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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The Loonie's Decline... Is it here to stay?

Nov 6, 2014

The loonie has fallen below 89 cents, a sharp decline for a currency that was stubbornly stuck around parity for almost three years. Is this a temporary tumble or is the loonie going south for a prolonged period of time? Here at the Canadian ...

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Changing a Community based on what we Buy

Oct 24, 2014

Business is changing. Is this a bad thing? Heck no! There’s been a serious trend towards blended value return on investment and large social impact. We’re seeing collaboration from multiple sectors. We’re seeing sponsor dollars b...

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Playing "Matchmaker" to Young Professionals and their Futures

Oct 21, 2014

Kelowna: arguably one of the most beautiful cities in BC. With rolling hills full of vineyards and bike paths, and an incredible entrepreneurial spirit -  it’s no wonder that so many students and young professionals are choosing to call...

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Women in Leadership – What does it mean to you? Who do you think of?

Oct 17, 2014

It’s not about how “anything he can do, she can do better,” nor is it a battle of the sexes. It’s asking the question and taking the time to see what needs to change in order to enable more and more women to take the leap a...

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Throwback Thursday! Kelowna Chamber Past Presidents Remember the year of their Reign

Oct 9, 2014

Recently the Past Presidents of the Kelowna Chamber got together over a nice hot breakfast at Deli-City to discuss the current initiatives of the Chamber, past accomplishments and milestones, and discussed our goals for the future. They had some grea...

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410 Businesses visited by Business Walkers from EDC, Chamber and City

Oct 7, 2014

October already!  WOW. Several of the staff, Board and Ambassadors kicked off small business month by participating in the Business Walk yesterday. Approximately 410 businesses were visited!   It was a great day to be out ...

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Our lakes shall remain clean

Sep 29, 2014

As I drive down bridge hill and across the William R. Bennet Bridge I take in the glorious view of Okanagan Lake and am nearly blinded by the sparkle of the sun's rays glistening off of the surface. Oh what a beautiful place we live in! Most Okan...

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Taking the Lead with Ryan Walters at New Executive Series

Sep 24, 2014

“ How hungry are you?” A question that Ryan Walters frequently asks – and no, he isn’t referring to what he should make for dinner, or if you would like one serving or two. This former NHL wonder joined us for an inspiring ...

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