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Friday, 03 July 2015 10:00

GREATER VERNON CHAMBER TO HOST FEDERAL JUSTICE MINISTER

Written by Dan Proulx Published in Press Releases

NEWS RELEASE                                                                              

JULY 3, 2015

 

VERNON - The North Okanagan may be a hotly contested riding in the up-coming federal election if the attention it is getting from top ranking federal politicians is any indication.  The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a luncheon with the Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable Peter McKay on Wednesday July 8th.  The theme of Mr. MacKay’s speech is “a successful budget, a secure Canada” and is part of the Chamber’s public speaker series. It follows on the heels of a visit by veteran Liberal MP Ralph Goodale.

“Mr. MacKay’s visit to Vernon highlights a very busy July for us,” says Dan Rogers, GVCC general manager. “We will also be getting a critical update on the economic outlook for Canada by Warren Jestin, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist with Scotiabank.”  The Chamber’s speaker series aims to raise awareness of the issues impacting economic development in the North Okanagan and beyond.

The Peter MacKay luncheon is slated for the Best Western Vernon Lodge next Wednesday while Jestin will be in the city for a breakfast briefing on July 15th.   More information including registration is available through the Chamber’s website under events listing. vernonchamber.ca

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BACKGROUND

Peter MacKay was first elected to Parliament in 1997 and re-elected in five consecutive elections (2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011).  In July 2013, Mr. MacKay was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Previously, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in February 2006 and Minister of National Defence in August 2007.  Before entering politics, Mr. MacKay had a private law practice in New Glasgow, specializing in criminal and family law. In 1993, he accepted an appointment as Crown Attorney for the Central Region of Nova Scotia. He prosecuted cases at all levels, including youth and provincial courts as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. After graduating from Acadia University, Mr. MacKay went on to study law at Dalhousie University. He was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 1991.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Dan Rogers, General Manager

Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce    T:  250.545.0771   E: manager@vernonchamber.ca">manager@vernonchamber.ca           

NEWS RELEASE

May 25, 2015


Vernon – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s call for legislative changes to enable the Province to take a more active role in regional governance reviews has received support from delegates attending the BC Chamber AGM in Prince George. The issue stems from the challenges that arise when you have two growing municipalities that are adjacent to each other or adjacent to electoral areas. GVCC’s members have continually raised concern about the region’s convoluted governance structure and its impact on economic growth.

“Provincial legislation is quite limiting in allowing for the exploration of different governance models that could achieve positive results for business in streamlining regulatory and development processes among neighbouring local government jurisdictions, says Matt Davidson, chair of GVCC’s policy advisory committee. “We appreciate that there are pros and cons related to different governance models but those can’t be examined if there is unwillingness by local governments to explore those ideas or if there is a lack of financial resources from the Province to undertake such reviews.”

The GVCC policy resolution calls for changes that would enable the Province to initiate a study even if only one jurisdiction is interested in exploring the business case for changes in regional governance.

“The GVCC is pleased to have received the support from our peers from across the province,” said Jaron Chasca, GVCC president. “Our Chamber is committed to creating a more business-friendly region and we think this policy will help achieve that outcome.”
GVCC is also partnering with the Kelowna Chamber in tabling a policy that calls for greater investment in digital media as a means to grow the economy. GVCC is represented at the AGM by President Jaron Chasca, Vice President Tracy Cobb Reeves and General Manager Dan Rogers. The event runs through to May 27. The BC Chamber of Commerce AGM and Conference is the largest annual business policy-building forum in the province. This year, over 40 policies have been put forward and will be voted on at the AGM policy sessions.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dan Rogers                                                                  Jaron Chasca
General Manager                                                          President
P: 250.545-0771 C: 250-640-3798                                 C: 250-550-9859
E: manager@vernonchamber.ca                                     E jchasca@hotmail.com

 

Monday, 11 May 2015 09:17

GVCC ADDS NEW DIRECTORS TO BOARD

Written by Dan Proulx Published in Press Releases

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                  

May 11, 2015

 

Vernon - The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has bolstered its board by adding Geordie McLennan and Phil Dyck, effective immediately.  Geordie is the current branch manager with Western Financial Group while Phil Dyck owns a property management company.  

