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Top 40 Program Grows Up...

by Admin 22. September 2016 13:11
Yesterday was the launch of our third-edition of the Top 40 Program presented by BDO, however new this year -  the program will feature Over 40s! That's right, for all of you amazing people that didn't qualify for the Top 40 Under 40 program - this one's for you! Nominate an amazing individual today! 

Last weekend, our Executive Vice President attended the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM in Regina and voted on many successful resolutions to help benefit business conditions. Both BC-made policies were passed, and each were aimed at boosting Canada's access to major economies. We're calling on government to lower taxes and fees and improve air access in order to make the domestic airline industry more competitive in the global arena; and to advance two international agreements that are pivotal to growing BC's economy. The Canadian Chamber will take those policies forward and be our voice in parliament.

We also attended three ribbon cuttings this past week at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness in Spall Plaza; Hazmasters in McCurdy Plaza; and the new Trades Complex at OC. Join us at the grand opening of Houle Electric's new location on Lougheed Road on September 29th from 1-5pm - we will cut the ribbon at 3pm! 

Next Thurdsay is also when we see off our thirty-six Iceland travellers for their eight-day adventure. Stay tuned for photos!
 
-KCC 

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2016 Finalists Announced - Business Excellence Awards

by Admin 13. September 2016 10:18
The judges have narrowed down the sixty-two semi-finalists -  and determined that thirty finalists will be honoured at this year's Business Excellence Awards, presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP.  

The annual gala, in its 29th year and emceed by Kelowna's own Andy & TJ, will be held on October 13th at the Delta Grand Okanagan. This year's theme is Fire & Ice, and the community is invited to attend and support these businesses that have gone through the demanding eight-month process.  One business or individual in each of the ten categories will receive the prestigious crystal award, in addition to the 2017 Business Leader of the Year.
 
The Business Excellence Finalists for 2016:
 
RISING STAR AWARD

BNA Eatery & Brewery
Intraline Canada Inc.
Stikshen Inc.
 
Sponsored by: Urban Systems Ltd.
 
SMALL BUSINESS AWARD (1-15 employees)
 
Ecoscape Environmental Consultants Ltd.
Highstreet Ventures
i-sight Optometry
Touchstone Law Group LLP
 
Sponsored by: Prospera Credit Union
 
MID-SIZE BUSINESS AWARD (16-50 employees)
 
Associated Property Management
Diversified Rehabilitation Group
Venture Academy
 
Sponsored by: BDO Canada LLP
 
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD

Two Hat/Community Sift 
Mamas for Mamas
Urban Matters CCC
 
Sponsored by:  Interior Savings Credit Union
 
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Rachel Clarida, Hatch Interior Design 
William Walczak, Hiilite
Ariele Parker, martketer inc.

Sponsored by: Kelowna International Airport

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
 
Ogo Car Share 
Evergreen Building Maintenance
Sponsored by: Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
 
DISTINCTION IN HOSPITALITY & TOURISM AWARD

Gray Monk Estate Winery
Let's Go Transportation
The Harvest Golf Club
 
Sponsored by: Tourism Kelowna
 
MARKETER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Csek Creative + Pulse
Fortune Marketing Inc.
Hiilite
 
Sponsored by: Pushor Mitchell LLP
 
TECHNOLOGY/INNOVATION AWARD
 
AAA Internet Publishing Inc. (WTFast)
Cape Communications
Lighthouse Chiropractic
 
Sponsored by: UBC Okanagan
 
LARGE BUSINESS AWARD (51+ employees)
 
Natures Formulae Health Products Ltd.
Northside Industries
Sun-Rype Products Ltd.
 
Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP
 
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
 
The recipient of the prestigious Business Leader of the Year award sponsored by MNP LLP will be released in a statement one week preceding the Awards ceremony.
 
Ticket Prices: Early bird price $105.00 plus GST in effect until 4 pm, September 23rd. Ticket cost will then increase to regular price of $125 plus GST.  Discounts are also available on table purchases. All ticket sales will close at 4 pm Oct. 7.  Click here to reserve your seats for this popular event!

