Thanks, from the Rockleys

John Rockley, pictured above at The Glassies in Parksville in 2011. Picture credit: The Parksville Qualicum Beach News.

John Rockley, pictured above at The Glassies in Parksville in 2011. Picture credit: The Parksville Qualicum Beach News.

It has been a really tough time these last days and my brother Marshall and I want to thank everyone for their kind words and condolences.

John Rockley, our dad, lived and breathed Coastal Colour Printing and after purchasing the company in 2004, began a mission to develop his vision of local supplying local.

He worked tirelessly, patiently drawing new business from existing clients and networking to develop new customers with impressive skill, patience and of course charm.

We would like to say a sincere thank-you to all those loyal customers, old and new, for their support and faith in Coastal Colour. Also the loyal team, both front and back of house, who have stuck with John through difficult times and who continue their commitment in these tough circumstances, striving to give 100 per cent customer satisfaction.

We hope you will continue to support Coastal Colour and be assured of our firm intentions to continue John’s legacy supplying the mid-Island, both west and east coast, with their print requirements.

We also look forward to seeing and sharing stories with those that can make it to the Celebration of Life on Oct. 4 at Pheasant Glen.

Thank-you again for your valued support.

Cam and Marshall Rockley
Calgary

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BC Small Business Month Celebrated at Business Expo

BC Small Business Month Celebrated at Business Expo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 22nd, 2016

NANAIMO, BC

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, www.nanaimochamber.bc.ca for more information.

Kim Smythe, CEO

250-756-1191 ext 1

 

 

 

 

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

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Business Expo Identifies Government Support Sources

For Immediate Release
September 15, 2016
Nanaimo, BC

The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce’s 9th Annual Business Expo on Thursday, October 20 at Vancouver Island Conference Centre is excited to confirm more of its lineup of exhibitors, special guests, speakers and participants in this consumer AND business-to-business trade show.

This year, Business Expo celebrates BC Small Business Month and National Manufacturing Month. It’s no secret that small businesses are a mainstay of the Nanaimo economy, but it might come as a surprise that the manufacturing sector is also strong in the mid-Island. Exports are becoming a bigger focus of regional software developers, educators, agri-food producers and processors, craft distillers, wineries and others who are all seeking support from experts in the field.

That’s why Business Expo is adding up to twenty booths from agencies, ministries and non-profits offering government services and funding support for small businesses and entrepreneurs.. Expo organizers will present a series of free breakout sessions featuring panels of experts speaking on “How to Sell to Government”, “Pillars of Start Up” and “Access to Financing” with a focus on entrepreneurs. The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association will also present a luncheon with a keynote speaker on the subject of “Enhancing International Trade & Export from Vancouver Island”.

Business Expo began as a way for Nanaimo businesses to meet each other, and to network in an environment with their products and services on display. Consumers started to notice it was a great place to find new products and services so they began showing up in increasing numbers. As have the trade show exhibitors who will exceed 100 this year.

At the end of the Business Expo’s day, Community Futures hosts an Awards Reception honouring the best booths. The reception, hosted by the Coast Bastion, includes appetizers and refreshments. “This is going to be the apex of the Business Expo’s” according to Kim Smythe Chamber of Commerce CEO “given the number of experts, specialists, panel speakers, and the government support we’re having on hand.”

Access to the Trade Show and breakout sessions are free but there is a small fee for the luncheon, and for non-exhibitors to attend the Awards Reception.

Business Expo only happens once a year, call us today so your business doesn’t miss out. Contact Brett at the Chamber 250-756-1191, #5 or www.nanaimochamber.bc.ca for more information.

For more information contact:

Kim Smythe, CEO
Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce
250-756-1191