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Government Updates Employment Standards Act

A big win for our advocacy efforts providing insight to the government from the BC Chamber partnering with our fellow business organizations providing comment via the consultation process on the ESA  – the new legislation contains no changes to existing provisions for sick leave and statutory holidays! The government did add some new provisions for job-protected leave to support people fleeing domestic violence and those who need critical illness leave to care for a sick child or loved one. Overall, the ESA amendments are fairly limited in scope. The provincial government could have probably gone further, but they didn’t. Of course, business didn’t get everything we would have wanted to see (ie. averaging hours of work, etc.).

Click here for BC Chamber Summary

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Members’ Open Only 4 Weeks Away!

The Members’ Open is just 4 weeks away! It would be great to have you out, whether you can join solo or field a team. Keep in mind that all guests, colleagues, clients, and future-members are welcome! If you haven’t attended in the past, it’s a wonderful event to connect with the local business community and your fellow Chamber members.

And if you suck at golf – you’ll fit right in! All levels are encouraged.

We’ve also put together some fantastic sponsorship options designed to provide unique, engaging, and fun exposure throughout the day. Use a day at the links to elevate your brand, hand out swag, and generate leads for your business. Host-a-hole for just $200!

The event is also an important fundraiser for the Chamber. If you’re unable to attend, we hope that you’ll consider donating products or services to the raffle, which also provides a great opportunity to raise your profile. No donations are too big or too small.  We’re also looking for swag to add to our golfer goodie bags.

Event Details: Click Here
Registration: Click Here
Raffle donation: info@nanaimochamber.bc.ca
Sponsorship: memberservices@nanaimochamber.bc.ca

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Gordon Street Marriott Conference Hotel

NANAIMO CHAMBER WELCOMES NEW HOTEL WITH MAJOR BOOKING REQUEST


The Nanaimo Chamber has welcomed the confirmation of the Gordon Street Marriott Conference Hotel with a challenge to help host the 2021 Canadian Chamber of Conference Executive & Policy Convention —  a first for Nanaimo.

The Conference is scheduled to visit the western provinces of Canada every three years. In a preliminary discussion between BC Chambers at their conference last fall, Nanaimo was the only BC Chamber to express interest. The Canadian Chamber invited a formal ”Bid 2021 Application”. That has been accepted in Ottawa and further discussions and considerations will continue to June 30, 2019.

The annual Canadian Chamber event attracts 500 plus delegates and their spouses. It would not be possible to submit a bid without the projected completion of the Marriott Courtyard hotel in time. Other accommodations will also be required throughout downtown. The event is estimated to have an economic impact on Nanaimo of just under $1 million.

For more information:

KIM SMYTHE: 250-756-1191

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Commercial Street Night Market

SUMMER NIGHT MARKET CELEBRATES DOWNTOWN NANAIMO


The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce is turning Commercial Street into a pedestrian mall every Thursday evening again hosting artisan vendors, entertainers, food and fun for Nanaimo families this summer.

The inaugural Night Market event is June 20, followed by 11 Thursday night celebrations. Commercial Street from Terminal Avenue to Church & Chapel Streets will be closed to cars as artisan vendor booths, crafters, food producers, and downtown merchants line the streets offering food, crafts, beverages, farm to fork, entertainment, curios and whatever our 100+ quality vendors offer.

Visit the Food Truck Circle on Diana Krall Plaza alongside local beverage purveyors sampling amidst the market farm atmosphere. Downtown restaurants and cafés are extending their hospitality to the street. Live entertainment is presented at the Plaza Stage as well as the Modern Café on ‘Upper Commercial Street’ and in surprise pockets throughout the market site.

Family activities, bouncy castles, face painting and wall-climbing are included. For a more leisurely pace follow the self-guided Art Walk through downtown’s galleries and shops highlighting local arts and culture. Or just mix it up in the fun and colour of the Commercial Street Night Market!

Come on down just to experience the hospitality and meet the friendly faces of the downtown business community and the festive Night Market atmosphere every Thursday all summer long. It’s a huge hit! www.nanaimonight.market

For more information:

KIM SMYTHE: 250-756-1191

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All-Candidates Forum for the federal byelection

NANAIMO CHAMBER ANNOUNCES ALL-CANDIDATES FORUM


The Nanaimo Chamber announces it will be holding an All-Candidates Forum for the federal byelection called for May 6 in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding.

“The community has come to expect this from the Chamber so we are pleased to offer an event that we’re becoming very well-practiced at,” according to Kim Smythe Chamber CEO, “This will be our fifth such event within the past two years.”

The Forum will be held in Beban Park Social Centre on Thursday, April 25 with the doors opening for a Candidate Meet and Greet at 5:30 pm. A debate among the candidates will begin at 7:00 pm.

“We’re not able to announce which candidates will be attending. Not all parties have announced their official candidates for the race but we will update our event announcement as more information becomes available”, Smythe continued.

For more information:

KIM SMYTHE: 250-756-1191

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New Website and Branding

We are so excited to announce that we have new branding.  Showcasing our new look we commissioned Box221 Digital Studios (a local marketing company) to handle all of our new look!

With the new changes we have had made to the website making it easier for our members to access information, we also offer a new member spotlight advertising option.

At Box 221, every person is different, every business too.  They don’t like cookie cutter approaches to business and neither should you – you deserve better!  They  work with you to create the best bang possible options for you.

PS: I invite you to send me an email and tell me about our new look 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.