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Reasons why we celebrate

The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is busy all year-round connecting businesses, engaging government through advocacy, and enhancing the local business environment. So why celebrate Chamber week once a year? For what purpose do we bring attention to the Chamber during the third week of February?

February 18, 2013 marks the beginning of Chamber of Commerce Week, an opportunity for Chambers of Commerce across the province to demonstrate the outstanding value they provide to their communities. The value Chambers of Commerce provide comes in the form of benefits and services to stimulate local economies, direct community promotion and support, and engage in an important multi-level advocacy role which benefits the entire province.

The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is considered a large chamber within B.C. with almost 900 members that represent approximately 30,000 employees.  They offer a full range of benefits, products, and personal marketing opportunities that help make business better in our community. For example, they offer educational workshops on social media marketing and a Member 2 Member marketplace where members can offer discounts to other members to help drive traffic to their doors. The Chamber is also a referral agent offering both locals and outsiders the contact information of member businesses that are both reputable and have a history of quality products and services.

But more than that, the Prince George Chamber is the leading voice of business in your community, working hard to advocate to all levels of government for better business opportunities.

What does ‘Advocacy’ look like exactly? This past year it looked like this: the Chamber made presentations to the Municipal Finance and Audit committee and Council, representing member interests on Downtown Pay parking; they offered a clear ‘principles-based’ commentary to the Provincial government Select Standing Committee on Finance on how the 2013 B.C. budget should be drafted; they presented and defended four resolutions at the BC Chamber of Commerce AGM and one resolution to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce which all passed with two-thirds majority of the assembly of members.

Additionally, the Prince George Chamber met with a host of elected representatives in 2012 including: Premier Christy Clark, MLA Adrian Dix, Federal Minister James Moore, MP Joyce Murray, Minister Pat Bell, Minister Rich Coleman, Minister of State for Small Business MLA Naomi Yamamoto, Mayor and Council, and many more.

This is what Advocacy through membership looks like, working for you to improve business in Prince George, the province and the nation. It is work and dedication that is worth celebrating!

Chamber Week in Prince George is being celebrated with the following line-up of activities:

Year In Review

Here is a rundown of the past year’s highlights, successes and issues that the Prince George Chamber of Commerce was involved in during 2012.

Advocacy

BC Chamber AGM, Penticton BC, presentation of the following resolutions:

On line Provincial and Municipal Voting – recommended developing a plan to implement on-line voting systems for elections.

Consistent Processes for Disclosure and Remediation of Buildings – recommended development of a centralized, consistent process for disclosure of property history and remediation of buildings used in drug operations.

Getting the Most from our Education System – recommended reviewing curriculums with business stakeholders and professional bodies to ensure students are being trained with employability skills.

Addressing BC’s Technological and Engineering Skills Shortage – recommended programs in all regions of BC where need and demand exists.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM, Hamilton Ontario, presentation of the following resolution:

Supporting Canada’s Responsible Resource Development – recommended completing regulatory reviews in a timely manner while ensuring environmental protection and working with provincial and territorial governments to align implementation of regulatory changes.

Municipal Business Hot topic Survey – January 2012, results were shared with members, media, and candidates running for Mayor and Council.

Downtown Pay Parking Hot Topic Survey – results were shared with Municipal Finance and Audit Committee and with Council.

Events

Chamber AGM (February 29)

‘Hats off to the Chamber’ President’s Gala (March)

Business Excellence Awards, “A Night at the Oscars” (October)

Speed Networking Events-(February/March/April)

Street Tradeshow for Members (September)

Cosmic Golf Tournament at Pine Valley Golf Course (September)

Candlelight Conservation Dinner in partnership with BC Hydro (October)

Chamber Lunch Among the Trees 2012 – Fundraiser for Spirit of the North (November)

Coffee Hour with the CEO (March)

Holiday Block Party 2012 with Innovation Central Society and Community Futures (December)

Highlights

First annual ‘Top 40 Under Forty’ finalists were announced during Start-up Canada’s visit to Business After 5 event – September, 2012

LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program Chamber hosted the delivery of FREE building energy audits and incentives program with Business Energy Advisor on staff, Sorin Pasca

Team-up for Clean-up – Kicked off Small Business Month in October by offering member businesses a chance to have their store-front cleaned up by a team of volunteers.

Round Table Discussion with Minister of State for Small Business, Naomi Yamamoto

‘Attracting BC’s Skilled Immigrants to the North’ – Employer Forum in partnership with IEC-BC and IPG

‘BC Agenda for Shared Prosperity’ Business Consultation in partnership with BC Business Council and BC Chamber of Commerce

Workshops

How to Succeed in Any Economy workshop with Dr. Franzi Ng

Social Media Strategy Training with Shauna Harper

Cost Effective Technology Tools workshop with Sarah Holland

The Art of Customer Service... Influence with Ease with Jeff Mowatt

Presenting for Really Really Smart People” workshop

Tools, Tips and Techniques to Improve your Media Coverage workshop

 

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