Chamber News

    Conference Opportunity - Keeping it Rural

    Published on 17-Apr-2015 by The Chamber Conference Opportunity - Keeping it Rural

    Keeping it Rural Conference 2015

    Apply now to be one of twelve residents, sponsored by Columbia Basin Trust, to attend.

     

    The Keeping it Rural Conference will be held on May 26 - 28, 2015 at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort in Salmon Arm, BC. 

    If you care about rural communities and rural issues, the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition invites you to join them for three days of inspiring presentations from organizations and community leaders who have made a difference in their rural communities. The conference will include a variety of keynote speeches, six panel presentations and two concurrent workshops on Thursday. 

    Click here for the Keeping it Rural 2015 Conference Info Package. 

    HOW TO APPLY: 

    Submit a paragraph outlining why you would like to attend and how the conference could benefit you and/or your community. Applicants must be a resident of the Columbia Basin region. 

    Send your application to cbt@cbt.org with the subject line: Conference Submission by April 27, 2015. 

    Sponsorship will include conference registration and reimbursement for accommodations and transportation expenses to a maximum of $700. Notifications will be made by May 1, 2015.

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    News Release: Improved application process coming to BC PNP program

    Published on 01-Apr-2015 by The Chamber News Release: Improved application process coming to BC PNP program

    VICTORIA – B.C.'s labour market and economic development priorities will be front and centre in a redesigned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that will help to attract the skilled workers and investment-ready entrepreneurs needed to grow our economy, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond announced today.

    News Release: Improved application process coming to BC PNP program

    Published on 01-Apr-2015 by The Chamber News Release: Improved application process coming to BC PNP program

    VICTORIA – B.C.'s labour market and economic development priorities will be front and centre in a redesigned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that will help to attract the skilled workers and investment-ready entrepreneurs needed to grow our economy, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond announced today.

    Download the PDF for the full News Release

    News Release: Improved application process coming to BC PNP program News Release: Improved application process coming to BC PNP program (482 KB)

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    EK Employment Luncheon - Seats Still Available

    Published on 17-Mar-2015 by The Chamber EK Employment Luncheon - Seats Still Available

    There are still seats available for the luncheon on Thursday at BJ’s Creekside Restaurant from 12:00 – 1:00.  EK Employment will be presenting information about their programs, including: subsiding training programs, wage subsidies, Youth and student programs, and job creation opportunities. Contact the Chamber at: manager@kimberleychamber.com to RSVP your attendance.

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    The Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce is looking for an Event Coordinator for JulyFest 2015!

    Published on 03-Mar-2015 by The Chamber The Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce is looking for an Event Coordinator for JulyFest 2015!

    Reporting to the President of the Chamber and the Board of Directors, the Event Coordinator will coordinate responsibilities associated with Julyfest. This is a, contract position with some requirements for evening and weekend work.

    Click the link below to download a PDF outlining job requirements and application details

    JulyFest 2015 Event Coordinator Job Requirements JulyFest 2015 Event Coordinator Job Requirements (97 KB)

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    East Kootenay Employment though Work BC

    Published on 02-Mar-2015 by The Chamber East Kootenay Employment though Work BC

    East Kootenay Employment though Work BC, and the Kimberley Chamber will be hosting a luncheon at BJs Restaurant & Pub, 340 Mark St. on March 19th. Justine Kennedy will be presenting current information about summer student hiring options, including subsidies, and how E.K. Employment can assist employers with programs that support training. Please contact the Chamber to RSVP your attendance.

    East Kootenay Employment though Work BC

    Published on 02-Mar-2015 by The Chamber East Kootenay Employment though Work BC

    East Kootenay Employment though Work BC, and the Kimberley Chamber will be hosting a luncheon at BJs Restaurant & Pub, 340 Mark St. on March 19th. Justine Kennedy will be presenting current information about summer student hiring options, including subsidies, and how E.K. Employment can assist employers with programs that support training. Please contact the Chamber to RSVP your attendance.

