Chamber News

    Voting Open for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards and Tickets on Sale!

    Published on 13-Aug-2019 by Kimberley Chamber Voting Open for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards and Tickets on Sale!

    2019 Business Excellence Awards

    Join us at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards as we recognize the outstanding small businesses, entrepreneurs, employees and organizations who contribute so much to our community and local economy.

    Tickets on sale now at http://www.kimberleychamber.com/store/2019-business-excellence-awards

    • Date: Friday, October 4th
    • Time: 6pm
    • Location: Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre
    • Cost: $55 + GST for members
                $60 + GST for non-members
                $420 + GST for a table of 8


    Cast your votes and share the survey among our community. Let's recognize all of the hard work, innovation and dedication of our diverse business community! 

    Vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PK3X57L

    Award Categories:

    • Employer of Year
    • Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award
    • Employee of the Year
    • Hospitality Excellence Award
    • Trades Business or Person of the Year
    • Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year
    • Stan Salikan Community Impact Award
    • Youth Friendly Business Award
    • Business of the Year Award
    • Marketing & Media Business of the Year Award
    • Tourism Excellence Award
    • Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    • Home Business of the Year Award
    • The Keystone Award - new this year!
    • The Rising Star Award - new this year!
    • The Healthy Kimberley Award - new this year!

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    Nominations for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards Now Open!

    Published on 25-Jun-2019 by The Chamber Nominations for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards Now Open!

    It's that time of year and the nominations for the annual Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Excellence Awards are now open! 

    We have some exciting new categories this year and the nominations will all be put to a community vote later on in the summer. 

    The Business Excellence Awards are an opportunity to recognize the outstanding small businesses, entrepreneurs, employees and organizations who contribute so much to our community and local economy. 

    This year's Business Excellence Awards are set for Friday, October 4th, 2019 at the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre. Tickets will go on sale in late Summer. 

    Submit your nominations here!

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    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

    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

    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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    2019 Chamber Membership Renewals

    Published on 30-Jan-2019 by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce 2019 Chamber Membership Renewals

    Thank you for your continued participation with the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce! Our volunteer Board of Directors are passionate about the Kimberley business community, and are looking forward to another exciting and successful year. We are dedicated to building a strong and sustainable business environment in Kimberley, and you may be asking yourself, "What does the Chamber do?".

    With access to municipal, provincial and federal governments the Chamber advocates on behalf of local businesses. This will continue to be a priority. We also put on events that help you grow your network. We organize workshops, seminars & socials that help you take your business goals to another level. We're proud to work with amazing partners like Community Futures, Women's Enterprise Centre, BDC, EK Employment, Basin Business Advisors, Industry Training Authority, Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency and College of the Rockies, all of whom can assist with starting, sustaining and growing your business needs. We work together. We learn together. We grow together.

    This week you will be receiving your 2019 Membership renewal. You can submit your payment:
    - Online by visiting our website and logging into your account: https://kimberleychamber.worldsecuresystems.com/my-account
    - E-transfer to info@kimberleychamber.com (use password: kimberleybiz)
    - Cheque (mail to or drop in the mail slot at the Chamber office (253 Wallinger Avenue, Kimberley, BC  V1A 1Z2))
    - Credit Card (drop-in to the office Monday - Friday 10am-2pm to pay by credit card)

    We welcome your feedback and involvement in the Chamber's direction as we transition and move forward. Reach us anytime at info@kimberleychamber.com.

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    Changes at the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce

    Published on 17-Dec-2018 by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce Changes at the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce

    To better align with the changes happening in our local business community the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce is undergoing a full restructure. Part of that restructuring is reviewing all agreements and re-strategizing to fully support our thriving business environment. We are dedicated to continuing to work with our members and key stakeholders to provide an exceptional level of support and services to our business community. Stay tuned as we roll out our new strategic plans and initiatives for 2019.

    Our office hours will be limited for the remainder of January, however we are working diligently behind the scenes! If you require assistance please contact us at info@kimberleychamber.com.

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    Taking Care of Business - Microgrant Application

    Published on 09-Nov-2018 by Mike Guarnery Taking Care of Business - Microgrant Application

    Are you a local Kimberley Business passionate about promoting a healthy community? Do you have a creative idea or project that will promote healthy choices for your staff and customers? We can help! Taking Care of Business is offering microgrants for small infrastructure, healthy projects, and other creative ideas to help promote healthy workplaces. Preference will be given to projects with long-lasting, sustainable impact. Complete this application with your best ideas for a chance to receive $100 to $1000 to support your project.  Check out Healthy Kimberley's application.  E-mail completed applications to: tcobkimberley@gmail.com

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    Kimberley Business Excellence Award Results

    Published on 25-Oct-2018 by Mike Guarnery Kimberley Business Excellence Award Results

    The Kimberley and District Chamber of Commerce held Kimberley’s annual Business Excellence Awards on October 19th, 2018 at the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre.  The event included a presentation on Disruptive Technology and its impacts on communities by Jim Harris.  Mr. Harris is a recognized authority on changes in business and changes expected to communities in the new era of shared economies within industries. 


    Congratulations to the nominees for demonstrating their impact to our community through business growth, employing residents of Kimberley and Cranbrook, and driving the economy of our City!


    2018 Winners:

    • Retail Business of the Year Award: Old Crow Emporium

    • Best Marketing & Creative Initiative Professionals: Big Magic Design

    • Business of the Year Award: Creekside Physiotherapy Clinic

    • Youth Friendly Business Award: Spirit Rock Climbing Center

    • Employer of the Year: Save On Foods

    • Stan Salikin Community Impact Award: Michelle & Eric Forbes, Kimberley Medieval Festival

    • Trades Business or Person of the Year: Tyee Custom Homes

    • Food and Beverage Industry Excellence Award: The Old Bauernhaus

    • Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award: Grow Tea & Elixir

    • Employee of the Year Award: Bev Anderson, Zen Mountain Float + Wellness

    • Entrepreneur of the Year: Brandi O'Neill, Paper and Cup

    • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Jill Bentley- Lobban, Stoke and Fullfill 

    • Tourism Excellence Award: Karen Rempel, Rocky Mountain Event Planners

    • Home Business of the Year:  Mike Kurucz, Mortgage Architects

    • Kimberley Chamber Member of the Year:  Chantel Delaney, Sprout Health Market

     

    Thank to our Kimberley Business Excellence Award Gala Sponsors:

    • Columbia Basin Trust
    • Telus
    • Hyrciuk Gallinger Certified General Accountants
    • Community Futures East Kootenay
    • Business Development Bank of Canada
    • The Jim Pattison Broadcast
    • BDO Canada
    • EK Employment
    • Darren Close, EK Reality Royal LePage
    • Tumbled Earth
    • Koocanusa Publications/ Kootenay Business Magazine
    • Rockies Law
    • City of Kimberley
    • Black Press / Kimberley Daily  Bulletin
    • Resort of the Canadian Rockies
    • Tourism Kimberley

     

     

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    2018-19 Board of Directors

    Published on 21-Jun-2018 by Mike Guarnery 2018-19 Board of Directors

    The Kimberley & District Chamber elected Board of Directors at the AGM on June 28th, 2018. Joining the board include Ella Harris (Crème Cheese Shop), Jason Toner (Big Magic Designs), Brandi O'Neill (Paper & Cup), Jeremy Sroka (95eh), and Brian Sondergaard (Kimberley Kritters). Returning to the board for another 2-year term are: Brian Conn (Kootenay Shade Works), Thomas Datt (Enchanted Forest B&B), and Karen Rempel (Rocky Mountain Events).
    Board members with one year remaining on their terms are: Rachelle Langlois (Sun Life Financial), Kenton Lane (Hyrciuk Gallinger & Co), Sabrina Park (Creekside Physiotherapy), Chantel Delaney (Sprout Health Market), Allissa Keane (Fruition Wellness), and Jill Bentley-Lobban (Kimberley Centex Market).

