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Welcome to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber works to ensure the Okanagan region will become the most economically prosperous region - and the most desirable place to live and work - in Canada. As the area's leading membership driven business organization, we are committed to providing value to our members.
 

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  • No Slowdown for Summer
    Jun 14, 2016
    This June, at the Kelowna Chamber, it feels like we aren’t even pausing to catch our breath, before forging ahead with more new members, more new programs, more celebrating the conclusion of another successful year’s programming in a range of areas.

    We try to work around the end of the school terms, as we know how busy parents and families get: on top of running their businesses or reporting for work, they are attending school sports days, attending graduations, going to arts and culture celebrations at their children’s schools, and volunteering in the schools just before the educational system pauses for its six- to eight-week summer break.

    May saw us host or co-host fifteen events for Chamber membership. In June, we are hosting nine events, an all-time June high for us.  Our luncheon features Helmut Pastrick, Chief Economist for Central Credit Union 1, the central financial facility and trade association for the B.C. and Ontario credit union systems.

    We co-hosted, with the City of Kelowna, a fascinating panel discussion on how businesses can achieve marketing objectives through support of the arts – making arts a key part of their business plan. Participants include the Okanagan Symphony, artsVest, and a local member and business supporter of the arts, Source Furniture. 

    We’re also wrapping up another successful year of our BDO Top Forty Under Forty program; hosted a new member reception at Cactus Club - Banks road; joining with the Uptown Rutland Business Association for an after-hours networking event; hosting a Women’s Leadership Network Inspire Series keynote speaker event; and more.

    Oh, by the way, our May 25th golf tournament – our 31st annual – sold out three weeks in advance of the date this year, both golf foursomes, and sponsorships. A new record, welcome, in this our 110th year. Business really appears quite bullish in Kelowna right now.

    Speaking of being 110 – we will celebrate that significant milestone in on July 6th, with an open party for all our members, our staff, board and volunteers, and all of our fall Business Excellence Award nominees.  We’re planning an outdoor party at one of Kelowna’s best-loved, and best-sited wineries, Vibrant Vine at Okanagan Villa Estate. Fingers crossed for a sunny afternoon.

    It’s been a significant year for us in so many ways, as we prepare to undertake particular tasks over the summer.  With fewer events on the horizon to manage, we can happily turn our attention to some special one-time-only projects ranging from web refresh to looking at our outbound communications, from member needs to new Chamber programs.

    There have been times this winter when we’ve felt more like a 24/7 events marketing company than a Chamber. It’s important for all of us to maintain the balance among events (connection), serving our members, advocacy, and all the great work that we are privileged to do year round.

    Membership continues to grow as we head into our traditionally quieter summer. Once we’ve celebrated our 110th, staff will start to enjoy their annual vacations with family and friends, and it will be all hands on deck as we pitch in and cover for each other.

    All in all, just another (busy) time at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce – in the most beautiful city in Canada. New statistic just in: Kelowna has more restaurants per capita than any city in the country.  Hmmm. we know what we’ll be doing for part of our summer staycation!
     
    -KCC 
  • Arts & Business: Synergy for Success
    Jun 06, 2016

    The City and Kelowna Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast panel discussion to feed creativity and the bottom line.

    Members of the arts and business communities are invited to a panel discussion on Monday, June 13, that will highlight how synergies between arts and business can lead to increased profits, recognition and success.

    “How Business Can Utilize the Arts to Better Market their Company” is a $10 breakfast event taking place from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Coast Capri Hotel, co-sponsored by the City of Kelowna and Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

    “Creativity, passion and audience are characteristics shared by arts and business,” says Sandra Kochan, Cultural Services Manager. “Whether it’s corporate team building through making music together, or providing a unique behind-the-scenes art experience to valued clients, business and the arts have synergies that can build great results for everyone.”

    “Businesses can spark successful, long-term partnerships that capture the imagination of their customers, and empower their employees and staff to broaden their business horizons to include supporting the arts,” says Caroline Miller, Business Development, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. “Running a museum or an orchestra or a gallery is a business – and partnering always brings more attention to a business, and more customers and visitors to both parties in the relationship.”

    The panel includes representation from the local arts and business communities, and will be moderated by Chris Olsen, known for CTV’s ‘Olsen on Your Side’. The panel will address how the arts can help grow a business, extend or establish a brand, engage customers in new and innovative ways, and much more.

    Tickets to this event are available until June 8. For more information and to register, visit www.kelownachamber.org/events.

    -KCC 

  • Want to make a larger social or environmental Impact? You're not alone
    May 19, 2016

    Social Enterprises, Social Entrepreneurs, Not for profits... they all have one thing in common - they combine business with social goals. But what are the differences?

    Or what if you don't identify with these business models, but you are interested in giving back?

    Or perhaps your not for profit business model isn't working for your organization anymore?

    As the first province in Canada to introduce a hybrid corporation for companies who incorporate community contribution into their business, and the social enterprise sector growing rapidly in BC, it's a good time to start asking these questions. Join us for lunch on Friday, May 27th at the Hotel Eldorado for an interactive panel discussion by four of Kelowna's most knowledgeable 'social enterprisers', as we recognize BC Social Enterprise Month.

    Discussion will be moderated by Dr. Kyleen Myrah, Professor of Business at Okanagan College, teaching in the areas of management, marketing and social entrepreneurship.

     

  • 31st Annual Golf Tournament to see change
    Apr 28, 2016

    The Annual Kelowna Chamber Golf Tournament is always a fave. This year, the planning committee got together early to implement some fresh ideas.

    The tournament has always had a giving component - a couple of different fundraisers going to different charities. The "Pro Takes a Shot" contest is a hole contest, where players can choose to have the course's golf pro take their shot for a small donation. The other contest for charity is a raffle for Westjet tickets. This year the committee has added in a third fundraiser, a 50/50 at dinner. Instead of choosing separate charities for each contest as in the past, the committee will choose one children's charity that all the funds raised will go to support, creating a larger impact!

    What else is different this year? Well the course of course! We will be at stunning Harvest Golf Club this year! We are looking forward to the scenery and service that this fabulous Club has to offer.

    Another notable improvement this year? We have changed the day of the week this tournament falls on. Instead of cutting into your weekend on a Friday night, this tournament will be on a Wednesday, breaking up the week after a long weekend. The 3rd week of May is shaping up to a pretty stellar week! You might also notice a theme at this year's tournament, but to find out what it is - you'll just have to join us!

    Some aspects that won't change - the chance to win quality prizes and the fun times this day always brings! Mark it in your calendar - May 25th!! Oh and if you sign up by May 4th, you'll be entered in a draw for a future round of golf & carts for you and 3 pals at The Harvest! For more details visit: http://www.kelownachamber.org/events/31st-Annual-Kelowna-Chamber-Golf-Tournament-presented-by-Costco-Wholesale--1637/details