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Falling for the Economy: A compilation of the experts' forecasts

by Admin 6. September 2016 08:40
As September opens, it’s timely to look at the economic predictors for the fall and winter for BC and Kelowna, and for Canada. Much of the data is encouraging for our province. With thanks to our sources, we'll synopsize here what we’ve found most engaging in our economic reading over the past few weeks.

First of all, the Bank of Canada’s July 13 announcement of maintaining its target overnight rate of 0.5 per cent, its Bank Rate of 0.75 per cent and its deposit rate of 0.25 per cent. Stable. The next rate will be announced within a few days on September 7. The Bank calls our economy “complex” – inflation still below 2 per cent but likely to go back up in 2017. 

The next number we always look for is GDP (gross domestic product): globally, the projections are down slightly (2.9 per cent in 2016; 3.3 per cent in 2017 and 3.5 per cent in 2018). Causes: a slightly weaker US economy the first half of this year, plus Brexit, equal a bit of re-pricing. Again, the changes are slight, and mostly stable.

In Canada real GDP grew a bit in the first quarter, and dipped a bit in the second quarter. Drilling down to BC and Alberta GDP, the Alberta wildfires mean negative GDP throughout 2016 for our neighbour, but with an outlook for greater than usual growth in 2017 when the rebuilding efforts really kick in. In BC, again, the forecast is that we will lead the country in 2016 and 2017 in GDP, with our booming domestic economy and our red-hot housing market. Annual gains? In the 3 per cent range.

Federal infrastructure spending and other March federal budget measures continue to contribute to growth in the last half of 2016 for us here in the Okanagan.

Oil prices are always worth a monthly scan. Early 2016 predictions included a global rise: however, crude eased to about $45/barrel in August as global supply grew and demand weakened. Continuing slowing in prices is now forecast, according to the International Energy Agency. Weak demand and low prices for natural gas, and uncertainties surrounding major liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects will continue to dampen capital investment.

Much of the focus in the media this summer has been on housing: new rules, inventory, a seller’s market – we’ve all seen the headlines. At this point, predictions are that “the good times will continue.”  Sales prices continue to rise, and in Kelowna, “Buyers from the Okanagan continue to be the largest purchasing group – 55 to 60 per cent of total buyers average over six years of tracking” according to the President of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) earlier in August. 

This comment was of course, in response to the quickly passed legislation taxing offshore buyers purchasing real estate in the lower mainland (15 per cent). The tax has hit immigrating families from the US and Europe, as well as from Asia and has been a headline-grabber nationally throughout August. 

Chinese demand for all things Canadian remains strong, with new opportunities in agribusiness and tourism. Beijing has boosted the Canadian tourism industry, especially in the last two years. Canadian hospitality and its natural beauty are key draws for Chinese tourists.

Canada’s multicultural makeup facilitates greater tourism from China: Chinese Canadians are 4.5 per cent of the population (2011 Census) compared to 1.2 per cent for the U.S. This simplifies language and cultural issues, builds on existing connections, decreases prejudice, and facilitates a greater understanding of the spending habits of Chinese tourists.

Canada even has – despite being further away – a higher proportion of Chinese residents than Australia (4 per cent) – a testament to Canadian openness and cosmopolitanism. This number will be markedly higher for the 2016 census, and these ethno-cultural links, combined with a low Canadian dollar, provide many opportunities to strengthen tourism links. (from Global Risks Insights)

Could the new 15 per cent tax come to Kelowna and damp down our housing market? It’s possible, says OMREB. More interesting to our local business people are the changing demographics of home buyers: local buyers who will go on to purchase renovation services, appliances, furniture and other home-related products from local businesses.

Fully 24 per cent of buyers are now single females or single males; another quarter is two-parent families with children; couples (24 per cent) and empty nesters/retirees at 20 per cent.  All good information as local businesses plan their product inventory buying for 2017.

