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    Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce will continue to speak on behalf of its members and the community as Canada adjusts to a new political landscape.On Oct. 21, the Conservatives held on to the riding of North Okanagan-Shuswap, while the Liberal Party formed a minority government nationally.“Our Chamber congratulates Mel Arnold on his re-election as our member of Parliament and we look ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Political
    Friday, October 18, 2019
    VERNON – The best in business and community service were celebrated during the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards Oct. 18.Before 346 people at the Prestige Vernon Lodge, awards were handed out in 13 categories at the Godfather-themed gala.“There was considerable excitement as the winner in each category was revealed, and we want to acknowledge all of the hard work, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, September 30, 2019
    Greater Vernon residents are reminded that there is an opportunity to hear directly from the North Okanagan-Shuswap federal candidates.On Oct. 8, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce and the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society will host a federal all-candidates forum. The event is also sponsored by the B.C. Fruit Growers Association and Castanet.“We are encouraging the public to ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Political
    Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    Momentum is increasing to have Canada’s distilleries placed on an equal footing with other alcohol producers.Delegates at the recent Canadian Chamber of Commerce conference in Saint John, N.B. gave 99 per cent support to a resolution from the Greater Vernon Chamber that urges the federal government to reduce the excise tax on distilled spirits to $1.77 per litre on the first 150,000 litres of ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    VERNON – With the federal election just a month away, Greater Vernon residents and business owners will have an opportunity to learn more about the candidates and the party platforms.On Oct. 8, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce and the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society will host a federal all-candidates forum. The event is also sponsored by the B.C. Fruit Growers Association ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Political, Community, Press Release
    Tuesday, September 17, 2019
    VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is calling for B.C.’s elected officials to set aside their differences and collectively find solutions that support the forest sector and communities.The Chamber has written to Premier John Horgan, official opposition leader Andrew Wilkinson and Green Party leader Andrew Weaver.“Mill operations are either being shut down or curtailed, impacting ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release, Chamber, Political
    Thursday, September 12, 2019
    VERNON – A new volunteer board of directors is at the helm of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce for 2019/20.During the sold-out President’s Dinner and annual general meeting at Durali Villa Sept. 11, Krystin Kempton, a partner with Nixon Wenger Lawyers, was confirmed as Chamber president for the next year as was a board of returning and new directors.“It is an honour to be selected as ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, September 05, 2019
    VERNON – The finalists have been revealed for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious 2019 Business Excellence Awards.During a cocktail reception at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Sept. 4, the top three finalists in each of 11 categories were announced.“The energy was electrifying as the names were called, and while there are just three finalists per category, we believe all of the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Wednesday, August 07, 2019
    VERNON – With much anticipation, the nominees have been announced for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Business Excellence Awards.Local residents went above and beyond, nominating close to 300 businesses, non-profits and individuals in 11 distinct categories.“We want to thank the public for their participation in the process, and the nominations clearly demonstrate the entrepreneurial ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, July 24, 2019
    The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce ensured that its members and a strong economy were a priority during a meeting with high-level provincial officials.On July 23, representatives from 11 Thompson-Okanagan chambers of commerce participated in a regional consultation with senior provincial civil servants from 12 government ministries.“This was a tremendous opportunity to provide the Interior ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release, Chamber, Political
    Thursday, July 04, 2019
    ​VERNON – Your favourite business could find itself in the spotlight but only if you act now. Nominations for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by Valley First officially close Monday, July 15 at noon. For Kaarina Schrott, winning Small Business of the Year in 2018 was life-altering as it reaffirmed the vision she has for One Step Foot ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Tuesday, June 04, 2019
    VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to recognize the best in business.Nominations are open for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by Valley First until noon July 15, and the winners will be unveiled at a gala Oct. 18 at the Vernon Lodge Hotel.“The Business Excellence Awards are among the signature events in Vernon and we anticipate a lot of interest and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Human Interest, Press Release
    Monday, May 27, 2019
    VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s campaign to have the distilled spirits sector treated progressively and fairly has been endorsed provincially.On May 25, delegates at the B.C. Chamber of Commerce conference in Burnaby approved a resolution from the Greater Vernon Chamber that calls on the federal government to reduce the excise tax on distilled spirits to $1.77 per litre on the ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release, Chamber, Political
    Thursday, May 23, 2019
    NORTH OKANAGAN – An infusion of federal funding and a renewed national focus on tourism is welcome news to the Armstrong Spallumcheen and Greater Vernon chambers of commerce. On May 23, Tourism Minister Melanie Joly participated in a sold-out roundtable discussion hosted  by the chambers at Fairways Bistro in Armstrong. “We thank Minister Joly for taking the time to stop in our region and it was ...read more
    Categories: Community, Political, Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Friday, May 17, 2019
    VERNON – Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce directors and staff met with Interior Health representatives May 17 to discuss plans to establish an overdose prevention site (OPS) in Vernon.  Based on what the chamber is hearing from its members and the community, a key message to IH was that an overdose prevention site not be located in the downtown core of Vernon.  “We appreciate that IH is ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    VERNON – North Okanagan tourism operators, and particularly those in rural areas, will have an opportunity to discuss the future of the industry with federal Tourism Minister Mélanie Joly. On May 23, Joly will take part in a breakfast roundtable hosted  by the Armstrong Spallumcheen and Greater Vernon chambers of commerce at Fairways Bistro in Armstrong. Joly will speak about the new federal ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Press Release, Community, Political
    Tuesday, May 14, 2019
    VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is pounding the pavement to hear directly from the organization’s grassroots.On May 28, board directors, staff and volunteers will take part in Chamber Check-In, an opportunity to meet one-on-one with its membership base.“We are always looking for ways to connect with our members and learn what issues are important to them, and Chamber Check-In will ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community, Press Release
    Tuesday, May 07, 2019
    VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is concerned that federal and provincial policies regarding milfoil control will negatively impact our community and economy. The chamber recently wrote the federal and provincial governments and urged them to permit the control of invasive Eurasian milfoil as the control mechanism has occurred in Okanagan lakes since the 1970s. “Our chamber ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Political, Press Release
    Monday, April 29, 2019
    VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce welcomes a provincial strategy that will provide regional districts legislative mechanisms to link rural areas to high-speed internet.On April 26, the provincial government announced changes that allow regional districts to provide financing for capital costs to internet service providers where it may not otherwise make sense from a business ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Economic
    Monday, April 15, 2019
    VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is bringing together the region’s elected leaders to share their vision for the future. The Local Leaders Lunch, presented by BDO, takes place June 26 and it features Okanagan Indian Band Chief Byron Louis, Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming, Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick and Kevin Acton, Chair of the Regional District of North Okanagan.“We are extremely ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Press Release, Community, Political
    Tuesday, April 09, 2019
    VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Interior Health for pausing the request for proposal process on an overdose prevention site in the community.   The chamber had recently requested that IH consult with businesses and commercial property owners regarding where an overdose prevention site is located, and that the chamber and representation from the business ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Political, Community, Press Release
    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce fully supports the City of Vernon in its call for enhanced community engagement for a proposed overdose prevention site. Interior Health is issuing a request for proposals for a contractor to deliver overdose prevention services in Vernon, including a fixed overdose prevention site. “We appreciate that a public health emergency has been declared in ...read more
    Categories: Community, Political, Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce supports the federal budget’s focus on bolstering the economy and easing pressure on young families and seniors, but concerns exist about the country’s overall financial condition.   Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget makes significant investments in the forestry, tourism and oil and gas sectors, while employees will be able to take paid leave ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Political, Economic, Press Release
    Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    MARCH 13, 14, 2019 – North Okanagan residents have officially kicked off spring and provided much needed support for vital community services.During the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Expo March 8 and 9, about 1,200 people passed through the doors at Kal Tire Place North and donated $2,140 to United Way.“We are extremely impressed with the generosity of everyone who attended the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, March 11, 2019
    VERNON – Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has heard firsthand how crucial agriculture is to the economy of the North Okanagan.Bibeau took part in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Tuesday that included food producers, processors and local government representatives.“I’m ready to jump in for the whole country,” said the Quebec MP who was ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Political, Economic, Press Release
    Monday, March 04, 2019
    VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome a new member to its board of directors. Greg Stevens, a commercial account manager at TD Commercial Bank, has agreed to join the volunteer board in the capacity of treasurer. “Greg has considerable professional experience and a commitment to the community, and I know that he will be a tremendous addition to our board,” said ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Human Interest
    Monday, February 25, 2019
    VERNON – KPMG and The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the final five recipients of the Top 20 under 40.The annual Top 20 Under 40, brought to you by KPMG, Community Futures, City of Vernon-Economic Development and the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, recognizes the next generation of leaders in the North Okanagan, those under the age of 40 years of age who are making ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Wednesday, February 20, 2019
    VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce welcomes a City of Vernon program that will target discarded needles. The city’s Folks on Spokes pilot program begins March 1 to provide the community with a hotline to report improperly discarded needles. Also, with the North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society weekly deep clean, teams of peers will be recruited to provide a daily clean-up ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Political, Community, Press Release
    Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce welcomes the provincial budget’s focus on affordability for average British Columbians, but there’s a concern about the growing financial burden facing business. Small and medium-sized enterprises are facing $5 billion in cumulative cost increases over the next three years.“The layers of tax eat into the bottom line and increasingly make it ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release, Chamber, Political
    Monday, February 18, 2019
    VERNON – KPMG and The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the third group of five recipients of the Top 20 under 40.The annual Top 20 Under 40, brought to you by KPMG, Community Futures, City of Vernon-Economic Development and the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, recognizes the next generation of leaders in the North Okanagan, those under the age of 40 years of age who are ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Friday, February 15, 2019
    VERNON – Chamber Week kicks off Monday, Feb. 18, and there’s a full schedule for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce.On Tuesday, the Chamber will review the details of the provincial budget, which is being tabled that afternoon in the Legislature in Victoria.“We will be looking to see if the government’s second budget allows businesses to not only survive but thrive in B.C. as a healthy and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community, Press Release
    Monday, February 11, 2019
    VERNON – KPMG and The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the second group of five recipients of the Top 20 under 40.The annual Top 20 Under 40, brought to you by the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, KPMG, Community Futures and City of Vernon-Economic Development, recognizes the next generation of leaders in the North Okanagan, those under the age of 40 years of age who are ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Community, Press Release
    Monday, February 04, 2019
    VERNON – KPMG and The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the first five recipients of the Top 20 under 40.The annual Top 20 Under 40, brought to you by KPMG, Community Futures and City of Vernon-Economic Development, recognizes the next generation of leaders in the North Okanagan, those under the age of 40 years of age who are making their mark through business success and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Human Interest, Press Release
    Monday, January 14, 2019
    JANUARY, 14, 2019 – Thousands of people are anticipated to flock to Spring Expo and that ensures heightened awareness for North Okanagan products and services.  The inaugural business and community showcase is March 8 and 9 at Kal Tire Place North and the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting registrations for vendors.  “The region’s business community is vast and diverse, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Press Release
    Friday, November 23, 2018
    NOVEMBER 23, 2018 – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is calling for increased dialogue to address street-level concerns in the downtown core. On Nov. 20, chamber representatives attended a meeting organized by business owners contending with drug use, litter, loitering, vandalism, property crime, aggressive behaviour and concerns about customer safety. Also at the meeting were Interior ...read more
    Categories: Community, Political, Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Tuesday, November 20, 2018
    NOVEMBER 17, 2018 – The federal government has been provided with the North Okanagan perspective on small business.On Nov. 17, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce hosted Mary Ng, minister of small business and export promotion, at Okanagan College.“I am here to listen,” said Ng, who is Member of Parliament for Markham-Thornhill, Ont.Among the issues raised by members of the chamber and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Political, Press Release
    Tuesday, November 06, 2018
    NOVEMBER 6, 2018 - Small business opportunities and challenges will be on the agenda as the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce hosts a federal cabinet minster.Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, will speak at a breakfast event at 9 a.m. Saturday Nov. 17 at Kal View room Okanagan College.“We are thrilled that the Honourable Minister will take time out of her busy schedule to ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Political, Press Release
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    OCT. 17, 2018 – Small businesses are at the heart of a strong and vibrant economy in the North Okanagan. Small Business Week is being celebrated across British Columbia from Oct. 14 to 20. “Businesses of all sizes are important to a healthy economy but there is a realization that much of the catalyst comes from the grassroots, from small businesses,” said Dione Chambers, Greater Vernon Chamber of ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Press Release
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    OCT. 17, 2018 - The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is uniting behind the vision for enhanced cultural opportunities. On Saturday, Oct. 20, voters of Vernon, Coldstream and Electoral Areas B and C will be asked to borrow up to $25 million for a cultural centre, including community space, a museum and public art gallery, with another $15 million to come from senior government grants and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Thursday, April 26, 2018
     Greater Vernon Business Leaders Survey Results ReleasedThursday, April 26, 2018 - Vernon, B.C. – Despite some uncertainty about the future of the regional economy, more than half of local business leaders in the Greater Vernon area expect their businesses to perform better financially in 2018 with almost 40 percent planning to hire additional employees.These were among the key findings of the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, General News Article, Press Release