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    Kimberley Alpine Resort Press Release

    Published on 12-Feb-2015 by The Chamber Kimberley Alpine Resort Press Release

    Kimberley, BC – Kimberley Alpine Resort is wide-open in full operation on all lifts and over 50 runs open! It may feel like spring down in the valleys, but due to our high elevation we are still in mid-winter mode, having received a foot of snow in the last week, and with great coverage and groomed skiing on our extensive man-made snow runs.

    Kimberley Alpine Resort Press Release

    Published on 12-Feb-2015 by The Chamber Kimberley Alpine Resort Press Release

    Kimberley, BC – Kimberley Alpine Resort is wide-open in full operation on all lifts and over 50 runs open! It may feel like spring down in the valleys, but due to our high elevation we are still in mid-winter mode, having received a foot of snow in the last week, and with great coverage and groomed skiing on our extensive man-made snow runs

    Download Full Press Release

    Kimberley Alpine Resort Press Release Feb 2015 Kimberley Alpine Resort Press Release Feb 2015 (493 KB)

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    BC Chamber Board of Directors Nomination package for the 2015-2017 term

    Published on 12-Feb-2015 by The Chamber BC Chamber Board of Directors Nomination package for the 2015-2017 term

    We are seeking nominations for three (3) Board Vacancies. Any member in good standing, can nominate another member providing such names are submitted with the attached forms package.

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jim Belsheim at jbelsheim@neptuneterminals.com or John Winter (604) 638 -8110, 1- 800- 663- 9655 ext 110 or jwinter@bcchamber.org.

    The deadline for nomination submissions is 5:00 pm, March 26th, 2015.  Late submissions will not be accepted.


    Download Forms

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    Letter from MP David Wilks - Canada Summer Student Program

    Published on 15-Dec-2014 by The Chamber Letter from MP David Wilks - Canada Summer Student Program

    Government of Canada supports jobs for students in Kootenay Columbia

     For many employers, it’s already time to start thinking about recruiting students this summer.

     Through the Government's Canada Summer Jobs program, small businesses, public-sector and not-for-profit organizations have our support in creating jobs for secondary and post-secondary students.

     By hiring students, employers benefit from the fresh perspective and new ideas they bring to the workplace. Young Canadians will gain valuable, on-the-job experience. Investing in students benefits our community, economy and society as a whole. It’s a win-win for both students and employers.

     The employer application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2015 is now open. Applications are available at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj and must be submitted by January 30, 2015.

     Since 2006, the Government of Canada has helped over six million young Canadians receive experience, training, and skills needed for better jobs.

    I strongly encourage employers to apply for funding and give students the opportunity to develop the skills and gain the work experience they need to be successful, now and in the future.

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    Youth Engagement Strategy survey

    Published on 04-Dec-2014 by The Chamber Youth Engagement Strategy survey

    We encourage you to please participate in Youth Engagement Strategy’s survey regarding Employment and Entrepreneurship in Kimberley.  Please take a few moments to complete this 10 question survey by December 12th.  The survey can be found at: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/yesbusinesssurvey/

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    December Business after Business

    Published on 04-Dec-2014 by The Chamber December Business after Business

    The December Business After Business will be held at the Spirit Rock Climbing Centre on December 18th from 5-7 p.m

    December Business after Business

    Published on 04-Dec-2014 by The Chamber December Business after Business

    The December Business After Business will be held at the Spirit Rock Climbing Centre on December 18th from 5-7 p.m

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    The Business After Business event for November

    Published on 18-Nov-2014 by The Chamber The Business After Business event for November

    The Business After Business event for November will be hosted at Flowers Galore & More in their new location next to RBC.  Come out and see what changes Sue and Paddy Brown have done, as well as learn more about a new SNAP’d initiative that Janice Sommerfeld will be informing us about.  This is a great opportunity for all of us to learn more about your business with like-minded businesses owners as we go into our Winter tourism season.

    The Business After Business is November 20th from 5 – 7 p.m at Flowers Galore at 405 Wallinger Ave.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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    Interviews with candidates for Mayor

    Published on 12-Nov-2014 by Mike Guarnery Interviews with candidates for Mayor

    Interviews with candidates for Mayor of Kimberley may be found here.