Finally, there is the labour market, and the export market. Certainly, our staff at the Chamber have been kept busy this summer helping members with their Certificates of Origin for offshore shipments of lumber, produce and wine, particularly fresh cherries. This activity peaks in July and August, and is a service provided free of charge to Chamber members in good standing.  (Certificates cost $75 per document for non-members.)

As to the labour market, while BC’s labour market continued to generate jobs – again leading Canada in job creation and economic growth – most of that employment growth was in the lower mainland, and in part-time employment.

Numbers are high, but would be even higher, if it weren’t for the continuing in-migration from other parts of Canada into BC as job seekers seek higher ground.  The Alberta economy continues to impact employment growth in the Okanagan where we were steady/negative at -2.8 per cent.

As an aside, the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission completed its “professional” business walks in July (they conduct business walks with Chamber participation throughout the year).  Not surprisingly, given our economy this summer, every one of the 57 professional services firms surveyed were happy with their business.

“Usually with our Business Walk interviews, 80 to 90 per cent of the companies are positive about current conditions and the future,” said Corie Griffiths of the COEDC, which runs the Business Walk program.

In the third week of August, Manufacturing was the focus of the "Business Walk".  The in-person survey is examining the human resources needs of about 50 manufacturing companies in our region. 

We’ll close with four highlights from a new forecast from Central 1 Credit Union for BC for the next three years:

  • Strong economic growth will continue through 2018
  • Unemployment rate will decline from the current six per cent to below five per cent by 2018
  • Provincial population will grow as more people move to the West Coast from other provinces
  • International tourism is up due to the low dollar and will continue to grow

Welcome to fall everyone!
 
-KCC 

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Kelowna Businesses Stay Busy in the Summer

by Admin 19. August 2016 13:23
 It’s been a busier summer so far than we anticipated – it must be human nature to believe that because school is out and the sun is shining – weakly at times, through the summer rains – that business takes a breather.

On behalf of all our business members, and we have 1300+ of them: we are delighted that the economy is buzzing. Certainly Kelowna streets and highways and beaches reflect good visitor numbers, and locals are getting out and about, too, which means good retail and good news for the service industry.

Speaking of the service industry, we hosted the Chief Economist of Central 1 Credit Union – Helmut Pastrick – at our last Chamber luncheon before taking a summertime break.  Central 1 is the financial trade association for the BC credit union system.

Helmut gave us a very lively and informative commentary on the national and local economic recovery prospects. A few days after he spoke to 120 of our members and non-members here in Kelowna, he presented at the annual Bay Area Economic Summit, in Burlington, Ontario.  He has the national view.

Helmut highlighted Kelowna numbers for our crowd, which was really useful, as so often much of our information is skewed to Vancouver and Toronto. I’ll just touch on a few highlights here, thank you in advance to Helmut:

Employment Trends – recent gains higher in Kelowna than Vancouver or all of BC. Overall, employment remains an issue, as the numbers could be more robust.
Population growth: Kelowna remains the leading CMA (Census Metropolitan Area) in population growth in Canada for three years in a row.
The three top CMA industries in Kelowna over the past year showed up as Construction; Accommodation and Food; and Information, Culture, and Recreation. That aligns perfectly with our key business areas.
Business building and support is a growing business concentration in the Kelowna CMA.
And Helmut said that everyone always wants to hear about housing: where are we, where is it going, will it continue to expand? Certainly there is a cyclical upturn in residential sales in the Kelowna CMA – numbers are up in 2015, and median sales price is up. And the market continues to rise, according to the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board: MLS residential sales up, and the average sales price, up. This is accompanied by a shrinking inventory of product for sale; just ask any Kelowna-based Realtor, and you’ll hear the same story. Lots of buyers; not a lot of product.

