Policy: Kelowna Chamber Engages BC Government, Thompson-Okanagan Chambers

Aug 1, 2019

The Kelowna Chamber hosted senior officials from twelve BC Government ministries last week in the first ever regional consultation between the Province and the BC Chamber network. The day-long consultation session on Tuesday July 23 was the first of ...

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Member Spotlight: Christine Patton (Power Within)

Jul 31, 2019

Christine Patton is a Kelowna-based performance coach, inspirational speaker and author who helps clients discover their best selves through her company Power Within. But Christine doesn't just talk the talk - for 15 years she was a lawyer, judge...

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How to capture your share of tourists

Jul 16, 2019

Tourism is a major industry in the Okanagan and capturing your share of our local tourists will help your business thrive. Local sights, conventions, activities- and of course the beautiful sunshine - draw visitors from across the country and worl...

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Member Spotlight: KF Aerospace

Jun 28, 2019

Julie Whittet, Communications Coordinator and Grant Stevens, Vice President of Corporate Services A year away from their 50th anniversary, KF Aerospace has made a name for themselves across the globe for delivering quality, innovative service...

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Kelowna Chamber, BC and Canadian Chambers support Fed decision on TMX

Jun 18, 2019

Earlier today, news broke that the federal government has once again approved the Trans Mountain pipeline.  We join the BC and Canadian Chambers in supporting the decision. The project will inject billions of dollars into the Canadian economy...

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Back to the Future: Alcohol and Interprovincial Trade Barriers

Jun 14, 2019

Buckle up, let’s hop in the time machine and take a spin back to July 2017. Canadians are celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, and businesses are trying to decipher the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) that had...

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What will become your legacy?

Jun 6, 2019

Why did you open the doors to your business? Today's business owners often say it's because they want to make a difference, fill a need, solve a problem, or support their community. There's little doubt that business ownership isn't j...

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Top 7 tech trends for Realtors

May 17, 2019

If you're involved in the real estate market as an investor, agent, buyer, or seller, you likely already know that this is one industry that's in love with the latest technologies. From the latest apps to innovations in customer service, tech...

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Val Litwin: let's build a smarter employers health tax

May 10, 2019

Finance Minister Carole James and Premier John Horgan have introduced an Employer Health Tax that replaces the current Medical Services Plan.  Small businesses who previously paid MSP premiums for their employees are now also paying the new e...

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Kelowna Chamber and BC Chamber Comment on the Employment Standards Act Legislation April 2019

May 2, 2019

UPDATE (07-05-2019): We had a hand in helping moderate the amendments to BC’s Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Code which were tabled last week in the Legislature. Importantly, the government did not extend sick leave provis...

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Pushing the policy buttons in government – making sure our members’ voices are heard

Apr 26, 2019

The BC Chamber's grassroots policy development process is second to none in British Columbia. Every year, this membership of businesses, Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade develops policies that reflect the on the ground needs of BC busines...

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Cultivating Competitiveness: Turning Agri-food Regulatory Reform Promises into Action

Apr 17, 2019

In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, the success of Canadian farmers and food manufacturers is closely linked to the performance of the regulatory systems that govern their activities... Read the full story...

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President Carmen Sparg's Letter to Minister Harry Bains Regarding the BCLI Employment Standards Act Reform Project

Apr 3, 2019

April 3, 2019 Hon. Harry Bains Minister of Labour Room 342 Parliament Buildings Victoria, BC V8V 1X4 Dear Minister: Submitted Via Email: ESAReview@gov.bc.ca RE: BCLI Employment Standards Act Reform Project I am writing on behalf of t...

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Regulate Smarter - The Unsavory Pancaking of Canada's Climate Regulations: A High Cost Climate Strategy Canadian Businesses Find Hard to Swallow

Mar 21, 2019

The latest report in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Regulate Smarter series shines a light on the “pancaking” of climate-related costs and regulations. These added costs are almost exclusively put on the shoulders of business owne...

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5 Minutes for Business - A Budget for Business or Bust

Mar 7, 2019

A Budget for Business or Bust With our GDP at a standstill, businesses need to see a focus on protecting and fostering growth in the upcoming federal budget ahead of this year’s federal election. That being said, while we do not have a cryst...

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Feb 20, 2019

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, representing 1200 local businesses in the Interior of BC, is joining other Chambers from across the country to sound the alarm. . . ...

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50 Years of Cutting and Pasting: Modernizing Canada’s Tax System February 2019 Canadian Chamber

Feb 14, 2019

Remember the days where important working files were saved on a floppy disc, not the cloud? Or bills were paid via mail, not just instantly with the touch of a button on your smartphone? Lots has changed in the last few decades, but unfortunately, th...

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Business Examiner Thompson Okanagan - January/February 2019

Feb 6, 2019

Featuring the latest business news and information from Kelowna, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Armstrong, Summerland and Penticton, including Kelowna Councillor and Chamber board member Maxine Dehart's new column.  Read the full issu...

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Canadian Chamber: There is no low carbon economy without a regulatory system that works January 10, 2019

Jan 10, 2019

Read this month's "Five Minutes for Business" - more on the low carbon economy...

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Canadian Chamber Clarifies Carbon Pricing Position

Dec 21, 2018

CANADIAN CHAMBER CLARIFIES CARBON PRICING POSITION   Kelowna, December 21, 2018:  News stories over the past week cited the Canadian Chamber’s recent report A Competitive Transition: How smarter climate policy can help Cana...

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