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    Interviews with candidates for Council

    Published on 12-Nov-2014 by Mike Guarnery Interviews with candidates for Council

    Interviews with candidates for Council may be found here.

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    2014 Mayor Forum - Kimberley BC

    Published on 08-Nov-2014 by Mike Guarnery 2014 Mayor Forum - Kimberley BC

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    2014 Councillor Forum - Kimberley, BC

    Published on 06-Nov-2014 by Mike Guarnery 2014 Councillor Forum - Kimberley, BC

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    Kootenay Leadership Collaboration Event

    Published on 21-Oct-2014 by Admin Kootenay Leadership Collaboration Event

    Building Your Skills and Success

    November 26, 2014. 8am to Noon at the St. Eugene Mission
    Presented by David Savage, Savage Management Ltd. and Laura Hummelle, Ahead of the Curve Consulting

    A Half Day Workshop designed to bring together and engage Kootenay Leaders who strive for greater achievements for their business, organization and region. Kimberley Chamber of Commerce members are offered a significant discount ($145.00 versus $250.00) if they register before November 7, 2014. 

    Key participants would be:
    • Aiming to move beyond a command and control or competitive approach to leadership;
    • Interested in discovering a style of distributed leadership that leverages the talents, abilities and creativity of those in their organization or business to unleash a healthier, more vibrant, innovative and productive way of operating;
    • Interested in a process of sharing and leveraging their existing knowledge, experience and expertise for the purposes of creating a shared future that is greater than what one Leader is able to create on his or her own.
    • Ready to step up to the next level of leadership and build collaborative business relationships.

    Benefits:
    • Seize your part of this movement of progressive, principled and successful leaders here in the Kootenays.
    • Access the problem solving, revenue boosting, cost reduction and future visioning skills of Laura Hummelle and David Savage and those of the other participants.
    • Be part of creating the conditions to allow for innovations within and across business and organizations.

    Outcomes:

    • A more powerful business network that will collaborate with you.
    • A step by step approach for learning and application.
    • Greater confidence to contact others leaders and invite them to help you.
    • An opportunity to work collaboratively and build your skills in “future focused, by invitation only” sessions.

    Find Out More >>

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    British Columbia Community Achievement Awards

    Published on 20-Oct-2014 by Mike Guarnery British Columbia Community Achievement Awards

    Presented by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, The British Columbia Community Achievement Awards celebrate British Columbians who go above and beyond in their dedication and service to others and who devote time and energy to making their communities more caring, dynamic, beautiful, healthy, and unique. 

    The Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce invites you to nominate someone deserving from the Kimberley community whose spirit, imagination, dedication and commitment has truly made a difference to this community, either as a volunteer or throughout the course of their work.  If you know someone who meets these criteria, this prestigious award is a great way to provincially acknowledge them for their efforts. 

    The Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce would like to thank City Council for recognizing the Chamber to take on this project.   The Chamber has volunteered to submit all nomination packages on behalf of the community, to ensure that the nomination packages are completed correctly, as well as consolidate and track nominees and send any additional support letters. 

    You can pick up a nomination form from the Chamber office, or download a copy here.   The Chamber requests nomination packages be provided by Wednesday, November 12.

    More information about the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards can be found on the British Columbia Achievement Foundation website at www.bcachievement.com.

    Download the PDF Nomination Checklist below

    British Columbia Community Achievement Awards Nomination Checklist British Columbia Community Achievement Awards Nomination Checklist (3597 KB)

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    Business Excellence Awards Nominations Announced

    Published on 20-Oct-2014 by Admin Business Excellence Awards Nominations Announced

    Congratulations to the all those nominated for the 2014 Kimberley Business Excellence Awards. Tickets for the Awards Gala on November 1st at the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre are on sale at the Chamber office (253 Wallinger Ave.) - please call Mike at 250-427-3666 to reserve your tickets.