“I believe we have a lot to look forward to in growing the organization,” says McLennan who spent a number of years on the board for the Fort Nelson Chamber of Commerce. “I’ve been impressed by the work of the chamber both here in Vernon and across the province and I look forward to working with our members to ensure the North Okanagan has a strong economic foundation.”

GVCC president Jaron Chasca welcomed the two new faces at the board table. “Their professional experience combined with their community work, makes them a great addition to the board,” says Chasca.

As appointees to the board they will serve until the end of the current year but will be eligible to run again in the elections slated for the end of September as part of the chamber’s AGM.

In bringing on two new volunteers to the board, the chamber also bid farewell to past president Ingrid Dilschneider.  After many years on the chamber board, Dilschneider who is the current director for business development with Wesbild Okanagan has stepped down to concentrate on the ever growing business at Predator Ridge.

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dan Rogers                                                                                   

General Manager                                                                        

P: 250.545-0771                                                                          

E: manager@vernonchamber.ca">manager@vernonchamber.ca                                                            

 

Jaron Chasca

President

C: 250-550-9859

E jchasca@hotmail.com">jchasca@hotmail.com

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                              

April 28, 2015

 VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is pleased with the result of the referendum in Lake Country that will allow the municipality to borrow funds to support the Rail to Trail Initiative.

“Our Chamber has long supported this initiative because of the regional economic development opportunities that it presents,” says Jaron Chasca, GVCC president.  “We appreciate that the citizens in Lake Country wanted a say in how their local representatives financed the acquisition but we are happy they will be moving forward.”

 
An economic impact study completed for the Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative indicated that the proposed trail would generate millions of dollars every year in additional tourism spending in the Okanagan.

 

“The closure of the railway had a negative impact on businesses along the Vernon–Kelowna corridor and the Chamber believes the best alternative is the creation of a regional trail,” says Dan Rogers, GVCC general manager.  “Our Chamber would like to see continued collaboration in establishing a trail that would create business opportunities throughout the region.”

The Greater Vernon Chamber continues to call on all local governments in the region to engage the communities along the corridor as operating models are examined.  GVCC believes it is important that a solid foundation is put in place that considers the business investment and development opportunities arising from this initiative.

It is interesting to note that more people came out for the referendum than usually turn out during an actual municipal election which is an indication of how important citizens see this initiative. The result ultimately provides the municipality with the authority to borrow up to $2.6 million to purchase the rail corridor in the municipality.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dan Rogers, GVCC General Manager                                                                                     

(T) 250.564.0771                                                                                                      

(E) manager@vernonchamber.ca">manager@vernonchamber.ca                                                     

 

Jaron Chasca, GVCC President

(T) 250.558.0866

jchasca@hotmail.com">jchasca@hotmail.com

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 10:15

BC Chamber applauds balanced federal budget

Written by Dan Proulx Published in Press Releases

 


 Vancouver, April 21, 2015 - The BC Chamber of Commerce congratulates the federal government on tabling a balanced budget during a time of on-going global economic uncertainty. This budget aligns fiscal prudence through controlled spending, with initiatives that support future economic growth.


"The BC Chamber applauds the federal government for achieving a balanced budget; this was certainly not an easy endeavour, with dropping oil-prices and on-going global economic uncertainty," said John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber. "Canada is in an enviable position, being one of only a few nations to announce a balanced budget."


Winter also commends the budget's focus on funding for major infrastructure projects, including a commitment to provide dedicated funding through a Public Transit Fund. "Investing in infrastructure is imperative, especially transportation infrastructure. Transportation is a key driver of economic development for B.C. and Canada," Winter said. "We look forward to further details regarding the Federal government's plans, which we trust will help fund B.C. infrastructure projects, fueling economic growth."

 

Winter noted that there's a strong link between the investment in public infrastructure, such as roads, transit and utilities, and the productivity performance of all sectors of the Canadian economy.


"The success and competitiveness of Canadian business depends on modern and efficient infrastructure," he said. "Businesses recognize that investing in transit and transportation, alleviates congestion, gives employees commuting options, and opens up the roads for businesses to move their goods to market."


The BC Chamber also welcomed continued focus on the growth of the potential LNG sector by re-committing to the accelerated capital cost allowance on LNG liquefaction facilities as well as the expansion of the LNG export licence from 25 years to 40 years.


