Big Win for the Province, Big Win for Valley Chambers

Media Release Mar 30, 2017

Kelowna:  Premier Christy Clark announced today an additional $3 million in support of fighting invasive mussels in BC waterways.  Clark announced expanded inspection hours, more than double the number of inspectors, more public education, ...

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Kelowna Chamber Marks 111th AGM with full slate of Directors

Media Release Mar 15, 2017

Kelowna:  The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual general meeting on Wednesday March 15, 2017 at the Delta Grand Hotel.  A full slate of directors, including three new faces, was sworn in by Mayor Colin Basran.  Speaking a...

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Kelowna Chamber Directors for 2017-18

Blog Post Mar 3, 2017

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce announced its 2017 Directors today, following the close of its election yesterday at 3:00 p.m.  All directors will be sworn in on March 15 at the Chamber’s 111th AGM at the Delta Grand by Mayor Colin Basran....

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Kelowna Chamber Supports Recent Hike in Minimum Wage in BC

Media Release Mar 3, 2017

Tom Dyas, President of the Kelowna Chamber, said Friday that overall, the Chamber supports a predictable formula for wage increases, one which is tied to inflation, via the Consumer Price Index (CPI). “The Chamber appreciates the provincial ...

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What to expect when you're expecting (a Federal Budget)

Blog Post Feb 28, 2017

Can you feel the excitement in the air? A brand new federal budget is about to be delivered into the world. A precious bundle of joy, full of hopes, expectations and the future of the Canadian economy will come screaming into the House of Commons...

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Kelowna Chamber gives BC Budget 2017 a AAA Rating

Media Release Feb 22, 2017

Tom Dyas, President of the Kelowna Chamber, gives Budget 2017 from the BC Government a AAA Rating.  “This is a budget that is built for business,” said Dyas on Tuesday, only an hour after Mike de Jong, Finance Minister, delivered the...

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Kelowna Chamber Names Interim Executive Director

Media Release Feb 14, 2017

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the Board of the Chamber has engaged long-time Chamber member and supporter, Ken Bessason as Interim Executive Director. Bessason has agreed to fill the position while the Chamber recruit...

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Kelowna Chamber Applauds Province’s Decision to Maintain Credit Union Tax Status One More Year

Media Release Feb 10, 2017

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce expressed its support today for the Provincial Government’s decision allowing credit unions to keep their preferential tax advantage at least through 2017. Tom Dyas, President of the Kelowna Chamber, said &ldq...

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Media Release Jan 31, 2017

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, which submitted policy in support of a national park in the south Okanagan to the BC Chambers AGM in the spring of 2014, reacted positively this week to a new provincial government announcement. Mary Polak, BC Envi...

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Kelowna Chamber hosting Women of Wine

Blog Post Jan 9, 2017

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 ...

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Leadership change for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce

Media Release Jan 7, 2017

The Board of Directors of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce would like to announce that the organization will be starting the new year with a search to replace outgoing CEO, Caroline Grover. Ms. Grover held the CEO position since 2011, and was...

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2016 Kelowna Industry Highlights & 2017 Plans

Blog Post Jan 3, 2017

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...

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Kelowna Chamber Annual Highlights & Accomplishments - 2016

Blog Post Dec 27, 2016

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 comm...

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What the economy is saying for BC and Kelowna Business

Blog Post Dec 7, 2016

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 t...

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Chamber speaks out against safe injection site

Media Release Dec 1, 2016

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce supports the position of the Downtown Kelowna Association in its opposition to a supervised consumption site being located on Leon, at the proposed 477 Leon Avenue location or anywhere else in that area. The K...

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How Simple Breakroom Tweaks can improve Workplace Productivity

Blog Post Nov 22, 2016

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 emplo...

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And the Award goes to...

Blog Post Oct 20, 2016

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 aw...

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2016 Business Leader Announced

Blog Post Oct 7, 2016

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 ...

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Top 40 Program Grows Up...

Blog Post Sep 22, 2016

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 pro...

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2016 Finalists Announced - Business Excellence Awards

Blog Post Sep 13, 2016

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 ...

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