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Business is changing. Is this a bad thing? Heck no! There’s
been a serious trend towards blended value return on investment and large
social impact. We’re seeing collaboration from multiple sectors. We’re seeing
sponsor dollars being spent towards engagement, as opposed to signage, and
we’re taking an added consideration into our purchasing.
How do we incorporate social and financial practices into
our bottom line? How do we change a community based on what we buy? This
morning at the Okanagan Changemakers Buy Social Breakfast, we talked about
social purchasing and the idea of moving towards a blended value business model,
incorporating price and quality, as well as green and social practices. So, how
can our supply chain and what/how we buy really effect out community, and by
Buying local keeps 2.6x the money in the economy. To put a
dollar figure on things – for every $100 spent locally, $46 stays in the local
economy, whereas the alternative, we only see $18 staying local. That’s a huge
So what exactly is “local”? Local comes in 3 different
Local refers to those businesses that are directly
supporting the local economy. Those sole proprietorships, farmers markets,
those who support local artisans in their organizations as often as they can.
These are bigger operations, still based in BC but are
businesses that may have branched out or expanded into other locations.
These are businesses that support local through B2B
interactions. This could be ordering your office supplies through a local
By supporting local purchasing, we can make an impact. “If you can get front lines to buy in,
the rest is just enabling them,” as put by Roger Wheeler, attendee. Local
purchasing, and encouraging this, is not only going to change at the CEO level.
This shift needs to be both a change in leadership goals, as well as a change
in awareness for those making the daily purchases. Educating administrative and
support staff, anyone who takes care of ordering, and having the front line
employees backing this end goal is what is going to make this happen.
With more demand, there will be more orders. With more
orders, we will see more social impact. Can it really be that easy?
We want to hear your thoughts! #BCBuylocal and join the
For more information on buying Local: http://locobc.com/
Kelowna: arguably one of the most beautiful cities in BC.
With rolling hills full of vineyards and bike paths, and an incredible
entrepreneurial spirit - it’s no wonder that so many students and young
professionals are choosing to call it home.
There’s just one problem; an associated stigma that in order
to get a job in Kelowna, you have to leave Kelowna. Though this may not be
entirely true, it is in fact, a handshake community. And for some young
professionals this can be detrimental during their post-grad decisions.
So why not break through that stigma then? Do we really want
these students leaving to Alberta?
With Launch Students into Business, the
Kelowna Chamber will be playing ‘matchmaker’ to young professionals and their
“Having that interaction with business professionals is
crucial. At the end of the day it really comes down to who you know, not just
what you know,” says an Alumni student from Okanagan College. “There’s a
benefit to the professionals too; It allows them to be seen in the eyes of
these young professionals and is a great tool for recruitment and learning who
the upcoming talents are.”
Becoming a connector for the Launch Students into Business
program is easy. You give 45 minutes of your time to a student for one-on-one
meetings that they they steer, and afterwards provide them with two referrals to other
industry professionals you feel they should know.
If it’s such a handshake community, why not give these
students the opportunity for the handshake?
Furthering the effort to get students connected, UBCO will be holding an
event on November 4th promoting jobs in the Okanagan. Career Days is a way for
UBC to offer transformative learning experiences for students while developing
meaningful, mutually beneficial partnerships with the community.
The Speed-Networking & Social will be
this year’s biggest networking event at UBC’s Okanagan campus. You’ll
discover how UBC students and soon-to-be graduates can be an ideal addition to
your workplace—either in internship, co-op, or long-term roles: they’re bright,
motivated, hard-working, and educated in the latest theories and technologies.
More generally, this event is about engaging UBC students with surrounding
register for Career Days:
To learn more about Launch Students into Business: http://www.kelownachamber.org/chamber/launch.aspx
We are so lucky, being surrounded with so much innovation
and inspiration on a daily basis. Whether it be your morning commute over the
lake, or looking out onto the rolling hills of vineyards and biking trails,
it’s hard to argue that the Okanagan’s beauty isn’t worth fighting for.
It’s not about how “anything he can do, she can do better,”
nor is it a battle of the sexes. It’s asking the question and taking the time
to see what needs to change in order to enable more and more women to take the
leap and rise into these positions.
The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Women Leadership Network is
taking on this challenge with help of a research student at Okanagan
College. We are looking to develop that
helping hand and encouraging peer mentoring.
One of our initiatives, the Inspire Series, will be a
catalyst to foster this nurturing environment. Throughout the year we will be
hosting a circuit of events bringing women in leadership together in small, intimate
groups. We’ll hear from women who have inspiring lessons to share, the events
that shaped their lives, what they learned about themselves and being a leader.
Casual exchanges vary as we get to know each other beyond
our job titles. Before and during dinner, new acquaintances strike
conversations that are as diverse and varied as the professional women
attending. After our speaker, there is
an opportunity to ask questions and talk about women in leadership, the
challenges we face, and the remarkable journeys taking place all around us.
Who are the women in leadership that you look up to? We’ve
all had mentors, or those who have provided the leg up. What was it they did
that furthered you along, what is it about their leadership style that allowed for
the culture of growth? Every journey has variables, but its collaboration and
peer mentoring that will bring us together.
So, I pose you the question: what do you feel needs to
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