 

 

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 Contacts

 

John Winter

President & CEO
BC Chamber of Commerce

C 604.376.3577

E jwinter@bcchamber.org

 

Carly Hunter

Manager, Communications 

BC Chamber of Commerce

T 604.638.8114

E jmacphee@bcchamber.org 

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                              

MARCH 12, 2015

 

VERNON -  The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is pleased the BC Government has taken a cautious approach to increasing the minimum wage announcing Thursday that it will be tying increases to the cost of inflation.

“We along with most Chambers in BC, commend the provincial government on implementing an increase to the minimum wage and also setting out a plan for future changes, giving businesses a window to plan and prepare,” says Dan Rogers, GVCC general manager.  “Our members are only now starting to see an improvement in the economy and any big hike would have potentially driven up operational costs that may have counteracted the positive improvements that we’ve seen in the last couple of years.”

The BC Chamber also welcomed the announcement and noted that it only came after extensive government consultation with businesses.  Increases to the minimum wage have a very real and direct effect on business, especially small business. 

“This is a responsible move, with the degree of certainty that businesses appreciate” said John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber. “This increase keeps British Columbia competitive and aligns us with the minimum wages seen in other provinces.”

The BC Chamber has always advocated for certainty. Most businesses are likely to be open to an idea that sees minimum wage tied to inflation through a consistent and transparent formula that could give them the certainty they need around these issues, and this plan addresses that.

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dan Rogers                                                                                        John Winter

GVCC General Manager                                                              BC Chamber President & CEO
T 250-545-0771                                                                                C 604.376.3577

E: manager@vernonchamber.ca"                                                 E: jwinter@bcchamber.org"

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 10:41

PISCINE ENERGETICS RECOGNIZED AS 2015 BUSINESSES OF THE YEAR

Written by Dan Proulx Published in Press Releases

NEWS RELEASE

MARCH 8, 2015


VERNON – The very best of Greater Vernon’s entrepreneurship was celebrated at the Annual Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) Business Excellence Awards that was a near sell out at the Best Western Vernon Lodge on Saturday night (March 7th).  Close to 300 were in attendance to recognize the top businesses and organizations in twelve different categories including the Business of the Year which went to Piscine Energetics Inc.  The firm was also recognized as Manufacturer of the Year.  

“Each of our award winners represent dynamic organizations who have given back to the community in many ways,” says Jaron Chasca, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce president.  “I’d like to congratulate them all and wish them many more years of continued success.”

Piscine Energetics, headquartered in the North Okanagan has been revolutionizing the ornamental aquaculture and aquarium industry through innovation in aquatic nutrition. Piscine Energetics produces a nutritionally complete fish food for a global market sustainably harvested from Okanagan Lake.  (See more at: http://www.mysis.com)

Bannister Honda also had a good night winning the Employer of the Year as well as being recognized as the Marketer of the Year for companies with more than 10 employees. 

Other winners include:

  • Small Business of the Year: Caufields Engraving
  • Marketer of the Year (under 10 employees): Vernon Farmers Market
  • Professional Service Award: Meridian Rehabilitation Consulting Inc.
  • Sterling Service Award: The Room Collection
  • New Business of the Year:
  • Green Business of the Year:  Healthy Spot Pet Nutrition & Supply
  • Community Supporter of the Year: VantageOne Credit Union
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Camillia Courts Photography

“The strength of the nominations we received indicates the high quality of entrepreneurship in the North Okanagan,” says Dan Rogers, GVCC general manager.  “Many of these businesses started small, and the growth and success they have exhibited is a credit to their hard work and the support of the wider community. It is important that we celebrate that success.”

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan, business advocacy organization that is the influential voice of business for close to 600 members and their thousands of employees in the Greater Vernon area. GVCC’s mission is to improve the local business climate, enhancing its members’ ability to do business through advocacy and member services.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dan Rogers

General Manager

T 250-545-0771

manager@vernonchamber.ca">manager@vernonchamber.ca

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:36

GVCC & BC CHAMBER WELCOME BALANCED BUDGET

Written by Dan Proulx Published in Press Releases

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                    

FEB. 18, 2015

 

VERNON – Chambers of Commerce from across the province including the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce congratulate the B.C. government for tabling a third consecutive balanced budget that combines continued fiscal discipline, including a specific focus on operating debt repayment, along with a number of targeted initiatives to support economic growth.

