What the Chamber Does

The Nanaimo Chamber has served the local business community since 1889. We feel very confident that we have gone beyond most Chamber’s mandates by becoming involved in projects that provide significant holistic value to our community.

The Chamber collaborates with organizations such as Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo Port Authority, Nanaimo Airport, Nanaimo Hospitality Association, Tourism Nanaimo, Community Futures, Innovation Island, and the Nanaimo Prosperity Corporation to accomplish its many goals in community building and network development. The Chamber has partnered with Futurepreneur Canada, Small Business BC, BIABC, British Columbia Restaurant & Food Services Association, and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association and is a member of the BC Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

The Nanaimo Chamber plays a vital role in advocating with each level of government to seek support on policy issues most favourable to our community and provides a forum for developing and organizing those efforts. It is one of the most important roles your Chamber plays – fighting for the success of our business community through government advocacy.

The Chamber’s Community Work

Chamber CEO Kim Smythe represents the Nanaimo Chamber in a number of organizations connecting the community, raising social awareness, and driving local economic prosperity. Below are some of the boards and committees Kim currently volunteers on:

    • Downtown Nanaimo Business Association, Chair
    • Nanaimo Prosperity Corporation, Shareholder & Director
    • Tourism Nanaimo, Director
      • Member, Meetings & Events Committee
    • Airport Commission, Entity
    • Nanaimo Homeless Coalition, Member
    • BC Chamber Executives, Past President
    • Canadian Chamber Executives (BCCE Appointee)
    • Canadian Chamber Mid-Cities Peer Network, Member
    • Mayor’s Leader’s Table
    • Mayor’s Task Force on Health & Housing

What Membership Offers

Benefits

Give your business a competitive edge when hiring — enhance and expand the benefits you provide for employees.

Learning

The Chamber’s Professional Development events are designed to respond to the needs of the Nanaimo business community.

Visibility

Expand your reach through our unique marketing channels, precise audience targeting and slick message delivery on a variety of channels.

Connections

It’s great to be back making real, live social business connections. We’re happy to bring the business community together at our luncheons, biz-after-biz, hosted networking and special events. Together again!

Credibility

The Chamber provides a platform for businesses to enhance perception of their brand and raise their reputation by affiliating with the Nanaimo Chamber.

Advocacy

We are the voice of business at City Hall, in Victoria and in Ottawa. We have proof of our successes. We look forward to your support as we pursue improved social order and community safety, strategic economic development, and prudent use of our tax dollars.

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