Investing in Kelowna: What makes it work

Mar 18, 2016

Here at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, we hosted four Chamber luncheons in four weeks between January 28 and February 18. What a range of ideas and speakers we heard! From the President of UBC, Martha Piper on the university’s tenth anni...

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Your Business Plan: Heightened & Enlightened

Mar 11, 2016

Maybe you review your business plan annually. Maybe it's a document you created during infancy and haven't taken a look at it since. Or perhaps your association is mandated to have a strategic plan. Whatever the case, your plan SHOULD take in...

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It's never too late to date

Feb 29, 2016

What is it like to be in your later years of life and yet still long for romantic love, companionship and affection? Film maker Steven Loring of Brooklyn, N.Y., made it his personal journey to find out. When his father passed away, his elderly moth...

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Spending Our Way to Economic Strength

Feb 22, 2016

As 2016 unfolds, the Federal Liberal platform plank supporting infrastructure spending is front and center in local and national discussions. At a Kelowna Chamber of Commerce luncheon January 8, we hosted our two MPs (Liberal Stephen Fuhr and Conserv...

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Chamber week: BC Budget, Board Election & ...Budgies?

Feb 17, 2016

This Chamber Week has been full of events, including the Board of Directors Election commencing yesterday as well as the tabling of the provincial budget on Wednesday. The 2016 budget combines on-going fiscal discipline, including a continued focus...

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State of the City 2016

Feb 11, 2016

Among de-bunking recent lists "ranking" Kelowna, Mayor Colin Basran reaffirmed Council’s commitment to working toward an integrated water system for the whole city during today's address to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. Th...

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What is Chamber Week?

Feb 4, 2016

February 15, 2016, marks the beginning of Chamber of Commerce Week in Kelowna, officially proclaimed by Mayor Colin Basran, joining other communities across BC. Chamber week is an opportunity for Chambers of Commerce throughout British Columbia to ...

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Come Aboard our Award-Winning Chamber

Jan 13, 2016

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2016-2017 Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors! In a volunteer capacity, members of the Board of Directors of the Kelowna Chamber provide a leadership role in determining the long-term dir...

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Best. Year. Ever.

Jan 6, 2016

Happy New Year! Before we bid farewell to 2015 and look onward and upward to the new year ahead, we must pay our respects; for 2015 was our most successful year, ever.   To that we owe thanks to our sponsors, partners, supporters, aff...

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Separating Myth from Fact in the TPP Debate

Dec 30, 2015

The TPP is getting a lot of media coverage as the new government tries to decide whether this ground-breaking trade agreement is in Canada’s best interest. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce believes that it is, but any agreement of this scope ...

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How to Help the Middle Class

Dec 22, 2015

Ho-ho-ho! That jolly sound you’re hearing is Prime Minister Trudeau coming down the chimney with tax cuts for the middle class! Last Thursday, the government passed the ways and means motion so that the cuts come into effect on January 1. ...

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Climate Change & Canadian Business Pt 2

Dec 14, 2015

The Canadian Chamber participated in the COP21 Climate Conference, which ran from November 30 to December 11. Canadian Chamber staff produced periodic briefing notes to keep our membership apprised of the proceedings and the pot...

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Climate Change and Canadian Business

Dec 9, 2015

The Canadian Chamber is participating in the COP21 Climate Conference, which is running from November 30 to December 11. Canadian Chamber staff will be producing periodic briefing notes to keep our membership apprised of the proceedings and the poten...

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U.S. Interest Rates about to Rise: What Does It Mean for Canada?

Dec 2, 2015

After seven long years with interest rates at zero, the U.S. Federal Reserve will almost certainly raise rates by 0.25% at its next meeting on December 15. It has been warning about a coming rate hike since 2013. In the last Fed statement, it...

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What exactly is Venture Capital & where does it hide?

Nov 20, 2015

Venture Capital is a critical part of the Canadian economy because it provides the funding that enables innovative, early-stage technology companies to survive and grow. These fast growing firms represent just 5 per cent of the companies in Cana...

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The Red Wave: What it Means for Canadian Business

Nov 9, 2015

Canadians have spoken decisively and given the Liberals a majority that no one thought possible. (Why do we even read polls anymore? Maybe we’d be better off scanning the stars.) Here’s why the pollsters got it wrong. The number o...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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,...

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