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Kelowna Chamber hosting Women of Wine

by Admin 9. January 2017 07:20

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an exciting Women of Wine Luncheon Panel set in Kelowna Yacht Club’s scenic dining room on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 11:45 am until 1:30 pm. Panelists include three local female leaders in the wine industry from Culmina Family Estate Winery, Sperling Vineyards and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards. Discussion topics will include the winery business, the people in it and the panel’s experiences. Moderating this discussion will be the award-winning writer, John Schreiner, Author of ‘Icon: Collectible and Iconic Wines of British Columbia’ to be published in May.

“I have been writing about British Columbia wineries since 1977, when almost no women were involved directly,” says John Schreiner. “The landscape is entirely different today. In many wineries, women are becoming the driving force in disciplines ranging from vineyard management to winemaking and marketing. The industry should take a lot of pride in having unlocked so much talent.”

Among the panelists is Sandra Oldfield, President/CEO of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, who has been named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2016 as a trailblazer with hopes to keep pushing the BC wine industry to greater heights. Ann Sperling, Winemaker of Sperling Vineyards and Southbrook Winery, brings 25 years of international winemaking experience home to the vineyard she grew up on. Elaine Triggs, Co-Proprietor of Culmina Family Estate Winery, not only focuses on wine sustainability, but has also been involved in the development of a Niagara-based winery with world-renowned Architect Frank Gehry."

The Chamber has wanted to host an event highlighting the remarkable accomplishments of women making strides in the wine industry for years. We are delighted to shine a bright light on three remarkable women in the wine industry,” says Caroline Miller, Business Development at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

Tastings from their respective wineries with a donation to the Kelowna Yacht Club Youth Sailing Program will be available along with a book signing with John Schreiner immediately following the event.

To register please visit: http://www.kelownachamber.org/events/Women-of-Wine-Luncheon-Panel-1932/details or call us at 250-861-3627.

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2016 Kelowna Industry Highlights & 2017 Plans

by Admin 3. January 2017 07:26

Happy New Year! This month we will help you plan your new year ahead with our partnership with the Conference Board of Canada, to bring you a half-day seminar on Thursday January 26 at the Coast Capri. The subject: Economic Outlook and Analysis – Kelowna’s Business & Food Sector, by the Deputy Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada, Pedro Antunes.

As well, we are hosting an interactive panel “Women of Wine” at the Kelowna Yacht Club on Tuesday January 24, moderated by wine maven John Shreiner. On the panel are three exceptional women, deeply involved in the wine business in professional capacities, and who will bring us fascinating insights from their careers. Plus, KYC’s outstanding lunch, served “family-style” will be followed by an optional wine tasting of product from the three wineries taking part.

January also sees our call for new Board Directors of who the elected will be sworn in at our March AGM with Keynote Brad Bennett, Chair of BC Hydro.

On January 25, we’re inviting our members to join us at Silver Star for a ski day – lots of great activities, skiing, and some aprés-ski warmers. Click on our Chamber web events for all the details. Now to the nitty-gritty: we asked some of our industry-leading members to take a look back at 2016 and cast an eye ahead to 2017 for us, as a year-end wrap up. We’ve included some of their comments here, and will run the balance in this month's Business Examiner. We’re grateful to read so much good business news.

NOT-FOR-PROFIT “At the KGH Foundation our favourite saying is “giving changes everything”. And indeed, over the past year countless lives have been saved by the critical equipment and services provided through gifts from donors at KGH. Community pride is alive and well in Kelowna, and year over year the demonstration of this spirit grows through philanthropy. "Over the coming year we see the community coming together as never before on some critical projects that will change the face of Kelowna. These projects will be fundamental in making Kelowna a better place for our friends, our families and ourselves to live, and our community pride will be vital in making these changes possible.” - Doug Rankmore, CEO, KGH Foundation.

WINERIES/TOURISM “Simply a great year with strong growth in tourism numbers. Awareness of the Okanagan as one of the key culinary destinations in North American continues to gain recognition internationally.” - Tony Stewart, CEO & Proprietor, Quails Gate Estate Winery “2016 has been up and down in the markets we’re in. Next year looks like it will be a bit better, especially in forestry, Class 8 truck business, and the Oil and Gas industry. We’re expecting markets to improve; they were pretty flat this year. Yes, there’s uncertainty right now in the US, but we’re planning that 2017 will be a better year for us.” - Steve McKay, President, Northside Industries.

RETAIL “Now in its 10th year, Enterprise Flower Studio saw continued growth in 2016, adding another member of staff to its team. Increased investment in technology, improved product sourcing, and greater efficiencies have led to a boost in sales to both commercial organizations and residences. "Enterprise Flower Studio is able to deal with large-scale events, notably the Royal visit in September. We anticipate further growth in 2017 due to increased population in and around Kelowna, and more businesses appreciating how incorporating flowers brings both flair and value.” - Zena and Kevin Tucker, Owners, Enterprise Flower Studio.

BUILDING/CONTRACTORS/ENGINEERING “Locally RJC has enjoyed a successful 2016, including great relationships with our clients and a growing team. The year ahead looks positive, and we’re excited to continue providing our clients creative thinking and practical results.” - Michael Blackman, Regional Manager/Associate, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd., Engineers.

SAFETY “Hazmasters Kelowna experienced a healthy growth in 2016. This growth is contributed to by the strong housing market, re-development and infrastructure in our surrounding area. The branch moved to a business location that added more exposure of our products and demands for these products. "The abatement, disaster, safety and training classes have been strong with the recognition and awareness that is being exposed in the market. We feel positive going forward into 2017 and expect to develop with the demands of our industry to successfully fulfill our customers’ business requirements.” - Brigita O’Brien, Branch Operations Manager, Hazmasters Kelowna.

-KCC 

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Kelowna Chamber Annual Highlights & Accomplishments - 2016

by Admin 27. December 2016 10:44

2016 was a year of new milestones for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. Not only did we accomplish membership growth, but increasingly, members saw the value of being connected and being part of an organization that contributes to the good of the community.

Some of our notable accomplishments this year:

• Accredited Chamber of Commerce 2016/2019 – with Distinction

• More members – 1,352 – than at any time in our history

• 110th anniversary as a Chamber of Commerce

• Hosted all BC Chambers in Kelowna at their annual conference and AGM

• A successful year, financially

• The most attendees at our Business Excellence Awards

• A historic trip with the Kelowna mayor and the Kelowna-Kasugai Sister City Association to Japan

• Hosted an exceptional Travel & Learn experience for members on a trip to Iceland

• Hosted round tables with a Catalyst for Growth Fund grant with Women’s Enterprise Centre and Status of Women Canada

• Launched new programs for Young People in Business

We’re particularly proud of our Accreditation: to quote, “This Chamber has demonstrated that it meets a high standard of excellence in service to its members through strict adherence to a prescribed set of programs, services, management and governance principles, and policy and advocacy initiatives. This Chamber is a leader and ‘the Voice of Business” within its community.” Our CEO, Caroline Grover, was a driving force behind our recognition for organizational excellence and initiation of new programs.

We are looking forward to a prosperous 2017 in our community and invite you to join our members at many of our thought-provoking events this year.

-KCC 

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What the economy is saying for BC and Kelowna Business

by Admin 7. December 2016 10:48

Thank you to all of those who participated in the "Collective Perspective" survey sent out last month by BC Chamber President. The results discovered a strong confidence among the business community in both the current health of their businesses and their future outlook on the economy.

“This pan-provincial snapshot offers a unique look into the hearts and minds of B.C. businesses,” said Val Litwin, President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “We hope this survey will be useful to all parties heading into the provincial election.” Nearly 1200 businesses of all sizes, representing all sectors of the economy and from all regions of the province participated in the survey. 

- An impressive 92% of businesses believe their businesses are in good or acceptable shape today (refer to pg. 8 of report). - Approximately 4/5 of B.C. businesses surveyed expect that they will grow their businesses over the next five years (refer to pg. 12 of report).

- A large majority of respondents believe the government is supportive of B.C.’s business community, with the provincial government taking the highest praise, followed by the federal government and then local government (refer to pg. 16 of report).

- Respondents expressed that many sectors of B.C.’s economy will become “more important” over the next five years to ten years, with Tourism, Clean Technology, International Trade and Health Services emerging as the top sectors (refer to pg. 17 of report).

- Respondents also expressed that even the province’s most well-established industries like Forestry and Mining will become “more important” to the business landscape over the next three to five years (refer to pg. 17 of report). Under the section “what matters to business success” our respondents identified the four most important factors affecting their business where they need more help (refer to summary graph on pg. 25 of report):

Because your plans for 2017 hinge on knowing what's up with the economy, in addition to supporting this survey, we've partnered with The Conference Board of Canada to bring you Pedro Antunes, their Executive Director, Economic Outlook and Analysis, and Deputy Chief Economist, for Kelowna's Business & Food Sector Outlook Conference.

Attending this 1/2 day conference will give you an in-depth look at the economic conditions of Canada, B.C. and Kelowna, how they interact with the global economy, and where business is headed in 2017. For the full agenda and speaker list; please visit the event agenda page. Register today for only $249 using priority code: MP - KCC

For more information, or for group pricing please contact Natasha Chipilova at the Conference Board at 613-526-3090 ext. 478.

-KCC  

 

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How Simple Breakroom Tweaks can improve Workplace Productivity

by Admin 22. November 2016 08:09

With many people feeling busier at work than they’ve ever been, some are simply forgetting to take breaks. In fact, our survey found half of employees feel they can’t leave their desk to take a break, despite 90 percent of employers saying they support breaks throughout the workday. That’s not good, considering taking a break is one of the best ways to recharge and refuel throughout a busy day.

While you can’t physically force employees to take a break, there are certain ways to encourage them, one of which is changing up the current ordering process for your breakroom to make it more inviting and enticing. Given that 76 percent of those surveyed said they could unwind and de-stress if they had a well-stocked, comfortable breakroom available, it’s time to start thinking about your current purchases.

Not sure where to start to kick off your breakroom ordering process? Here are a few suggestions.

 Purchase healthy snacks: Employees want healthy snacks – 57 percent of survey respondents said they’d want snack options such as nuts, protein and granola bars added to the breakroom. Consider changing or adding to your purchasing decisions to include healthier choices.

 But, have something for everyone: Not everyone craves mixed nuts on their breaks – some people are looking for candy, cookies or chips, and that’s okay. In order to make sure there’s something for everyone, offer a good mix of sweet and salty treats in the breakroom.

 Purchase a variety of beverages. While coffee is important for many employees to stay alert and productive throughout the day, not everyone drinks it. Make sure to also order tea, as well as soft drinks and sports drinks, to satisfy different preferences in the office.

 Think about comfort: Furniture is a major consideration for the overall comfort and appeal of the breakroom. It’s important to purchase tables and seating that invite employees to unwind and socialize with colleagues. It’s also crucial to order ergonomic furniture that offers proper support to avoid injury.

Providing employees with an inviting place to take a break that also offers something for their particular taste will help them feel appreciated and more productive throughout the day. For more information on how you can incorporate new breakroom products into your current budget, click here to browse options from our office supply benefit provider.

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Big Opportunities for Small Business

by Admin 28. October 2016 13:44
Many small business operators are driving themselves at break-neck speeds trying to keep pace with their rapidly changing work environments. They don’t know how to adapt, so they just keep running faster and faster.
 
The good news is that proactive leaders in all industries are gearing down from what seems like the unmanageable speed of light, to the more enjoyable speed of enlightenment. They’re getting back to business basics by examining a simpler approach based on values, innovation, collaboration, and communication. While doing so, they’re profoundly enriching their personal and professional lives.
 
Check out how you, too, can slow down, take a big, deep business breath, and explore how to navigate your own entrepreneurial speed-way in ways that rally both human and financial resources.
 
And we promise you’ll enjoy the ride!
 
Big Opportunities for Small Business is an S3 series of a six half-day workshops in partnership with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce (KCC). While each workshop sets the stage for the next, attendees can register for any number of workshops. Each is $129 (+ Eventbrite fee), with a special 'six-pack' price of $599 (+ Eventbrite Fee). Qualifies for BC Job Grant! 
 
1. Pinpointing Enterpreneurial Values (Nov 24th, 2016) - How to hit your business bulls-eye
2. Activating Insightful Innovation (Jan 26th, 2017) - How to optimize organizational performance
3. Building Constructive Collaboration (Feb 23rd, 2017) - How to frame and maintain synergistic partnerships
4. Growing Fruitful Networks (Mar 23rd, 2017) - How to strengthen communication and outcomes
5. Cracking the Sustainability Code (April 27th, 2017) - How to be competitive in changing markets
6. Taking the Living Business Challenge (May 25th, 2017) - How to plan for agility and resilience
 
Vist our Event Page to learn more!  http://www.kelownachamber.org/events/Workshop-Big-Opportunities-for-Small-Business-1897/details
 
-KCC 
 

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And the Award goes to...

by Admin 20. October 2016 13:51

A red carpet entrance. A professional photoshoot. Cocktail Reception... this was the scene at the 29th Business Excellence Awards. Finalists making their way through the crowd were treated to a life-sized illuminated ice sculpture of the crystal award they were all hoping to take home. The 4-foot tall statue was a glistening reminder of the sacrifice and hard work it took them to be considered a Finalist, an honour in itself... As bright as that was, moments later it was outshone by a flurry of fueled flames surrounding two talented firedancers. Cosmic Co Motion entertained the crowd for the remainder of the reception.