A final note from Helmut’s presentation, and that is on the economic and housing forecast for the Kelowna area:  Helmut showed us a forecast through 2018:

Employment up 1.5% to 2%
Unemployment dropping from today’s 7.0% to 5.5%
Population, up by 4%
Housing sales up by 5%, a healthier percentage than this year’s 15.8%
Housing starts up by 20%
We were all delighted that Helmut could take the time to bring us the Kelowna Economic snapshot at our luncheon.

On other topics: We were pleased to be invited to present local issues at the Federal Liberal Party of Canada’s Pacific Caucus western meeting at the end of July – a solid opportunity to make our voices and our issues known to the federal governing party; issues of importance to Kelowna, and the Okanagan.

Topics we covered included Kelowna Airport Funding; Invasive Mussels; Credit Card Merchant Fees; Convention Centre; Temporary Foreign Worker Policy; and the Organized Crime Tax Force.  We also revisited the Inter-provincial Sales of 100% Canadian Wine; and Addressing the Doctor Shortage.  (It was a very full agenda!)

Later this month, the Kelowna Chamber is hosting delegates from Kasugai, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.  In April, our Chamber visited Kasugai, along with six other cities across central and southern Japan as part of a partnership/tourism/business trip co-sponsored by the Kelowna-Kasugai Sister City Association.

This reciprocal trip only lasts three days, but the 17 delegates are all “home-staying” with local families, to get a true flavor of life here in the Okanagan. (Our 40 delegates all home-stayed for three days in Kasugai in April.)

Many of the delegates are associated with Chubu University, and our Chamber Day will feature a tour of one of our two post-secondary institutions here, the University of British Columbia Okanagan.  Dr Phil Barker, Associate Vice President Research at UBC Okanagan will host the afternoon tour.

Morning will see some golf at The Harvest Golf Club, a walking tour of Kasugai Gardens and the downtown cultural district and waterfront.  We’ll have business presentations over a lunch at the Chamber. After our afternoon tour of UBC, we’ll tour the BC Fruit Packinghouse, and have a taste of their new Broken Ladder cider (John Shreiner says “they hit it out of the park with taste and aroma”).  Finally, an outdoor BBQ in the sunshine back at The Harvest Golf Club.

There is a lot more going on, but that’s probably enough about us, for now.  We remain busy with event planning for fall, continuing membership growth, and our always great back-and-forth conversations with our many members.  We’re also encouraging staff to take a bit of time off while things are “quieter.” 
 
-KCC 

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Global Backlash: Is it Time to Rethink Our Approach to Trade?

by Admin 28. July 2016 06:29

The overarching theme at last week’s Republican convention was one of anger—fury at government and “a rigged system” and rage at an economy that is supposedly “not working.” But, Donald Trump’s biggest applause came when he slammed trade and immigration (“Build the wall! Build the wall!”).

And yet this is not just an American phenomenon. These themes would have been familiar to the British who voted to exit the European Union or in France, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden where extreme-right parties are leading in the polls. So why are voters so angry? Have trade and globalization gone too far?

Or maybe not far enough! The graph below shows how incomes have grown over 20 years for people at different levels of the global income distribution. We can see that the bottom 10% saw incomes rise almost 40%, so the world’s poorest are better off. The really big winners came from Asia where China’s urban median income grew by almost 300% while in Indonesia and Thailand, it roughly doubled. The top 1%, of course, did well.

Those who gained the least were in the 80th and 90th percentiles—people in rich countries who are in the lower halves of national income distributions. In the mighty German economy, those folks gained just 7% in real terms over 20 years while the U.S. was essentially flat, and Japan saw incomes decline.

Should we blame trade? Research shows that some workers in the rich world struggled with the rise of China’s exports. Trade creates lots of jobs, but when losses are concentrated in certain sectors or regions, it’s difficult for workers to find other employment.

However, a recent paper by the IMF shows that almost all of the world’s income inequality and working class wage stagnation is driven by technology. This is because the automation of routine work by robotics and computing has increased the demand and price premium on higher skills while reducing opportunities in relatively lower skill sectors. From robot greeters and automated checkouts to self-driving vehicles, this transformation is accelerating.

