Dianne Hawkins, Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce
February 20 to 24 was Chamber of Commerce Week – an opportunity for BC’s more than 125 Chambers of Commerce to showcase our hard work on behalf of businesses across the province. The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrated the week by organizing the Chamber Tradeshow at the Native Sons hall on February 23. We had a stellar turnout and over 25 dynamic vendors, all Chamber members.
The Chamber is working hard to actively strengthen local businesses through networking events, mentorship opportunities, professional development activities and other unique programming. Whether organizing Chamber business awards, supporting young entrepreneurs through mentorship programs or hosting Leader’s Luncheons, the Comox Valley Chamber is sharply focused on empowering each and every member business to succeed.
Simultaneously, the Chamber network across BC, is advocating for policy changes to further drive local businesses’ success.
In the past year, the Province has worked closely with the BC Chamber of Commerce to ensure that small businesses from all regions of the province have their regional priorities heard. With representation in BC’s Small Business Roundtable, the BC Chamber has a strong voice that offers pan-provincial, grassroots information and experiences about the state of business in BC’s diverse communities.
Unnecessary red tape is often the single largest burden on business, especially small and medium-sized enterprises. Since 2001, the BC government has reduced regulatory requirements by 47%. Through ongoing collaboration, the Province and the BC Chamber of Commerce are continuing to work to make BC the most small business-friendly jurisdiction in North America.
- There are more than 125 chambers and boards of trade in the BC Chamber network alone.
- The BC Chamber of Commerce represents more than 36,000 small, medium and large BC businesses. The chamber is a key partner with government and works alongside government to achieve the goal of making BC the most business-friendly province in Canada.
- Small business provides nearly 54% of all private-sector jobs in BC.
- BC’s small business sector grew 1,400% above national average last year.
The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce values each and every one of our members. Please swing by the office, join in on your Chamber’s events, and celebrate the many ways that the Chamber works to strengthen our community.
BC Hydro Leader’s Luncheon – March 2
Business Mixer hosted by the Investors Group – March 14
Board Elections Chamber Open house – March 29
Business Mixer hosted by Filberg Lodge – April 4
Dianne Hawkins is CEO of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, taking care of business Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm at 2040 Cliffe Avenue. Contact the Chamber at 250.334.3234.