Nanaimo Business Awards

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The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize ‘leaders and achievers’ in this 19th annual celebration. Held at the Port Theatre on April 11th, 2019 the Awards Gala will honour individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations that have contributed to the fabric and growth of the Nanaimo community.

The Nanaimo Business Awards recognize the achievements of individuals or groups, and are a sign of the community’s appreciation. This recognition also serves as a reminder of the Chamber’s mission statement – “Better Community Through Better Business”.

The Nanaimo Business Awards instill a local pride-of-place. If you would like to raise awareness of the achievements of a deserving individual or organization, we encourage you to nominate, vote, and come out to enjoy the show!

The Process:

The event is the culmination of a process that includes public nominations, online voting, independent judging, and a formal announcement of the winners at the Awards Gala. There are 22 categories represented, from ‘New Business’ to Youth Spirit’ and everything in between.

  1. NOMINATE between February 1st – 14th – Closed
  2. VOTE for nominees between February 15th – 28th – Click here to vote
  3. CELEBRATE at the Port Theatre on April 11th – Click here to get your tickets

The awards are presented at the Port Theatre on Thursday, April 11th in an Oscar-style ceremony complete with a red-carpet reception, networking mixer, and jazz band.

Click here to view the Process & Eligibility Document

Click here to view more information on the 2019 Awards Categories

Nanaimo Business Resource Handbook + Relocation Guide

Enhance your Directory Listing!

2019 will be the third year that the Nanaimo Chamber produces a ‘Nanaimo Business Resource Handbook + Relocation Guide’. Also known as the member directory, ads in the publication are sold exclusively to members, providing a unique channel to promote your business alongside high-demand content and the Membership listing.

This exposure provides you with an effective channel to connect with the local business community, newcomers to Nanaimo, and local consumers.

SUPPLEMENT your member directory listing with an engaging advertisement.

PROMOTE your business, product and/or services amongst high-demand content including Nanaimo business resources, community services, relocation information, and the Nanaimo Chamber member directory.

EXPOSE your brand via a unique and effective channel to connect with the local business community, newcomers to Nanaimo, and local consumers.

AFFORDABLE options including business card size and Double-UP discounts.

Publication Information:

  • All ads will be presented in full colour!
  • Initial volume of 2,000 copies
  • Delivered to: the entire Chamber Membership, community partners, newcomers to Nanaimo, local businesses

 

Commercial Street Night Market

Thank you Nanaimo!!!

What a summer that was… somewhere around 50,000 people visited downtown Nanaimo over the 11 weeks of the Commercial Street Night Market. We certainly found out there is a lot of interest in downtown, and in its ultimate success as the heart of our community.
We were so excited to host food and beverage vendors on Diana Krall Plaza including farmers, fishers, market garden people, bakers, pretzel makers, ice ‘creameries’, wineries, cideries, breweries, distillers and food trucks. On Commercial street we had a diverse collection of artists and artisans totalling well over 100 different individual vendors of very high quality.
Our entertainment really shone. From the ‘piano man’ Marty Steele who opened every Thursday night, to fiddlers, singer/songwriters, ukulele players, The Big Mess – a father and son team featuring trumpet and beat box and huge audience interaction, to our unicyclist jokester Akron the Barbarian and the incredibly talented Jake West, our juggler with a message. Oh, and don’t forget the hundreds we had dancing in the streets during the salsa/tango and hip hop demonstrations.
And finally, thanks to the wonderful merchants of downtown Nanaimo who opened their hearts and their stores to show off the fantastic and unique mix of merchandise and warm, friendly service they offer downtown every day.

We’ll be back downtown doing it all over again next summer. In the meantime, we’re working on new ideas to keep bringing people back for things like Christmas shopping and other events in the heart of the City. Thanks for being part of the fun so far!

Kim Smythe, CEO
Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

PS: I invite you to send me an email and tell me about your Night Market experience and let me know if you have any ideas about doing it better or differently.
ceo@nanaimochamber.bc.ca

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TOP 10 REASONS TO JOIN THE CHAMBER

 

1. INVESTING IN YOURSELF STRENGTHENS THE COMMUNITY

Help to nurture a strong business climate in Greater Nanaimo that supports attracting and retaining the best and brightest operators, employees, customers, and investors.

2. NETWORK FOR FUN AND PROFIT

Maximize your business prospects by connecting socially with customers and suppliers and creating new connections at our many effective, high-energy networking events.

3. HAVE A VOICE WITH GOVERNMENT
Your Chamber of Commerce has a vital role with government as an advocate and ‘thought’ and policy leader for business interests in the Nanaimo region. It is perhaps the most behind-the-scenes, and most important, role your Chamber plays – fighting for the success of our business community through reduced government interference while optimizing their support.

4. GAIN POWERFUL ONLINE SUPPORT
Your business is most likely to appear on the first pages of internet search engines by being part of the Chamber’s online business directory.

5. TARGET YOUR MARKETING TO MEMBERS

Promote your business cost-effectively to the Chamber membership, representing a large core of stable businesses already dedicated to the local economy.

6. GET YOUR INFORMATION CLOSER TO THE SOURCE

Position yourself to be proactive by learning about new developments, policy changes and trends from high-level sources through Chamber connections which are passed along through our communications tools.

7. ENJOY DISCOUNTED BUSINESS SERVICES
Our negotiated member-to-member and other cost saving deals will help reduce your day-to-day expenses – from insurance to payroll services, group health to gas and merchant card services.

8. YOU CAN INFLUENCE CHAMBER POLICY
As a member, your voice is important and what you say impacts Chamber policy. Chamber directors you elect will listen to the issues that most deeply impact your business, creating policies that guide the Chamber’s advocacy efforts and work plans.

9. GET SMART
Keep your skills sharp by attending our business seminars and professional development workshops.

10. PROMOTE YOURSELF
Share your company’s news through our weekly ‘Newsline’ newsletter, social media and email outs.