I am honoured to be granted the opportunity to serve as president of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce. As an organization, we are the voice of business and I look forward to leading the Chamber’s efforts in the promotion and protection of the interests of the Greater Vernon business community.
This past year, the Chamber developed a comprehensive strategic plan emphasizing advocacy, meaningful programs and organizational stability. Our refinement of our advocacy process to focus on issues most relevant to our members allows the Chamber to address areas of concern and drive policy changes for our members. Among other things, we have spoken against changes to the Employment Standards Act negatively affecting small businesses, offered support of the Vernon Cultural Centre, demanded that Interior Health consult with local businesses before determining a location for the overdose prevention site coming to Vernon, and brought forward a policy to reduce excise tax on the first 150,000 litres of alcohol produced in order to help our local distillers remain competitive in the market.
In the 2019/2020 year, the Chamber looks forward to working with members to determine issues affecting business and to advocate on behalf of members to affect policy change. We also want to develop our Vernon Ambassador Program and build and enhance relationships with key stakeholders and other chambers.
We take pride in offering value to our members. Members of the Chamber gain access to our business advocacy process, networking events, the Chamber benefits program, promotional opportunities, member-to-member discounts, referrals, credibility and community exposure. I encourage members to bring concerns and ideas to us – we want our members to be heard and we want to evolve to address the needs of our members to make our Chamber even more vibrant and effective going forward. The Chamber’s success is driven by the success of our members.
We thank you for your support and we look forward to helping you with continued success and prosperity in your business.
Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce