And the Winners Are...

Oct 22, 2015

KELOWNA, October 22, 2015 - Thirty-five finalists were honoured at the 28th Annual Business Excellence Awards presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and Platinum Sponsors the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Far...

Read More

Cloud Accounting in Canada

Oct 14, 2015

A common question posed by business owners like you to accounting professionals here in Canada: What’s the best way for a small business owner to generate business income / expense statements and file tax returns efficiently? The answer? It ...

Read More

TPP Deal has potential to provide $9.9 billion in gains

Oct 6, 2015

Yesterday's announcement that Canada has successfully concluded negotiations to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) came as a great relief to the Chamber.  The economic benefit and jobs this trade agreement will bring our country's com...

Read More

Travel, Awards, Best Business Practices - Fall is Underway

Sep 29, 2015

We all say September 1 is the real start of the new year, and 2015 is no exception. Our tremendous staff at the Kelowna Chamber worked away during August to ensure all our September events filled up and shone; here we are staring October in the face,...

Read More

Canada's Budget Surplus as the Holy Grail

Sep 23, 2015

Never in Canadian history has such an abstruse issue of public finance so dominated the election campaign.  Even before the government announced a $1.9-billion surplus for 2014-2015, each party was using the issue as a powerful symb...

Read More

Clean Drinking Water a Concern in Kelowna

Sep 15, 2015

Kelowna City Council outlined priorities yesterday that will guide city operations through to 2018 and the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce was very pleased to see clean drinking water on the top of the priority list. Our residents and businesses ...

Read More

Business Excellence Award Finalists Announced!

Sep 11, 2015

Thirty-five finalists will be honoured at the 28th Annual Business Excellence Awards on October 21st at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort where eleven category recipients will be announced, along with the Business Leader of the Year recipient. ...

Read More

Federal Candidate Business-Focused Q & A

Aug 31, 2015

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is keenly interested in all levels of government and the business environments that encourage economic development. In this light, we are hosting a Federal Candidates Forum on September 25th, 7:30am at the Manteo Resor...

Read More

How to Find Time for Social Media

Aug 26, 2015

Small business owners, especially those businesses with under 10 employees, find it extremely difficult to justify the time on social media because it doesn’t lead to predictable, measurable cost savings or revenue. Social media and cont...

Read More

Why We Need the TPP (“Trans-Pacific Partnership” or “Trade Is a Pain for Politicians”)

Aug 19, 2015

Wouldn’t it be great to join a free trade agreement with 12 countries in the world’s fastest growing region— one that covers 40% of the world’s GDP and one-third of global trade? The Peterson Institute for Internationa...

Read More

August Update @ The Chamber

Aug 13, 2015

Here at the Chamber, we are gearing up for a VERY busy September. In partnership with our Ambassadors, we are hosting our very first Wedding Expo & Fashion Show. Those in the industry, or soon-to-be married, should not miss this! ...

Read More

Mark this Date on your Calendar as a Landmark for Canadian Businesses

Aug 5, 2015

When Canadians go to the polls on Monday October 19, some results from this summer’s two major economic earthquakes will be known to us. Or at least, more clear. Greece: Is it still in the Euro community after the July emergency meetings? ...

Read More

Export Revolution: When Zero Is Actually Pretty Good

Jul 31, 2015

Economic weakness abounds! The country is in recession and exports are “stalled” according to the Bank of Canada. But if you dig into the numbers, something bigger is happening. The first five months of export data show a huge 31%...

Read More

The Return of Crisis: What it means for Canada's Economy

Jul 23, 2015

Dark storms are gathering over the global economy. Greece is once again at the precipice, insolvent and in need of another €85 billion to stave off collapse and recapitalize its shattered banks. At the same time, China’s stock market i...

Read More

Canada - Even better than Crest Toothpaste

Jul 8, 2015

This week, we're going to channel Hendrik Brakel’s research on the Canadian “tourism economy” in the first quarter of 2015. Brakel, The Canadian Chamber’s Senior Director, Economic, Financial & Tax Policy, has turned h...

Read More

The Top 3 Issues in the Federal Election: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Jun 30, 2015

Jobs are always a top issue in a federal election, but with this shaky economy, it’s fast becoming the number one priority. Opposition parties have made much of the recent bad news: in the first quarter, Canada’s GDP shrank by 0.6%, e...

Read More

Commodity Wildcard: What is happening in China?

Jun 22, 2015

When someone asks where commodity prices are headed, they’re really asking: what’s the outlook for China? Last year, China consumed more coal than the rest of the world combined and imported 70% of the world’s seaborne iron...

Read More

Breaking Barriers to Employing in Multiple Provinces

Jun 16, 2015

Many businesses in British Columbia's resource sector must grapple with differences between the employment standards legislation of British Columbia and Alberta. This places an undue burden on many small businesses, and may result in a competitiv...

Read More

Advocacy Update

Jun 8, 2015

Recently, our CEO, Caroline Grover and myself travelled to Prince George for the BC Chamber AGM. We brought forward five resolutions from our membership and received support from our colleagues across the Province. The theme this year for four...

Read More

Right Place, Right Time

Jun 2, 2015

As spring races into summer, Kelowna’s economic numbers continue to reflect a sturdiness that makes us all feel optimistic. Our Chamber members are cautiously confident – not all businesses are enjoying growth, but optimism and ...

Read More