    President,  Rachelle Langlois
    1st Vice-President, Chantel Delaney
    2nd Vice-President, Sabrina Park
    Treasurer, Kenton Lane



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    Export Navigator Pilot Program Extended

    Published on 02-Apr-2018 by Mike Guarnery Export Navigator Pilot Program Extended

    The Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce has advocated for the extension of Export Navigator.  We met with Minister Chow in December 2017 about this type of programming to assist rural businesses.  Contact the Chamber to learn more about rural business support.
    https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018JTT0012-000504

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    BC Economic Development Association Budget Highlights

    Published on 21-Feb-2018 by Mike Guarnery BC Economic Development Association Budget Highlights

    Economic Development Highlights of the 2018 BC Budget
    FEBRUARY 20, 2018
    Today’s 2018 BC Budget is focused on affordability, with emphasis on housing and child care.
    Both issues affect local economic development in a variety of ways, including by influencing the supply of labour, helping with the retention and attraction of youth and skilled workers, moderating the impact of short-term rentals on the housing and accommodation markets, and by affecting home construction as an economic generator.
    Housing
    The government unveiled a 30-point plan to address housing affordability. Notable points for economic development include:
    • Broadening the taxation of accommodation properties to include short-term rentals. As previously announced, the Province has agreed with AirBnb on the collection of PST and MRDT and the same approach is being pursued for other accommodation platforms. A related point is the expansion of the powers of strata bylaws to discourage short-term rentals.
    • Expanding permissible use of MRDT revenues to include affordable housing. The municipal and regional district tax (MRDT) is currently used only to fund tourism marketing and product development. It will now be eligible for use in housing initiatives, providing an additional funding source for communities struggling with housing for seasonal tourism workers.
    • New and increased taxes, includZing a new speculation tax targeted at those not paying income tax in BC, an increased and expanded foreign buyers tax (increasing from 15% to 20% and expanding beyond Metro Vancouver to include the Fraser Valley, Capital and Nanaimo Regional Districts, as well as Kelowna and West Kelowna), and increasing property transfer and school tax rates for home values above $3 million. The speculation tax does not apply to homes that are used as a primary residence, but may impact, for example, second homes owned by out-of-province or out-of-country residents.
    • Various measures to address tax evasion and money laundering and promote transparency in the housing market, including by creating new databases on the “beneficial ownership” of property, on the assignment of pre-sale condo purchases, and to strengthen audit and tax collection powers.
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    Economic Development Highlights of 2018 BC Budget
    • Planned investment of $6.5 billion over 10 years to build 114,000 units of affordable housing, including units aimed at post-secondary students, indigenous peoples, the homeless, and women and children fleeing violence. Additional measures are targeted at renters, including strengthening tenancy rights, expanding rental assistance benefits for seniors and working parents.
    • Initiatives relating to local government include the leveraging of municipal tax exemptions for purpose-built rental housing by extending it to include provincial property taxes, examining the tax treatment of residential property in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), and committing $5 million over three years to fund housing need assessments and a commitment to work with municipal partners on possible new policy tools, such as rental zoning.
    Child Care
    A $1 billion investment in child care has several facets, including:
    • New affordable child care benefits and child care fee reduction programs, paid directly to child care providers, to enhance child care affordability.
    • The creation of 22,000 new child care spaces, the training of more Early Childhood Educators (ECE), and making it easier for current care providers to become licensed.
    Rural Development Program
    The Province’s Rural Development program is located within the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development.
    The program’s strategic direction is currently being re-assessed through the creation of a new Rural Development Strategy. Quoting from the Ministry Service Plan, the new strategy “will move beyond traditional economic development activities by broadening economic, social, and environmental objectives in alignment with community skills, assets and needs.” Consultation on the strategy is ongoing and scheduled for completion by March 31 of this year, with the finalized strategy scheduled for release in the 2018/19 fiscal year. It will include an updated Rural Dividend program that responds to Indigenous and rural stakeholder feedback.
    In the meantime, the key strategies of the Rural Development program for the next year include:
    • Coordinate land-based and socio-economic recovery from the 2017 wildfire and freshet season, including community engagement, and provide rapid response to other economic disruptions.