    The finalists for each category are as follows:

    1. Retail Business of the Year Award
    Presented to a retailer who demonstrates innovation through merchandising, marketing, community leadership, and sales growth.
    Sponsored by: Kimberley Alpine Resort 
    Great Canadian Dollar Store
    Kimberley Centex
    Kimberley City Bakery
    Velvet & Ginjer
    Kootenay Mountain Works

    2. Professional Services Excellence Award 
    Presented to a business or individual in the professional services sector that has shown dedication, commitment to service and leadership in their field. 
    Sponsored by: Mountain Spirit Resort 
    Creekside Physiotherapy
    Revolution Acupuncture
    Rockies Law Corporation
    Ray’s Music 
    RE/MAX Caldwell Agencies

    3. Business of the Year Award 
    Presented to a business that has demonstrated excellence in many areas: sales, growth, product, development, profitability, job creation, environmental enhancement, labour relations, safety and quality of service 
    Sponsor: Kimberley Daily Bulletin
    Kimberley City Bakery
    Creekside Physiotherapy
    Pedal & Tap
    Tyee Log & Timber
    Bear’s Eatery

    4. Youth Friendly Business Award 
    Presented to a business organization that through their day-to-day operations demonstrates that they value the youth of Kimberley both as employees and customers. 
    Sponsor: B104 & The Drive 
    Grubstake Pizza 
    Kimberley City Bakery 
    Overwaitea Foods
    Spirit Rock Climbing Center 
    Bavarian Home Hardware

    5. Creative Professional Excellence Award 
    Presented to a business or individual in a creative or artistic field that demonstrates both creative and professional excellence, consistently meeting and exceeding client expectations. 
    Sponsor: Kootenay Business Magazine-Koocanusa Publications
    Go Kimberley
    Simon Haiduk
    Caprice Fine Art Studio Gallery
    Sustainable Spaces Design and Drafting (Brian Leeb)
    Story & Co 
    Flowers Galore Gifts & More

    6. Community Booster Award 
    Presented to an individual, business, or organization that consistently contributes to the benefit of the Kimberley community through volunteerism, sponsorship, and community leadership. 
    Sponsor: The City of Kimberley 
    Green Door Catering
    Stan Saliken
    Kimberley Arts Council
    Rotary Club
    Jim Webster (Kimberley Trails Society and Kootenay Orienteering Club)

    7. Tradesperson-Contactor of the Year Award 
    Presented to an individual or business, involved in the trades or construction industry that has distinguished themselves by consistently providing a high level of service and quality workmanship. 
    Sponsor: Kootenay Insurance Services 
    Alpine Plumbing & Heating
    Kitt Fine Homes
    Price Excavating
    Tyee Log & Timber
    Sommer Electric

    8. Food and Beverage Industry Excellence Award 
    Presented to an individual or business that shown dedication to professionalism and has demonstrated commitment to consistency providing excellent food and excellent service. 
    Sponsor: Overwaitea Foods 
    Bear’s Eatery
    Burrito Grill
    Pedal & Tap
    The Old Bauernhaus Restaurant
    Heartbeet Vegetarian Bistro

    9. Employee of the Year Award 
    Presented to an employee who is personable and respectful, strives for excellent customer service and is friendly and courteous to all customers and staff, as well as play a vital role in the business success. 
    Sponsor: St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino 
    Archie (Our Place)
    Jasmine (Pedal & Tap)
    Melanie (Kimberley City Bakery)
    Sabrina (Creekside Physiotherapy)
    Ty (Green Door, Stonefire Pizzeria, SnowDrift Cafe)

    10. Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award 
    Presented to a business that through their day-to-day operations, strive to protect and enhance our natural environment 
    Sponsor: Community Futures East Kootenay 
    Sprout Grocery
    The Leaf Boutique
    Kimberley Centex
    Green Earth Recycling

    11. Entrepreneur of the Year Award 
    Presented to a newly created business within the past 3 years that has shown initiative, creativity, and a strong work ethic in building a successful new business venture. 
    Sponsor: RBC Royal Bank 
    One Love Hot Yoga
    Spirit Rock Climbing Center
    Kimberley City Bakery
    Gray’s Compounding Pharmacy Remedy’s Rx
    Heartbeet Vegetarian Bistro