No one can build a wall that will stop technology from coming, so it’s easier for populist leaders to blame trade and immigration.This is not surprising. In 1824, Thomas MacAulay said, “Free trade, one of the greatest blessings which a government can confer on a people, is in almost every country unpopular.” We’ve been arguing about immigration for just as long even though all the evidence shows that immigration actually raises incomes of native workers.

Protectionism is always bad news for Canada. We have to press ahead with CETA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership while doing a better job explaining the benefits from trade. Building walls is a dead end.

 

-Hendrik Brakel, CCC

Senior Director, Economic, Financial & Tax Policy 613.238.4000 (284) | hbrakel@chamber.ca

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Fail Britannia! What the U.K. Exit Vote Means for Business

by Admin 29. June 2016 06:47

The polls were wrong; the government was wrong and even the bookies were wrong, and now the U.K. has voted to leave the European Union. Back in 2013, Prime Minister Cameron promised a referendum on EU membership to shore up support in the midst of a tough election campaign. It has now exploded in his face as a national calamity. Last Friday, the pound fell to its lowest level in 30 years, and global markets lost $2.1 trillion.

The hardest question in all of this is “Why?” In many ways, it’s like asking why 16 million Americans voted for Donald Trump. Is it partly a protest vote, a symptom of frustration with politicians, globalization and declining family incomes? British motivations are similar: the working class is angry about wages; the EU has always provided a convenient punching bag for politicians, and there is a streak of xenophobia as the migrant crisis got mixed into the debate.

The more important question is “What comes next?” Business hates uncertainty—it becomes paralyzing as investment and hiring decisions are put off indefinitely. For now, the U.K. will remain part of the EU. The Lisbon Treaty allows for a two-year period of negotiations once official departure notice has been given to the EU. But the PM has announced his resignation and has said that a new leader will have to provide notice and take charge of negotiating the terms of departure. This will be excruciating because the British government must then ask for a divorce with bedroom privileges—to exit the EU while maintaining access to trade in the common market, investment, banks and the financial sector, some labour mobility, public procurement, input into regulations, etc.

Why would the European Union go along with that? There is great fatigue with British whining; there is anger at being rejected, and it is very much in Europe’s interest to make the U.K. suffer, lest it create an example that could be emulated by other frustrated member-states. For if the Brexit (British exit) works out well, then why not a Frexit, a Departugal, an Italeave, a Beljump or a Luxembuggeroff? (Thank you Twitter.) Quite seriously, nationalist, anti-EU parties are jubilantly crowing with delight all across the continent. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the Front National, called it a “Victoire de la liberté” and called for an identical referendum in France “ le plus vite possible.” Just 38% of French people view the EU favourably.

This comes at a bad time as Europe had emerged from crisis and was returning to healthy growth. Unemployment was falling, confidence was returning and consumers were spending. With 500 million people and GDP of $18.5 trillion, the EU is the world’s largest economy, so a return to instability and fear will have a depressing effect on the global economy.

For Canada, slower global growth means weaker commodity prices and it means that our largest trading partner in Europe will struggle for years with weak investment and political uncertainty. Of Canada’s $37.7 billion of exports to the EU in 2015, $15.9 billion was destined for the U.K.

The best thing the Government of Canada can do is to press ahead full speed with signing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to show our commitment to the European Union. The U.K. may one day cease to be part of the EU, so we should also begin negotiating a new trade agreement with our old friends.

-Hendrik Brakel, KCC

Senior Director, Economic, Financial & Tax Policy 613.238.4000 (284) | hbrakel@chamber.ca 

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No Slowdown for Summer

by Admin 14. June 2016 12:56
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 

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Arts & Business: Synergy for Success

by Admin 6. June 2016 09:17

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 

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Want to make a larger social or environmental Impact? You're not alone

by Admin 19. May 2016 09:18

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.

 

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31st Annual Golf Tournament to see change

by Admin 28. April 2016 14:12

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

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