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Report: Businesses Proceeding With Caution, Economic Confidence Edges Up

Apr 4, 2024

  Canadian businesses are stuck in a cautious near-term holding pattern according to the Canadian Chamber's new Business Expectations Index (BEI). Last week, their Business Data Lab released its Q1 2024 Canadian Survey on Business Con...

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Report: Grant Thornton 2024 Real Estate Market Summary

Mar 22, 2024

Seeking optimism in uncertainty  Grant Thornton’s newly released 2024 Real Estate Outlook Report is now available, with a focus on current trends impacting the Canadian real estate industry.  The Canadian real estate industry is...

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On The Life & Legacy of Marion Bremner

Mar 20, 2024

My hope for the future is that the younger generation will take up from where we've left off, that they will take their skills, their technology, their learning, and make the world an even better place. ~ Marion Bremner All of us at the K...

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Call for Programming Input: Okanagan College Centre for Food, Wine and Tourism

Mar 14, 2024

Seeking Programming Input Okanagan College's new Centre for Food, Wine and Tourism will include modern teaching spaces, food labs, beverage research facilities, the Okanagan Chef School, a professional training restaurant, and a 3,100 square f...

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Province Promises BC Orchards & Vineyards $70M Funding for Replanting

Mar 14, 2024

Enhanced program to support BC growers with climate change resilience More B.C. farmers producing grapes, cherries, tree fruit and berries will receive support to replant their vineyards, farms and orchards to make them more resilient to climate c...

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Women in Business 2024: Pathways to Parity

Mar 12, 2024

While the number of women in senior leadership roles is rising globally—it’s concerningly slow. Progress on the percentage of women in senior management roles held in the mid-market is slow. Without determination to make the changes ne...

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Barely Breaking Ground: women in business

Mar 6, 2024

The Slow Stride of Progress for Women in Business Leadership and Entrepreneurship The Canadian Chamber of Commerce released a new report Tuesday showing that while Canada has made some positive strides in advancing equality for women in business, ...

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Ambassador to Canada from the People's Republic of China

Mar 5, 2024

The Ambassador to Canada from the People’s Republic of China made a brief visit to Kelowna from Ottawa last Monday and Tuesday, visiting students from China at both Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan. Cong Peiwu and his staff hosted a local g...

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Updates to Securing Small Businesses Rebate Program

Mar 5, 2024

  The Province is making changes to offer a smoother and faster application process to help businesses access funding to offset the costs to repair and prevent vandalism to businesses, in consultation with the BC Chamber of Commerce. &ldqu...

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OP-ED: Recognizing Immigrants' Credentials (from Vancouver Sun)

Feb 26, 2024

The following in an excerpt from an opinion piece published in the Vancouver Sun, Feb 21 2024. B.C.’s International Credentials Recognition Act removes barriers to skilled immigrants in 29 regulated professions. We can, and should, build on ...

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BC Minimum Wage Increases June 1 2024

Feb 26, 2024

B.C.’s lowest-paid workers will get a pay raise when the general minimum wage increases from $16.75 to $17.40 per hour on June 1, 2024. This represents a 3.9% increase, consistent with B.C.’s average rate of inflation in 2023. T...

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BC Government Continues Support for Fairs, Festivals, Events

Feb 14, 2024

Province of BC providing $15 million in one-time grants. BC-based events will receive more government support for sustained recovery in response to calls from this sector for help. “Fairs, festivals and events are the heart of our co...

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Okanagan College Recognized as a 'BC Top Employer'

Feb 13, 2024

Kelowna Chamber congratulates Okanagan College (OC) in being recognized as one of the province's top employers, as announced today. For staff at Okanagan College, having a job in a place where there is a strong sense of connection to community...

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2024 BC Chamber Week: Feb 12 - 16

Feb 8, 2024

  In recognition of the important work that Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade undertake to support economically competitive and sustainable communities and regions, Feb 12-16 has been declared Chamber of Commerce Week in BC. Thank ...

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Canadian Chamber Launches Canada - U.S. Engagement Initiative

Feb 6, 2024

Business opportunities to increase ties with U.S. counterparts and policymakers. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Perrin Beatty announced the launch of a new Canada-U.S. Engagement Plan aimed at providing Canadian businesses oppo...

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Rotary Centre for the Arts Top 3 Finalist for a 2024 BC Tourism Industry Award

Feb 5, 2024

The Rotary Centre for the Arts (RCA), a Kelowna Chamber member, has been selected as a Top 3 Finalist for a 2024 BC Tourism Industry Award in the Remarkable Experience category. The 2024 BC Tourism Industry Awards will be presented at the Awards Gala...

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Business Data Lab Report: A Portrait of Small Business in Canada

Feb 1, 2024

Adaption, Agility, All At Once. On January 29, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Business Data Lab released its latest report in collaboration with Amazon Canada, highlighting the new reality for small businesses in Canada’s post-pandemic ret...

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Great Okanagan Waste Reduction Challenge

Jan 31, 2024

Kickstart this year with a commitment to reduce waste and sign up for the Great Okanagan Waste Reduction Challenge. GreenStep* is challenging the Okanagan Valley -- from Osoyoos to Vernon -- to significantly and measurably reduce the amount of was...

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CEBA Repayment Deadline Jan 18: our thoughts

Jan 16, 2024

The CEBA business loan deadline of Jan 18 is seeing many businesses moving their loans to their respective financial institutions – for refinancing if not paid off. Businesses have until the end of March to conclude those new loan details which...

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Personal Protection Privacy Act: essentials for your organization webinar Jan 30

Jan 11, 2024

How much do you know about British Columbia privacy laws? For small businesses, navigating these waters can be overwhelming. Some are familiar with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPP) which applies to more than 2,900 "...

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