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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

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

Spirit of Christmas

Vote for Your Favourite Christmas Light Display

A sure sign of the holidays is the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce’s SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS Lights Display Contest. Homes and businesses participate in this decorating ‘competition’ to attract the attention of the community and claim bragging rights for their creativity!

Click here to see the map of all the beautifully decorating homes and businesses for the Spirit of Christmas, then vote for your favourite!  Look back at the voting link to see which displays are getting the most votes.

 

For more information about the Street Market – see link NightMarketNanaimo

 

THANK YOU FOR MAKING BUSINESS EXPO A SUCCESS
A huge thank you to all the Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Participants who came out for yesterday’s #NanaimoBusinessExpo. Hundreds of people walked through the Expo at Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Harris Kia took over the lobby with a selection of new vehicles to showcase. Coastal Community Credit Union hosted an entertaining Awards Ceremony in the evening. New connections and relationships were formed by many.

Join us for a networking luncheon.

Guest Speaker:

Canadian Wheelchair Curling Champion silver & gold medalist, Alison Duddy, is an inspirational speaker with unique insight and perspective on the issue of accessibility for people with disabilities. Alison works with municipalities and businesses to address accessibility issues, provoke interest and improve awareness. Become motivated to be a community advocate for accessibility!

11 am networking
12 noon speakers and luncheon
1 pm adjourn

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October brings us the real onset of autumn, the understanding that we’re beyond back to school and back to business, and the promise that the approaching season is among the busiest for many businesses. That’s part of the reason why October is Small Business Month in BC. an occasion celebrated to recognize the important contributions entrepreneurs make to our economy in local communities throughout BC.

As we all know, small businesses are not only the backbone of many of our organizations, but are the life blood of the B.C. economy. Small businesses represent 98{3236bfe566a0d68e2245ffbb9d220fc7554709fab7d664768e3da2edc73a1bc9} of all businesses in B.C. and employ over 1 million British Columbians.

One of the ways we celebrate Small Business Month in Nanaimo is with the Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo held on October 5th. This year we celebrate our tenth annual Expo and plan to take over the Vancouver Island Conference Centre with around 120 exhibitors representing businesses  throughout the mid-Island region.

Business Expo began as a way for Nanaimo businesses to meet each other and 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 creating a successful environment for all parties.

Beyond the trade show format, two panels will focus on “How to Sell to Government” (Thursday morning from 11 – 12) and “Access to Financing” (Thursday afternoon at 2 pm). Panelists in the morning session will come from all levels of government procurement offices but will also include businesses accustomed to selling to government providing insider information on how to increase your chances of success. The ‘finance’ panel will include traditional funders, start-up funders and private funding sources to help businesses both big and small capitalize on their dreams.

For the second year, we’re welcoming Public Works “Small Business Info Expo” with 20 exhibitors from government and related agencies providing information on funding, support programs and other assistance for small business.

At the end of the Business Expo day, an After-Party and Awards Reception is held for networking, to honour the best booths, and give away draw prizes from exhibitors including the London Drugs electronics package – a prize with a value in excess of $2,000.

Business Expo is a great way to kick off Small Business Month in BC and find out what’s happening with business in Nanaimo now – and it’s all free! See you there.

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NANAIMO – June 5, 2017

 

BATHTUB DAYS STREET FAIR IS BACK FOR 2017!

 

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the ever-popular downtown summer celebration known as ‘Bathtub Days Street Fair’ will continue during the 2017 Marine Festival.

Two days of festivities will take place on Commercial Street and in the Victoria Crescent area. Saturday morning’s “Sail Past on Wheels” parade will be one feature of the weekend’s celebration. The parade gets underway Saturday with a 10:30 am start time. The parade is one way that the celebrations can touch on all three of the recognized downtown neighbourhoods including the Old City Quarter, Victoria Crescent and Commercial Street.

Street closures will be in effect on Friday and Saturday, July 21 & 22. This will allow for vendors, entertainment on stage and street, special events and activities during the daytime hours. Specific plans are in the works with updates posted to the Chamber and Marine Festival websites

“Once we saw that this was an event that could have possibly been lost with the demise of the DNBIA, we began to take action to save it for 2017. It is too important of a community-wide, family celebration and a vital component of the Marine Festival overall. We’re working with Commercial Street merchants,  Victoria Crescent Association, the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society, and Old City Quarter Association to help make this all work.” stated Kim Smythe, Chamber President & CEO.

More details will be released as plans unfold. Preliminary vendor applications and early information are currently available at www.bathtubbing.com under ‘Downtown Street Fair’. Vendors and performers can also contact the Chamber at 250-756-1191. For specific information on Victoria Crescent activities, contact Jean Lemieux at 250-754-7877 or visit him at Sound Heritage.

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For more Vendor information contact Renee Bohun, Operations and Events, 250-756-1191 ext 2

Renee@nanaimochamber.bc.ca

vendor application:

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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

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