    • Develop the framework and key themes for a Rural Development strategy.
    • Assess proposals for Rural Dividend funds, allocate the 2018/19 funds, and develop options
    around the future of the fund.
    • Advance bio-economy opportunities for rural communities.
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    Economic Development Highlights of 2018 BC Budget
    • Engage with Indigenous peoples to advance specific opportunities for First Nations rural communities.
    Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
    The Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology is responsible for attracting investment to the province, providing economic development tools and information resources to communities, supporting technology-based innovation in BC industries, promoting the integration of Indigenous people snd immigrants into the economy, and much more.
    Funding allocations to the Ministry are essentially flat over the next three years, other than a $5.7 million increase for additional settlement and integration support for immigrants and newcomers, including creating a Centre for Newcomers.
    A review of the Ministry’s various goals, objectives and strategies shows a series of new task forces and organizations to help plan for and support a changing economy. These include (among a long, long list):
    • Creating an Emerging Economy Task Force to inform the development of a provincial economic strategy.
    • Collaborating with industry through the BC Supplier Development Program pilot to help BC companies become more competitive and better integrated into global value chains.
    • Establishing an Innovation Commissioner and Innovation Commission to advocate for and support the technology sector.
    • Continuing to develop economic development tools and resources and raising awareness of available programs through the BC Economic Portal.
    • Increasing BC’s Trade and Investment Representative (TIR) network in the United States.
    • Creating a Small Business Task Force as a special initiatives of the Small Business Roundtable
    to provide advice on strengthening the small business sector.
    Fiscal Outlook
    The single most significant change in the government’s fiscal outlook in the current year is a charge of nearly $900 million from losses at the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC).
    Over the longer term, the budget is forecast to maintain a modest surplus in each year of the three- year fiscal plan, in the range of $200 million to $300 million per year.
    The Province’s operating debt remains on track to be eliminated in the next fiscal year. This does not increase capital spending, but the total debt to GDP ratio (including capital spending) will remains relatively constant at around 16%.
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    Economic Development Highlights of 2018 BC Budget
    Other Highlights
    Funding and program support for Indigenous peoples is highlighted throughout most aspects of the budget, including $201 million over three years for housing, the Indigenous Skills Training Program and Aboriginal Friendship Centres. A further $50 million in the current fiscal year is supporting the revitalization of indigenous languages.
    As announced in the Budget Update last fall, PST on electricity for business is being phased out and will be fully exempt as of April 1, 2019.
    Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums will be fully eliminated on January 1, 2020. The loss of MSP revenue is offset by a new employer payroll tax that is charged fully on payrolls above $1.5 million and partly charged on payrolls from $500,000 to $1.5 million. Employers with payrolls below $500,000 are exempt.
    Ferry fares are being frozen on the three largest coastal routes and a 15% reduction implemented for non-major routes. A full 100% seniors discount will be restored for travel from Monday to Thursday.
    Communities impacted by wildfires are being supported with $72 million in wildfire recovery and resiliency activities.
    Additional funding is targeted to “improve land use certainty for economic development.” Wildfire resiliency and recovery is the largest element of this spending, but it also increases spending on “modernizing Crown land use planning” from $2 to $5 to $8 million over the next three years. This funding is intended to support engagement with Indigenous communities, industry, local governments, and other stakeholders to enhance land use certainty while protecting the environment.
    An additional $29 million is provided for the agrifood sector over three years. This funding is allocated to the Ministry of Agriculture to support various initiatives, including assisting beginning farmers with start-up loans, supporting the fruit and nut industry, revitalizing the Agricultural Land Reserve, enhancing the Buy BC strategy, and supporting the development of a Food Innovation Centre at UBC to help small-scale processors enhance their commercialization potential.
    An additional $18 million is allocated to arts organizations over three years, including $15 million for BC Arts Council grant programs and $3 million for Creative BC to promote and strengthen the motion picture, music, publishing and digital media sectors.
    SUMMARY PREPARED BY:
    Jamie Vann Struth
    Vann Struth Consulting Group Inc.
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    What's Happening in Kimberley