    12. Tourism Excellence Award 
    Presented to a business, organization, or person who have made a contribution to attracting and/or keeping visitors in Kimberley.
    Sponsor: Tourism Kimberley
    Go Kimberley
    JulyFest Committee
    Spirit Rock Climbing Centre
    Kimberley Underground Mining Railway 

    13. Home Business of the Year Award 
    Presented to a home-based businesses that has shown viability and growth in the Community. 
    Sponsor: Moody Bee 
    Kara Clarke Designs
    Cakes by Mary 
    Denise’s Esthetics
    Scentsy – Katryna Sigurdson

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Latest News

    2019-20 Board of Directors

    2019-20 Board of Directors

    Published on 16-May-2019 by Kimberley Chamber 2019-20 Board of Directors

    On May 14th, the election of the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce 2019-20 Board of Directors occurred at Annual General Meeting at Hotel Kimberley.  Congratulations to new board members:

    • Rob Duncan (Resorts of the Canadian Rockies)
    • Paul Cameron (Exact Tax)
    • Kathryn Arbic (North Star Veterinary Clinic)
    • Kevin Dunnebacke (Ktown Custom Auto)
    • Karen Vold (Kootenay Media - Go Kimberley, Go Cranbrook)

    As well as our continuing board members:

    • Karen Cetinski (Rocky Mountain Event Planners)
    • Brian Conn (Kootenay Shadeworks/Northstar Roasting Company)
    • Jason Toner (Big Magic Design)
    • Thomas Datt (Enchanted Forest B&B)
    • Brandi O'Neill (Paper and Cup)
    • Ella Harris (Creme Cheese Shop)
    • Brian Sondergaard (Kimberley Kritters/Total Recall Digital Scanning)
    • Chantel Delaney (Sprout Health Market)
    • Sabrina Park (Creekside Physiotherapy)
    • Past President: Rachelle Langlois (Sun Life Financial)

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    Call for Nominations - 2019/20 Board of Directors

    Call for Nominations - 2019/20 Board of Directors

    Published on 15-Apr-2019 by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce Call for Nominations - 2019/20 Board of Directors

    As we continue to grow and strengthen our network, we're looking for diligent and dynamic individuals to serve as leaders on our 2019/20 Board of Directors. If this is you, or someone you know please email info@kimberleychamber.com to submit your nomination.

    The deadline for submissions is May 7th, 2019 at 5:00pm. Board of Directors will be sworn in at our AGM on May 14, 2019.

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    PRESS RELEASE - Kimberley Chamber Response to 2019 BC Budget

    PRESS RELEASE - Kimberley Chamber Response to 2019 BC Budget

    Published on 21-Feb-2019 by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce PRESS RELEASE - Kimberley Chamber Response to 2019 BC Budget

    PRESS RELEASE 

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 21, 2019

     

     

    Kimberley Chamber response to 2019 BC Budget

     

    The 2019 Provincial Budget was released Monday and the BC Chamber has replied with the following press release:  http://www.bcchamber.org/advocacy-news/affordability-strategy-welcome-costs-smes-piling

     

    The Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce President, Rachelle Langlois, responded: “The release of the 2019 BC Budget coincided nicely with the arrival of BC Chamber representatives in Kimberley Wednesday morning. Along with the member benefits presentation we had scheduled, our Chamber was able to hear about the BC Chamber’s thoughts and direction regarding the new budget.”

     

    “We are pleased with the support the BC Chamber is showing towards small and medium sized business owners who are the economic drivers in our small communities.  We were also encouraged by the participation of the Kimberley business community members, as having a strong Chamber will ensure we have the voice necessary to continue to have the ear of these influential policy makers.” 

     

    “Gathering feedback from the business community is one of our primary goals in the next few months, along with increasing our Chamber membership.  We want to hear from our businesses to ensure our Chamber is effectively representing their needs, not just on a local or community level, but also at regional and provincial levels as well since this budget will directly impact our members.”

     

    For more information, please email info@kimberleychamber.ca

     

     

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