2019 Canadian Chamber AGM Wrap Up

Sep 30, 2019

Three days, 324 delegates, 76 policies, 35% of total policies from BC  On September 21-23, the Kelowna Chamber journeyed across the country to Saint John, New Brunswick, to represent policy resolutions developed with our members over the past...

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5 Minutes for Business - The Nuts and Bolts of International Trade: Incoterms® 2020

Sep 13, 2019

courtesy: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce It is easy to think international trade is all about convoluted acronyms that describe trade agreements which take a long time to negotiate. A sampling of the ones you have probably heard about recently i...

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How to make your point with our elected officials

Aug 30, 2019

BC Premier John Horgan chats with patrons of Pulp Fiction Coffee House in Kelowna. Photo Courtesy: The Daily Courier If you want to get things done on a political level, sometimes voting isn't enough. You have to make your case directly to the...

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What is Dark Fibre? Shining some light on one of Kelowna's major infrastructure projects

Aug 29, 2019

While the roads of Kelowna were being restored, another long term investment was being made. 36kms of fibre optic cable, laid beneath the city’s roadways, has become the foundation for Kelowna’s vast Dark Fibre network. This network, w...

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Which business stage are you in?

Aug 13, 2019

Every business goes through similar stages, no matter which industry it operates in. Knowing what stage your company is in can help guide you in focusing your efforts on the right activities for your current situation. Here's an overview of the p...

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5 minutes for Business - Canada's Cannabis Opportunity

Aug 8, 2019

courtesy: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce It has been nearly ten months since Canada became the second country and first large developed economy in the world to legalize recreational cannabis for adult use. This bold economic experiment is genera...

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Grading the Federal Government on Canada's Competitiveness

Aug 6, 2019

A year after the release of Death by 130,000 Cuts: Improving Canada’s Regulatory Competitiveness, the Canadian Chamber is grading the federal government’s response to their regulatory recommendations and providing additional advice on how...

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Policy: Kelowna Chamber Engages BC Government, Thompson-Okanagan Chambers

Aug 1, 2019

The Kelowna Chamber hosted senior officials from twelve BC Government ministries last week in the first ever regional consultation between the Province and the BC Chamber network. The day-long consultation session on Tuesday July 23 was the first of ...

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Member Spotlight: Christine Patton (Power Within)

Jul 31, 2019

Christine Patton is a Kelowna-based performance coach, inspirational speaker and author who helps clients discover their best selves through her company Power Within. But Christine doesn't just talk the talk - for 15 years she was a lawyer, judge...

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How to capture your share of tourists

Jul 16, 2019

Tourism is a major industry in the Okanagan and capturing your share of our local tourists will help your business thrive. Local sights, conventions, activities- and of course the beautiful sunshine - draw visitors from across the country and worl...

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Member Spotlight: KF Aerospace

Jun 28, 2019

Julie Whittet, Communications Coordinator and Grant Stevens, Vice President of Corporate Services A year away from their 50th anniversary, KF Aerospace has made a name for themselves across the globe for delivering quality, innovative service...

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Kelowna Chamber, BC and Canadian Chambers support Fed decision on TMX

Jun 18, 2019

Earlier today, news broke that the federal government has once again approved the Trans Mountain pipeline.  We join the BC and Canadian Chambers in supporting the decision. The project will inject billions of dollars into the Canadian economy...

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Back to the Future: Alcohol and Interprovincial Trade Barriers

Jun 14, 2019

Buckle up, let’s hop in the time machine and take a spin back to July 2017. Canadians are celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, and businesses are trying to decipher the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) that had...

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What will become your legacy?

Jun 6, 2019

Why did you open the doors to your business? Today's business owners often say it's because they want to make a difference, fill a need, solve a problem, or support their community. There's little doubt that business ownership isn't j...

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Top 7 tech trends for Realtors

May 17, 2019

If you're involved in the real estate market as an investor, agent, buyer, or seller, you likely already know that this is one industry that's in love with the latest technologies. From the latest apps to innovations in customer service, tech...

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Val Litwin: let's build a smarter employers health tax

May 10, 2019

Finance Minister Carole James and Premier John Horgan have introduced an Employer Health Tax that replaces the current Medical Services Plan.  Small businesses who previously paid MSP premiums for their employees are now also paying the new e...

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Kelowna Chamber and BC Chamber Comment on the Employment Standards Act Legislation April 2019

May 2, 2019

UPDATE (07-05-2019): We had a hand in helping moderate the amendments to BC’s Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Code which were tabled last week in the Legislature. Importantly, the government did not extend sick leave provis...

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Pushing the policy buttons in government – making sure our members’ voices are heard

Apr 26, 2019

The BC Chamber's grassroots policy development process is second to none in British Columbia. Every year, this membership of businesses, Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade develops policies that reflect the on the ground needs of BC busines...

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Cultivating Competitiveness: Turning Agri-food Regulatory Reform Promises into Action

Apr 17, 2019

In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, the success of Canadian farmers and food manufacturers is closely linked to the performance of the regulatory systems that govern their activities... Read the full story...

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President Carmen Sparg's Letter to Minister Harry Bains Regarding the BCLI Employment Standards Act Reform Project

Apr 3, 2019

April 3, 2019 Hon. Harry Bains Minister of Labour Room 342 Parliament Buildings Victoria, BC V8V 1X4 Dear Minister: Submitted Via Email: ESAReview@gov.bc.ca RE: BCLI Employment Standards Act Reform Project I am writing on behalf of t...

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