Support for Positive Solutions.

A few weeks ago, the Chamber of Commerce started a petition to provide a forum for members of the community to address issues at Council which are clearly impeding the business of the City. You can view (and sign) the petition at http://chn.ge/1hi4y0Y. If you’re concerned about anonymity you can sign it and not comment and your name will not appear publicly.

On Monday, November 2 at 7 pm representatives of the Chamber will address City Council providing an update to their Report to Council last February. At that presentation, the Chamber outlined their principles and philosophies as well as some civic priorities, mostly agreed to by Council. On Monday, the Chamber will point to Council’s record of achievements a year after being elected to office, as well as discuss some of the points in the petition.

As always, the Chamber is simply seeking the most effective and efficient municipal government. We are willing to step in and help as a respectful community leader offering positive solutions to improve relations and deliver ‘excellent municipal governance’ as promised in the City’s Corporate Strategic Plan.

We invite you to attend this meeting and show your support for positive solutions to get City Hall working in a more cohesive and constructive manner. Hope to see you there!

Shaw Auditorium – Vancouver Island Conference Centre
Monday, November 2
7 pm

Press Release: NANAIMO RESTAURANTS’ ‘DINE AROUND’ PROMOTION LAUNCHES

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October 28, 2015
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NANAIMO RESTAURANTS’ ‘DINE AROUND’ PROMOTION LAUNCHES
Nanaimo joins the list of BC cities celebrating their local eateries with the well-known “Dine Around” promotion February 19 through March 6, 2016 in a partnership between the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association.
Nanaimo area restaurants will offer 3-course fixed menus, including a VQA wine or BC Craft Brewery product, with a price point of $25, $35 or $45 during evening service hours for the 17 day promotion. Menus will be promoted through the Chamber website, on-site at participating restaurants and in local media.
A free launch party to outline the details of the 2016 promotion will be held at Original Joe’s Wednesday, November 4 at 3 pm and is open to all interested restaurants and the media. The Chamber, BCRFA and Original Joe’s will be providing appetizers and beverages. To make a reservation for the launch event contact the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce at 250-756-1191. Ext 4.
Original Joe’s is located at 3280 North Island HWY, Nanaimo, BC.
For more information regarding the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce www.nanaimochamber.bc.ca and, BCRFA www.bcrfa.com
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For more information contact:
Kim Smythe, President & CEO
Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce
250-756-1191, ext. 1

Member Profile – Joyce A. Tinnion

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Joyce Tinnion invites Chamber members to think differently. Sometimes nudging people outside their comfort zone actually makes them feel more capable, confident, and creative. Joyce Tinnion, founder of Joyce A. Tinnion Productions, does just that, through Speech Coaching, and Improvisational Theatresports.
Theatresports is used for team building. Joyce orchestrates self-empowering exercises to promote collaboration, and create stronger dynamics in a group. The sometimes silly interactions resonate with participants, and usually leaves them laughing, and bonding with their cohorts. Employers love it because staff become more connected, innovative, and productive.
Her Speech Coaching service is focused on giving individuals one-on-one attention rather than in a group setting. Many clients are simply people who are too shy to speak in front of a group, even to their employees and colleagues. With Joyce’s help, clients become aware of how they sound, and what they look like. They leave with more poise and confidence in their overall communications abilities.
Both services evolved from Joyce’s teaching background in English and theatre, and her experience in stage productions and other media. A founding member of Vancouver Women in Film and Video, she also worked with great writers and actors at CBC radio and television, and directed large musical theatre productions.
Joyce invites Nanaimo Chamber members to think differently about their business team, and how they can make them more effective. Theatresports is different, and unusual, and it brings results for a more cohesive staff.
Speech Coaching can help someone overcome public speaking shyness, or can be tailored for support on a specific speech, or important presentation, even an elevator pitch.
Contact Joyce Tinnion, at Joyce A. Tinnion Productions, and learn the power of team building and speech skill development. Call 250-468-1565, or visit her website at www.joycetinnionproductions.ca.