    Published on 15-Dec-2016 by The Chamber What's Happening in Kimberley

    To find out more what is happening in Kimberley, please check out Tourism Kimberley’s calendar, at: www.tourismkimberley.com/events/calendar

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    Kimberley Business Excellence Award Tickets

    Published on 03-Oct-2016 by Mike Kimberley Business Excellence Award Tickets

    Kimberley Business Excellence Award Tickets are on sale. Contact the Chamber office to reserve your seats. Come out and celebrate our business community on October 22nd at the Kimberley Conference Centre.

    Kimberley Business Excellence Award Tickets

    Published on 03-Oct-2016 by Mike Kimberley Business Excellence Award Tickets

    Kimberley Business Excellence Award Tickets are on sale.  Contact the Chamber office to reserve your seats. Come out and celebrate our business community on October 22nd at the Kimberley Conference Centre.  This event sold out last year.  Please contact the Chamber at 250-427-3666 early to reserve your seats.

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    Fire Prevention Training

    Published on 03-Oct-2016 by Mike Fire Prevention Training

    Learn how to extinguish fires using dry chemicals with the Kimberley Fire Department.

    Fire Prevention Training

    Published on 03-Oct-2016 by Mike Fire Prevention Training

    Learn how to extinguish fires using dry chemicals with the Kimberley Fire Department.

    This training is for business or home fire prevention.  Contact the Chamber to RSVP.  There are two times and locations.
    October 4th, 10:00 a.m. at the parking next to Centre 64
    October 5th, 6:00 p.m. at the fire station in Marysville.

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    Provincial Mine Rescue Competition

    Published on 17-May-2016 by The Chamber Provincial Mine Rescue Competition

    350 participants and visitors will be attending the Provincial Mine Rescue competition from May 30 – June 4.

    Provincial Mine Rescue Competition

    Published on 17-May-2016 by The Chamber Provincial Mine Rescue Competition

    350 participants and visitors will be attending the Provincial Mine Rescue competition from May 30 – June 4.

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    JulyFest 2016 Bocce Registration

    Published on 16-May-2016 by The Chamber JulyFest 2016 Bocce Registration

    Julyfest registration and information for bocce, parade and volunteers can be found at: http://www.kimberleyjulyfest.com

    JulyFest 2016 Bocce Registration

    Published on 16-May-2016 by The Chamber JulyFest 2016 Bocce Registration

    Julyfest registration and information for bocce, parade and volunteers can be found at: http://www.kimberleyjulyfest.cm

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    BC Chamber Board announces leadership change

    Published on 31-Mar-2016 by The Chamber BC Chamber Board announces leadership change

    VANCOUVER, March 29, 2016 - The Board of the BC Chamber of Commerce announces that Jon Garson, previously President and CEO of the organization, is no longer with the BC Chamber.

    BC Chamber Board announces leadership change

    Published on 31-Mar-2016 by The Chamber BC Chamber Board announces leadership change

    BC Chamber Board announces leadership change

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    VANCOUVER, March 29, 2016 - The Board of the BC Chamber of Commerce announces that Jon Garson, previously President and CEO of the organization, is no longer with the BC Chamber.

    On behalf of the BC Chamber Board, Chair Brant Hasanen and In-Coming Chair Patrick Giesbrecht thank Mr. Garson for his service to the BC Chamber.

