What to do about Income InEquality

Apr 21, 2015

Is it time to worry about the middle class and the rising gap between rich and poor? It’s not just academics anymore—even businesses like McKinsey and TD Bank are taking a hard look at income inequality and what it means for economic grow...

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6 Must Read Tips for Start-Up Businesses

Apr 15, 2015

Chambers are often asked for advice on how to start a business. Building your own business from the ground up is no easy task. There is no template or formula to creating a hugely successful business. There is just sheer hard work, determination a...

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Canada's Oil Sands: The Truth Unveiled

Apr 10, 2015

As a recognized business leader in Kelowna, I was invited to participate in a Canadian Chamber of Commerce Energy Tour that provided an in-depth opportunity to hear from a good cross section of energy companies and actually go on mine sites in Fort M...

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The secret to a successful AGM

Apr 8, 2015

Annual General Meeting. Just the sound of it can induce an unitentional mid-day nap. Yet, it is an imperitive event for most non-profit organizations. This is when the organization must present to its stakeholders and members the past year's audi...

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#Winning in fight against invasive mussels

Mar 31, 2015

The Province is expanding its fight against invasive mussels with a $1.3-million boost toward early detection and rapid response.  Although these invasive species have never been detected in British Columbia, this program expansion increase...

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Is Canada Headed for Recession?

Mar 24, 2015

Since the Bank of Canada lowered interest rates as “insurance” against the risk of a sharper downturn, many have been asking: How long will it take for the fall in oil prices to impact the broader economy and how severe will the slowd...

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Philanthropy + Entrepreneurship = "Dragon Emeritus" W. Brett Wilson

Mar 17, 2015

"Yes, he'll do it". Those four words were music to our ears coming through the phone from W. Brett Wilson's publicist a few short weeks ago. Kelowna Chamber Staffer, Stephanie, had been diligently persuing him since she sat in ...

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Welcome A-Board!

Mar 10, 2015

The Kelowna Chamber 2015/16 Term is just underway. There were 6 director's seats up for grabs, and after we had 11 candidates apply for the positions, we posted their answers to our questions online and went to a vote. The election remained open...

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Calling Professionals & Students

Mar 3, 2015

Finding a job (or reliable employees) can be tough, let’s face it. The good news? It doesn’t have to be. With our program Launch Students into Business having already taken off several months ago, the New Year promises to connect ...

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Is this the end of the Commodity Supercycle?

Feb 26, 2015

These are tough times for commodities. Oil is grabbing all the headlines, with prices plunging 50% since June of last year. But agriculture prices are also soft, especially corn, which is down 53%. Metal prices have been weak for a while, particu...

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Chamber Myths De-bunked

Feb 20, 2015

This week we recognized Chamber week by hosting an event each day of the week to provide you with the opportunity to network, dine and engage to learn what we do for the business community.  Have you caught yourself wondering what a Ch...

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Chamber of Commerce Week

Feb 13, 2015

February 16, 2015, marks the beginning of Chamber of Commerce Week in Kelowna, as officially proclaimed by Mayor Colin Basran, as well as across BC. Chamber week is an opportunity for Chambers of Commerce throughout British Columbia to showcase ...

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The Cream of the Crop... or the Young at the Top

Feb 12, 2015

Kelowna’s Top Forty Under 40 has officially reached the mid-way mark! With 21 remarkable people across the valley having already been interviewed by the Daily Courier, the pressure is on. Haven’t submitted your nomination yet...

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Interest Rates: How Low for How Long?

Jan 27, 2015

How many times have Canadians been warned that interest rates will increase eventually? What a surprise when the Bank of Canada lowered the rate to 0.75%, a move that no economist had predicted.  The big question is what does it mean f...

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A look ahead at the global economy in 2015

Jan 15, 2015

What an exciting year for business! The Canadian Chamber of Commerce just published its Crystal Ball – Outlook 2015 Report, and big changes are coming to the global economy. Canada performed well last year, but there are vulnerabilities jus...

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Is there a woman on this wall?

Jan 5, 2015

What do we, as women, need in order to be successful leaders? Tara Cookson, our latest speaker for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Inspire Series [a branch of the Women’s Leadership Network], points out that maybe what we need most, are...

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How low can oil go?

Dec 15, 2014

Oil prices have plummeted by 40% since June and the severity of the decline caught almost everyone by surprise. What suddenly changed about the oil market? How low can oil prices go? And what does it mean for Canada? For the past four years, oil pri...

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The State of the Global Economy

Nov 25, 2014

U.S. Economy is Booming The U.S. economy is firing on all cylinders as third quarter growth came in at 3.5% last week, following on the heels of spectacular 4.6% growth in the previous quarter. The U.S. economy added 214,000 jobs in O...

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Being CEO of your life – a lesson from Carlos Fox

Nov 17, 2014

It may seem like a pretty straightforward topic, but it’s something that we all seem to struggle with in one form or another: Work-life balance. Spending more time with our kids, regularly going to the gym, having “me time.” Thes...

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Is China Slowing Down or Charging Ahead?

Nov 12, 2014

In recent weeks, we’ve seen many stories in the media about a major slowdown in China. As Canada’s second largest trading partner with $70 billion per year in bilateral trade, it could have a big impact here at home. Should we be ...

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