Written by Bonnie Chomica http://marketingdonewrite.ca/

TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices

TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices presents Two-Thirds by Julie McIsaac at 7:30pm on Tuesday, November 10 at Harbour City Theatre, 25 Victoria Road. Directed by TheatreOne Artistic Associate/Dramaturge Nicolle Nattrass, and starring professional actors Erin Ormond, Ming Hudson, and Matthew Payne, this original Canadian play offers audiences equal doses of quirky comedy and moving drama. $10 suggested donation. www.theatreone.org

A Workshop for Musicians, Singers, and Composers

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A Workshop for Musicians, Singers, and Composers with
Kiya Tabassian of Constantinople Ensemble
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Saturday, November 7th at 11:00-2:00PM (3 hours)
The Living Room Studio
210 St. George Street (at the corner of St. George & Vancouver Ave)
$30.00 per person (minimum enrollment is 15)
FOR DETAILS AND REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

The workshop will explore Musical improvisation in non-western traditions with focus on Persian music and Micro-tones and their uses in different musical practices.

Kiya performs a co-creation with CONSTANTINOPLE and SINHA DANSE on November 6, 7:30pm at the Port Theatre. Call the Port Theatre Box office at 250-755-8550.

Job Posting

Job Posting

Bookkeeper/Administration & Promotions Assistant

We’re looking for an energetic team‐player who holds Bookkeeping as their ‘Ace Card’ – with a background in administration and promotions. This is a full time, permanent position in a fast-­paced work environment with an established Nanaimo professional association. Salary is commensurate.

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce plans and produces several high profile public and business‐to‐business events throughout the year. Candidates demonstrating a heightened aptitude or background in administration and support of special events around social media, promotions, public relations, event planning and other marketing disciplines will be prioritized.

Successful candidates must be proficient in “Simply Accounting” in a small‐business or non‐profit environment where they were responsible for producing monthly financial statements. They will also have proven competency to participate in overall financial management discussions, analysis and strategic planning activities with the CEO and Board of Directors.

Expressions of interest, resumes and cover letters by October 31, 2015 to:

ceo@nanaimochamber.bc.ca

A few of our newest members

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Here are some of our new members who were introduced to the people in attendance at our Monthly Luncheon on October 14th. Back row from left to right: NYLA Fresh Thread, Leon Drzewiecki, Brechin Lanes, Ray Brittain, Maker Space, Rebecca Kirk, Driven Performance Fitness Ltd., Miguel Diaz. On the front row from left to right: Watts Mowing and Landscaping, Nicol Bortnick, Mod Hair and Nail Studio, Nina Dinh and Brilliant Business Solutions, Cindy Bartlett.  Welcome one and all.

Highlights of Proposed Food Truck Licencing Process

Current Situation
Food trucks and food trailers are currently permitted to operate either on private property (in zones that permit Restaurant) or in select City parks with a Park Licence Use Agreement. They are not permitted to operate on City streets.

The Opportunity
Food trucks present an opportunity to enliven public spaces, diversify dining experiences and food options available in the City, and enhance Nanaimo’s food culture.

The City aims to establish a Food Truck Licence to:
– Increase the available locations for food trucks by establishing on-street locations
– Streamline the process so that only one permit is needed to operate in any location type
– Provide flexibility to location options so vendors have a greater opportunity for success

The Approach
Who: Food trucks & food trailers (not food carts)
What: Food Truck Licence – valid up to 1 year
When: Year Round
Where: Specified on-street, City park, and City parking lot locations.

To read the full proposal, click here.

Spark Session: Getting the Most Out of a Trade Show: Building a Better Booth

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Guests can expect to leave this session with ideas on how to plan and setup their booth in a way that will attract more visitors and allow them to collect leads while building a larger client base. From setting goals before the show, to designing a booth that effectively represents their brand, being able to stand out at a tradeshow should be a goal for every exhibitor. Guests will be given a head start on getting ready for another busy tradeshow season by discussing the 5 key points & tips for all tradeshows: defining your goals, collecting leads, providing memorable swag, rewarding quality visitors and ultimately designing an effective trade show booth. With over six years of experience in the event and hospitality industry, I have had the opportunity to attend many tradeshow both as an exhibitor and guest, as well as plan a number of tradeshows, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.

Session led by:

Cameron Strachan,
Conference Sales & Services Manager
Vancouver Island Conference Centre

To book your seat for our popular Spark Sessions, contact Kimberly at 250-756-1191 ext 0 or email her at reception@nanaimochamber.bc.ca

Feastival – the pictures.

Beyond awesome. Feastival was exceptional. Great crowds, great vendors, great sponsors and great volunteers. Here are some photos to show a bit of how the day looked. Foodtrucks, Farmer’s Market, Guest Chefs, foodies and more! Cannot wait until next year. Thanks to Dirk Heydemann for the wonderful photos.

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