    The BC Chamber Board has launched a search for a new President and CEO.

    About the BC Chamber of Commerce

    The BC Chamber is the largest and most broadly-based business organization in the province. Representing more than 125 Chambers of Commerce and 36,000 businesses of every size, sector and region of the province, the BC Chamber of Commerce is "The Voice of Business in BC."

    Media Contact

    Patrick Giesbrecht
    In-Coming Chair
    BC Chamber of Commerce
    C 604.825.2123
    E patrick@ggandco.ca

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    Business After Business

    Published on 09-Mar-2016 by The Chamber Business After Business

    Business After Business will be held on April 21st at the Kimberley Visitor Centre, from 5:00 – 7:00. Nic Milligan, Manager, Community & Governmental Affairs at Teck Coal will be our guest presenter. Nic will discuss Teck’s current role in Kimberley, and the current state of mining and its effect on the regional economy. As we expect a large turnout for this, please RSVP to: manager@kimberleychamber.com. We look forward to seeing you there

    Business After Business

    Published on 09-Mar-2016 by The Chamber Business After Business

    Business After Business will be held on April 21st at the Kimberley Visitor Centre, from 5:00 – 7:00.  Nic Milligan, Manager, Community & Governmental Affairs at Teck Coal will be our guest presenter.  Nic will discuss Teck’s current role in Kimberley, and the current state of mining and its effect on the regional economy. 

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    Supporting Kimberley Businesses

    Published on 09-Mar-2016 by The Chamber Supporting Kimberley Businesses

    Are you interested in buying a business, or selling your commercial property or building?
    Check out the next generation supporting Kimberley businesses and our lifestyle at Imagine Kootenay.

    Supporting Kimberley Businesses

    Published on 09-Mar-2016 by The Chamber Supporting Kimberley Businesses

    Are you interested in buying a business, or selling your commercial property or building?

    Check out the next generation supporting Kimberley businesses and our lifestyle at Imagine Kootenay.

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Latest News

    Voting Open for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards and Tickets on Sale!

    Voting Open for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards and Tickets on Sale!

    Published on 13-Aug-2019 by Kimberley Chamber Voting Open for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards and Tickets on Sale!

    2019 Business Excellence Awards

    Join us at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards as we recognize the outstanding small businesses, entrepreneurs, employees and organizations who contribute so much to our community and local economy.

    Tickets on sale now at http://www.kimberleychamber.com/store/2019-business-excellence-awards

    • Date: Friday, October 4th
    • Time: 6pm
    • Location: Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre
    • Cost: $55 + GST for members
                $60 + GST for non-members
                $420 + GST for a table of 8


    Cast your votes and share the survey among our community. Let's recognize all of the hard work, innovation and dedication of our diverse business community! 

    Vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PK3X57L

    Award Categories:

    • Employer of Year
    • Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award
    • Employee of the Year
    • Hospitality Excellence Award
    • Trades Business or Person of the Year
    • Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year
    • Stan Salikan Community Impact Award
    • Youth Friendly Business Award
    • Business of the Year Award
    • Marketing & Media Business of the Year Award
    • Tourism Excellence Award
    • Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    • Home Business of the Year Award
    • The Keystone Award - new this year!
    • The Rising Star Award - new this year!
    • The Healthy Kimberley Award - new this year!

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    Nominations for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards Now Open!

    Nominations for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards Now Open!

    Published on 25-Jun-2019 by The Chamber Nominations for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards Now Open!

    It's that time of year and the nominations for the annual Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Excellence Awards are now open! 

    We have some exciting new categories this year and the nominations will all be put to a community vote later on in the summer. 

    The Business Excellence Awards are an opportunity to recognize the outstanding small businesses, entrepreneurs, employees and organizations who contribute so much to our community and local economy. 

    This year's Business Excellence Awards are set for Friday, October 4th, 2019 at the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre. Tickets will go on sale in late Summer. 

    Submit your nominations here!

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    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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