“Chamber’s across the province have consistently called on government to balance its books and we are pleased to see this on-going commitment to fiscal discipline, says Jaron Chasca, GVCC president. “British Columbians can take pride that we are the only jurisdictions in Canada to balance our budget and are seeing the benefit as government puts part of projected surpluses towards paying off our operating debt.”

Budget 2015 forecasts an $879 million surplus for 2014/15, with a further surplus of $284 million in 2015/16. Budget 2015 includes an $800 million payment toward operating debt reduction. Budget 2015 also includes several modest initiatives that will support on-going economic development across the province, including: an extension to the BC Interactive Digital Media and the Mining Flow-Through Share tax credit measures, the expansion of the Digital Animation or Visual Effects tax credit to include post-production activities, a three-year extension of the BC Training Tax Credit, and an increase to the Small Business Venture Capital tax credit.

“During this time of on-going global economic uncertainty, it is important for government to continue to live within its means while finding affordable ways to drive our medium and long-term economic prosperity by enhancing our competitiveness and productivity,” says John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “While not a flashy budget, government’s strong fiscal management is providing additional fiscal flexibility for future years. This flexibility is needed to help address top-tier challenges facing business – notably further skills development, tax competitiveness and other productivity issues.”

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dan Rogers, General Manager                                                  John Winter, President & CEO 
Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce                                 BC Chamber of Commerce

T 250-545-0771                                                                            C 604.376.3577                                              

E manager@vernonchamber.ca"                                               E jwinter@bcchamber.org

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 15:34

GREATER VERNON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATES BC CHAMBER WEEK

Written by Dan Proulx Published in Press Releases

NEWS RELEASE

FEB. 17, 2015

 

VERNON –It is Chamber of Commerce week in B.C. (Feb. 16-20) and the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is using the occasion as a chance to express the benefits it brings to its members and the local economy. GVCC is inviting members of the business community to celebrate BC Chamber Week by dropping by the local chamber office to learn more about what the chamber has been doing to help build a stronger economy in the Greater Vernon area for more than 100 years.

“Our primary strength is getting our local business issues out to all three levels of government,” says Dan Rogers, general manager.  “We are working on a variety of local issues that members have concerns with and also expect to have one or two policy resolutions that we will take to the BC Chamber AGM in May.”

“We are actually right in the middle of resolution time as the provincial AGM is fast approaching,” says Rogers.  The Chamber will put forward a resolution calling on the province to initiative a regional governance review.  The Chamber is also considering a resolution that calls on the province to further support the digital media industry as an economic driver in BC.

Over 36,000 businesses in B.C including close to 600 in the greater Vernon area are members of Canada’s largest Business Network:  The Chamber Network. “Our focus is to strengthen your business, offer exclusive member benefits, training resources and connect businesses like no other organization,” says John Winter, president & CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce.

 

To celebrate GVCC is hosting a special Business after Five networking event on Tuesday at Soul Studio, 2709 B 43Ave. (5-7pm) and will also hold a special members workshop on Thursday that will help them maximize the benefits that flow from being a member of the largest business network in the country. 

 

“We are using this opportunity to encourage our members and non-members to drop by our office on 32nd Street this week to learn more about the benefits of being a chamber member,” says Rogers. “The coffee is on and our team is ready to answer any questions you may have or address any concerns you have.”

 

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BACKGROUND: 

FACTS, FIGURES AND MYTHS ABOUT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

66%* of consumers believe companies that are active in a local Chamber of Commerce:

ü   Use good business practices

ü   Are reputable

ü   Care about their customers

ü   Involved in the community 

 

* A recent national study in the U-S (Schapiro Group, 2013) indicated that consumers view Chamber Members in a positive light with two thirds of respondents saying that companies that belong and promote their membership in the Chamber are seen to be much better than those that aren`t a Chamber member.  The study showed that Chamber members are seen as more reputable and involved in the community and that leaves a positive impression in the minds of potential customers.