Nearly 400 guests attended the ceremony and dinner, emceed by the lovely and talented Tamara Joel. The evening was photographed by Mr. Alex Hill, a dedicated professional who did a splendid job capturing the evening. 

The awards recipients, in order:

1. RISING STAR AWARD: BNA Brewing Co. & Eatery

Sponsored by: Urban Systems

2. SMALL BUSINESS AWARD (4-15 employees): Highstreet Ventures Inc.

Sponsored by: Prospera Credit Union

3. MID-SIZE BUSINESS AWARD (16-50 employees): Diversified Rehabilitation Group

Sponsored by: BDO Canada LLP

4. SOCIAL ENTERPRENEURSHIP AWARD: Two Hat

Sponsored by: Interior Savings

5. YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD:  Rachel Clarida, Hatch Interior Design Inc.

Sponsored by: Kelowna International Airport

6. SUSTAINABILITY AWARD: Evergreen Building Maintenance Inc.

Sponsored by: Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board

7. DISTINCTION IN HOSPITALITY & TOURISM AWARD: Gray Monk Estate Winery & Vineyards

Sponsored by: Tourism Kelowna

8. MARKETER AWARD: Csek Creative.

Sponsored by: Pushor Mitchell LLP

9. TECHNOLOGY/INNOVATION AWARD: WTFast

Sponsored by: UBC Okanagan

10. LARGE BUSINESS AWARD (51+ employees): Sun-Rype Products

Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP

11. BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR: Tony Stewart

Sponsored by: MNP LLP 

Thank you to all who attended -  and a special thank you to Dan Albas, for an incredible job of tweeting!  See Alex's photos here!  See our amature photos of the reception here. 

See you at the 30th!

 -KCC 

  

 

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2016 Business Leader Announced

by Admin 7. October 2016 13:11
The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce announced today that Tony Stewart has been named 2016 Business Leader. The award recognizes and celebrates Tony for his outstanding contribution to the business community in the Central Okanagan. 

Tony Stewart grew up in the Okanagan fruit industry but has made a career in the Okanagan wine industry for the last 25 years. He has been CEO of the Stewart Family's winery, Quails' Gate, since 2005 where he has focused his efforts on the development of Quails' Gate as one of Canada's top wine brands and a leader in the Okanagan culinary scene. 

"Our goal at Quails' Gate is to be one of Canada's foremost estate wine properties. We are committed to ensuring excellence in the experience at the winery, our restaurant and through our wines. We feel very privileged to be considered one of the world's top 20 winery culinary destinations and truly appreciate our dedicated team members that make the experience at the winery so special. Our family is honoured to be leaders in the wine industry and are committed to helping establish the Okanagan Valley as North America's leading wine and culinary region" 

In industry, Tony is the current Chairman of the Canadian Vintners Association which represents the interests of wineries across the country; a Director of the Beverage Alcohol Containers Management Council of BC; and a past chair of the BC Wine Institute. This year, Tony was honoured by the BC Wine Industry with the Award of Distinction for outstanding contributions to the industry. 

Tony has also been very active in the community serving a variety of organizations. He is currently serving as a Director of Tourism Kelowna and the Kelowna Airport Advisory Board. He has also served as a Past Director and Past President of the Central Okanagan Foundation as well as a Director of the Canada West Foundation based in Calgary. 

Tony Stewart will receive his award at this year's ceremony at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort on Thursday, October 13th. The awards mark the Kelowna Chamber's 29th annual Business Excellence Awards, one of many events they are hosting this Small Business Month. 
 
-KCC
 

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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
 
2016 BUSINESS LEADER
 
Tony Stewart, Quail's Gate Winery
 
Sponsored by MNP LLP 
 
Ticket Prices: $125 plus GST.  Discounts 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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