an event to remember. Hard working folks, with great food.  We were lucky to have Michael Berends on hand to some close up magic – man, he is good!

Check out some of the photos.

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