 

The study also reveals a positive perception for the local chamber itself, 82% of respondents believe that the local chamber of commerce helps create jobs and promotes local economic development.

 

WONDER WHAT A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS AND DOES FOR BUSINESS?

True or False:

  • Myth #1: The Chamber of Commerce is a Bank. False. We are not a bank; we are the most broadly-based business organization working on behalf of small to large businesses.
  • Myth #2: A private club. False. We are an accessible, modern, organization supporting local business in their community.
  • Myth #3: Chambers are a part of Government: False. Local Chambers of Commerce engage with all levels government as a voice, advocating on behalf of businesses.
  • Myth #4: All we offer is Group Insurance Benefits. False. Chambers have a long list of exclusive member benefits to offer businesses; Group Insurance is just one of many.

 

 

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 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dan Rogers, GVCC General Manager

T 250-545-0771 E manager@vernonchamber.ca

NEWS RELEASE                                  

Feb. 12, 2015

 

VERNON – Friday February 13th marks the three-week countdown to the Annual Greater Vernon Business Excellence Awards and the Chamber marked the occasion by hosting the nominees’ luncheon on Thursday February 12th with the three finalists in each category being announced. 

Bannister Honda, Caufields Engraving, Healthy Spot Pet Nutrition & Supply, One Step Foot Care Inc., Piscine Energetics Inc. and VantageOne Credit Union led the way as all six were named finalists in two different categories. 

The winners in each of the 11 categories plus the Business of the Year will be announced at the awards gala on Saturday March 7th.   It is the North Okanagan’s largest business event of the year. The annual awards gala will celebrate the success of businesses in the region and this year will also salute the long running television series MADMEN which is in its final season.  

 

“We are trying to create a fun evening that recognizes the best of the best and by adding the theme we hope fans of the show will get into the spirit of things,” says Dan Proulx, membership & events coordinator with the Chamber. “The series is about an ad agency and the business of promotion so it’s fitting we incorporate the theme into this year’s Business Excellence Awards. We will have a few surprises that align with the theme that will make it fun for fans of the show and for those who may not have seen the long running series.”

 

The Awards Gala is presented by Valley First Credit Union and YLW-Kelowna International Airport and is a near sell-out event every year. Tickets are now on sale through the Chamber office and website.

 

“This is an exciting time of year, when businesses get nominated and we can see great local examples of businesses that are succeeding in our community,” said Dan Rogers, general manager of the Chamber. “We are pleased to have had a record number of nominations this year.”

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is the influential voice of business for the Greater Vernon region.

 

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2015 BEA Finalists for Each Award Category

Manufacturer of the Year:

  • Mobile Juice Factory
  • Piscine Energetics Inc.
  • The BX Press Cidery & Orchard

Young Entrepreneur of the Year:

  • Camillia Courts Photography
  • One Step Foot Care Inc.
  • Red Bird Acupuncture Clinic

Community Supporter of the Year:

  • Kiss FM 107.5
  • Sun FM 105.7 Bell Media
  • VantageOne Credit Union

Green Business of the Year:

  • Healthy Spot Pet Nutrition & Supply
  • Mobile Juice Factory
  • Piscine Energetics Inc.

New Business of the Year:

  • Jazzercise Vernon
  • Soul Studio
  • Top Knot Events

Small Business of the Year:

  • Caulfields Engraving
  • Portico Property Services
  • White House Mortgages

Sterling Service of the Year:

  • Healthy Spot Pet Nutrition & Supply
  • Sproing Creative
  • The Room Collection

Marketer under 10 employees:

  • The Rice Box
  • Vernon Farmers Market
  • Vernon Vipers Hockey

Marketer over 10 Employees:

  • A & W
  • Bannister Honda
  • City Furniture & Appliance

Professional Service Provider of the Year:

  • Meridian Rehabilitation Consulting Inc.
  • NEUmovement Wellness
  • One Step Foot Care Inc.

Employer of the Year:

  • Bannister Honda
  • Caufields Engraving
  • VantageOne Credit Union

 

 

 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dan Proulx, GVC Membership & Events Coordinator           Dan Rogers, GVCC General Manager

T 250-545-0771 E membership@vernonchamber.ca           T 250-545-0771 E manager@vernonchamber.ca

 

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